Easter is one of the biggest holidays in Italy and celebrations kick off this Sunday (domenica delle palme) March 29th and last until Pasquetta, the day after Easter on April 6th. This is a wonderful time to be in Tuscany if seeing traditions live in person is what you’re after, the combination of the Holy Week and warmer weather means that people are in a great mood and there is plenty to do.
We think this is the perfect time to hop in your car, drop your bags off at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort and discover the Tuscan countryside, the Mugello Valley is especially nice this time of year and is much less saturated with people than the summer months. Picnic in our park, walk among the budding fauna and soft sun, enjoy our brand new spring menu at Restaurant L’Olivaia.
We have special offers this spring if you book before the end of April, you can get 20% off your entire stay, which includes breakfast.
You can visit the many Medici Villas that are dotted all around the countryside, the regions most famous family held much of the cultural artifacts that we prize today, including these incredible beautiful villas.
Otherwise we recommend hopping on the nature train (which runs from March 22 – May 31st) in some very gorgeous countryside, you can find more details here.
In Florence, the best thing to do during Easter is to see the “Scoppio del Carro” or explosion of the cart, one of the cities oldest traditions which happens every Easter Sunday in front of the Duomo Cathedral. The fun starts around 10am and includes about 600 participants in historical costumes, flag-throwers and much more. It is quite the sight to see!
Walking through the streets of Florenceyou can hear many vernacular expressions typical of the Tuscan capital. Between history and legends, let’s discover together not only what are the most common idioms, but also where they originated from.
Often in Tuscan restaurants and osterie the waiter advises you to take a platter of Tuscan cheeses and salami as an appetizer. The advice is always welcome also because some of these delicious sausages are unmissable and not easy to find in other regions! Let’s discover together three of the best Tuscan sausages!
Visiting Florence and selecting a few things to see because maybe you have little time and want to go back to relax in the Tuscan hills is not easy, so we recommend the four most beautiful squares in Florence!
Pinocchio is one of the most read books in the world, let’s discover together some curiosities and where it is possible to still live, in Tuscany, the magic of the most adventurous puppet in history!
Spring season invites you to spend as much time as possible outdoors, especially if you are in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. To organize a picnic, and then take full advantage of an out-door trip, you need some small tricks, and we will share 5 main tips to follow!
It seems incredible but every city in Tuscany has its own sporting tradition often in conjunction with the patron saint of the city. In fact, in Florence on the day of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city, the final match of historic football (calcio fiorentino) is celebrated.
When one thinks of the delicious traditional Tuscan cuisine, one does not imagine that there are even gluten-free and milk-free recipes. Today intolerances are more and more widespread and consequently the market creates food specifically deprived of gluten and milk but there are some desserts that are already traditionally so like the Sienese ricciarelli!
Tuscany, like all of Italy, until Unity was divided into several kingdoms, each independent of the other and each ready to defend itself. In memory of the times of division and long struggles, there are still wonderful villages and fortified cities scattered throughout Tuscany.