Most people — and certainly all food-loving travelers — are familiar with the idea of sampling wine while visiting Tuscany, especially if you’re lucky enough to go during wine festival season in the fall. But there’s another big crop being harvested in the autumn in Tuscany, and it’s got its own slate of festivals: olive oil.
Inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are one of the main attractions. Most of the focus is usually on the New Sacristy, where Michelangelo sculptures sit atop Medici tombs, but the Chapel of the Princes is another part of the Medici Chapels – and it’s far flashier.
There are few better ways to spend a nice day in the Tuscan countryside than by hiking over its hills and through its vineyards. There are plenty of places to hike, but when you don’t know the area well it’s always a good idea to join an organized hiking tour.
The idea of seeing Tuscany in one day is a crazy one, but you can certainly see the region’s highlights in a well-organized day trip. Some of the not-to-be-missed destinations can all be included in a day – Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa.
The coastal city of Livorno is just under 60 miles from Florence, but it’s the Tuscan capital’s cruise port. While there are a few reasons to hang out in Livorno, nearly everyone who arrives on a cruise ship is intent on visiting Florence – so here’s how to get to Florence from Livorno.
Whether or not you know their names, the members of the Medici family left their mark all over Florence. In some cases, it’s the palaces they built, that today house museums. In other cases, it’s the artists whose work they patronized – artists who have made a lasting impact on the art world.
Perhaps you remember the tidbit from art history class about how frescoes are painted on a wet surface, but it’s unlikely you can appreciate the unique challenges of creating a fresco unless you try it for yourself. There’s no Renaissance time machine necessary, either – you just need to take a fresco painting workshop in Florence.
The historic center of Florence is charming and picturesque no matter what time of day you see it, but there’s an added layer of mystery and romance to the old buildings and cobbled streets when the sun goes down. There’s a side of Florence you just won’t see unless you go on an evening tour.