Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and most visited Italian regions, appreciated for its cities of art, small villages, hills covered with vineyards from which some of the most famous wines in the world are obtained, villas and farmhouses lined with cypresses. But Tuscany is also a land of nature and breathtaking landscapes, of unique gastronomy and exceptional wines, of spas and farmhouses.
In Florence art is everywhere, as in the central Piazza del Duomo where there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto Tower and the Baptistery, or in the splendid Piazza della Signoria, with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Crossing the square and going in the direction of the Arno you will find the famous Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of the city, built in the 1300s. To enjoy one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city, you can go up to Piazzale Michelangelo. One of the most famous museums in the city is the Uffizi Gallery, but also the Accademia Gallery where the original marble statue of Michelangelo’s David is kept.
From Florence, you can easily reach both Pisa and Lucca. In Pisa, you will find the famous Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. But also the wonderful Duomo, the Baptistery and Camposanto. Lucca is a small Venice without water, enclosed within mighty Renaissance walls which today have become a beautiful park. Walking in the historic center of the city, be sure to visit the cathedral, the particular oval shape Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and climb to the top of the Guinigi tower, which you will immediately recognize by the trees placed on its top. Around Lucca, there are about 300 villas immersed in the countryside, with exceptional parks that can often be visited.
The area between Florence and Siena is the beautiful Chianti region, famous all over the world for its excellent wine. The area is characterized by hills covered with vineyards alternating with olive groves and travelling by car at each corner of the road you can observe a different panorama. Making a wine tasting in Chianti is almost a must. There are wine bars and wine shops in every city, but along the way, you will see many signs indicating cellars and retailers where you can taste and buy different wines.
You can stop in Greve in Chianti to visit the town. If you have time, go to the Wine Museum where you will also have the opportunity to taste over 200 labels of wine from the region, as well as see the farm equipment. The next stop is Castellina in Chianti where a walk awaits you in the small center and through the town walls.
Visiting Siena you will return to the Middle Ages. Start your walking itinerary in Piazza del Campo, famous for its particular shell shape and for the Palio di Siena, a horse race among the districts of the city that takes place twice every summer, on July 2nd and August 16th. The tower of the Palazzo Comunale and the Torre del Mangia offer a spectacular view of the square and the city. Head to the cathedral, a precious example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic style, with its splendid pavement and then to the Baptistery.
San Gimignano is a small medieval town dating back to the 8th century. It is perhaps the most famous of the small towns in Tuscany, known above all for its 14 towers overlooking picturesque olive groves and vineyards. Travellers who want to imagine what Tuscany was like in the Middle Ages should definitely visit San Gimignano.
Val D’Orcia is another area of Tuscany famous for its breathtaking landscapes and excellent wines. Rolling hills, dotted with dark cypresses, red poppies and sunflowers make these landscapes a perfect postcard to send to friends and families. Val d’Orcia offers a lot to see, from the medieval streets of Montepulciano to the smaller and more picturesque towns of Pienza, San Quirico D’Orcia and Montalcino. The area is known worldwide for its DOC Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano wines.
Visiting Arezzo is a bit like travelling back in time, among monuments, churches and museums, which bring you back to the past. It was a thriving Etruscan city, and today certainly deserves to be visited because of its great historical heritage. Among the places of the city not to be missed: Piazza Grande with the Loggia del Vasari, the Basilica of San Francesco and its surprising Bacci Chapel, the Museum of Medieval Art and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Della Pieve.
Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona, Giannutri: these are the names of the seven islands that make up the beautiful Tuscan Archipelago, located between the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, west of Tuscany. Elba is not only the most famous of all but also the third largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia. It is a very successful tourist destination thanks to the fine sand of its beaches, to a clear sea, as well as to the fascinating testimonies of its past that you can discover by visiting the Etruscan towers and fortresses.
Last but not least we have the Tuscan Maremma, a land of a thousand surprises located between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. Proceeding from the coast towards inland, it is able to offer a blue sea and long beaches, then move on to a landscape of green hills and natural thermal baths. The south of the Maremma is protected by the National Park, a breathtaking area and one of the best attractions in Tuscany for hiking lovers. Maremma is also the ideal destination for history lovers and travellers fascinated by medieval villages and an unrivalled food and wine culture.