Best day trips from Florence: day tours and do it yourself options

best florence day trips

Right in the centre of Italy, Florence is a great base to explore Tuscany and beyond. With fantastic transport links via the train and major roads, you can visit pretty medieval towns, wine country and the spectacular coast from there. Here are our pick of the best day trips from Florence. We chose places that […]

Memories and Tuscan cuisine created at a Florence cooking class

chopped fresh tomatoes

To immerse yourself in a country, you must understand its food culture. Nowhere is this more true than in Italy. So when you visit Florence, one of the Italian food capitals, make sure to discover what is special about local Tuscan cuisine. How do you do it? Take a cooking class in Florence with an […]

Pienza – a hilltop town in southern Tuscany

Pienza Tuscany Italy

People always say, “ask the locals” when you go travelling. It’s a bit of a cliché but I always find it pays off. Earlier this year when I visited Brescia in Lombardy, I asked our wonderful tour guide where her favourite place was in Italy. Without hesitation she replied – “Pienza Tuscany”. So when the […]

A perfect day exploring the Tuscan hills near Lucca

Tuscany Italy - hills near Lucca

Does your dream vacation in Italy include a leisurely day exploring the Tuscan hills? I am sure you want to see all the sights of  the big cities in Italy – Rome, Venice and Florence. And most people cannot resist the call of  Sicily, the Amalfi Coast or the Italian Riviera. But I also recommend taking […]

Lucca: things to do in the walled Tuscan city

lucca italy points of interest

Where can you go in Italy to experience a small medieval city away from hordes of tourists? We visited pretty Lucca during a trip to Tuscany and would return in a heartbeat. There are so many things to do in Lucca and we barely scratched the surface on our two day visit. In this relaxed Tuscan city, the eating, […]