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Visiting Tuscany

A foodie's guide to the beautiful Tuscany - where to eat and drink & tips on local cuisine & food events

Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many people come in search of fine art other to explore its beautiful countryside. Here you can enjoy the mountain paths, you can cycle the rolling hills, enjoy on the beaches on the Tyhrrenian Sea.

Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture. Tuscan capital is Florence - home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Other cities in this region are Siena and Pisa then Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca.

Tuscany is ideal destination for unforgettable cooking holidays. These activity is usually held in rural houses which are surrounded by pure nature. Here you will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of cooking Italian regional dishes - different kind of pasta, sauces, pizza and other specialities. In addition you will visit local producers of  wine, cheese and olive oil.

You can visit Tuscany on a day trip from Rome by taking a train or car.

What to taste in Tuscany

The origins of Tuscan food are rather rustic, as we can see from its basic ingredients: bread, spelt and vegetables. Some typical appetizers are crostini (tosted bread) topped by spreads like chicken liver, panzanella and salami including finocchiona - a fennel-flavoured salami.

The typical first course is soup, like the famous ribollita or bean soup, spelt soup, pici or pappardelle with hare.


A famous fish dish is cacciusso soup, followed by mullets and the stockfish stew of Livorno. Amont meat dishes, the bistecca fiorentina (grilled T-bone steak) is the most popular. The typical desserts are castagnaccio (chestnut cake), necci (chestnut pancakes), buccellatto (anise cake) and cantucci. Tuscany produces the finest wines in Italy, from Chianti to Vino Nobile Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Vin Santo, a sweet wine is usually paired with cantucci (almond cookies).

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