The best places to visit in Tuscany
Tuscany is a wonderful region, full of history from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with a long and special culinary tradition and some outstanding landscapes. As this area has so much to offer, it would be simply impossible to see it all in one trip. Lucky you for, we have compiled a list of our favorite things to do when in Tuscany, in order to make your experience fulfilling and unforgettable.
Before diving into the beautiful cities and areas to visit, here are some tips to make your holiday even more priceless. First of all, plan your trip carefully and in advance. Choose your accommodation based on your plans and the area you want to visit. In addition, having a basic understanding of Tuscan – the dialect spoken in this region, is a major bonus as it will allow you to socialize more easily with the locals and discover their habits and traditions.
This small gem attracts many tourists every year. With its 14 towers that show the entirety of this medieval village, San Gimignano is probably one of the most authentic towns in Tuscany. In addition, it is widely famous for its traditional cuisine and for its wine produced in the nearby hills.
Otherwise known as “the city of the 100 churches” – because of the many old, historic churches around the city, Lucca is a very unique Tuscan city. Surrounded by high walls that run for more than 4 kilometers, this city emits a magical feeling. A stroll or cycle along the historic walls is a must for any visitor, as well as a visit to the Roman Amphitheater and Caroccan gardens.
No visit to Tuscany is complete without a trip to Florence. This magical city has too much to offer, from historic restaurants to renowned art museums. Once you step foot inside Florence, the feeling is that of being inside a living museum. Historic monuments can be found in every corner of the city center, not to mention some of the most beautiful architectural buildings including Piazza dellaSignoria, Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo. This city will simply leave you speechless, and if you love art: no trip is complete without a visit to the Uffizi Gallery.
The Chianti area, just a few kilometers south of Florence, is home to some of the world’s most renowned vineyards and olive groves that make the Chianti a living paradise. When visiting Chianti there are many tours and itineraries to choose. We recommend a tour which includes either a wine tasting, cheese tasting or lunch at a renowned Chianti restaurant (or even all three!)
Siena is another one of Tuscany’s magical cities. Widely known for the Palio – a medieval horse race held every year; the city will bewitch you with its rich history and authenticity. Piazza del Campo is perhaps the most representative landmarks in Siena – one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, as well as a social place where one can enjoy drinks and food. Another must be the Duomo di Siena: its white and greenish black marble facade, and majestic decorations are of high artistic expression of the Gothic movement. Simply a must for any art lover.