Thanks to a good connection, many travelers start their Tuscany holiday with a flight to Pisa (a short 2-hour flight from Schiphol). Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and drive into the cypress hills. If you arrive before 3:00 PM, drive into the center of Pisa. There is not much to see in Pisa, but we wanted to take a picture with the leaning tower.
Then you will travel in about 45 minutes to your agriturismo in the green hills, decorated with vineyards, olive trees and old Italian villages. Your room is comfortable – nice at the start of your Tuscany journey, with private bathroom and air conditioning, a beautiful wooden beamed ceiling and charming furnishings. The rest of the day you can swing into Italian life with a glass of Chianti by the pool of your agriturismo. There is also a restaurant on the grounds of the agriturismo, so you can eat here in the evening if you no longer want to leave the house.
Day 2 – wine tasting in Tuscany
After breakfast at your agriturismo, you will explore the Tuscan surroundings with your rental car. If you arrived late yesterday, you can now first go to Pisa. or drive to Lucca in about 30 minutes. This is a small Italian town with a fully walled car-free center. As a result, the old atmosphere in Lucca has been perfectly preserved. You park your car on the edge of the center and walk through cozy streets, along duomos and over colorful piazzas (squares). The charming thing about this town is the cyclable city wall – we still remain Dutch… You can rent bicycles on site (about € 3 p.p. per hour) to view the old center of Lucca from the city wall.
Around noon, you’ll drive to a nearby fattoria – an estate that makes wine, olive oil and grappa. The gravel path leads you to the main building between the cypresses. Today you will taste six wines, combined with local dishes that perfectly match the wines. They are local treats such as pecorino cheese, fresh honey and a pasta dish. To enjoy!
Day 3 – stay in Northern Tuscany
Today you are in charge. After breakfast, do you opt for a day of lounging at the agriturismo? Or do you feel like doing something? We highly recommend a visit to the renaissance city of Florence. We have a separate building block Florence for those who like to take their time and spend the night in the city, but it is also great as a day trip from your accommodation.
You can drive to Florence in about an hour with your own car. You can also choose to take the train, which stops near the agriturismo. You can park your car for free at the station – that saves you € 20 in parking fees in Florence. Meander in the city past famous masterpieces in the Uffizi Museum, walk across the Ponte Vecchio bridge with the hanging houses and enjoy the wide palazzi and wide streets.
Day 4 – departure agriturismo Tuscany
For the art city of Italy, you can now travel on to the renaissance city of Florence. We recommend that you sleep here for a night, so that you see Florence by night. In the evening, the piazzas fill up nicely and the old buildings shine in the lighting.
If you want to enjoy the rural life, you can visit Florence during the day on the route: you then travel to Umbria to make pasta, or you can drive to San Gimignano where you take a tour by Vespa through the golden Tuscan hills. .
Tips from your agriturismo in Tuscany:
Lucca is a charming Italian town and therefore also popular with day trippers. It is best to arrive before 10 am to explore the city in peace. You can rent bicycles at Biciclette Poli in Piazza Santa Maria # 42. You pay € 3 per hour here.
It is possible to climb the Tower of Pisa, but then we recommend that you reserve a ticket in advance via this web link for the desired day and time. Admission to the tower costs € 18 p.p. It is a popular attraction and only a limited number of people are allowed up at the same time. The chance is therefore small that you will be able to obtain a ticket on the spot.
A typical Tuscan village, walled and on a hill between the vineyards. It is close to your agriturismo (10 minutes’ drive) and has a nice restaurant: Trattoria Montecarlo, with typical local Tuscan cuisine.