Video: Watch Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. Cameron, Donatello. Maybe I’ll see you there. We are planning to do the Venice to Rome tour and wanted to fly into Florence 3-4 days earlier. Here my top dozen things to do in Tuscany — whether you’re going with a tour, or on your own. (I just checked my records, and the end of this year will mark the tenth anniversary of that visit.). It was one of our best memories of that trip. Tuscany is all about community. Also remember to look beyond the kitchen. Hi Steve, your Italy book recommended one of my favourite little towns, “civita di bagnoregio” if someone wants to travel off the beaten path. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Siena, Italy and find out what to do on your next trip. For 50 years, Adamo has made sure visitors enjoy a tasty education in the Nobile di Montepulciano. Oh well. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Gelato — super-check. I think it’s because it’s so experience-rich. One Siena native recently told me that Tuscans consider themselves the inheritors and stewards of a centuries-long legacy of beauty. Verona, Italy: Joy of the Veneto by Rick Steves' Europe. “Now, why might you want to go to Tuscany?”, I cut to the chase: “Look, I just want to go. Tuscany and the Cinque Terre are our favorites. Looking for the ultimate Tuscan piazza? While some are more refined than others, expect muddy roads, manure smells, and tractor engines firing up in the wee hours. Crossing over into Tuscany from Umbria, Steves next takes us to the town of Cortona -- which some of you may recognize from the novel and film, "Under the Tuscan Sun." Stately churches, humble chapels, rustic farmhouses, and circles of trees perched just so in resplendent tableaus. Touring Tuscany in May 2016 was a dream…I was lucky to have a seasoned traveler to Italy with me……..trying hard to pack in Florence, Cinque Terre, followed by a leisurely week in Lucca ( followed by 5 days in Montepulciano )where we rented a lovely apartment and got to know the local baker and the veg &fruit lady…… we rented bikes and rode the rampart surrounding the town…..but the very best experience was a live concert of Puccini arias in a lovely old church ( since Puccini spent some time in Lucca….the town has claimed him as their own… with concerts one evening a week pretty much throughout the year…..front row….we could most reach out and touch the performers…..breathtakingly beautiful ! Terms of Service | Privacy. During the 1400s and 1500s, the Tuscan art world had a very, very, very deep bench: Michelangelo. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. So much to see, so little time. Read more about these two overlooked Tuscan masterpieces…and why Il Sodoma may be the quirkiest character in art history. Tuscany & Umbria - Travel with Rick Steves by Travel with Rick Steves published on 2013-04-29T21:08:21Z Published Jun 04, 2006 - Take a holiday to Mona Lisa's backyard on this week's Travel with Rick Steves. And many others (Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Vasari, Fra Angelico) who don’t share their names with radioactive turtles. Happy Travels!!! Here’s what to expect in off-season Tuscany. Scandinavia On the actual day of … ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy. I went there earlier this summer (researching a new chapter for the upcoming 18th edition of our Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook) and was totally charmed by the place. Many great truffle-focused eateries there…. Over dinner, we discussed our plans for the next day’s adventure. Not only did they warn Julius Caesar about the Ides of March and give their name to the region of Tuscany. Thank you (All of these craftspeople — and others — are recommended in our Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook). In this country notorious for its challenging idiosyncrasies, Tuscany is the one place where everything is in perfect, serene harmony. In this travel class, Rick Steves describes Italy's Tuscany and Umbria — adjoining regions famous for their scenery, food, wine, and fine cities and hill towns (including Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Civita, and Assisi). Come to understand the local saying, il dolce far niente — “the sweetness of doing nothing.”. For inspiration, here’s a rundown of my all-time-favorite Tuscan cooking classes. Impeccably designed by Heather Lawless and other experts and guides in our Tour Operations department, it weaves together 12 days of vivid Tuscan experiences. I love Italy. I thought I’d just pop in and say hi … I found it a magical place to visit. Hope to do it in the future! She went for it. With about 800 Rick Steves tours this year enjoying unforgettable experiences in every corner of Europe, I wasn’t surprised to bump into one of my groups in an Etruscan cellar below the streets of Volterra having a wine tasting by Francesco. (Who doesn’t?) We rented a little Fiat 500 and enjoyed day trips from our home base, buzzing along the narrow country roads throughout Tuscany and Umbria. “Tuscan cooking classes” are an entire subgenre of travel. Germany & Austria Rick Steves: Rome is magic after dark At the Contucci cellar, your host is the lively Adamo. The harvests and cooler air, the scent of roast chestnuts in Pienza, the warm uncrowded waters of Saturnia were unforgettable. In 2007 my husband and I were in Paris on a 7 Days in Paris Rick Steves’ tour. Travel with a Mobile Device Greece Each Tuscan town’s piazza has its own special character: Florence’s is in the shadow of the towering Palazzo Vecchio. Here are four Tuscan artisans you can get to know in Montepulciano. My favorite gelato artist in Tuscany, Nicola Sgarbi, is a perfectionist…a total gelato snob. Lucca’s follows the footprint of an old Roman amphitheater. France But there’s much more to this rocky little island: pebbly beaches, hardworking harbors, seafood dinners, and a truly terrifying gondola ride. (Or maybe it’s just all the pecorino and truffles.). I’ve blogged more about that subject than I have about entire countries. At a zero-kilometer meal, you’re not just eating food. In fact, I went there once after a truffle hunt (with the hunter and his dog), simply to learn about the garden. European Travel Skills It’s an interesting art garden of an eccentric (U.S., I think) artist, open to the public. study up on how to sniff out the best gelato wherever you go, anywhere in Italy. Switzerland PS: We don’t go to Europe without a Rick Steves’ book to guide us. Required fields are marked *. Settling into an agriturismo, you meet fascinating locals and feel close to the earth. Not only did their advanced culture lay a foundation for the ancient Romans, and ultimately for all of Western Civilization. Pienza’s is a perfect Renaissance cube. That’s because this region has an outrageously appealing food culture — ranging from big, sloppy plates of pasta to refined high cuisine. Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers how to stroll the same streets walked by Michelangelo, explore world-reknown art museums, or sample Tuscan cuisine? I’ve led many Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, but I’ve never been on one just for fun. Many Tuscan farms invite visitors to learn about how they make their wine, olive oil, and prosciutto. Just wondering if you, Sarah Corfield, or any of the guides (including Rick) have been to ‘Basco della Ragnaia’, just outside the village of San Giovanni D’Asso? View the daily YouTube analytics of Rick Steves' Europe and track progress charts, view future predictions, related channels, and track realtime live sub counts. Get it as soon as Wed, Feb 5. Rick Steves: Wonderful wineries in Tuscany Roberto Bechi, my favorite guide in the region, runs a farmhouse B&B perched on a bluff a 20-minute drive south of Siena. Jennifer Madison Davis, the managing editor who keeps our guidebook production schedule humming like a finely tuned machine, eyed me suspiciously. Click on the ‘Tuscany’ show to hear me, karin kibby, and rick talk about italy’s most beautiful region (warning: Karin and I are totally biased). His weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves first aired in 2005. This roundup is designed to inspire you to pack your trip with quintessential Tuscan experiences. What we're trying to figure out first is the general outline of the trip (order, major stops, transportation, etc.). As fate–and the surprising Italian planning would have it–the video was completely Beatles themed, if I recall correctly. And Siena’s — the best of them all — is a vast, slanted, brick-paved oblong that hosts a twice-yearly horse race. Or study up on how to sniff out the best gelato wherever you go, anywhere in Italy. We had one of our most memorable lunch up at the castle restaurant in town. Gregarious locals — check. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Adamo the vintner. During each day’s jaunt, we loved speaking with the locals in our limited Italian and they seemed to love (and get a kick out of) our attempts to do so! Tuscans have always been keenly aware that the same produce can taste very different, depending on the specific conditions in which it’s grown — soil, sun exposure, micro-climate, and so on. We enjoy the culture and energy of busy cities but are country dwellers at heart. Amazing art — check. My trip was in 2005, Loved it, wish I could live the there, did almost everything you suggested except cooking class, not enough time. Ireland And there’s a cooking class for every taste: hand-rolling pasta in a casual, family-friendly setting; going to the private residence of a talented home chef to assemble a seasonal feast; hanging out in the kitchen of a Michelin-star chef; and everything in between. One of Tuscany’s calling cards is its mind-bending scenery: Sumptuous, extravagantly green, undulating farm fields that look like a painting. For all of the details on everything described here, check out our Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook. We had a boeuf bourguinon feast! Nicola the gelato artist. But the Etruscans may well be the most fascinating prehistoric people you’ve never even thought about. We stayed at a marvelous B &B in Montalcino. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Check out this “best of” list. Why is Tuscany my first choice for a European vacation? And there’s no better place to commune with the Tuscans than on the piazza, or main square — particularly in the late afternoon, when families are out strolling…doing those aimless laps that they call the passeggiata. My inspiration for this piece is the arrival of our just-announced Best of Tuscany in 12 Days Tour, which weaves together, in some form or another, virtually all of the experiences I’ve described here. But if you’re lucky enough to hit his shop when he’s all stocked up, you’ll enjoy his explosively flavorful creations. I promise that I won’t get carried away. Europe for Foodies But it’s not just the landscape. Read more about one of our favorite agriturismi: Cretaiole, just outside of Pienza. There’s so much more that I haven’t covered here — cycling around Lucca’s ramparts, taking a dip in the Roman-era hot springs of Bagno Vignoni, doing a tasting of high-end “Super Tuscan” wines at a Florentine enoteca — but hopefully this is enough to stoke your wanderlust for your next trip to Tuscany. see our FAQ. We stayed in an Agriturismo outside of Orvieto and had the most amazing farm to table communal meals there with guests from all over the world. The ultimate farm experience is having a “zero-kilometer” meal — meaning that all of the ingredients are sourced from within less than a kilometer of where they’re eaten. Travel as a Political Act, England & Wales In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. This was our favorite visit to Italy and our takeaways were: 1) spend a couple of weeks in one homebase location (if possible); 2) rent a vehicle for sightseeing in Tuscany; 3) Learn a little Italian and speak to the people you meet; 4) Try doing some of your own cooking with the amazing, fresh Tuscan produce; 5) Enjoy a daily glass of Tuscan wine and, of course, a gelato! Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany (Rick Steves Travel Guide) Part of: Rick Steves Travel Guide(32 Books) | by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw | Dec 3, 2019. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. Because of their deep dedication to beauty, many Tuscans have devoted their lives to mastering a craft — creating something with care and precision, while carrying on a proud aesthetic tradition going back centuries. Honest!”. Stick with me. Then, hop out of your chair and join the informal people parade as it promenades through the traffic-free town center. So much of the traveler’s Tuscany is rolling farm fields, world-class art, stony hill towns, and hearty, meaty cuisine. Giulio the steak maestro. 2:17. Tuscany’s towers date from a time long before there was an “Italy” — when this area was a loose collection of city-states and wealthy families, all vying for the upper hand. Rick Steves went to Tuscany for his travel show "Rick Steves' Europe," walking us through its fascinating pre-Roman history and gentle beauty, and showing us what the sweet life is all about. That’s about to change — my wife and I are signing up to be tour members on the Best of Tuscany in 2020. It is, as you describe, somewhat eccentric and an enjoyable place for a little walk. Fortunately, the region remains entertaining off-season, when things are much quieter. Italy's Great Hill Towns by Rick Steves' Europe. Paperback $16.79 $ 16. That architectural legacy is a boon for today’s travelers, who enjoy climbing to the tops of these towers for views over the rooftops and rolling hills of Tuscany. Learn more about the roots of Tuscany’s obsession with towers. As an added bonus we were able to throw open our shuttered windows….it was April and the nights were cool…and one of the resident cats hopped through the windows and spent the night in bed with us! Or…let someone else do all that planning. A few tragically under-visited museums around Tuscany display what does survive, including delicate artwork (like the hauntingly beautiful statue called The Evening Shadow, or L’Ombra della Sera) and evocative funerary urns, showing Etruscans with big personalities lounging at an eternal banquet for the gods. Here are a few of Tuscany’s top Etruscan artifacts, and where to find them. When I’m in the bucolic heart of Tuscany, I have trouble getting to sleep. By Rick Steves, Tribune Content Agency on May 2, 2017 Wedged between Florence and Rome, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screensaver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees marching single file up lonely ridges. Sign in. Towers both served a defensive purpose and stood as status symbols for proud communities. Thank you for this new tour and thanks so very, very much for all the wonderful experiences I’ve had with your tours. I’ll just update what’s already there. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Beauty is in the DNA of Tuscans. Read about a zero-kilometer meal you can experience just outside of Montalcino. My wife, Sandy, and I have been to Italy several times and Tuscany is our favorite. Then went on to have one of our most outstanding dinners while in Italy. I thought the village was fun, also. Six months ago, as I was plotting out my summer travels, I volunteered to do some guidebook-updating work in Italy: Orvieto, Assisi, and, oh, I don’t know, maybe a few other places… like, say… Tuscany? Play “King of the Castle” atop a Fortified Tower. And fireflies (none where we live) just added to the magic. Highly recommend!! Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Hillsides grooved with twisty rural roads and lined with pointy cypress trees. I am looking for Florence tour guides that can take my wife and me around the Tuscany area over a 2-3 day period. We attended that same opera while visiting Lucca. I know — when compared to things like gelato and Michelangelo and pappardelle alla bolognese, it’s hard to get excited about the people who lived in Tuscany 3,000 years ago. One word of caution: Be aware that an agriturismo is truly a working farm. We recommend our favorites in the Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook, and you can also find a comprehensive list at Agriturismo.it. 4+ stars ! I prefer a smaller group. Tuscany is crazy about its towers — whether it’s the turreted townhouse of a wealthy local bigwig in San Gimignano, the fancy facade of a humble town hall in  Montepulciano or Volterra, the towering City Hall of Siena, or the famously tipsy bell tower at Pisa’s Field of Miracles. 79 $23.99 $23.99. Suddenly the dog got excited, started digging, and discovered a truffle right in the middle of a pathway through the park. These are places where it’s actually worth paying way too much for a fancy aperitivo for the privilege of just hanging out at an al fresco table and getting serious about people-watching. If you take the time to slow down and seek out these modern-day masters, you’re left with indelible memories: Roberto the alabaster sculptor. Tuscany — like other popular European destinations — can be extremely crowded. European Cruising 101 Of course, we always indulged in a mid-afternoon gelato, too! Our tour company just announced a brand-new Best of Tuscany Tour for 2020. 4.8 out of 5 stars 10. If you want something done just right, with precision artistry and care…find yourself a Tuscan. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. I’m amped up, like I’m a toy-crazy little kid and every night is Christmas Eve. One Traveler’s Risk Assessment, Provençal Markets for Aficionados: 7 Markets in 7 Days. By Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. Italy But, despite all of this, the Etruscans left virtually nothing tangible behind — shrouding their distant civilization in mystery. Yes, I have been to that lovely garden! Here’s a list of the best viewpoints in Tuscany — where you can snap postcard-worthy photos of your own. Elba makes for a relaxing island escape from a busy Tuscan itinerary. The thing that made the night most memorable, however, was that in the two or three hours before the celebration, a steady rain had been falling and we had waffled on whether to go to the party. Incredible food — check. For a change of pace, consider hopping a ferry for the one-hour crossing to the little isle of Elba. While off-season travel comes with its downsides (cooler weather, earlier closing times, fewer daylight hours), visiting Tuscany outside of peak season can be a great plan for flexible travelers. While not technically a “cooking class,” going on a truffle hunt in a Tuscan forest — chasing after a smart-as-a-whip dog who has the scent of those precious deposits — gives you a whole new appreciation for a plate of truffle pasta. Hi, Rick. One night in Vernazza, we sat on the cliffs with a view of the full moon over the Mediterranean! Then he heads into wine country for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun. We chose one destination per day, soaking in the scenery and ambience of each, visiting farmers markets and vineyards, and enjoying an inexpensive lunch (usually per Rick’s recommendations). We're currently planning on spending the three weeks in the the lakes area and Tuscany; thinking roughly 7 days in the lakes and 14 in Tuscany. This hill town's history goes back more than 2,500 years to Etruscan times, but has become popular among American tourists in recent years, and for good reason -- it's gorgeous. We arrived at our Hotel Londres Eiffel a week early and ate down the street at La Varangue (an RS recommendation). In Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:. Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Tuscany, central Florence, and greater Florence) Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies It’s a great garden. 25:05. The story behind that garden is very special. Hold on! 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