A winter trip to Tuscany
Panoramic scenery, refined gastronomy and an electric culture are synonymous with Italy. Home to many of the world's greatest works of art and architecture, Italy elates and inspires like no other. Did you know it has more Unesco World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world?
While Italy is a popular place to visit over the summer, exploring the country during winter can result in a truly authentic experience and an opportunity to travel at a considerably lower cost.
With cypress alleys, patchwork fields and crumbling castellos, Tuscany is a breathtaking region to roam. As the summer crowds clear out, locals return from their summer holidays. Over the autumn, wineries are busy turning their latest crops; truffle hunters and their dogs forage through the woods; and the region's procession of farmers assemble in the olive groves to begin production for the season's olive oil. At the turn of winter, the region is dotted with snow-covered slopes and cities are lit-up with festive decorations.
The following shows our recommendations for your winter Tuscan trip… Andiamo!
Truffle hunting and cookery class.
(September - December)
With the arrival of autumn, seasoned truffle hunters and their loyal canine companions will guide you through the captivating Tuscan woodlands as you forage for these culinary treasures. Immerse yourself in the art of truffle hunting, uncover the secrets of this cherished tradition, and relish the incomparable aroma and taste of freshly harvested truffles.
Skiing in Abetone.
An exhilarating experience in the heart of the region, Abetone boasts well-maintained slopes and gentle inclines. It is an ideal destination for skiers of all abilities, with professional instructors on hand to guide and support beginners. The picturesque surroundings and cosy mountain lodges add to the charm, making Abetone a must-visit winter destination for those seeking a memorable skiing getaway.
Saturnia Cascate Hot Springs.
Saturnia's Cascate del Mulino hot springs offer a blissful escape. These natural thermal baths boast soothing, mineral-rich waters that provide relaxation and rejuvenation. The cascading pools, carved into limestone over millennia, create a picturesque settng to unwind. Who needs Iceland?
A winter stroll around Lucca's medieval streets is a delight. The cobbled pathways lead you through history, with charming architecture and inviting shops. The winter markets showcase local crafts and fayre, and are full of festive cheer. To add to the magic, don't miss the enchanting Muscan concerts that fill the air with soulful melodies. These musical performances, often held in ancient churches or intimate venues, offer a captivating experience and a glimpse into Tuscany's rich cultural heritage.
When you visit Florence during the winter months, you get to experience the city in a whole new light. It's the perfect time to explore iconic landmarks like the Florence Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, and the charming Ponte Vecchio, without the usual crowds. You can truly immerse yourself in the city's rich history and art without feeling rushed. Plus, you'll have a chance to enjoy the local culture and cuisine at a more relaxed pace. So, if you're looking for a more peaceful and authentic Florence experience, winter is the ideal time to go!
Green Line Festival.
Every year on December 8th, the Green Line Festival (formally known as Firenze Light Festival) is a mesmerising celebration that illuminates the city of Florence in a kaleidoscope of colours and creative brilliance. As the sun sets, the city's iconic landmarks, historic buildings and charming streets are adorned with spectacular light installations and captivating projections. The festival creates a magical atmosphere; an enchanting evening for visitors and locals alike.