Although Tuscany is an undeniable paradise for food lovers, if you prefer the sweet sound of music, why not consider catching a concert with the legendary Andrea Bocelli instead? The classical music star has taken part in a spectacular annual concert in his home town of Lajatico, Tuscany for the past 13 years, and 2019 looks to be no exception. Register your interest with Exquisite Concierge now to be updated as soon as next year’s date is confirmed and a package becomes available. You’ll be the first to know, but until then, read on as Exquisite explains what to expect should you choose to take one of our Tuscany trips next year...
WHO’S IT FOR?
If you appreciate classical music alongside a backdrop of natural beauty, then you will love this trip. Best for couples with refined tastes, but also possible for families with mature children.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Bocelli’s life story is fascinating. An extraordinary virtuoso, he narrowly avoided being aborted after pessimistic doctors told his parents he would be born with disabilities, yet turned out to become one of the most highly regarded singer-songwriters in the world. He is now revered by celebrities in his industry - according to Celine Dion, “if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” Despite losing his eyesight altogether at 12 years old, the boy it once seemed no-one wanted has since sold over 80 million albums. An unparalleled experience for music-loving Brits, his Tuscan live show takes place in the breath-taking open air amphitheatre the Teatro del Silenzio, and features the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides that, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany offers top class art and culture opportunities. Galleries such as the Uffizzi showcase pieces by the likes of Michelangelo, while for more musical treats, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which is affectionately referred to as the Florentine “temple of music”, offers ballet and opera shows. Meanwhile, the ladies will be pleased to know that in Florence, designer shopping outlets filled with luxury treats are never far away.
As you already know, we recommend the Villa San Michele hotel for all things culinary, due to its excellent
However, if you prefer a more central location than the hills and woodland above the city, the hotel Brunelleschi is one of the best, and can be added into an itinerary with Exquisite. Set in a sixth century restored Byzantine tower and filled with everything from bare brick walls to gold gilt mirrors and pearlescent chandeliers, it is the perfect mixture of opulent modern luxury and rustic charm. Read on for more unique Italian hotels.
Located in bustling central Florence, it is merely steps away from Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria - not to mention the Uffizi Gallery. There are some truly decadent accommodations available. Perfect for romantic breaks with a lover, the Duplex Pool Suite features a four poster bed, marble bathroom and stunning rooftop Jacuzzi. Yet the most attractive features are the views of iconic Italian landmarks from the bedroom window, such as the distinctive duomo by the Giotto Tower and the Palazzo Vecchio. Another unique feature is that this is one of the few hotels in the world to boast its very own in-house museum. It features medieval archeological findings dating as far back as 541AD. Finally, the nearby food options are out of this world and delicious, from beef tartare to suckling pig, plus the unmissable Piedmont hazelnut mousse. Find out more top things to do in Florence.