Tuscany On Holiday Tips

unduhan-7I was as surprised as anyone to discover a small-scale sustainable goat farm, with some of the finest cashmere I’ve ever seen, in the heart of Tuscany, close to Radda in Chianti. Owner Nora Kravis (originally from Long Island, in the States) is a character, having lived here for over 30 years and owning more than 200 goats (one named Cappuccino) and 15 dogs. You can arrange a visit – Nora loves guests – and check out her shop and its range of delightful cashmere accessories.

Chiusi’s labyrinths

Escape the crowds and queues and immerse yourself in Tuscany’s lesser-known historical and architectural treasures. Chiusi, on the border with Umbria south-west of Siena, also has excellent rail links. Its gems, aside from its magnificent Etruscan museum, include the intriguingly named, fifth-century BC Monkey’s Tomb with frescoes depicting funeral games, and the Labyrinth of Porsenna. Afterwards, visit Nonna Rosa restaurant on Via dei Tulipani), where you can eat your stuffed gnocchi or wild boar stew sitting astride an old moped, or inside a restored Fiat 500.
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Viareggio’s beaches

Many people forget that there are some are great places to stay on the Tuscan coast. Base yourself in Viareggio and you get the best of both worlds: it’s easy to reach by train from Pisa airport, has hotels for all budgets (Hotel Ely has doubles in June from €70 B&B). Swim and sunbathe on soft golden sands and explore the area by train or local bus. Pisa, Lucca, Livorno and Florence are all within an hour on public transport.
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Trattorias in Florence

It’s hard to imagine there’s anywhere in Florence to eat good Tuscan food at reasonable prices. But the Florentines just keep the best places secret. A clue is trattorias that don’t bother with a website. Da Ruggero (Via Senese 89, +39 055 220542), just beyond the Boboli Gardens, is the best place in Florence for ribollitaor farinata con cavolo nero, a thick kale soup made from kale and polenta flour and drizzled with intense olive oil. Its pappardelle alla lepre, homemade noodles with hare ragù, is worth the visit alone. Trattoria Sostanza (Via del Porcellana, 25/R, +39 055 212691) probably hasn’t changed since 1869, when it opened. Trygallina bollita, hen poached in intense stock, served with vibrant salsa verde. In central Florence, Natalino does have a website (+39 055 289404). It’s a 120-year-old family-run restaurant that updates Tuscan specialities. A brilliant tortelloni dish deconstructs the classic leaves, pear and gorgonzola salad with walnuts, and turns it into a pasta dish. And don’t miss the revamped Mercato Centrale, with its upstairs food stalls selling dishes made with ingredients from the market below.

Bagno Vignoni village

One of the highlights of our tour around Tuscany was a night in the Bagno Vignoni, a village known for its hot springs. We bought a half-day pass at Hotel Posta Marcucci and enjoyed luxuriating in the warm thermal waters with wonderful views of the countryside. We had dinner at La Parata – great aglione(garlic and tomato) sauce on the pasta followed by amazing grilled chicken. We stayed at La Locanda del Loggiato, a comfortable B&B run by two sisters, with a great breakfast.