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Tuscany, Italy
Stigliano Things To Do

We organise a weekly excursion (subject to numbers), where we visit a vineyard, taste the wines and enjoy a three-course lunch in Castellina in the hub of the Chianti area.

As a result, there is plenty of mouth-watering Italian cuisine, which is also inexpensive (thanks to the absence of mass tourism). A rich variety of seafood is also available in the local markets and restaurants.

Top 5 Italian Excursions

Italy is renowned for its beautiful views, incredible culture, great food and infamous history. So while you're staying in our attractive Tuscany property, why not venture around the area on some great excursions. We have put together a list of our chosen top five excursions for visitors to Stigliano.

Cheese, wine and meat

Cheese, wine and meat

Three of the iconic things that Italy is known for all rolled into one tour; this tour includes a full day of food and wine via a 4X4 minibus. You can enjoy two sessions of wine tasting (as well as some olive oil tasting) and indulge in a three course Tuscan feast. The tour also includes a visit to a butcher's shop to savour cured meat and a medieval castle tour. The tour offers vegetarian options for those who require it. It's worth noting that due to the wine tasting a minimum age of 18 applies. The minibus sets off from central Florence, just an hour's drive from our accommodation in Stigliano, making it easy for you to get there and back.

Full day tour of everything

Full day tour of everything

If you're looking to see everything in Italy but are limited in time, then this tour will be ideal for you. Lasting 12 hours in total you will be able to see many of the iconic Italian sights including the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Plus you'll experience authentic Italian wine tasting, with a lavish lunch on top. Then there will still time for you to explore Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa at your own pace. You will spend the day chauffeured around in an air-conditioned coach with a professional guide to fill you with knowledge during your tour, as well as a detailed map for you to follow. Vegetarian options are available if specified during booking. The day tour sets off at 8.30am from the Santa Maria Novella station, which is only an hour and 20 minutes' drive from our accommodation in Stigliano.

Create your own Italian cuisine

Create your own Italian cuisine

As food is a big part of the Italian culture why not have a go at creating some of your own? Pizza and gelato are signature foods from Italy and with this cooking class you'll be shown how to create both! You will have a professional chef who will coach you through making your own pizza and gelato whilst being given the opportunity to taste some authentic Italian samples of each. All utensils, ingredients and aprons will be provided and you will also be able to enjoy a dinner with wine tastings to set off your perfect evening. The class is based in the centre of Florence which is around an hour away from Stigliano.

Siena, city of horses and music

Siena, city of horses and music

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic medieval city of Siena is less than half an hour away. Famous for its Il Palio horse race, Siena has at its heart the Piazza del Campo, a beautiful shell-shaped town square framed by cafés.

Here you'll find the Torre del Mangia and the striking Palazzo Pubblico, home of the Museo Civico, which is an important art museum. Also worth visiting are the Palazzo Salimbeni, the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena (the university's botanical garden) and the city's many churches.

Siena's Duomo is a superb example of Italian romanesque architecture. It was consecrated in 1179 and has an extraordinary interior covered in black and white horizontal stripes. You can also see its famous Gothic octagonal pulpit and Piccolomini Library, which was built in 1495.

The city has a rich musical heritage, including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Siena Jazz School at the Medicean Fortress. As well as courses, concerts and festivals throughout the year, Siena also hosts the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte (SSMA), a summer music programme.

The 'Fine Towers' of San Gimignano

The 'Fine Towers' of San Gimignano

Less than an hour's drive north, San Gimignano is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walled medieval hill town is famous for its medieval architecture and 'Fine Towers', which can be seen from miles away.

Towers in other areas have not survived, but San Gimignano's fourteen towers have been beautifully preserved. Other sights include its many churches (such as the Collegiata and Sant'Agostino), the Communal Palace and the four town squares.

While you're there, take the opportunity to explore some of the local vineyards and the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, for which the town is known.

Florence, heart of medieval trade

Florence, heart of medieval trade

The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence (Firenze), is 90km north of Stigliano. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the one-time capital of Italy straddles the River Arno. Cross from the old town to the 'new' area (the Oltrarno) via the Ponte Vecchio, which is crammed with jewellery shops.

Once a medieval trade and finance centre, Florence has a fabulous legacy of artistic and architectural treasures. Places to visit include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, the Accademia and the Pitti Palace.

The ancient charm of Pisa

The ancient charm of Pisa

Head north west of Stigliano to the medieval trading port of Pisa, just over an hour away, to visit its cathedral and famous leaning tower (the cathedral's bell tower). There are also more than 20 other historic churches, palaces and beautiful bridges.

The city, which sits at the mouth of the River Arno on the Ligurian Sea, is surrounded by its original 12th-century walls. Pisa has retained much of its ancient charm, with the 16th-century shops and houses along the Via Santa Maria and the Piazza Dei Cavalieri hinting at its rich historical past.

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