Tuscany - Il Bosco

The local area

Beautiful, breath-taking Tuscany. Often considered a nation within a nation, with its own cultural and linguistic identity. A landscape of undulating hills dotted with olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards, and home to renowned cities such as Florence, Siena and Lucca.

Our luxury villas are the perfect base from which to roam the region, blending rich Italian culture with unparalleled luxury.

The History of Tuscany

Echoes of the Etruscan civilisation and ancient Roman Empire reverberate throughout Tuscany in impressive ruins such as Rusellae and Cosa, while pretty medieval villages let you travel through the intervening centuries. Most famously, Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and this high culture is on display across the museums, cathedrals, city squares and sculptures of the region, especially in the extraordinary city of Florence. Set in historic landscapes that have inspired generations of the most accomplished artists, our Tuscan villas allow you to experience the region's rich history with the utmost ease and indulgence.

What to See and Do in Tuscany

The unique appeal of Tuscany is that it offers an experience of life at its most luxurious in the beautiful Italian sunshine. Whether you're daydreaming over Renaissance art or unwinding with a perfect glass of Chianti, our luxury villas only add to this sensory indulgence. Among the must-sees, the art gallery Uffizi in Florence contains a world famous collection of work by Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello.

Tuscany offers a truly stunning backdrop to your Italian adventures, with islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, sandy coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea, natural hot springs and mountain views in the Alpuan Alps. You can relax in spa towns such as Montecatetini Terme - a historic town that exhibits Art Nouveau thermal pools and bathhouse - and Fonteverde Spa, which has striking views across the World Heritage Site, Val d'Orcia.

Hot springs are also found in the wilderness with the Petriolo thermal pool hot enough to be enjoyed in winter, and Fosso Bianco, located in a wooded, shady spot that's perfect for the summer warmth.

Eating and Drinking in Tuscany

Italian cuisine is world famous, but the beautiful food of Tuscany stands out due to its' unique and wonderful produce. The people of Tuscany love bread, and Fettunta - toasted bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil - encapsulating the simplicity of Italian pleasures. Panzanella and Ribolita are other delicious dishes that sum up the region, as is the chicken liver pâté - brightened with capers and anchovy paste - which opens every celebratory meal in Tuscany.

In the mountains of Tuscany, chestnut trees result in Castagnaccio, a unique chestnut cake that's drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary, an authentic dish that's well worth trying. Tuscany is also Italy's most ancient wine region with centuries of expertise in every bottle, offering the best wine to accompany every meal. A visit to the family-run estate Tenuta di Ghizzano will see you sampling the estate wines like Nambrot, Ghizzana and Vereroso.

The Experience

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