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AUTUMN IN TUSCANY: A relaxing experience & foodies paradise

Autumn is a delightfully relaxing time to discover the towns and countryside of Tuscany. Enjoy the Renaissance cities of Florence, Lucca and Pisa at their least crowded allowing you the opportunity to meet locals, and enjoy a truly authentic Tuscan experience


The countryside is mellow with tones of russet and ochre. The temperatures are normally more manageable than in the summer, and the atmosphere is crisp, mild  & bright – ideal for long forest walks, wine tasting and perhaps a spot of Christmas shopping in Florence .

Foodies will delight in the number of food festivals taking place to savour Autumn. Tuscany is famous for its local produce, for its simplicity and seasonal foods – during the Autumn charming Tuscan hamlets come alive with cooking shows, markets, wine tastings, street artists and wandering musicians . The perfect opportunity to sample delicacies of the season such as:  figs with salami, pears with pecorino cheese, ravioli with porcini mushrooms, roasted chestnuts & truffles.


At the end of summer fields are full of ripened grapes ready to be harvested.  The grape harvest  ‘Vendemia’ in September &  October is one of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy in Tuscany.  Some vineyards allow visitors to participate during this period and others continue to offer tours of their winery. The grape harvest is a cause for celebration so  many of Tuscany’s towns and villages hold  festivals dedicated to wine  –  ‘Festa dell’Uva’ .

Imagine staying in a cosy Tuscan farmhouse where you can while away the evenings next to the fire with a glass of the finest local wine. The Chianti Classico Expo  From 05 to 08 September 2019 offers the chance to visit renowned cellars (such as the Brolio estate and castle), taste the specialities of the region and enjoy a full programme of artistic and cultural events. Villa Radda is a great option being located only 1 Km from the town of Radda itself


1: Take a Ferrari tour: Drive the winding roads of the Chianti wine road taking in the explosion of colours and autumnal aromas. A truly memorable way to explore Tuscany.

2: Taste the regions finest wines: Brunello, Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti. September is the wine month so the perfect time to explore the vineyards and grape harvest of Chianti. The Brolio vineyards in Chianti are well worth a visit of Lucca’s as well as Fattoria Buonamico Or better still – stay on a wine producing estate such as  Villa Trequanda

3: Go to a Sagre or food / wine festival.  The best way to savour the new aromas and flavours of the season by taking in a Sagre or food and wine festival of which there are plenty. Some of the best include: Vino in Panzano in Chianti: Bacco Artigiano in Rufina, Carro Matto in Florence & Festa dell’Uva in Impruneta

4: Get active: Explore the countryside at its best on horseback, by bicycle or hike through the stunning scenery – we can put you in touch with local suppliers close to your villa rental. Villa Madonna is situated amongst olive groves and within cycling distance of the city of Lucca which you can reach by bike along the Serchio river. The property benefits from a heated pool so is a perfect choice for cooler months.

5:Take a spa day: Indulge in one of Tuscany famous hot springs and take some time to care for the body and mind. The Tuscany region has some of the best spas in Europe. Villa San Casciano is Ideally situated only 1 Km from the spa town of San Casciano dei Bagni.  An elegant villa with tasteful, modern interiors and enchanting views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Alternatively pamper yourself in the day spa at Asmana wellness world just outside of Florence.

6: Experience a truffle festival: November & December celebrate the olive harvest, truffle hunting and chestnuts. The Festival of Truffles in San Miniato is one of the most popular festivals in Tuscany . The villas Valentina and Salvia with heated pools are situated less than 30 minutes drive from San Miniato on a family run wine producing estate.  and

7: Catch an art exhibition: The Uffizi Gallery  in Florence would be a great starting point. The Villa Malmantile is only 12 Km from Florence and provides a cosy base for an Autumnal break near Florence.

8: Walk on a deserted beach: The wide golden beaches of the Tuscan coast are at their most beautiful in October with a stunning mountain backdrop. Villas Anna and Maria in stylish Forte dei Marmi are located within walking distance of the beach and Forte’s designer boutiques and world class restaurants.

9: Learn how to cook Italian style: Casale Vorno is located only 10 minutes from the walled city of Lucca and provides the perfect base from which to explore Tuscany in the Autumn months. Ideally located in the Village of Vorno only 1 hour from Florence, 30 minutes from Pisa and the Tuscan coast. Isabella is the properties housekeeper and an accomplished cook – she offers cookery lessons in the comfort of your villa where you can learn her secret recipies handed doen through generations

10: Visit the opera: Where better to experience the opera than in Florence. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets online


Autumn really is one of the most relaxing and rewarding seasons to visit Tuscany and your Bridgewater team will be happy to recommend some properties to suit your requirements.  Contact us today and allow us to inspire you: +44(0) 161 787 8587


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