Tuscan Route Experience

Unmissable experiences close to Grotta Giusti

Just a few kilometres from the resort, you can discover the authentic charm of Tuscany with the nature trails that take you to exciting adventures and quaint shopping boutiques that offer the world-renowned style and fashion Italy is famous for.

10 days to discover the hidden treasures of Tuscany

There are special journeys which stay with you forever, creating cherished memories. They take you to the most wonderful places, immersing you in landscapes, history and artistic treasures. Italian Hospitality Collection’s Tuscan Route is one such journey: a tenday tour of Tuscany. To ensure you experience the very best of Tuscany, we’ve tracked down unmissable activities, places and sights close to our hotels. Some are better known, others are unusual and unexpected. Together they make for an unforgettable stay. 

Visit artisan chocolate-makers Slitti

Monsummano Terme is home to an outstanding name in Italian gastronomy: Cioccolateria Slitti. The artisan chocolatiers started out in 1969 as coffee roasters. When Andrea and Daniele Slitti joined the firm, they became interested in cocoa and fine quality chocolate. Their painstaking work has made Slitti world-famous for its superb delicacies. During the tour, guests will get to see every stage of production, from the cocoa itself to the packaging and the wonderful displays – a plethora of irresistible temptations and treats.

Lucio Picone's artisan shoe workshop

Enjoy a visit to Lucio Picone’s artisan workshop in the nearby Pieve a Nievole, where he crafts exquisite custommade shoes. The workshop and his creations are the culmination of a dream for Lucio: he began working for a shoe manufacturer aged just fifteen, but always wanted to make something unique. He works for a handful of customers, choosing designs, colours and finishes together, and makes every shoe by hand. Visiting his workshop means immersing yourself in Tuscany’s artisan shoe-making traditions.



Vinci, around 17 km from Grotta Giusti. Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthplace is an enchanting medieval village – worth a visit alone. But what makes it completely unique is the museum dedicated to the great artist, scientist and inventor. The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum is based in two neighbouring buildings, Palazzina Uzielli and the Conti Guidi Castle. It is home to a vast collection of documents, models and replicas of projects designed by the great maestro, Leonardo.
Museo LeonardianoPalazzina Uzielli (ticket office)and Castello dei Conti Guidi.

Wine tasting at the Da Vinci winery

While you’re in Vinci, birthplace of the great Leonardo, don’t miss the chance to sample wines made by the winery which shares his name. The Leonardo da Vinci cellars are run by a group of wine-makers who grow most of their grapes on the slopes of the Montalbano, an area with its own micro-climate. As well as the typical Sangiovese variety, they also grow Merlot, Syrah, Canaiolo, Chardonnay and Trebbiano. The Leonardo da Vinci winery makes great classics such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Santo Ippolito and Vinsanto.

Bike tours

You can explore the natural park of Palude di Fucecchio with trails in the Valley of Pescia, along the Usciana channel or through the three milestones of Fucecchio-Vinci-San Baronto. Bike up the hill and take a break in Vinci, where you can visit the home and museum of Leonardo da Vinci. The path along the city walls of Lucca runs through beautiful ancient trees, a pleasant shady area, Renaissance forts, and the botanical garden in the southeast part of the city.

Palude di Fucecchio

This park is the largest marsh in Italy and offers amazing natural biodiversity with plants and animals around every corner. You can enjoy a variety of excursions such as bird-watching stops, night tours, visits to the nesting area of the Fucecchio storks, and historical and environmental trips to the borders of the marsh. You can also visit the exhibition at the Tourist Centre, where you can learn more about the history and traditions of the Fucecchio Marshlands.


Just 10 minutes from Grotta Giusti, the historic centre of Montecatini Terme welcomes you at Via della Moda. This fashion boulevard is lined with boutiques, galleries and stores that offer some of Italy’s most well know national brands. In Lucca and Florence, which are located 20 and 40 minutes from the resort respectively, you can shop to your heart’s content at Italy’s most exclusive outlet mall and enjoy the finest selections from brand names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli.
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