People often ask me, “where should I eat in Tuscany?” and I don’t have an answer. Tuscany is bigger and encompasses more than most travelers can imagine. The region spreads nearly 9000 miles across diverse terrain, from cyprus-dotted rolling hills to sandy beaches, through miles of earthy vineyards, volcanic mountaintops and olive groves, to a number of costal islands sprinkled in the Mediterranean Sea.
Beyond the incredible landscape, you have elements of history and culture equally as diverse: Tuscany is the center of the mysterious Etruscan empire, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to iconic cities like Florence, Pisa and Siena. And then, there are the cowboys. Yes, cowboys.
Because Italy wasn’t even a unified country until 1861, each city and village has its own culinary history. From one hill town to the next, you might find an entirely different cuisine. This, and the fertile earth, plentiful wild game and fruitful vines, makes Tuscany’s food like none other.
I’ve spent much of the past 19 years of my life in Tuscany. First as a college student, and in the last decade, as a homeowner and olive harvester. I have favorite day trips, dining destinations and cultural events that I return to year after year. I’m so happy to share my favorite parts of Tuscany with you.