People often ask me, “what is the best way to see and experience Tuscany?” There are lots of ways to experience this gorgeous region around Florence. You can take day trips from Florence and Siena (the regions two important centers) by car, vespa, and even horse to explore the countryside. You can do a wine tour and visit some of the amazing vineyards, or you can road trip through the countryside from hill town to stunning hill town. But if you truly want to experience the charm and culture of the Tuscan countryside, then you need to stay at a place like the Tenuta Lupinari.
Tenuta Lupinari is a luxury agritourismo in the heart of Tuscany (centrally located between Siena and Florence). The estate includes a historic castle, B&B style apartments for guests, relaxing swimming pool, and vineyards and olive groves from which the estate produces there own wine and olive oil. There is also an excellent restaurant where their chef, Angela, prepares traditional Tuscan delights.
Staying in Tuscany is a much different experience than visiting for a day. I was lucky enough to stay a couple nights at the gorgeous Tenuta Lupinari for the Kaleidotour I took part in earlier this month. It is so quiet and peaceful compared to the craziness of Florence. I loved getting up early and strolling through the vineyards and olive trees and relaxing by the pool in the afternoons. Not only are the grounds of the estate stunningly beautiful and well-kept, it is also a family owned and run operation. And they really do treat you like family!
The best part about the estate is that, thanks to it’s central location, you can easily visit all of the major cities of Tuscany (Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, etc.). So you don’t have to choose between city or country life, you can have the best of both worlds! If you are planning a holiday in Italy and want to experience the charm of Tuscany, definitely bookmark the Tenuta Lupinari!