Tuscany Travel Guide

Provinces: Firenze, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pisa, Prato, Pistoia, Siena

Tuscany is a very charming area and has been blessed by both nature and its beauty and by man. Both have contributed to the development of this region into one of the more famous ones of Italy and known worldwide for its beauty and charm.

Tuscany has become very popular as a place where tourists can rent villas and stay for longer periods of time instead of the usual hotel stays. The area has a wide selection of villas, BBs, hotels and other types of lodging for any person that wants to visit Tuscany for one day or a year.

Tuscany is home to some of the better known Italian cities, including Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo, Pisa, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Cortona, and several others.

Italy can be a perfect tourist destination for people from all around the world. This amazing country has many regions that are great to visit, no matter if you are thinking of a city break or a vacation. Tuscany is a region where villas, vineyards and small towns offer a great view, so a visit here feels like a romantic journey. What is lovelier than staying at a historic villa, enjoying the best food and drinking the best wines? Not to mention that you can cycle around the vineyard of your choice. Below you may find other attractions you can enjoy in Tuscany.

Florence, Italy

Florence has a history that dates back for many many centuries. The Santa Maria Novella was started in 1246 for the Dominican friars, the church was finished in 1360. Florence is a beautiful town where Leonardo Da Vinci and Master Draftsman had accomplished great works. This town is also the capital of Tuscany. If you take a walk through the amazing city, you will have the feeling that you are back in time, due to all those beautiful famous churches, statues, monuments and buildings. The main attraction and most famous destination in Florence is Santa Chroche, where you can see the resting spots of many of Florenceā€™s famous citizens, such as Donatello, Michelangelo, and Galileo.

Siena, Tuscany
Siena, Tuscany (Photo source: en.wikipedia.org)

Pisa, Italy

Pisa is world-famous for the leaning tower. The Leaning Tower, Duomo and Baptistery is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its construction began in August of 1173 and continued for about two hundred years. In the past, it was widely believed that the slant of the Tower was part of the building since its beginning, but today we know better.

The Tower was designed to be “vertical”, and it started to slant during the construction.

The Tower has always commanded special attention and because of the inclination, and its beauty, from 1173 to today, the Tower has been the subject of special attention. During its construction efforts were made to stop the slanting with the use of special devices; later columns and other damaged parts were substituted in more than one occasion; today, interventions are being carried out within the sub-soil in order to significantly reduce the inclination and to make sure that Tower will have a long life.

Siena, Italy

Also known as the jewel of Tuscany, Siena is probably the most visited place in the region. Surrounded by olive groves, holm-oak woods and Chianti vineyards, Siena is a beautiful place and a medieval hill town. The Piazza Del Duomo is the most visited attraction in this city. This amazing cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, made by architect Nicola Pisano.

Siena, Tuscany
Siena, Tuscany (Photo source: fjalonso.blogspot.com)

Siena is one of Tuscany and Italy’s most delightful medieval cities, the town’s identity is still defined by its 17 medieval contrade, each with its own church, museum, and symbol. You will find streetlights painted in the Contrada’s colors, plaques displaying its symbol, and statues embodying the spirit of the neighborhood. The various contrade uphold ancient rivalries during the centuries-old Palio, a twice-yearly horse race around the main piazza.

Carrara, Italy

The largest commercial mining pit for commercial marble is located at the foot of the Alps. It has a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the Malaspina building which contains the town’s famous Fine Arts Academy and several 17th-century buildings facing the central Piazza Alberica.

Massa, Italy

Located to the north, amongst the Apuan hills, a 16th-century dominion of the Malaspina family and dominated by its beautiful castle.

Prato, Italy

Prato has an old town center you will want to visit. It includes the castle of the Emperor, the only evidence of Swabian architecture in the central and northern areas of Italy. In the Museum of Cloth, you can see samples from the 5th century up to today. The eastern section of this town, containing its modern buildings and the Centre of Contemporary Art “Luigi Pecci” offers a different view of Avant-garde art.

Lucca, Italy

The Renaissance Walls, the most significant monument of the city, form an intact circle of about 4 km in length, with a series of ramparts, an imposing complex of defensive works, ditches, gun outposts, barriers, and large underground chambers, they lost their military value and were transformed into a beautiful public walkway.

Chianti, Italy

Famous name for a famous wine. It is known worldwide and is very famous. It has always been a wine-producing area, and there is a substantiation of viticulture activity from Etruscan times on.

Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is a Spa town, which actually is quite well known for its healing waters. Many visitors come here for dining, shopping and sporting offerings. This can be a great choice for you, because after you visit Montecatini Terme, you will feel more relaxed and full of energy.

Montecatini Terme, Tuscany
Montecatini Terme, Tuscany (Photo source: tuscany-travel.blogspot.com)

Tuscany is a great region, with many famous and amazing tourist attractions. Tuscany is also very famous for its culture and you can see many historic sites along the way. What place would you visit in Tuscany?