Pistoia Tuscany

A Guide to Pistoia, Italy’s 2017 Capital of Culture

The Tuscan town of Pistoia might not be on your must-visit list – but it should be. Not only is this medieval gem Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2017, but it also boasts a line-up of beautiful churches, arcaded piazzas and elegant palazzi. It’s also perfectly positioned midway between Lucca and Florence, making it ideal [ ...More ]

Top things to see and do in Lucca

Lying just outside the Tuscan holy trinity of Florence, Siena and Pisa, it’s no wonder little Lucca gets overlooked. But this pretty, pint-sized city has a knack for winning over curious visitors, thanks to its unique Renaissance walls, unpretentious Tuscan fare and an astounding collection of Romanesque churches. Whether you’re pencilling in a day trip [ ...More ]

Top 5 Beaches in Tuscany

Tuscany has earned its place as one of Italy’s top food and wine regions, with magnificent rolling countryside interspersed with vineyards. But you might be surprised to hear that it’s also home to some of Italy’s best beaches. There’s over 250 miles of coastline to play with here; most of it wild, rugged and totally [ ...More ]

Experiencing the Palio of Siena

Have you ever seen The Quantum of Solace? You know, the James Bond film that came after Casino Royale and before Skyfall… whereas many fans of 007 didn’t seem to enjoy the film I absolutely loved it. The opening sequences anyway, because they were filmed in the beautiful Tuscan hilltop city of Siena. When I was [ ...More ]

Guide to the Palio di Siena

Today marks the first of two of Siena’s famous horse race. Twice a year, on 2 July and 16 August, Siena’s famous Piazza del Campo offers itself to the renowned Palio di Siena horse race. The July race, widely known as “Madonna of Provenzano” is run in honour of Madonna of Provenzano. The August race, [ ...More ]