Where to start with a list of things to see and do in Tuscany!
You could spend your life in this region of Italy and still not discover
everything it has to offer. If it’s your first trip, you will more than
likely want to tick off the obvious attractions such as Florence, Siena
and San Gimingnano - but if you’ve been to Tuscany before, or just
prefer something a little less busy, then there are plenty of quieter
places to visit that are just as stunning, but less hectic.
We feel our location provides the perfect base for enjoying the best the
region has to offer. We are less than an hour from the coast and some
of Tuscany’s best Blue Flag beaches, with the cities of Florence, Lucca
and Pisa all within easy reach in under an hour. The nearby town of
Pescia (3 miles away) also has a train station, allowing you to travel
further afield should you feel more adventurous.
While having all that on the doorstep, our position in the foothills of
the mountains also offers complete peace and quiet, and for those
looking for a more active holiday the surrounding countryside is
perfect for cycling and hiking, as well as being just an hour away from
the winter ski resort of Abetone.
To top off our offering we can also organise, holisitic therapies at a
local studio, wine tasting at a local vineyard, hikes with a local guide,
So whether you plan to fill your time here visiting the famous sights
of Tuscany, heading north into the hills by bike or on foot, or if you
just want to bury yourself in a book on our patio with a stunning view
while leaving civilisation far behind, you can have it all here at
The best holidays are those that leave lasting memories and those memories are made by special
experiences, so why not let us help you with this by taking advantage of some of the connections we’ve
made to local people and businesses.
While in general Northern Tuscany is famed for it’s oil rather than wine
production, nearby Montecarlo is our go-to spot for wine, it is a small
hilltop village that is picture perfect and is surrounded on all sides by
dozens of vineyards.
The centre has restaurants and bars and is a great place to spend a
couple of hours on a warm evening and if that evening is a Friday or
Saturday then the fort is also open for visits for a small fee.
If you want to get under the skin of this towns wine production then
we can arrange a wine tasting for you at one of the vineyards, it
includes lunch and starts from €30 per head including five
wines, one sparkling white, one IGT white, one DOC white,
one DOC red and their barrel aged Super Tuscan, additionally
you can add a tasting glass of their Vin Santo too, all preceded
by a short tour.
Tuscany is considered by many the seat of all things art in Europe.
This is in no small part thanks to the famous and very wealthy
Medici family of Florence who were instrumental in starting that’s
now known as the rennaisance period, commissioning works from
such Tuscan heavyweights as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo
to name just two.
It’s this link with art, as much as it is the food, the rolling hills and
the cyprus trees that brings throngs of crowds to this area every year,
as it did Kelly Borsheim who arrived from the United States and
worked as street artist in Florence until relatively recently she
retreated into our valley to continue with not only drawing and painting but also
Why not benefit from a half day lesson with her to realise your own piece of
artwork as a unique and memorable souvenir to take home.
Her rates are very reasonable considering her very accomplished talent and for €50
per person (pastel materials included) the price of a meal at a restaurant she
will spend three hours with you.
Relaxing holisitic therapies
If a bit of pampering is your thing then we can arrange a session in Pescia at her studio where she is
qualified to practice a range of holsitic therapies such as:
Ayurveda whole body healing
Lymphatic drainage massage
Madero body sculpting therapy
Hot stone therapy
Traditional Thai massage
Prices for a one hour session are approximately €40 - €50