Get to know romantic Tuscany. The dreamy landscapes, the splendid sunsets, cities like Florence, Siena or Lucca with their timeless views and atmosphere. Here we pass on our suggestions for the best destinations and experiences in Tuscany. Everything you need to know if you’re on the lookout for somewhere special to go, with that special someone.
Have a Florentine Romance in Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is the ultimate spot for a for a romantic encounter. Lovers from all over the world head for this panoramic terrace overlooking Florence. To declare their love, pop the question or have wedding photos taken. Generations of Florentines have come up here for amorous evening walks too. So when in Florence don’t miss this opportunity to make some memories, and head for Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s a breathtaking view, and if you arrive in time for sunset you’ll get the cherry on top. Of course Florence is a romantic city, and there’re many other special corners for you to enjoy with your special someone.
Ballooning over the countryside. Romantic Tuscany at its best
Tuscany has some idyllic views, so just imagine what they look like from the basket of a hot air balloon. This is high-altitude romance, mixing old time nostalgia with stunning views and eco-friendly thrills. As you fly silently over the undulating hills and geometric vineyards, you see the landscape from an entirely new point of view. There are agencies that organise the flight, and some like Tuscany Ballooning include a Prosecco breakfast to round off the experience. Heavenly Tuscany indeed.
Pienza. Where the streets speak of love
Pienza must be one of the most romantic destinations in Tuscany. An “ideal” city, built according to Renaissance’s moral and aesthetic values, it has a unique appeal, both for its geographic position and its architecture. It’s situated in the magical valley of the Val d’Orcia, south of Siena and the drive to get there is a treat in itself. Here, the street names speak for themselves: via del Bacio, via dell’Amore, Via della Fortuna. The landscape surrounding it perfectly matches the ideal beauty of this town, the Val d’Orcia being one of the most iconic panoramas in all of Tuscany. If you need proof of its romantic credentials, remember that Pienza features in Zeffirelli’s ultra romantic version of “Romeo and Juliet”.
Visit Castiglione della Pescaia out of season, and enjoy the sunset
We love Castiglione della Pescaia. A small jewel of a town right on the sea. Situated in the southern area of the Maremma, it’s surely one of the most scenic coastal towns of Tuscany. It has a fortress, narrow stone streets that take you to the old (and higher) part of town and a long beach where you can take a tranquil stroll. Visit out of season, in spring or september and you’ll see what we mean. There are unbeatable views from the fortress, especially in the evening when you can watch the sun diving slowly into the sea.
Thermal bath at Saturnia or Bagno Vignoni
Spas are romantic by definition. And if you can experience an outside natural spa in the midst of the Tuscan countryside, well what’s not to enjoy? If you’re on a budget, the natural outdoor hot springs at Saturnia, in the Maremma, are free. Visit out of season to avoid the crowds. Alternatively pull out all the stops and head for a romantic spa resort in Bagno Vignoni, one hour south of Siena. Here you can be pampered to your heart’s desire.
The Tree of Love. A lucky charm for lovers in Lucignano
If you’re looking for an out of the way destination that has more than a touch of romance, head to Lucignano and you won’t regret it. It’s a small Medieval town between Arezzo and Siena, and has a surprise for all you romantic souls. A special object that brings luck to lovers: the Tree of Love. This masterpiece of Gothic jewellery is also known as the Tree of Life, and locals and tourists come here to swear eternal love to each other.
Opera under the stars in Torre del Lago Puccini
Between July and August there’s a festival entirely dedicated to Puccini’s music. It’s set in the atmospheric open air theatre overlooking the Massaciuccoli Lake, situated in Torre del Lago in the Versilia. It’s a prestigious event in Italy’s opera calendar. Stagings include Turandot, La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. Between the romance of the music and the beauty of the setting, lovers are in for a real treat. Check official site for details.