Author: Toscana Promozione Turistica

Toscana Promozione Turistica is the Tuscany Regional Government Agency responsible for promoting tourism. Its main objective is to contribute to the promotion of tourism flows throughout the region, consolidating Tuscany’s presence in traditional markets and developing it in emerging markets.
September 6, 2021
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Dante in Tuscany: Casentino and Pisa

Baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante, the Florentine poet, writer and philosopher stayed true to his Tuscan identity throughout his years spent in exile, mentioning or referring to countless evocative corners of the region in his seminal work, the Divine Comedy.        Casentino: “green hills with […]
June 7, 2021
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Elba: island of adventure, relaxation and self-imposed exile

Adventurous, soothing, hair-raising, exasperating, breath-taking, demanding, sensual, active, restful, scenic: the adjectives used to describe Elba Island are as varied as the Tuscan isle itself. The Florentine savoured Elba Island on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.     East       It’s the bluest of days as we board a […]
March 4, 2021
CULTURETRAVEL

If Dante were here now: a self-guided tour of Florence

Retracing Dante’s steps means setting off on a unique journey into the art, history, culture and spirituality of Florence in the mid-1300s. In this self-guided tour of Dante’s Florence, we peel back the layers of history, often in plain view of the piazzas and occasionally hidden away in the medieval backstreets.         […]
October 27, 2020
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Hills of healing and kindness: Valdelsa Empolese

    “Prayer is a suspension of the presumption of your ego,” explains Alessandro, his kind eyes sparkling with empathy, after showing us around the cell where the Blessed Giulia is said to have spent 30 years of her life in Certaldo Alto. “It’s about letting go and going beyond.” The Florentine went for a […]
September 30, 2020
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Truffle hunting in Tuscany

“We have truffles all year round in Tuscany,” explains Massimo, as he releases Stella the dog from the spacious pen next to the family home. “But they’re different depending on the season.” The Florentine went truffle hunting in San Miniato and the Mugello on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.     […]
September 9, 2020
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Never-ending renaissance along the Etruscan Coast

“It’s the place with the beaded curtain,” replied the local teenager, as he tucked into the elusive Livorno-style baguette we were trying to track down. Our appetite had been piqued by an early morning run along the meandering seafront further south in Castiglioncello, our chosen hidey hole for the summer. The Florentine savoured the summer […]
February 26, 2020
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The spas of southern Tuscany

The sun was shining as I set off for southern Tuscany, destination Saturnia. It feels like an odyssey from Florence, pacing down towards Siena, continuing to Grosseto and slowing down in rural Maremma, almost as far as the Lazio border. It’s quicker to arrive at the hot springs from Rome than from the Renaissance capital: […]
February 5, 2020
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Spa sublimity in the Siena countryside

It was a bitterly cold January day as we sought solace at the spas sprinkled throughout the Siena countryside. The clue’s in the name: look for a terme (Italian for “thermal baths”) and you’ll divine water. Rapolano Terme, Chianciano Terme, Terme di Montepulciano and Terme di Petriolo all have singular healing properties and boast contemporary […]