Tuscany is famous for its wine and food, with the quality and freshness of its ingredients outshining the rest of Italy’s restaurants.
Focusing their attention on traditional methods and recipes, the Tuscan cuisine is not about fine-dining style, but simply about serving good quality food. Every restaurant in the region strives to achieve the best cuisines around, but these food experiences will delight everyone that stumbles upon them!
Take a Cooking Class at Villa Bordoni
What better way to appreciate Tuscany’s delicious food than by making it yourself? Learning how to make the traditional cuisines such as the pasta, gelato, and focaccias from the help of the fantastic professional Italian chefs available. Letting you eat the local dishes while knowing how to make them back home for your friends and family. Villa Bordoni is one of the best places to enjoy this activity at, with this countryside retreat featuring extraordinary views and a charming atmosphere. The wine cellar here has more than 200 labels to enjoy, so you can sip on endless glasses of wine while you enjoy the Chianti Cooking School class.
Enjoy a View with your Food at Il Pellicano
Nestled in the jaw-dropping Argentario coast, Il Pellicano is a picture-perfect paradise! An enchanting setting boasting views of the glistening water, rocky beach and lush greenery. Many heads here midday for a luscious alfresco lunch, refuelling from their sightseeing morning by tucking into a mouth-watering platter of food while they overlook the sweeping Tyrrhenian Sea. It is truly an iconic Italian summer spot, with food being the centre of the experience. If you’d prefer a dinner, you can enjoy the candlelit dinner on the open-air terrace, enjoying the warm summer night while you overlook the setting sun. Sipping on the delicious cocktails or local wine served alongside the dinner menu.
Truffle Hunt in the Woods
This may sound like an unusual experience, but the truffle of Tuscany are world-famous. Being found in some of the best cuisines created in the region, from truffle pasta, cream, pizza, and more! Get a truly unforgettable culinary experience by hunting for the truffles yourself, heading out into the Tuscan Woods to forage for this prized ingredient. While you are foraging, you can enjoy the unique countryside of the region, taking in the sheer beauty of the land and the lush greenery surrounding you. Travel with Giulio Benuzzi, known as one of the best truffle hunters around, and listen to his tales of why this one ingredient turns an ordinary dish into a truly gourmet tasting.
Cool off with some Gelato
Nestled in the quaint medieval town of San Gimignano, Gelateria Dondoli is one of the all-time favourite gelato spots in Tuscany. The historic setting of the region makes for an enchanting visit, with the gelato shop set within an ancient building in the town’s main square, Piazza Della Cisterna. Run by a world champion gelato maker, known as Sergio Dondoli, it is known as one of the best places in the world to indulge in a homemade Italian ice-cream. Made with the freshest local ingredients around, the fruits and milk used to create captivating flavours such as pistachio, rosemary, bourbon vanilla, and more!
Enjoy an Olive Oil Tasting
Tuscany is mostly known for its wine tastings, but another tasting worth the book is the region’s olive oil tastings. It is the region’s liquid gold, created in the hills of Lucca, Fattoria Di Fubbiano is known for producing some of the world’s finest extra-virgin olive oils. You can spend an afternoon taste-testing these varieties with fresh bread and dukkha, enjoying the different styles of oils while sipping on wine paired perfectly! The venue itself is an attraction, a 17th-century villa with a working farm similar to the ancient Tuscan hamlet. Letting you immerse in the lush farm life that Tuscany is famed for.
Dessert at the Chocolate Valley
For a sweet finish off your day in the region’s Chocolate Valley! Where you’ll find some of the country’s leading artisan chocolatiers, with the region dotted with small factories and gourmet boutiques. The chocolate is rich with history, with some boutiques making these delightful sweets for decades. There are hundreds of varieties, with plain milk, dark, and white chocolate, as well as nutty flavours, fruity ones, and more! Sit at one of these chocolate spots and enjoy an espresso to go with your chocolate of choice!
Related article: Florence and Tuscany Tours are now Available