Tuscan Wandering Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany inspires a very particular kind of wanderlust. From the shimmering Renaissance city of Florence to the intriguing twists and turns of ancient village streets, the rich history and culture stirs a desire to marvel, soak up and discover. So we created our Tuscan Wandering programme, offering you the freedom to explore, indulge the senses and create your own uniquely unforgettable holiday.

Create your own Tuscan story
Through our handpicked accommodation, we’re offering four very different and inspiring perspectives on what Tuscany can be – and an opportunity to create the combination that feels irresistible to you.

Included are our charming new Simpson Hotels, Mille Desideri and La Madonnina, along with contemporary Casetta Carina and, cradled in the Tuscan hills, Capanno di Riorsoli, a pretty barn conversion.

And in every destination, you’ll be provided with a complimentary voucher to try activities that capture the essence of that particular area: an authentic ‘Taste of Tuscany’.

 
For a tailor-made Tuscan Wandering holiday, call our travel specialists on 020 8392 5858 or email sales@simpsontravel.com and we’ll help you discover the very best of Tuscany in the way that inspires you most.

The hotels are offered on a bed and breakfast basis, whilst our villas are offered as self-catering accommodation. Stays in each of the four properties are for a minimum of three nights. This offer is valid for departures from 13 May to 10 June subject to availability, average price of £800pp for 7 nights accommodation only.

 

 
 
Mille Desideri
For the pursuit of tranquil pleasures, where the beauty of your surroundings is only exceeded by the generosity of your hosts. The medieval village of Monterchi is just a 15-minute drive away; your nearest restaurant even closer. Or spread your wings and let Arezzo and Florence inspire you.

Your Taste of Tuscany experience: A complimentary 45-minute head-to-toe massage for each guest to help you relax even more deeply.

Find out more about Mille Desideri.

  La Madonnina
The area become known and loved through the sunkissed adaptation of Under the Tuscan Sun, filmed in nearby Cortona, and this intimate hotel embodies the area’s charming authenticity, with the atmospheric Renaissance town of Castiglion Fiorentino just a five-minute drive away.

Your Taste of Tuscany experience: Add another culinary string to your bow and gain an insight into Tuscan cuisine with a two-hour cookery lesson to create a traditional pasta dish to enjoy for lunch.

Find out more about La Madonnina.

 
 
 
Capanno di Riorsoli
An enchanting Tuscan villa where wooden beams and vibrant splashes of colour set the scene for a rural retreat to relax you totally. In a spectacular setting of gently rolling hills, it’s also just ten-minute walk from medieval Gambassi Terme, with its soothing thermal waters and charming town square.

Your Taste of Tuscany experience: A complimentary day pass for two to the thermal baths in Gambassi.

Find out more about Capanno di Riorsoli.

  Casetta Carina
In Chianti, where wine is a passion and food always an occasion, this lovely apartment offers you the chance to dive deep into the area’s rich history. Soak up the atmosphere of crumbling castles and ancient monasteries, as well as the medieval towns of Radda in Chianti, Panzano and Castellina, less than 30 minutes away.

Your Taste of Tuscany experience: Join a wine tasting and cellar tour at the boutique winery of Fattoria Le Fonti, near the famous butcher’s shop and restaurants of Dario Cecchini in Panzano.

Find out more about Casetta Carina.

 
For a tailor-made Tuscan Wandering holiday, call our travel specialists on 020 8392 5858 or email sales@simpsontravel.com and we’ll help you discover the very best of Tuscany in the way that inspires you most.

The hotels are offered on a bed and breakfast basis, whilst our villas are offered as self-catering accommodation. Stays in each of the four properties are for a minimum of three nights. This offer is valid for departures from 13 May to 10 June subject to availabilityaverage price of £800pp for 7 nights accommodation only.

 

A TASTE OF TUSCANY

The true richness of Tuscany lies in the diversity of experiences you have there: the world-famous food, the places you visit and the many fascinating and historic traditions. So, exclusively for our Tuscan Wandering guests, in each of our four carefully chosen hotels and villas, we’ve included a complimentary Taste of Tuscany experience…

Soothe away stress in healing waters
For guests staying at Capanno di Riorsoli, we’re including a day pass for two to the thermal baths of Gambassi Terme, including entry to both the indoor and outdoor pools.

Inhabited even before ancient Etruscan era, this ancient spa town is known for its glass works and the surrounding hills and pine forests are a destination for hill walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. However, it’s the natural spa that has quite literally made the town's name, the naturally warm and therapeutic waters believed to treat a range of ailments from rheumatic to respiratory. They’re also great for soaking away stress and a dip in the pools can be accompanied by access to the sauna and Turkish bath (payable locally).

 
 
Enjoy an intimate insight into Italy’s favourite tipple
For guests staying at Casetta Carina, there’s a wine tasting and cellar tour at the boutique winery of Fattoria Le Fonti.

Wine making is an art form. From the opera playing in the fermentation room to the passion of Le Fonti’s owner, who doesn’t merely produce wine but nurtures a deep and enduring relationship with it, you’ll gain a sense of what goes into the exceptional Chianti red – and it’s definitely not just grapes. The winery is on the outskirts of Panzano, home to Dario, the famous butcher. The man himself is a master of self-promotion, but deserves his excellent reputation, with restaurants serving up mighty slabs of steak cooked over open fires. Visit Dario Cecchini’s website for a flavour of his work.

 
 
A treat for foodies
For guests staying at La Madonnina, there’s a cookery lesson from the owner of the hotel, Maria: a two-hour foray into traditional flavours and techniques to produce a delicious pasta dish to eat for lunch.

Tuscan food is of the cucina povera tradition: simple, hearty, flavoursome recipes, full of fresh local ingredients. These mouth-watering dishes make the most of the region’s natural abundance, following the seasons and providing a focal point for leisurely, exuberant gatherings of friends and family around big wooden tables.

Maria’s cooking is much-loved by her guests and features plenty of the estate’s own olive oil.

 
 
Take a short-cut to total relaxation
For guests staying at Mille Desideri, we’re including a complimentary 45-minute head-to-toe massage, their most popular treatment.

After all, with those hilltop villages and breathtaking walks through the glorious Tuscan countryside, the legs in particular can always benefit from a little TLC.

Our fully-trained massage therapist offers a range of different therapies, including Ayurvedic massage, reflexology, shiatsu and anti-stress massages, so whether you want to drift away or feel energised and invigorated, there’s a treatment to suit.

 
For a tailor-made Tuscan Wandering holiday, call our travel specialists on 020 8392 5858 or email sales@simpsontravel.com and we’ll help you discover the very best of Tuscany in the way that inspires you most.

The hotels are offered on a bed and breakfast basis, whilst our villas are offered as self-catering accommodation. Stays in each of the four properties are for a minimum of three nights. This offer is valid for departures from 13 May to 10 June subject to availabilityaverage price of £800pp for 7 nights accommodation only.

 

  Our bespoke Tuscan Wandering experiences include:
  • Accommodation in two or more of the featured properties, for a minimum of three nights in each, on a bed and breakfast basis. In our two hotels, additional meals can be paid for locally.

  • Flights, train travel and car hire, as applicable.

  • A voucher for each of your complimentary ‘Taste of Tuscany’ experiences.
 
For a tailor-made Tuscan Wandering holiday, call our travel specialists on 020 8392 5858 or email sales@simpsontravel.com and we’ll help you discover the very best of Tuscany in the way that inspires you most.

The hotels are offered on a bed and breakfast basis, whilst our villas are offered as self-catering accommodation. Stays in each of the four properties are for a minimum of three nights. This offer is valid for departures from 13 May to 10 June subject to availabilityaverage price of £800pp for 7 nights accommodation only.