Tuscany has been a popular holiday destination for visitors from the northern climes for centuries, not only for the sunny weather and beautiful countryside, but also for the historical sights and excellent wine and food.
A visit to Florence is essential for anyone visiting Tuscany. It has some of the most important art and architecture from the Renaissance including several Medici palaces and gardens as well as fantastic museums. The Galleria degli Uffizi has the finest collection of Renaissance art in the world with 1500 masterpieces from the 12th to the 17th century. If you are looking for a great place to stay at while you are there check out To Tuscany – Tuscany Villas.
The Galleria dell’Accademia was built just to display Michelangelo’s David. There are also works by Taddeo Gaddi and Botticelli as well as a few rooms of 14th century paintings, but it is worth the wait to see David.
The Ponte Vecchio is a bridge that has been the home to jewelers since the 16th century when they were ordered there by Ferdinando I de’Medici to replace the butchers. The bridge was built in 1345 and never destroyed since then.
A medieval hill town, Siena has the famous fan-shaped Piazza del Campo. During the summer there is an annual horse race accompanied by many days of celebrations. The cathedral and museums are worth a visit.
There are several other well preserved medieval towns to see in Tuscany including San Gimignano, a walled city with 14 famous towers and Montepulciano, another walled city built on the side of a limestone ridge. It has some of the most beautiful buildings in Tuscany and an impressive main square.
Between Florence and Siena is the Chianti wine region. There are charming villages in the beautiful countryside and many wineries where visitors can enjoy wine tasting.
Anyone visiting Tuscany needs to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The town has a beautiful old town center with ancient buildings including the Duomo and Baptistery. The summer months tend to be crowded, so early spring or late autumn are the best times to visit.
Visitors can relax on the banks of the Arno and view the many grand buildings along the edge. There is also a botanical garden that is located in the University of Pisa.
Pienza and Val D’Orcia
Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a planned Renaissance town. Pope Pius II was born there in the 15th century and did his best to make it an ideal Renaissance town. It is famous for pecorino cheese as well as magnificent views of the Val D’Orcia.
Montecatini Terme is one of the top spa towns in Italy with hot springs. There are several historic spas including Term Tettuccio that has an extravagant Liberty-style building as well as a beautiful park where visitors can sit outside. There are also modern spas with all the latest spa technology for beauty and wellness treatments. This is a good, centrally located town for visitors to use as a base for visiting Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Viareggio on the coast. There is a historic funicular railway that takes people to the old town of Montecatini Alto on top of the hill. For more ioformation about touscany check out the official page here.