Yes, just like fine wine and good women, Tuscany just gets better and better with each passing year.
After the massive eat-fests of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we decided to spend the first days of 2012 in Tuscany on our feet!
Luckily for us, we live in the land where stunning Tuscan hilltop towns abound and going for a walk in Tuscany is a delight.
The cobbled medieval walkways have little changed since, well, medieval times. The land is still charmingly sectioned into town, residential, farmland and unspoiled riverside.
Food still revolves around the seasons, just as nature intended, and families still gather on Sundays to enjoy traditional Tuscan recipes lovingly prepared just as nonna’s mamma’s mamma made them.
And that is exactly what makes Tuscany even better – that ‘La Bella Toscana’ remains unchanged; so stunningly beautiful and she has not even had any work done!
It’s the Slow Food defiance against fast food and faster lifestyles, instead maintaining the simple things in life that bring happiness and health to all who are lucky enough to enjoy them.
But the is one other very important reason to get out walking in Tuscany: New Year’s Eve marks merely the centre point of the Italian foodie calendar! We still have another feast to go and we wanted to ensure we’d well worked up our appetites for another great meal in Tuscany!
As any Italian child will inform you, there is still the eagerly awaited visit from La Befana to come on “La Festa dell’Epifania” – the Epiphany Feast which falls on January 6, celebrated by yet another great meal made of traditional Italian dishes!
To learn about food and have fun learning discovering tasty ways to use seasonal Italian ingredients to make delicious, typical dishes before indulging in a delicious meal made by you, we have hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Cooking Classes in a Tuscan Villa.
If you would like to immerse yourself in the Tuscan culture, we have a small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni too, as well as stopping for lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate. See the highlights of Tuscany in one spectacular day tour from Florence – Best of Tuscany small-group tour.
Join us to have fun on an exhilarating bike ride from Florence to the Tuscan countryside, whizzing up and down the rolling Tuscan hills that form the stunning Tuscany countryside as you tour to a great Tuscan villa wine estate to visit their wine cellar for a Tuscan wine tasting, and dine at an award-winning Tuscan restaurant. During the warmer months, you may want to add a splash of extra fun to your Tuscany bike tour with our unique Tuscany Bike Ride with a Villa Swim. Should you wish to skip the Tuscan bike riding altogether and head straight pool-side, we have our Wine Tour and Villa Swim with lunch or simply enjoy a Villa Swim and Lunch in Tuscany.
Visit a Tuscan villa on the Taste of Tuscany at the Villa wine tour. Explore historic wine estates before undertaking a wine tasting. Tread through the terrain, enjoying spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside up-close and personal.
Stroll through the Tuscan countryside, join us for a Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Leaving from Florence’s city centre and heading to the surrounding countryside, this small-group walking tour includes, well, walking in Tuscany, as well as lunch with wine at a stunning Renaissance Villa Estate, accompanied by an expert tour guide.
If you would like to have a private guide accompanying you, we have private tours that cater to your every desire. From Florence (and Tuscany) to Rome, Venice to the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.
To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.