Here is the list of top 7 must-sees in Tuscany in 2019. Highlights, tips and suggestions to make your trip to Tuscany your own unique experience with people and places. Tuscany is a land rich in traditions, beauties, events, food and wine. It is not easy to choose when you have so many opportunities available. We have selected the best experiences for getting to know the most authentic Tuscany. Lots of ideas and hints to steer you beyond the traditional beaten track, between Crete Senesi—the hills of Siena—and the Val d’Orcia, and all the way to the sea. In this article you will find some interesting ideas so that you can plan your trip to Tuscany between Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi in an easy way.
Here are 7 must-sees in Tuscany in 2019
1. TASTE THE LAST VINTAGE OF BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO WINE
Every year the magic never ends. That’s why among the experiences you can enjoy in Val d’Orcia in 2019 you can not miss the tasting of the new Brunello di Montalcino vintage. Benvenuto Brunello takes place in February in Montalcino, an event that will allow you to taste many wines in advance before their release on the market. Every vintage has a different story with its nuances and characteristics to be discovered. No worry, you will still have time to taste the new Brunello also during the year in wine bars, restaurants or here at Podere Salicotto.
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2. SEE THE BRAVIO DELLE BOTTI IN MONTEPULCIANO
Montepulciano is an elegant Renaissance village at the top of a hill between Val d’Orcia and Valdichiana. You will fall in love with Montepulciano. Artisan shops, historic cellars dug into the rock, impressive Renaissance palaces and splendid churches. But there is a time of the year when Montepulciano offers visitors unique emotions. The last week of August, the heart of town comes alive with the flags and the colors of the 8 neighbourhoods. On the last Sunday in August, the 8 neighbourhoods challenge each other in an exciting race along the town streets: the Bravio delle Botti. Two gentlemen from each neighbourhood push a 80-kg-heavy-barrel from the lower part of the village up to the main square called Piazza Grande. A week of events and historical re-enactments not to be missed.
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3. RELAX WITH A THERMAL BATH
The real pleasure of travel is really discovering the life of a place by relishing, to the fullest, every part of it. In the Siena area there are a lot of towns with thermal baths: Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, Rapolano Terme, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni or Petriolo.You can choose among spas or natural pools surrounded in nature.
Here’s where to find the best thermal baths in Tuscany
4. A WALK IN THE” BOSCO DELLA RAGNAIA”
The “Bosco della Ragnaia” is a living sculpture. A wooded park and a garden created by the American artist Sheppard Craige. The park is located in San Giovanni d’Asso, a small and charming medieval village in the Crete Senesi, very close to our Podere Salicotto charming country home. In this article we warmly recommend a visit to this very authentic place beyond the traditional beaten track.
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5. A PHOTO WORKSHOP
If you love photography or simply impressive landscapes, Tuscany is the place for you. Tuscany offers a thousand postcard views and is certainly one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. We suggest you a photo tour in the Crete Senesi, a magic dream territory.
Here are the most photographed spots of the Crete Senesi
6. A HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT
Probably this is the most suggestive way to discover Tuscany from a unique point of view: the sky.
A hot-air balloon flight over the hills of Tuscany, between Val d’Orcia, Crete Senesi and Chianti is a memorable experience for one and all! Tuscany is famous all over the world for its postcard landscapes: a stunning tapestry of colours enjoyed from the sky at the first dawn light.
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7. A BIKE ROUTE
The loveliest landscaps, the amazing medieval villages and the great food and wine tradition make Tuscany one of the most popular destinations among bikers from all over the world.Biking on dirt roads surrounded by this gorgeous nature is the best way to really experience a territory.
Here are two itineraries by bike that will make you discover the most authentic Tuscany