Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, with medieval villages sitting atop hilltops, rolling hills covered in vineyards producing some of the best wines in the world and farmhouses and villas at the end of cypress-lined lanes. We will be golfing at the Poggio dei Medici golf course which offers a championship course and a cozy club house among the hills of Mugello in the town of Scarperia not far from Florence. It is one of the most prestigious courses in Italy. The course is nestled in the green valley protected by the Apennines, which offers a favorable climate and beautiful landscapes. It has been home to many championship tours.
As the cradle of the Renaissance ,Florence has such a high concentration of art and history in its streets, churches and squares that you don’t actually ever need to go into a museum to see masterpieces that mark the history of humankind. Just stroll through Piazza del Duomo to see the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its magnificent, red-tiled cupola. Take the shop-lined Via Calzaiuoli toward Piazza della Signoria, passing by the church of Orsanmichele, adorned with marble and bronze works of art by the likes of Donatello. Once in Piazza della Signoria, gawk in wonder at the solid, crenelated shape of Florence’s city hall, Palazzo Vecchio, admiring the marble copy of the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s David in the piazza and the numerous statues under the beautiful Loggia dei Lanzi.
If you love art and want to see several of the most important masterpieces of our time by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, head into the Uffizi.
We will stay near Pistoia and visiting Pistoia’s old town is like taking a journey back in time. In fact, Pistoia is a city with multiple amazing facets, thanks to its elegance and refined beauty. The evidence of the city’s Roman origins appears immediately upon entry: an unexpected series of churches, cloisters, palaces and art treasures not only dating back to the ancient past, but to more recent times, as well. Amidst the narrow, Medieval streets and irregularly-shaped piazzas, prestigious palaces and small tower-houses, a surprising city emerges, bearing an innate an discrete charm, perfect for travelers who appreciate quality and slow-paced tourism.
San Gimignano truly a little gem, so precious that UNESCO has declared it a “World Heritage Site.” Walking through the Old City means plunging into the Middle Ages and getting a taste of what the city must have been like more than seven hundred years ago. The Old City is enclosed with 13th-century walls and is accessed by two main streets that intersect to create two wonderful piazzas.
The name “Chianti”is synonymous of excellent wine all around the world and also a beautiful landscape that we will enjoy, As you stand upon a hill, the view of the silver of the olive trees, the green geometry of the vineyards, the roads lined with tall green cypresses and the borders of the woods lined with yellow broom combine in a palette of colors that seem to create a unique painting. It is the heart of Tuscany and is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines.