Tuscany has plenty upon plenty of things to do, that's for sure. With no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the claim as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more, it's no surprise that Tuscany remains one of the most popular places to visit in Italy, if not the world.
And yet. Stunning though these places are, it does mean that some of the more unusual things to do get overlooked. Experiences that would top the list in lesser-endowed places fall through the travel guidebook cracks in luscious Toscana.
Well, not any more!
Behold, dear readers, let me clue you in to seven unusual things to do and see in Tuscany while still leaving room to see the classics.
Without further ado, here they are!
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Unique Things To Do in Tuscany
1 – Unusually Chic: A Visit to the Vespa Museum
The Vespa museum in Pontedera, Tuscany, welcomes you not with racy Vespas and photos of celebrities, nor dashing ad campaigns. Those wait inside. Instead there’s a memorial and a polished aerobatic trainer plane, monuments to the man who began his career in aeronautical engineering but who achieved fame with a much smaller machine: the Vespa. It's an undeniably cool thing to do in Tuscany.
Read more about the Vespa Piaggio experience here.
2 – Unusually Tasty: An Authentic Cooking Lesson
“This is the classic ragù that my grandmother taught me: a delicious, versatile sauce that can be used in many ways. Added to lasagne, any type of pasta, served with meatballs…” Lella from Cuoche in Vacanza
Find the recipe for the real ragu and the details for the cooking lesson over here.
3 – Unusually Devout: The Charterhouse of Calci
In unmarked graves, the Charterhouse monks of Calci used death to extend their earthly vows of silence into eternity.
While the brothers ran the pharmacy, the fathers lived reclusive lives, speaking only once a year and passing food between walled tunnels to avoid the temptation for a chat.
Yet despite this severity, austerity never really caught on.
The Charterhouse notches up an impressive 1500 rooms, plus a view of the leaning tower of Pisa on that infamous clear day. Living quarters come with private orchards, while cloisters overlook fountains and a gated panorama of Tuscany at its best.
Read more here.
4 – Unusually spooky: Find a laughing ghost
Agustino Agustini greets guestsin the hallway of Villa di Corliano, a house, no make that a mansion, complete…