The third season of cult corporate drama Succession has had fans hanging on every line of outrageous dialogue, as Logan Roy’s clan plotted and schemed en route to the show’s cliff hanger finale.
It also had us lusting to visit some of the iconic locations revealed during the show’s glamorous globetrotting.
For the final two episodes of this season, the Waystar RoyCo wanders head to Tuscany, Italy. to attend the wedding of matriarch Caroline, and features location shooting in Florence, Val d’Orcia and Siena. For those who want to follow in the footsteps of the Roys, here’s a quick guide to whet your appetite.
What you need to know about Florence, Tuscany
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, continues to evoke the same charm and splendour it did during the Renaissance. Home to some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world, it’s no surprise that the Roys would opt for a visit. Between the library of San Lorenzo and the incredible art collection found at the Pitti Palace, you can be sure to get your fill of art and culture while in the city.
It’s also a top destination for fashionistas. Designers such as Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo both opened boutiques here in the 1920s which then led the city to be considered one of the most stylish in Italy.
Indulge in a boat tour along the Arno in a traditional wood barge followed by a stroll through the Boboli Gardens for the ultimate day out.
For more information on Florence visit italia.it.
What you need to know about Siena, Tuscany
The medieval city of Siena is no stranger to the movie business. Many will recognise its central piazza, Il Campo, featured in the James Bond outing Quantum of Solace. The city sits over three hills and its central piazza is shaped into a fan that symbolises the Madonna’s cloak, said to shelter the city from ill-fate.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena’s ancient roots are apparent at every corner with historical sites such as the Synagogue of Siena, the Teatro dei Rinnovati and the Opera del Duomo Museum.
Villa Centinale, a stunning 17th century baroque estate (pictured top), was used to film Caroline’s dramatic wedding; the shoot reportedly took a week to complete. Originally built by pope Alexander VII, this 13-bedroom villa is available to rent, but you’ll need to budget more than $100,000 per week.
For travellers wanting wellness, thermal springs found in the region are a more affordable indulgence. The Petriolo Thermal Springs in particular offer numerous opportunities for a long excursion and hikes through the nearby Nature Reserve of Basso Merse, before relaxing in the warming waters of the Springs.
For more information on Siena visit terredisiena.it.
What you need to know about Val d’Orcia, Tuscany
The magical and enchanting area of Val d’Orcia is made up of ancient villages, picturesque olive groves and vineyards. The rich green valley, which surrounds the Orcia river from where it takes its name, is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In Val D’Orcia, the Roys take over La Foce, a 3,500 acre estate with spectacular views over the hilltops and cypress-lined roads of the region. The former home of famed biographer and writer Iris Origio, who wrote ‘War in Val d’Orcia’ and ‘The World of San Bernardino’, is the backdrop to the Roy family celebration in Season three episode eight, ‘Chiantishire’
A visit to Val d’Orcia offers a step back in time, with a multitude of medieval and picturesque towns. The hilltop town of Radicofani is home to an imposing castle tower that is a must-visit when in Val d’Orcia. Combine with its neighbour, the walled city of Montalcino, for the perfect day trip to admire the medieval architecture of the region.
In between the two and a perfect resting stop is Bagno Vignoni, home to the largest medieval bath in the area. The bath overlooks the Renaissance buildings of the town and the Santa Caterina di Siena lodge. With the sound of the gentle rolling waters and the lazy smoke created from the warmth of the water, a dip in these waters is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re the star of a TV show.
In the eighth episode, we also see Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin) meet with predatory entrepreneur Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard) at Villa La Cassinella, on the western shore of Lake Como.
For more information on Val d’Orcia visit parcodellavaldorcia.com.
Succession series 1-3 is available as a box set on Sky TV and Now streaming services.
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