Places to Eat, Drink & Explore in Tuscany

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  • Italy

  • Florence

  • Tuscany

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Cultural Landmarks

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Although there are many corners of the world I have yet to explore, Italy is my favorite country to date. With its sophisticated, Tuscan charm, Firenze captured my heart on a solo adventure, and drew me in for a long-term stay two years later. Living in a quiet little town in Arezzo, I spent my Saturdays exploring Tuscan towns little by little, and my Sundays enjoying hours long, wine-filled lunches with my newfound family of friends. With much gratitude for a dream-like chapter of my life. Tuscany is my favorite region to curate itineraries for and share personal stories about.

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Where to stay in Tuscany

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Hotel Calimala

Historic meets glamorous Florence hotel with unparalleled service, 24-hour concierge and an exclusive rooftop and restaurant with views over the entire city.

Milu Hotel

In Florence's historic center, Milu Hotel is a design-forward hotel with an unbeatable location and fabulous rooftop terrace.

Grand Universe Lucca Autograph Collection

Quaint rooms with modern decor steps from the 11th-century Lucca Cathedral.

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Things to do in Tuscany

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Things to do Firenze 

Marvel at the scale & beauty of the Florence Cathedral.

Take an afternoon stroll through Boboli Gardens.

Watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.

Catch a Fiorentina fútbol match at Artemio Franchi Stadium.

See the statue of David at Galleria dell’Accademia.

Take a stroll down Via de' Tornabuoni to reach Ponte Santa Trinita. 

Visit Central Market.

Take a day trip to Arezzo.

Take a day trip to Siena.

Things to do in Lucca

Count your steps as you climb the tree-topped Guinigi Tower.

Take an afternoon stroll through Palazzo Pfanner.

Take a bike ride around the Walls of Lucca.

Study the intricate details of the San Michele in Foro.

Visit Vinni Liquori Vanni‘s wine cellar and have a glass of wine (or three).

Take a day trip to Pisa.

Other ways to enjoy Tuscany

Enjoy elegant wine, stunning architecture and beautiful Tuscan landscapes at Antinori nel Chianti Classico.

Visit San Geminano and explore Chianti by car. 

Explore the old city center of Cortona.

Spend some time alone in the Duomo Di Siena.

Places to eat & drink in Tuscany

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Drinks to enjoy in Tuscany

Have a shakerato! 

Enjoy a Negroni instead of a Spritz. 

Craft cocktails at La Menagere - Firenze.

Wine or traditional cocktails at Antiche Dogane - Firenze.

Where to eat lunch & dinner in Tuscany

Treat yourself and don’t skip wine or dessert at La Loggetta - Cortona.

Enjoy pizza at Gusta Pizza - Firenze.

Find fresh made pistachio cream brioche at a local pasticceria (and eat several)! Personal favs:

Arnetoli in Montevarchi.

Il Ricettario - Firenze.

Have a glass of wine and a truffle sandwich at Casa Del Vino - Firenze.

Gelateria Veneta - Lucca.

Bistrot Paris Boheme - Lucca.

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