Italy is a foodie’s paradise, but no region shines brighter than Tuscany! The home of January's Sabatini Gin is one of the best holiday spots around; these activities will introduce you to the region in all of its gastronomic glory.
1. Take a Cooking Lesson with a Local
Good food is central to life in Tuscany, and the locals aren’t shy about teaching newcomers how to master their culinary classics. From week-long cooking masterclasses in 13th-century villas to afternoons spent getting your gourmet on in Italian farmhouses, no foodie trip to Tuscany is complete without a little time spent in the cucina.
Airbnb Experiences, tuscany-cooking-class.com and Viator are all chock-full of options for every budget – so take your pick, and get cooking!
2. See the Sabatini Estate
Carefully crafted with Tuscan-grown botanicals, January's Gin of the Month is bursting with fabulous Italian flavours. Take a trip to the Sabatini Estate to see the garden where their botanicals grow – and to taste some fabulous gin!
Guided tours of the estate are offered every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. The passionate Sabatini Gin staff will show you around the family’s ancestral home, give you time to take in the stunning views of Tuscany and, of course, drink some gin in the designated ‘gin room’, in the estate’s refurbished lemon house.
For more information or to book your own gin tour, email [email protected].
3. Taste Italy’s Most Famous Wine
Luminous red in its iconic straw wrapper, Chianti is one of Italy’s most famous wines. It also calls Tuscany home sweet home – fitting, considering that this wine is one of the best to pair with classic Italian foods like pizza and tomato-based pasta dishes. The Chianti region surrounds Florence, so wherever in Tuscany you find yourself, you’re not too far from a wonderful vineyard tasting.
For help planning your Chianti-tasting trip, visit chianti.com for useful tips and information.
4. Discover a Truffle Trove
Whether you’re ordering them at a fine, Florentine restaurant or snuffling around for one in the undergrowth, nothing gives foodies the thrill of finding a truffle. These rare fungi are a fundamental part of Tuscan cuisine, so there’s no better place to discover their allure.
If your trip happens to coincide with the second and third weekends in November, head to the Truffle Festival in San Giovanni d’Asso. Or, to go on your own excursion with truffle-hunting pigs and dogs, check out Truffle Hunter (trufflehunter.net).