Overview Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany

There’s a reason why everyone is searching for the next Tuscany: because the original is just that idyllic. Blessed with a landscape of cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves, this sunny Italian region south of Florence spoils travelers with every conceivable gluttonous delight—cheeses, pastas, and the famous Chianti wine. Leave your diet at home, but bring your camera: though small in size, medieval towns like Montepulciano and San Gimignano deliver awesome rewards for art and architecture buffs. ... Read More There’s a reason why everyone is searching for the next Tuscany: because the original is just that idyllic. Blessed with a landscape of cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves, this sunny Italian region south of Florence spoils travelers with every conceivable gluttonous delight—cheeses, pastas, and the famous Chianti wine. Leave your diet at home, but bring your camera: though small in size, medieval towns like Montepulciano and San Gimignano deliver awesome rewards for art and architecture buffs.    Close

Stories and Tips Tuscany

Terme Di Chianciano (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 16 Dec, 2001

My first experience with an Italian spa was at the Terme Di Chianciano. It was an experience I won't soon forget. The spa building itself resembles an American hospital. You enter the big glass doors to a tiled lobby full of non-descript,…Read More


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Terme Di Montepulciano (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 16 Dec, 2001

The Terme Di Montepulciano is run by an absolutely delightful and expressive director named Dr. Rosanna Cresti Turchi. While she does not speak much English, her mannerisms and quick smiles make a wonderfully warm impression. Her spa is large and gives over 4,000…Read More


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A Word on Rome

Written by barbara on 19 Dec, 2001

When planning to vacation in Tuscany, you might find yourself flying into Rome. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a day (or two or three or...) in this provocative and ancient city. It is completely different from the rolling countryside of Tuscany, but…Read More


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A Walk Through Historic Lucca

Written by barbara on 18 Dec, 2001

Inhabited since the Paleolithic Era, Lucca gets its name from the Ligurian Celts. The word "Luk" means "area of marshes." In the 3rd century B.C., the Romans made Lucca into a piazza, and it began to grow in stature from that point on.…Read More


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Terme Di Casciana (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 18 Dec, 2001

At the Terme Di Casciana, our hostess, Miriam, reminded me of a spa director I might meet in Atlanta. She wore black from head-to-toe, trendy boots, and a belt studded with silver. A doctor from the clinic--smoking as all Italian spa directors seem…Read More


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Terme Di San Giuliano (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 17 Dec, 2001

The charismatic spa director, Sergio Parenti, who wore a gray suit with a US lapel pin, blue-framed glasses, and had devilish sparkle in his brown eyes, showed us around his spa as he chain smoked on the grounds and told animated stories about the area's…Read More


Terme Jean Varraud--Bagni Di Lucca (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 17 Dec, 2001

Despite the cold chill in the air, upon entry to Terme Jean Varraud, my group was met with much warmth and hospitality. Paolo Mazzei runs the spa, and we were shown around with the help of his English speaking daughter. The terme has…Read More


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Grotta Giusti Terme (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 17 Dec, 2001

The Grotto Giusti Spa is a unique and luxurious place that has many features to please the more discriminating spa goer. Once the home of poet Giuseppe Guiusti in the 19th century, the villa in which the Grotta spa and hotel (see separate entry…Read More


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Terme Di Montecatini (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 18 Dec, 2001

Montecatini Terme is a city of spas. With several springs flowing with four different types of healing waters, there are beautiful parks in the area to visit. We entered the tall iron gates of one that is normally closed for the winter.…Read More


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Travels in Tuscany - No Licence Required

Written by Ozzy-Dave on 23 Mar, 2002

Travels in Tuscany – No Licence Required By Dave Underwood To drive or not to drive. That’s the question when planning a trip to Tuscany. How to visit those medieval villages and explore the vast landscape. Faced with this dilemma on a recent journey through Italy we…Read More


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