Visit Tuscany's Taste Museums

Learn more about DOC wines, truffles and local products

Tuscany has perfumes and tastes all its own—every corner has something tasty to offer visitors, from the “frizzante” perfumes of its wines to the luxurious scent of its truffles. Good cooking is right at home here thanks to genuine and unique products envied the world over. It comes as no surprise that these special products have very own museums of their own. The main ingredient is tradition, which allows us to taste and enjoy the dishes of the past. But it’s not just time-honored products that bring us closer to tradition; it’s also the story of the trades with their tools and utensils that tell the story of the area’s farming past.

The Sienese countryside is a beautiful area where gently rolling hills give way to colorful vineyards, fields rough with clay markings and thick with woods. It is a landscape with many flavors. To learn more about the area’s top DOC wines, visit the Museo del Chianti (Castellina in Chianti), the Museo del Vino Vernaccia (San Gimignano) and the Museo della vite e del vino [Museum of vines and wines] (Roccastrada). For a full immersion into the area’s history, visit the old grainary in San Gimignano the Museo della Comunità di Montalcino e del Brunello (Museum of the Community of Montalcino and Brunello) and Museo della Grancia (fortified winery) in Rapolano Terme. The Museo del Tartufo in San Giovanni D'Asso celebrates it most precious local product, the truffle.

The Lucca area is home to an Ethnographic exhibition on local farmers in Capannori and a museum dedicated to the Chestnut museum in Pescaglia

The Florentine countryside boasts a number of interesting museums, such as the Museo del fiasco toscano [Tuscan straw-covered bottle] in Montelupo Fiorentino, the Museo della Vite e del Vino della Valle di Sieve [Museum of Vines and Wines of the Sieve Valley] (Rufina) and the Museo del vino (Montespertoli). 

Last but certainly not least, we find the Museo del Vino di Cinignano and the Museo della vite e del vino di Scansano (Museum of Scansano Wines and Vines), both in Maremma; the Museum of Wines and Vines in Carmignano; and the Museo Sensoriale Multimediale del Vino di Bolgheri e della Costa Toscana in Castagneto Carducci.

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