Tuscany, famous for its beautiful landscapes, culture and gastronomy, can act as the perfect escape during the festive period as it offers the opportunity to unwind, shop and get in the Christmas spirit.
If you’re planning a December getaway, why not read our tips as to why Tuscany should be top of your list this holiday season!
- Eat, drink and be merry: At Christmas, Italians boast Pandoro and Panettone as their festive treats, but in Tuscany, you can taste local delights such as Ricciarelli, a delicious marzipan delicacy, which originated in the fourteenth century and cannot be found anywhere else. They even say it’s perfect served with Tuscan Vin Santo – sweet treats and authentic vino. But not only are the deserts unlike any other, the festive gourmet is phenomenal. Visit Le Bindi, in Monte San Savino, and enjoy the atmosphere and cuisine like no other; with the restaurant being made up of only one table and a set menu for all, it’ll definitely be an unforgettable experience.
- Shop ‘til you drop: Leather bags and purses are at the top of every girls Christmas list and Tuscany has a reputation for the finest! Visit The San Lorenzo Market in Florence, which originated in the 1300s, and explore luxury boutiques, vast bazaars and unique trinket sellers. Experience Tuscany’s Christmas markets in all of its glorious hill-top towns; in one of the most outstanding town squares in all of Italy, Siena, visit “Mercato del Campo” and purchase one-of-a-kind crafts, local delicacies and gorgeous gifts for everyone, all which listening to the chimes of “Astro Del Ciel”.
- New Year Tuscan style: New Year in Tuscany is all about the food and wine. Whether you’re celebrating in a restaurant, in a town square or in a private villa, look forward to sparkling Chianti, stunning bottles of Brunello and delightful aperitifs made of pecorino and cold cuts. Traditionally the evening ends with a toast, sipping on a piping hot Bombardino – Tuscany’s version of eggnog made with brandy, egg liqueur, whipped cream & cinnamon. Buon appetito!
- Relax and unwind: Balance the madness of Christmas with some much needed downtime, with a visit to one of the many thermal spas. Rapalano Terme, offers unmistakable landscapes and relaxing spas in the stunning province of Crete Senesi.
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See you soon!