5 Reasons to Visit Tuscany in 2017
Posted by Virginie (10/03/2017)
See the future at Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
Check out the spaceship-shaped extension of the Luigi Pecci Centrefor Contemporary Art. The home of one of Italy’s most innovative collections of post-1960s art has just reopened following the renovation of the original Rationalist building and the construction of an eye-catching gold extension by the architect Maurice Nio. Inside, explore the modern treasures amassed here, in permanent and temporary exhibitions, which touch on music, theatre and fashion, as well as the visual arts.
Stay at Le Vie Cave, a rural retreat tucked away in the nearby hills.
Cheer on the 100th Giro d’Italia…
17 May 2017
Cheer on the cyclists in the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, which hits the streets of Tuscany in May. The riders will depart Ponte a Ema, birthplace of the champion road cyclist Gino Bartali, then head west on Stage 11 of the race, a hilly 161km journey to Bagno di Romagna in neighbouring Emilia-Romagna.
Stay at Villa Paterno, a handy base for seeing the race as it passes through Tuscany, just four miles from the route.
…Or get pedalling in the first Nova Eroica
30 April 2017
Get on your own bike, too, for the first Nova Eroica, the latest inspiration of the people behind L’Eroica, the vintage bike race fuelled by local food and wine, which is held in Tuscany each October. This new spring event will also take place on the strade bianche – the white roads that criss-cross the Chianti vineyards – but using modern bikes. Depending on how serious a cyclist you are, choose from competitive and non-competitive routes, there’s even one you can take the family on.
Stay close to the routes at La Stalla at Fattoria Armena, near Buonconvento.
Raise a glass to 25 years of Open Cellars
27-28 May 2017
Don’t miss a trip to a local winery – it’s a highlight of a holiday in Tuscany. The fact that many vineyards now throw open their doors to the public is due in no small part to the Open Cellars movement, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Whether you’re a novice or a buff, there are plenty of wineries to choose from – more than 100 across the region will be taking part in the event, so there’s sure to be one close to your villa in Tuscany.
Stay at Villa Beba, on the doorstep of participating vineyard Castello di Fonterutoli.
Follow in the footsteps of Edith Wharton
You may know the American writer Edith Wharton, who died 80 years ago this August, for her novel The Age of Innocence, for which she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. But did you know she was also a prolific travel writer and the author of Italian Villas and their Gardens? This influential tome includes descriptions of some of the finest Medici villas gracing Tuscany’s rural pastures, many of which are now Unesco-listed.
Stay at Castello Pandolfini, which was once owned by the Medicis, making it possible to experience as well as view this dynasty’s great houses.