Bypass the summer crowds with a winter visit to Tuscany. Start out by spending a few days in Florence: book supper at the Massimo Bottura – run restaurant inside Gucci’s trippy flagship in the city center, Gucci Garden, and explore the Uffizi and Accademia galleries virtually tourist – free. Then head to the coastal, Belle Epoque – era town of Viareggion, a little over 50 miles of Florence, to celebrate Carnival.
While a major celebration in all of Italy, the Tuscan approach to Carnival is different from Venice’s iconic masked balls. Famous for building some of the world’s superyachts, Viareggio’s celebration (February 12 to March 5, 2022) include papier – mache floats that are bitingly most mercilessly each year. Finish off the trip with a stay at 5 – star COMO Castello del Nero, a converted 12th – century estate in the Chianti region that’s been repurposed by the ultra – luxe Singaporean hotel chain.