Category: Things to Do In Tuscany

Tour Florence – Art, Culture, Food and Spectacular Shopping


No matter where you rent a villa in Tuscany, no vacation seems complete without a visit to Florence, the city that gave birth to, and is synonymous with, the Renaissance. It is estimated that 70% of the Western World’s most important art can be found in Italy, and half of these treasures can be found in the world famous museums of Florence!   One could easily spend a year sightseeing in Florence without taking in everything!…

Thalasso Therapy


The sensational five star Tombolo Thalasso Therapy Center is one of the hidden gems of Tuscany. This phenomenal Thalasso Spa and the 92 room four star hotel located by the Mediterranean beach town of Marina di Castagneto Carducci is just a few kilometers from the charming castle town of Bolgheri. One of our favorite activities during our Tuscan winters is to enjoy a 2 to 3 hour afternoon break in the energizing seawater of Il Tombolo. The…

The Vasarian Corridor and the Museums of Florence


It has been said that Florence houses 60 percent of the world’s greatest art treasures and as a result no visit to Florence is complete without visiting the Renaissance City’s world renown museums including, the Uffizi and the l’Accademia. The museums are open six days a week – they are closed on Mondays – and tend to be extremely crowded on weekends and Tuesdays – and nearly always the admittance lines are long – with…

A Holiday in Medieval Cortona


Cortona is a picturesque medieval walled city set high on the slopes of Mount St. Egidio and overlooking the Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. Known to many as the setting for the movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a vibrant town well worth exploring for its historical importance, fantastic shopping, breathtaking views  and its fabulous cuisine! Poolside view of Villa Laura TuscanDream offers several phenomenal villas in Cortona, including the sensational ten bedroom air…

The Opulent City of Lucca


In our opinion Lucca is perhaps the most opulent and culturally interesting of all the magnificent cities in Tuscany. Founded originally by the Etruscans and then passed on to the Romans, Lucca prospered as it became the center of the silk trade in the 11th century. The silk trade brought considerable wealth into Lucca and both a middle and an upper middle class emerged. The Bernardini and Buonvisi families rose to considerable prominence not only…

Spring in Tuscany


Spring in Tuscany! We are getting ready to welcome our travelling guests that will be arriving soon! It seems like a promising season with a lot of activities and events. Here will update info on interesting things to see and do while you are travelling to Tuscany during the summer and where to share experiences with others. Please come back to see what have being posted!

Il Palio


Twice a year, every July 2nd and August 16th, Siena comes alive as the world famous il Palio horse race is held on the Piazza del Campo. There are 17 contrade in Siena, the equivalent of city districts, and ten of them race on July 2nd. The seven communes who did not participate in the first event race on August 16th in a ten horse field which is augmented by three horses from other communes…

A TuscanDream Wine Tasting Tour in Tuscany


Coming to Tuscany and not sampling our wine is like dining at one of the best restaurants in the world  (and we have several such restaurants here in Tuscany!) while you’re on a diet!   Most people are familiar with our Chianti wine region, but we are blessed with much more!  We have the Vino Noble di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino made primarily with Sanigovese grapes and the amazing white wines Vernaccia di San Gimignano…

Lucca Antiquities Market


My favourite city in Tuscany, actually in all of Italy, is Lucca. Founded by the Etruscans it became a part of the Roman Empire in 180 B.C. The city really prospered in the 11th Century as a silk trading center and in 1160 became an independent Republic. It was perhaps the richest of the Italian city states, and the architecture reflects it. The city’s opulent mansions and villas are only eclipsed in beauty by the…

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