I spent three days in Cortona, Italy as home base while taking day trips to the other Tuscan towns. I loved every minute from taking a walk and seeing "Bramasole" Frances Mayes home (Under the Tuscan Sun), to the people, it's marketplace, and food & wine. Cortona holds a special place in my heart and my heart is beckoning to get back there.
The famous Boboli Gardens, behind the Palazzo Pitti in Florence was designed mainly under the reign of Cosimo I, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, under the supervision of his wife, Eleanora de Toledo. Today, it remains one of the finest examples of a 16th Century garden and one of the many legacies left by the Medici to both Florence and the world.
Terme di Saturnia is a lush geothermal spring, with steamy water temperatures nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The natural evolution of the landscape has smoothed out the spring and created waterfalls and shallow pools turning Terme di Saturnia into a giant, relaxing outdoor spa. While enjoying the posh lifestyle under the springs, take a moment and realize to understand this ancient luxury. The spring at Saturnia has flowed consistently for over 3000 years, and was even used by Roman nobles.