Are you planning a visit to Volterra and you are not sure about what you should see first? Here you’ll find 4 different things to do in the small, ancient city and everything you need to know to plan your visit. 1. Discover the Etruscan Volterra The site where the modern Volterra is found has been continuously inhabited as a city since the end of the 8th century BC. At the time the hill top town was called Velathri (or Vlathri), but later the Romans gave to the town its

If you are planning to go to Tuscany, Italy, you may have been charmed by some friends’ travelling stories, or by the stunning pictures. The bright countryside where the sun is always shining, the shimmering blue sea, the fairy-tale-like little villages on top of the hills – Tuscany is all that, for sure. But what is the best time to visit Tuscany and best appreciate all its wonders? Contrary to what you may think, Italy is not all year round the agreeable sunny land we would expect – you can

In Tuscany, the weather in Spring is just perfect to stay outside: warm and generally sunny. Nature is colorful and smells of flowers. Spring is the period in which Tuscan people have picnics (or even rich outdoor meals) to celebrate Easter and other festivities. But Spring in Tuscany can be a little rainy too: so, be careful, and try to have an indoor alternative plan! So, if you’re planning a visit in Tuscany in Spring, you can try a lot of outdoor activities: in cities, villages, in the countryside, in

Broadly speaking, all Tuscan wines are worth a tasting. Likewise, the places where they are produced are worth a visit – they are rich in nature, beautiful panoramas and pleasant villages. Here, we will tell you about three varieties among the best Tuscan wines. To have the chance to taste them gets you in touch with ancient and refined flavours, and gives you the key to discover some of the most magical corners in Tuscany. Chianti and Chianti Classico Chianti wine is doubtless the most popular red Tuscan wine abroad,

Is your wish list crowded with too many ideas for your cruise excursion in Italy? Not sure which one to choose? we understand, it’s quite difficult to decide, but if you have a one day stop at the port of Leghorn (Livorno) with your cruise  we have some interesting suggestions for you! Small and classic ideas if it is your first time in Tuscany, and 3 great places to visit for you that are looking for something off the beaten paths. And if you want to try something different, not

Chianti wine is one of the most popular Italian wines, especially in the US. You may have heard about it, or even tasted it. Maybe, you bought a fancy fiasco bottle of Chianti in a store once, to make a good impression with friends or relatives. Or maybe, you don’t know anything about this wine at all. Whether you are a wine lover or a wine probie, one thing is for sure, a Chianti wine tasting in a real Chianti cellar is an experience worth doing at least once in

If you ask someone what is the not-to-be-missed place in Italy, you will probably get the following answer: Tuscany. However, few know exactly where Tuscany is. Everybody has heard about it at least once in his and her lifetime. Many know at least something about its rolling hills, stunning landscape, excellent food and wine, historical cities and villages. For its well-known qualities, you may think of Tuscany as a place only existing in dreams, but the truth is that you can reach it and enjoy it, for sure. You just

Chianti Classico Chianti Classico is located in an area between Florence and Siena and probably is the most common Tuscany wine knowed in the world wide. The famous of this area begin 300 years ago (1716) about when Cosimo III de Medici decided to define the border of the area and assign the actually name of Chianti Classino. In that time, Chianti was made just 100% Sangiovese. Later, in 1837, Baron Ricasoli difenid new rules in the area and assigne the possibility to mix 70% Sangiovese with 15% Cannaiolo (indigenous

Discover The Legend of The Invention of Chickpea Flatbread Legend has fixed its origin of Chickpea Pie (Farinata di Ceci) at the end of the war between the maritime republics of Genoa and Pisa, to be exact in 1284. We are in the days of the battle of Meloria and the victorious Genovese are going to navigate to their city, carrying on board many Pisan prisoners. A storm, however, makes it difficult to return to Liguria. The wind raged and the ship is chaos: the sacks of chickpeas in the

Aren’t these mini trucks adorable? ‪Lucca‬ is full of them as they make it easier to navigate and park in the narrow streets.

Off the beaten Paths of Tuscany: Lari (Casciana Terme Lari) Lari, a quaint little Tuscan town nestled in the Pisan Hills. We were there today on a private tour with a lovely group of Australian ladies who are on holidays in Lucca What You Can See in Lari Village Lari is an etruscan town situated along the way from Pisa to Volterra and it was, in the past, the capital of Pisan Hills. In Lari you can visit a fortress of the renaissance period, well preserved and opened to visitors.

One of our favourite shops in Lucca. We especially love their lasagne and the lovely locals that frequent it. It’s one of the destinations on our Food Lovers’ Tour of Lucca. Don’t miss out!

BellaItaliatour running Food Lovers’ tours of Lucca. Emailus to join us and discover the best food, coffee and shops that Lucca has to offer