Do you want to organise a weekend out with your girlfriends but find yourself short of ideas? Here are five suggestions for a girls' weekend in Tuscany that caters to all tastes, from the shopaholic to the explorer.
It might seem predictable but two days immersed in warm water can really bring you back to life. Of all the many options in Tuscany, we recommend you go to the Sensory Spa in Chianciano Terme and try the drained mud and the music therapy in water, or the Terme di Saturnia, where you can admire the waterfalls and natural outdoor pools.
Dragging a man through the shops is a bore, not to say an act of sadism. Much better to do it with friends, and maybe even at reasonable prices: the unmissable Tuscan outlets include 'The Mall' in Valdarno, which you can reach even by a shuttle from the centre of Florence, and the Designer Outlet of Barberino di Mugello, presented as a Renaissance town but with a hundred other shops.
Who has never dreamed of flying free through the sky? Going on a hot-air balloon is a unique experience, and one to be shared with the best of friends! With Tuscany Ballooning you can fly over the Chianti hills, while Banda Balloons will take you over the towns of Siena, from San Gimignano to Val d'Orcia.
Tuscany has an embarrassment of choice for those who are always curious to experiment with new flavours. As long as you're not afraid of spice, you must try the Indian Restaurant in Fiesole, while the tastes of the Middle East are the protagonists in the kitchen of Madina, in Pisa's historic centre. Lovers of Sol Levante in Florence can find some typical Japanese soup in the Banki Ramen restaurant, just behind Santa Maria Novella, or there's the sushi whipped up by Chef Toshi in Iyo Iyo, Borgo Pinti.
The adrenaline-junkie of the group can convince her friends to throw themselves onto a kayak and into the rapids: Firenze Rafting organises wild excursions in the Lucchesia or on the river Sieve, but also gentler though still highly exciting routes on the Arno, which includes going under the Ponte Vecchio.