Many travelers today are looking for a deeper - more meaningful - connection to the places they visit, and the movement toward a more local travel experience is taking hold. Companies like Km Zero Tours in Tuscany are redefining what it means to see Italy with slow travel Tuscany experiences that introduce visitors to the local community and the producers who make it all come alive.
There’s no greater expression of the history and culture of a place like Italy than the food, and exploring the unique regions through traditional Italian food is the most fun a foodie can have! Here are 25 must-try regional foods of Italy that'll flavor your culinary tour of bella Italia.
San Gimignano is one of the most popular day trips from Florence, and Cappella Sant'Andrea Winery has one of the best Tuscany wines tours of their organic Vernaccia di San Gimignano winery. Be sure and taste this crisp Italian white wine that's completely unique to San Gimignano on your next visit to Italy.
San Gimignano, the medieval Italian "city of beautiful towers", is an easy day trip from Florence, but it really deserves more time. Here's a start on things to see and do in San Gimignano and the perfect intro to this historic Tuscan hilltop town.
Dreaming of Italy? It's no secret that travel moves us, and so does a good film, novel, or epic TV series. Cinematographers make Italy look irresistable, and these 10 movies are no exception - old favorites and new ones I guarantee you'll love - to get you dreaming and scheming of your next trip to la bella Italia!
For an authentic food and wine experience in the heart of Tuscany’s scenic Val d’Orcia, a farm tour of Podere il Casale - producer of the famous pecorino toscano cheese in Pienza - should be on every foodie's bucket list!
Wondering where to stay in Tuscany, Italy? A Tuscan farmhouse - or agriturismo - is a popular option. If you want to explore the picturesque Val d'Orcia and stay in an authentic and family-friendly place, Villa Mazzi is a Montepulciano agriturismo that feels like home!
Planning on a visit to Tuscany, Italy? Before you think of sightseeing, consider these 7 tips for getting around on your own. With a little know-how and common sense, these 7 tips will make renting a car and driving in Tuscany the best decision you make.
I was thankful to be here after an interesting white-knuckle ride from Florence on the dark winding roads through Tuscany. My first impression upon arrival at Hotel Le Renaie felt like a warm enveloping hug, and set the tone for our stay in San Gimignano!
In Florence, Italy, a master leather craftsman holds on defiantly to the traditional ways leather has been crafted there for centuries. His refusal to bend to the demands of pop culture and the temptations of technology create a demand for his custom creations that reinforce the meaning of handcrafted. And his customers carry his story with them wherever they go.
Taking a Chianti wine tour at Pácina winery is to understand the role the owner Giovanna ascribes to Mother Earth in the making of their elegant wines. It goes much deeper than the earth that's been turned here since the Etruscan times nearly 1,000 years ago. Make it your next Tuscany wine tasting tour!
A stay at Il Macinello, a warm and welcoming Tuscan agriturismo was not at all what we expected in Tuscany. The accommodations were wonderful, but the added cooking and enjoying dinner with new friends made it so much more.
If ever a place had the answer for Where Does My Food Come From? it would be here. Tenuta di Paganico, a low-density cattle and pig farm and agriturismo in Maremma, Tuscany, produces a true organic and sustainable farm-to-table model of modern agriculture and food production.
You can't help but be transfixed as you watch a random block of wood slowly, deliberately, become something useful or a work of art. The skilled hands of a craftsman know just what the block of wood intends to become, and exactly which tools he needs to use to make it happen.
Why should we really care whether something is handcrafted or not? It goes much deeper than pretense or exclusivity. Buying local, handcrafted food and other items not only means supporting the expert producers and their resources, but sustaining yourself in the process.
When it comes to travel, I believe there are times to cut corners and times to splurge. But going the budget route when it comes to lodging can often end in disappointment and put a real damper on your vacation. Check out this Airbnb, Florence, Italy with a million dollar view in the historic heart of the city.