Tuscany is one of the most well-loved regions of Italy, brimming with Renaissance art and architecture, historical towns, rolling green hills and, of course, mind-blowing Tuscan wine. And so, if you’re planning a trip to Italy, make sure to visit the wine country of Tuscany. Even if it’s just a day trip from Florence, the effort is well worth it for any true wine-lover.
Tuscany Day Trips from Florence
Tuscany is one of the most well-loved regions of Italy, brimming with Renaissance art and architecture, historical towns, rolling green hills and, of course, mind-blowing Tuscan wine. Add a wine tasting tour to the Tuscan countryside on your Italy travel itinerary. Don’t worry about the details, just book your experience and let us handle all the details (including transportation).
Places to See in Tuscany
Don’t get us wrong, we love Florence. The beating heart of the Renaissance, Tuscany’s capital city is full of medieval piazzas, world-famous museums like the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David. However, after you’ve had your fill of Dante’s hometown, we suggest heading out to the hills. Taste some Tuscan wine and soak in (and drink up) all that this gorgeous region has to offer.
San Gimignano – Medieval Manhattan
San Gimignano, or the “Town of Fine Towers”, has a medieval skyline you won’t want to miss. Located in the province of Siena, San Gimignano is filled with awe-inspiring Romanesque architecture and charming cobblestone streets. Explore San Gimignano’s the Piazza della Cisterna, or pay a visit to the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Home to breathtaking frescoes from the Sienese school, these works of art are influenced by the Byzantine traditions of Duccio and by the Proto-Renaissance painter Giotto.
After exploring the town, head to a local bar to enjoy a glass of the town’s specialty wine: Vernaccia. This refreshing and fruity wine is the only DOCG white wine from the Tuscan region. What is DOCG designation? This title means that any Italian wine labeled DOCG is of the highest quality. Furthermore, DOCG classification requires that wine is made predominantly with Vernaccia grapes.
Tuscan Wine in the Chianti Region
Chianti is more than just an earthy, delicious red wine to pair with your pasta; it’s also the region from which the wine takes its name. Flush with vineyards, the Chianti region in Tuscany has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Here, you’ll find some of the finest red wine. The Chianti region is divided into seven areas, each of which produces a specific kind of Chianti wine.
The most distinguished Chianti wine is the Chianti Classico. Originating between Florence and Siena, the predominant grape in Chianti Classico is the Sangiovese. In addition, wine classified as Chianti must be produced 80% from Sangiovese grapes. And of course, any wine tasting tour in Tuscany requires some delicious cuisine to accompany it.
If this sounds right up your alley, take advantage of an all-inclusive Florence day trip to Chianti with a visit to a family-owned farmhouse for some home-cooked cuisine. This is the true taste of Chianti! On the other hand, if you’d rather go it alone, there are several popular wine towns in Tuscany to explore at your leisure. To get a head start, read up on A few of the popular wine towns to choose from include Castellina in Chianti, Barberino Val d’Elsa, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Greve.
Brunello di Montalcino Wine
Located in the province of Siena, Montalcino is well-known for Brunello di Montalcino wine. Among the most expensive wines in Italy, this top rated Tuscan wine is produced using 100% Sangiovese grapes called Brunello. Brunello grapes produce exceptionally bold red wine with high tannin and acidity. Well worth the wait, Brunello wine reaches peak perfection after a decade or more.
Things to Do in Montalcino
This enchanting medieval town takes its name from a type of Oak tree that once covered the terrain. In addition to wine tasting, the elevation of Montalcino offers stunning views. Enjoy the gorgeous landscape from above, including the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valleys of Tuscans. Dotted with silvery olive orchards, vineyards, fields and villages, the lower slopes of the Montalcino hill are dominated by highly-productive vines and olive orchards.
How to Go Wine Tasting in Tuscany
Most people visiting Italy choose to stay in Florence. However, Tuscany wine tours are bountiful from the capital city. If you’re looking to taste some delicious Tuscan wine, but don’t have a day to spare in your itinerary, you can try many of the local wines from restaurants and enotecas in Florence! If you’re looking for one of our tried-and-true wine shops, pay a visit to Enoteca Obsequium. At this local shop, taste the best Tuscan and Italian wines by the glass.
Whether or not you decide to join a local wine expert on a wine tasting tour in Tuscany or go it alone, the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Tuscan country is an incredible opportunity. These rolling green hills constitute one of the world’s best destinations for wine-lovers in the world.
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