Italy is a high demand destination, its historical landmarks, culture and foods attracting thousands of people each year. However, few people know that one of the best times to visit Italy, in particular Tuscany, is during the winter months.

As the warm summer air begins to cool, swarms of tourists empty from the restaurants, museums and markets.Though Italy is lovely during the fall months, Tuscany’s great secret is the ease of getting about and the accessibility of both famous and obscure historical sites all winter long. If you’re longing to visit paradise, Tuscany in the winter is about as close as you can get. This is the opportunity to take in life as it truly is this beautiful region with its muted landscapes, occasional soft rain and the locals who make you feel as if you are one of them. With no crowds to fight and no lines to stand on, the winter traveler is privy to endless time exploring sites such as the Uffizi, the Medici Chapels, Pitti Palace, Accademia Gallery and more.

When it comes to lodgings, Tuscany offers the discriminating traveler first class, luxurious accommodations that will be memorable for years to come. In Capalbio, you can check in to the Tenuta Marsiliana, an estate owned by the Principe Corsini family. There you can attend regional wine tastings, tour the castle or just take in the exquisite countryside views.Dine on light seafood fare at the sophisticated Rosso e Vino alla Dogana,owned by famed fashion photographer Andrea Marchionni.

L’Argentario, Tuscany has long been the favored vacation spot for wealthy Romans. Tour nearby Porto Santo Stefano, a harbor town known for its opulent yachts. Enjoy the luxurious accommodations at Il Pellicano Hotel, a discreet hideaway that attracts famous clientage in search of privacy and first class amenities, most notably their waterfront location. As the cool weather thins out the tourists, dining often requires no reservations so you’ll be sure to dine at Ristorante Il Pellicano, the gourmet team led by expert chef Antonio Guida who has earned Michelin Stars for his culinary creations. Be sure to ask for the first class seating found on the stone terrace.

Lastly consider spending some time in Saturnia, Tuscany, famous for its sulfurous hot springs. Check in to the Terme Di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, the exclusive resort famous for its thermal pool. The resort offers a 54,000 square foot spa that specializes in anti aging treatments. The spacious rooms are each offer pine floors, travertine bathrooms and private stone balconies. Nearby Montemerano is home to highly acclaimed restaurant Caino, a nine table restaurant where diners plan to spend hours indulging and savoring the culinary creations of chef Valeria Piccini.

For the connoisseur of first class accommodations, fine dining and world-class attractions,Tuscany in winter is a secret kept under tight wraps, in hopes of keeping the crowds at bay.

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