8 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Tuscany, ItalyPosted by Continental Tour Guide in Europe | 0 comments
If you’re considering vacation in Tuscany, this article is for you. We’re listing down eight can’t-miss cities and towns in the region along with the specific spots.
Culture, art and traditions combined with gentle hills, vineyards and charming villages makes Tuscany not only the most dreamed Italian destination, but an unforgettable experience that will leave you the desire to discover more and more about this fabulous region.
One of the best things about Tuscany is getting lost in the small roads of the territory and discover new hidden gems: beautiful and ancient towns where we can feel a different atmosphere from everywhere else in the world. If you don’t know from where to start, here you’ll find a list of 37 charming small towns that boast the Bandiera Arancione.
Top 8 Amazing Spots in Tuscany:
Once an important Etruscan trading post, Arezzo sits atop a hill at the crossroads of four valleys. Even though the medieval center was destroyed during the World War II, Arezzo has plenty of monuments, churches and museums remaining that offer visitors a chance to step back into history. Arezzo is also home to an annual medieval festival called the Joust of the Saracens. During the festival virtually all the town’s people dress-up in medieval costume and enthusiastically cheer on the competitors.
Surrounded by wonderful hills and built around the Arn River, Florence is a full immersion in a world of art, culture and excellent food. It is known as the Cradle of the Renaissance and considered one of the most amazing Italian cities. Florence houses the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western World and the huge cupola of Florence’s Duomo designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th, just to cite a few examples of its treasures. Wandering in and around the city you can also discover several secret places as gorgeous free gardens and parks.
Val d’Orcia is a picturesque region that includes several amazing villages, castles, hamlets, and farmhouses. The entire area is protected as a natural park. The medieval castles are not to be missed, nor is the village of Pienza, called the “Ideal City”. Other famous villages include Radicofani and Montalcino, which has a 14th-century fortress offering stunning views of the valley and some of the region’s finest wine.
The photo with the leaning tower is a must, but Pisa is much more than this, starting from the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the medieval old town. The city centre offers a vibrant and affordable cafe and bar scene surrounded by well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas. Pisa is also a river city with many natural hot springs and an important thermal baths tradition, as a matter of fact it offers the chance to mix a cultural holiday with a wellness break.
Chianti is the wine region of Tuscany. It extends over the provinces of Florence and Siena, covering all of the area between the two cities and extending to the east toward the Valdarno and to the west to the Val d’Elsa. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves. Many of the wineries are open for tours and tastings: an invaluable treasure for those who are interested in exploring the eno-gastronomic culture of Tuscany.
Siena’s most prominent event is the Palio di Siena, a horse race that takes place in the Piazza del Campo, which is the main square. Tourists flock to see this race that takes place on July 2 and August 16 each year. This thrilling and rather violent race has its roots in the medieval era, and has been kept alive even in the present times, like most traditions in Italy. To sample the gorgeous Sienese art, visit the Museo Civico, which houses some very impressive frescoes.
Saturnia is a speck of a village in southern Tuscany, but is perhaps the world’s only original natural spa. The Terme di Saturnia, located right outside the village are a group of springs with sulfurous water flowing at a temperature of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F). They are well-known for their therapeutic properties, which aid physical and mental well-being.
It is impossible to bid goodbye to Tuscany without paying a visit to the birthplace of the Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci. His greatest works have a place of honor in museums all over the world, but this village is where he spent his early years. Around half a million tourists come to Vinci annually, to visit Museo Leonardiano, which houses notebooks that contain sketches drawn by the master.