Renaissance towns nestle within the rolling hills that make up the Tuscan landscape. Now and then the peaks and valleys give way to the sprawl of rust-coloured rooftops.
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The hilltop houses are painted a gentle yellow, with the occasional burst of bright terracotta which juxtaposes the rich green of the surrounding vegetation. Local markets brim with seasonal produce that form the basis of hearty Tuscan cuisine. In the cities, the hands of the great Brunelleschi leave their mark on facades and the streets are filled with the scent of leather, testament to the craft of the region’s skilled artisans.
Ribollita is a Tuscan bread soup, once a peasant food. This comforting potage made with bread and vegetables.
The mascot of Tuscany, wild boar is known for its rich, sumptuous game flavour. A must try in Tuscany.
Il tartufo bianco, or prized white truffle, can be enjoyed in specialist Florence restaurants. Dear, but exquisite.
Cavolo nero, or black cale, was a staple peasant crop of Tuscany for centuries. Now it is regarded as a superfood.
The Negroni was born in the city of Florence. Learn to make this classic Tuscan cocktail at home with our simple guide below.
A beautiful Tuscan hill town enclosed within 13th-century walls with the triangular Piazza della Cisterna marking its heart.
Florence Cathedral, the city's most iconic landmark. Its dome was engineered by the inimitable Brunelleschi.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Built over the course of 200 years, the tower was competed in 1372 and has since survived at least 4 major earthquakes.
Duomo di Siena
Siena's magnificent medieval church features 56 beautifully etched and inlaid marble pillars.
Literally "Old Bridge", the Ponte Vecchio was built in medieval times and is Florence's most famous crossing.
"Chiantishire" is so-called as affluent Brits are known to descend to the region, en masse, in search of its prized Chianti wine.
The powerful Medici family are deeply connected with the history of Florence, having wielded significant power in the city for centuries.
"Il Porcellino", Florence's bronze fountain of a boar, is said to bring luck when one touches its snout.
Palio di Siena
This biannual horserace takes place in Siena's Piazza del Campo and involves riding bareback for 3 laps of the piazza.
Bring the flavours of Tuscany to your kitchen
Treat yourself to an authentic taste of Tuscany with our limited edition dishes inspired by the region’s cuisine. Alternatively, take a look at our weekly menu to see what delicious recipes you can have delivered to your doorstep this week.
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Explore this stunning region further with our guides. From the best Tuscan wines to taste to the treasure’s a food-lover will discover in Florence, our virtual tour is almost as good as the real thing and our recipes will help you bring Tuscany to life in your own kitchen.
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