We don’t think we’ll ever get enough of exploring Italy, and that’s why we’re so excited to announce a new addition to our list of Italian tours. A Week in Tuscany is seven nights of indulgence in the rustic Tuscan lifestyle (think legendary food and wine, sprawling landscapes, and incomparable history and art) in walkable Renaissance towns and charming medieval villages.
Once Tuscany’s capital city, Lucca is famed its rustic Renaissance-era walls, which have encircled the tranquil town for centuries. The medieval town boasts countless towers, churches and red-roofed villas, all situated at the base of the Apuan Alps. Other places of interest include the Puccini Museum, where you can uncover the inspirations of world-famous composer Giacomo Puccini and a local culinary school where visitors can try their hand at creating local Tuscan fare alongside master chefs.
This city is a prime example of medieval urban planning. It features a stunning mix of Gothic structures, including the stunning Duomo di Siena, which was completed in the 13th century. Sit back and enjoy la dolce vita as you meander the ancient alleyways and intimate cafes.
This rural Tuscan town feels as though it’s been plucked straight out of the 13th century (with the exception of the freezers in the gelaterias). Walk among the 14 remaining towers, listen to the melancholic music of street musicians, enjoy a glass of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine created from an ancient variety of grape, or just indulge in a leisurely lunch of the region’s rustic Italian cuisine.
Chianti Wine Region
Italy’s incomparable wine culture and longstanding tradition of agriturismo comes alive in the Chianti hills, the heart of Tuscany’s wine country. Amid the region’s vast and colorful vineyards, you’ll get an inside look at how Chianti is produced—from grape growing all the way to bottling—as well as a taste of fresh antipasti and crostini.
Made popular by Francis Mayes book and film Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona remains one of Tuscany’s most charming and culturally authentic villages. The scenery features postcard-worthy scenes of terraced olive groves and eclectic edifices, from the Duomo to the Piazza Garibaldi.