Read our pocket guide to Tuscany
Tuscany: A pocket guide
Why is Tuscany so eternally popular? Travelers have been flocking here since the Middle Ages, drawn by medieval and Renaissance hilltop towns, fabled villas and gardens, sandy beaches, and rolling hills covered in olive groves and cypresses. The spirit of Tuscany can be found in a Piero della Francesca fresco, a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino riserva, or a bowl of panzanella (the Tuscan equivalent of gazpacho) in a little trattoria, for this is a region that has long honored beauty and quality. Much of the region’s present landscape, dotted with ancient villages, would be recognized by Michelangelo, and Tuscany’s art-filled historic cities—Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo—continue to draw admirers from all corners of the world. A private villa, its kitchen commandeered by a fabulous local chef, is the best way to connect with Tuscany’s landscape, history, food, and people. Guests who can tear themselves away from the quiet gardens, discreet pool, and charming staff for a day of exploring return from their adventures to the peace and beauty of a home-away-from-home in the Tuscan hills.