In winter, museums can be a great option for those visiting art towns and cities and Tuscany has some of the most important museums with the most famous works of art in the world. In addition, the region offers countless natural hot springs and many spa towns where you can get pampered and make the most of the benefits of the thermal waters. Combine an arty or fun holiday with the best spa resorts, find out here some ideas to warm you up.
In Florence a perfect solution to beat a rainy day is a trip to the Pitti Palace. The ancient home of the Grand Duke of Tuscany and later the King of Italy contains five museums, as well as the Boboli Gardens. Begin in the Palatine Gallery, a journey into 17th-century European painting with canvases belonging to Italian rulers, then move on to figurative art from the 19th and 20th centuries in the Modern Art Gallery. Alternatively, check out the historical clothing and accessories of nobles in the Costume Gallery. In the Silver Museum you can admire priceless items belonging to various Tuscan dynasties over the centuries, including a section dedicated to porcelain.
An original idea for winter family holidays is a visit to the Children’s art museum, in Siena. The collection is divided by historical period, from ancient to modern day, where themes such as portraits and fairytales are dealt with, letting your children enjoy the magic of history. Also in Siena, check out the Natural Science Museum: sections are dedicated to the natural world including zoology and palaeontology, and you can even pay a visit to the building’s foundations. Don't leave the city without visiting the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta, one of the most important and magnificent Romanesque-Gothic churches in Italy and a real treasure trove of artistic masterpieces. Just after the altar one finds the Piccolomini Library with frescoes from Pinturicchio.
Make the most of a grey day with a trip to a spa. Tuscany has countless natural springs and many spa towns that were established in ancient times thanks to this precious gift of the Earth. Choosing a “spa and wellness” holiday in Tuscany means to sojourn in high quality facilities not far from art cities and trendy seaside locations, as well as naturalistic places like Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO world heritage site that used to inspire artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo.
Holidays are all about having fun and Versilia has some superb nightspots. Along Tuscany’s chicest coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice as far as clubs are concerned. Check out Capannina, location of the film "Sapore di Sale" with Jerry Calà, and Twiga, founded by Briatore, as well as La Bussola.
To discover Prato, the city of textiles and modern art, check out the flavour trail, offering countless products including mortadella di Prato and its local peaches. You’ll have no problem finding a place to eat in the city centre, after a stroll around the centre or a walk in the footsteps of Filippino Lippi. Stop for a break in the restaurants belonging to Vetrina Toscana, a hallmark of local cuisine.