Planning My Next Trip To Tuscany

Friday, August 19, 2016

Planning My Next Trip To Tuscany - A Rough Itinerary

Posted by Kiri (19/08/2016)

Ever since I got back from my first every trip to Tuscany, I have been dying to go back. I feel like the wine, food and hills are calling me! So, I have decided to book another trip. Sadly I can’t go until next autumn, but on the plus side, that gives me ages to plan the ultimate Tuscan adventure.

Last time, we stayed in Lecchi in Chianti, in this stunning apartment. I’m not sure how we are going to top our first holiday, as we both said it was probably our favourite together so far. Read about what we got up to on our last trip here.

This time, we want to visit Tuscany during the grape harvest. Plus, when we out there last time, a few people said September/October is a good time to visit if you want to see the flowers in bloom, brightening the Tuscan hills with their colours.

The Tuscan grape harvest
One of the main reasons we want to visit in the autumn is to witness the grape harvest, and take part in a grape harvest experience on a Tuscan farm. During this time of year, Tuscany really comes to life with the colours of Autumn, with leaves turning a rusty gold colour and the flowers fill the fields and countryside with a rainbow of shades.

The weather is also very pleasant, with mild temperatures in the daytime and refreshingly cool evenings. The exact dates of the Tuscan grape harvest or ‘vendemmia’ are decided each year, and depend on the weather, amount of rain and variations between vineyards. The grapes have to have the right level of sweetness before they are harvested. You can even join in the grape harvest, picking and preparing grapes and getting involved with the Tuscan wine culture sounds like great fun.


Food and wine festivals
Being a massive foodie, I was slightly disappointed we didn’t get to go to a food festival on our last visit. However, I’m going to make sure our trip coincides with one this time. I love sampling freshly made food and buying delicious local products, so I will be going to some of the best food festivals Tuscany has to offer on my next trip.

In the autumn, many of the local towns, villages and hamlets are getting ready to host food and wine festivals. It seems most town has one at some time during the year. As well as wine festivals, there are olive, truffle, chestnut and mushroom festivals.

Wine tasting
One of the best things we did on our last trip was wine tasting at Casanuova di Ama. Daniela was the perfect host and prepared us an absolute feast, and we really enjoyed all the wines. I don’t think I could go to Tuscany again without doing another wine tasting session. We could go back to the same place again, or explore another farm that offers different types of wines.

Ticking more hilltop towns off the list
Last time, we managed to see San Gimignano, Lucca and Montalcino. However, I’m dying to uncover more medieval hilltop towns. Maybe next time we will head South of Siena and go to Pienza and Montepulciano, which come very highly recommended. I also want to check out Greve in Chianti, which we were close to but didn’t manage to visit last time.


Cycling
My partner recently completed the Dallaglio Cycle Slam, which was an extremely tough cycling challenge for charity. When we were in Tuscany we were frustrated we hadn’t taken our bikes, because of the endless beautiful roads to cycle along. The 2016 Giro d’Italia also went through a town near where we were staying.  We were envious of all the cyclists we went past. So next time, we will either take our bikes or hire some, and try and cycle on some of Tuscany’s most impressive roads.

It’s early days, as we are not planning on going until autumn 2017. I will post a more detailed itinerary closer to the time, as I’m sure there’s loads more activities and experiences I will want to try and fit in. Watch this space!

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