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Outdoor Italy: Walking, Cycling & More

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan and Steve Keenan — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Italian Truffles: How You Can Find Them

Pigs or dogs? Oak trees or pine forest? Winter or summer? Read this for advice on finding the king of fungi during a stay at one of our villas. We also recommend a foraging tour, where real experts can let you in on some secrets of the truffle-hunter's trade.

Cycling Tuscany: How & Where to Get Started

“Without a doubt, central Italy is my favourite destination on a bike,” says David Cleveland, author of "Bicycle Touring in Tuscany". We pass on expert advice from local cycling specialists, covering where to rent a bike, where to go and even where to stop for a picnic, if you want to see the best of Tuscany on two wheels — whether you're a novice or a Giro-wannabee.

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