The wild boar driven hunt in Tuscany

Tuscany is the region with the largest wild boar population in Europe. The species are currently estimated at 200.000 and the Italian government wants to reduce that number to 50.000. Each autumn and winter, across the woods and hills of Tuscany, wild boar driven hunting season is open for about 3 months, but still it’s not enough to keep the wild boar population under control. 

The beaches of Elba Island

The Island of Elba has 147 kilometres of coastline and about 132 beaches of various types and sizes, long beaches of golden sands or tiny stones, equally beautiful beaches of black sand, white pebbles or cliff bases of smooth granite rocks.

Acquarilli Beach
Acquarilli Beach
Spectacular panorama and crystal clear water make these beaches similar to ones in the Caribbean. The depth of most of the waters increases rather rapidly, with the exception of la Biodola, Marina di Campo, Lacona and Procchio where the water remains shallow for up to 30-40 metres. Most of the island’s beaches are classifiable as "free". On the main beaches however, bathers will find privately run establishments that offer changing rooms, sun lounges and beach umbrellas on a rental basis. Furthermore, many of these establishments rent a range of equipment for various water sports. 

Gucci and the Boboli Gardens in Florence

Boboli Gardens in Florence
Boboli Gardens in Florence
The Tuscan fashion house Gucci confirmed in a press conference in the Town Hall of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio, that they will donate 2 million Euro to the city of Florence, more specifically to the famous botanical Boboli Gardens. The gardens have been listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2013 and the site is very popular with tourists who visit Florence.

Thermal baths in Tuscany

Tuscany has many popular and beautiful natural hot springs which are definitely worth a visit. Access to many of these hot springs are free so you can go and enjoy them all year round. Tuscany also has the biggest number of private spa resorts of all Italy. These resorts are known for their thermal treatments which are aimed to treat vascular, rheumatic, respiratory, and urinary diseases.

Massa Marittima

Lying on a panoramic hill, the historical town centre of Massa Marittima, enclosed within a well-preserved city wall, represents one of the most important urban and architectural complexes in Tuscany.

Massa Marittima Cathedral
Massa Marittima, Cathedral
The town is located in southern Tuscany, in the province of Grosseto, in the area called Maremma. Narrow streets climb up and down the hill, leading to a magical place where a harmony of lines welcomes today’s visitor, leaving him to breathlessly admire shapes and colours that have no limits in time. They are reunited in one atmosphere, the piazza, all of the buildings necessary for the public life of a city of Communal times (XIII century): the cathedral, Palazzo della Podestà, the Town Hall, the market place, and a little further on the Mint and the public Fountain.

Culinary specialties from Tuscany

Tuscany is a region rich in authentic, local dishes and ingredients and in addition to the most famous there are hundreds of lesser-known specialities that are no less important. From the Apuan Alps to the seaside, from the Casentino to the Val d'Orcia, Tuscany boasts numerous 'taste' itineraries that unite good food with centuries-old art and culture. The natural landscape in Tuscany is also a great way to explore the more authentic aspects of the region's culinary culture, like its food, wine and locally sourced ingredients.