A True Taste of Tuscany

The rolling green hills of Tuscany laced with lavish hotels, elegant dining and charming old towns steeped in history have long lured honeymooners into its arms for a romantic retreat. True Tuscan pleasures can be found sipping a bold bodied red in the vineyards of Chianti, soaking in the hot springs of Saturnia and exploring the stylish streets of Firenze.

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Admire the masterpieces of Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, brush up on your cookery skills with a class in fine Tuscan cooking and while away the days in rural bliss cozied up in bed with your lover. This is Tuscany and this is a fabulous taste of true fine living.

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Rustic Pampering in the Countryside

Those guests looking for an exclusive stay surrounded by scenic splendor will adore the plush spaces offered at the Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort. A working farm and winery paves the way for a blissful retreat with bright and airy suites overlooking the olive groves, free standing clawed bath tubs and the chance to quaff some of the best wines in the region.

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With only seven rooms housed in the old stone farmhouse guests can cozy up in the library bar, ride horses through the sprawling hills and indulge in perfect rustic pampering in the aromatic beauty suite.

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A Natural Spa Created by the Gods

Take a day trip to the Saturnia Thermal Baths and splash in its naturally cascading hot springs. The rich sulfurous waters are full of therapeutic properties and the veils of steam allow you to escape and unwind in this pretty little town world famous for its gorgeous waters. Saturnia is called the Spa created by the Gods and with its tumbling waterfalls, sublime lagoons and surroundings of wild scented trees and old stone you can see why.

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Masterpieces in the Heart of Florence

The winding city of Florence with her rising spires, cobbled streets and world famous art is one of the jewels in the crown when it comes to discovering Tuscany. With a wealth of extraordinary museums and chic cafes you can spend the day discovering the renaissance beauty.

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The Uffizi Gallery is a treasure trove for art lovers with works from some of Italy’s most prestigious names in the world of art. Yet across the city you can track down hidden gems and fabulous frescoes from Michelangelo and Da Vinci in the humble churches. Michelangelo’s monumental David can also be found at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

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Pack a Picnic for Val D’Orcia

The rural beauty of Val D’Orcia is famous for its enchanting aesthetics with the pastoral chalky hills, glazed sunflowers, red swaying poppies and soft moss grasses. Lovers can visit the artisan stores, delicatessens, and farmers markets to pick up ripe wheels of cheese, gourmet pressed oils, hand-baked breads and a bottle of the good stuff before climbing into the hills. Find shade beneath a climbing oak and soak up the countryside charm of picturesque Italy.

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A Gourmands Dream

Yet Tuscany is all about the food and gourmands will never fail to be inspired by the endless eateries boasting traditional fare with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a lingering brunch at Brac in Florence with local amber nectar honey on toast, farm fresh yoghurt and dark roast coffee.

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Lunch at the Il Canto Del Maggio with provincial views over the Arno Valley; indulge in the truly rustic taste of wood pigeon served with grapes and hearty bread soup.

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After a swift aperitif head back to the city of Florence for dinner at the Osteria Personale for the best in Tuscan fish dishes like sea bass tartare with ricotta and grilled anchovies.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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