If you've been dreaming of sunflower fields and doughy pizzas, it might be time to plan a little summer getaway. Luckily, you don't have to go far in order to enjoy some of the pleasures of Italy. There are several gems hidden in the province that will whisk you away across the ocean, no plane ticket needed. Get ready for blue waters, creamy gelato, and, of course, wine at Ontario's Tuscany places this season.

When it comes to destinations, it's pretty hard to top Italy.

With gorgeous streets, countryside, and unforgettable pizza, you'll want to cancel your plane ride home.

The good news is, you don't have to take a pricey trip across the ocean in order to indulge in some Italian vibes.

You can have a vacation right here in Ontario by visiting these spots that are straight out of Tuscany.

From sprawling wineries to gourmet pizza, you'll forget you're still in the province.

No trip to Italy is complete without gelato, and this shop tucked away in Toronto will transport you to the streets of Tuscany.

You can lick hand-crafted gelato while enjoying the charming terrace outside.

Soak up the sun Italian-style by lounging on this pebbly beach.

The clear blue waters and surrounding cliffs will take you on a trip to the Tuscan coast.

Avoid the jetlag and visit some of these Tuscany-inspired spots around Ontario this summer.

Colaneri Estate Winery

Price: $20 per person

When: Tastings Thursday - Sunday

Address: 348 Conc 6 Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: This winery is a true piece of Tuscany in Ontario. Located in Niagara-On-The-Lake, the architecture and vast fields will sweep you away across the ocean. Tastings are available for booking.


Ste. Anne's Spa

Price: $195 + per package

Address: 1009 Massey Rd., Grafton ON

Why You Need To Go: Tucked away amidst rolling hills, this charming stone spa and inn will take you on a Tuscan escape. New protocols have been implemented in order to ensure guest safety.


Piccolina Gelato 

Price: $5 +

When: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. weekends

Address: 85 Portland St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to the sunny streets of Italy by enjoying craft gelato at Piccolina Gelato's Portland location.


Sunflower Fields Ice Cream 

Price: TBA

Address: 886 County Rd. 10, Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Does it get any more Tuscan than eating gelato in a sunflower field? This spot serves lots of frozen treats beside its gorgeous flower field. Stayed tuned on social media for sunflower updates.


Wooden Heads

Price: $12.80 + per pizza

Address: 192 Ontario St., Kingston, ON

Why You Need To Go: Situated by the water in historic Kingston, this wood-fired pizza spot serves up gourmet Italian fare.


Little Bluff Conservation Area

Price: $5 parking

Address: 3625 County Rd. 13, Milford, ON

Why You Need To Go: The pebble beach, bright blue water, and towering caves will make you feel like you're relaxing on the Tuscan coast.


Fiddleheads

Price: $12.95 +

When: Wednesday - Sunday

Address: 53 Herriott St., Perth, ON

Why You Need To Go: This may not be an Italian food spot, but the patio will give you major European vibes. Enjoy a meal at this stunning space.


Il Patio di Eataly by Aperol

Price: $8 +

When: July 10 - the end of September

Address: 55 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This vibrant new patio serves classic Italian fare and Aperol Spritz so you can enjoy a taste of summertime in Italy.



We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


 

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