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Easter in Tuscany: a few ideas

Tips to make the most of your Easter holidays in Tuscany

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, those spending their Easter holidays in Tuscany are sure to find an event to suit even the most varied tastes! Whether you love the mountains or the seaside, appreciate art or social life, or want to eat good food or drink quality wines, Tuscany is an excellent choice for your next vacation. Here are some tips for you. Enjoy!

For the foodies

Foodies from all over the world can take part in many activities dedicated to good food and excellent wine. There are many taste tours you can participate in, more than 20 wine trails to follow and countless special wineries and farms open to the public that offer fun, educational activities for children and families.

Culture buffs
Pratolino - Credit: Jacopo

Spring and Easter is a great combination and a perfect excuse to spend a few days (or more) in Tuscany: flowers are blooming, traditional attractions are calling and there’s a wide range of art exhibitions to help you make the most of your Easter holidays. Not to mention, it's the best time to discover the many historical villas and gardens nestled in the Tuscan landscape.

Nature lovers
Nature Train on the Montalceto Viaduct, Poggio Pinci
Nature Train on the Montalceto Viaduct, Poggio Pinci - Credit: Frank Andiver

Tuscany is in full bloom during Easter and it's the perfect time of the year to enjoy the countryside and the rolling hills. Hop on the Nature Train and explore the Siena territory: on April 2, for example, the train will wind through the Val d’Orcia, the hills where the Brunello di Montalcino wine comes from and the Crete Senesi. If you just want to relax and be immersed in nature, you can organize a Tuscan picnic: in Italy, we usually celebrate Easter Monday by spending the day outside. Sports lovers will find the perfect weather for going on long hikes along the via Fracigena or on the Tuscan Archipelago.

And for a bit of relaxation…
Monsummano Terme
Monsummano Terme

If you want to relax and re-charge your batteries, a trip to a Tuscan spa would be the perfect way to spend your holiday. The kinds of spas vary: some are outdoors, some indoors, some have an entry fee, and others are free!

If you like folklore

Easter in Tuscany offers a variety of traditions and celebrations. In Florence, you’ll find the traditional “Explosion of the Cart” (Scoppio del Carro in Italian) in front of the Duomo; while in Prato, the Virgin Mary’s Holy Girdle is put on public display. On Easter Monday, in Bibbona, you can witness the traditional barrel-rolling competition, called the “Palio delle Botti”, while Piteglio hosts the Sweet Flour Festliva, where visitors can taste chestnuts, sweet “polenta” and many other traditional Tuscan foods. On Good Friday, Grassina (Bagno a Ripoli) is home to a re-enactment of the Passion of the Christ, involving around 600 participants.

Art and Culture