Top 10 Things to do in Tuscany
By no means am I a travel expert on all things to do in Tuscany! However, for my fellow new travelers out there that want a genuine experience, this post may just be for you! Here are 10 things you can do in a weeks time, however I would suggest at least two weeks for the region!
- Take a cooking class. I have done two separate cooking classes that were totally different from one another. One was in a beautiful home in San Gimignano with another family of four. It was very personal to be in their home and it provided an authentic experience. The second cooking class we did, we were in Florence and were taken to the market to buy all of the ingredients first, which was such a great hands on experience. However, when we went back, the chef prepared everything. So, you get to decide which experience you would prefer!
- Visit the market(s). There are so many markets that take place. Some are specific to weekends or holidays, but there is also the everyday market. Whatever you enjoy, there is a market for you!
- Do all touristy things in Florence. I have to admit… I hate looking like a tourist. But when in… Florence, you gotta! It is such a beautiful city with so much to see and do.
- Go wine tasting. This seems like a given, right? Just wanted to make sure you had that on your list 😉
- Visit San Gimignano. You could do a day trip, or better yet, spend a night or two in this small, quaint hillside town. There is something so magical at night with no tourists lurking around.
- Take a day trip to Siena. When you go to Siena, hike up the clock tower for a stunning view over Tuscany. Then, grab a bite here.
- Another day trip to Volterra. I wasn’t sold on another day trip, when San Gimignano had already stolen my heart. However, Volterra is a close runner up.
- Do a cheese tasting in Pienza. So, I didn’t immediately fall in love with this place. Granted there were a ton of tourists (in the winter) and I just didn’t enjoy the vibe as some of the other towns. However, they are known for their pecorino cheese. And I love cheese. So, you should eat a lot of cheese and then buy some.
- Visit the infamous white church. On your drive from Montalcino to Pienza on your left hand side keep your eye out for the iconic church. You can drive up to it for a closer look!
- Get the best local tips and stay at an AirBnB and have a chat with your host! Finding local gems for that genuine experience is what I crave – and who better to ask?
Hope you have the best trip and that some of the tips above help in planning your adventures!