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10 things to see in Tuscany

What to see in Tuscany: best places to visit

Firenze, Siena and Pisa. These are the most renowned cities of Tuscany, extremely famous in Italy and in the world for their rich artistic heritage. Everyone should go and visit them at least for once in their life. And while you are there, why do not discover all other wonderful places that make this region unique?

Move from the biggest cities to the smallest hamlets and take a road trip along the coastline. Do not miss the amazing archipelago and enjoy each piece of artistic, culinary and natural heritage that makes Tuscany a magic land.

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Botticelli’s Allegory of Spring, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Lippi’s Madonna with Child to name but a few of the works of art that you can admire in Uffizi Galleries. This chest of the world’s most precious masterpieces is a must-see location that could not be excluded from our top list of 10 places you can not miss in Tuscany! The museum, which is visited by more than 1.5 million people every year, shows increasing beauty the deeper you get into its rooms.

What to see in Tuscany: Lucca, the city of music

Lucca is known as the city of music! Here, the great composer Giacomo Puccini, the author of immortal Turandot and Madama Butterfly, was born and lived. All over in town you will find Puccini’s memories, like the author’s Renaissance home museum and the town theatre Teatro del Giglio. But Lucca is the birthplace of  other famous artists as the violinists Luigi Boccherini and Francesco Geminiani and the composer Alfredo Catalani.

What to see in Tuscany: Tuscan Archipelago islands

Wild nature over the sea is the common feature that characterises the 7 islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo and Gorgona. The biggest and most famous is Elba island, that is also the third biggest island of the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful landscapes, crystal clear waters, white shores and marine caves succeed one another, making the archipelago a veritable paradise for sea and water sports lovers.

What to see in Tuscany: Volterra and its labyrinthine alleys

Volterra is a town that keeps its most fascinating corners safe, like an oyster with its pearl. That is the reason why you can not say to know its maze just leaning out to one of its streets. You have to walk deep into it, discovering its bent alleys one after the other and finally you may find a gorgeous view at its end. Just to name a few: via dei Laberinti, vicolo degli Alberi, vicolo del Mandorlo, vicolo di Castello, vicolo dei Belladonna and vicolo Chinzica.

What to see in Tuscany: Siena, Piazza del Campo

Among the must-see places there is Piazza del Campo, the location that hosts twice a year the famous Palio di Siena horse race. This original shell shaped square is the ancient centre of the town, towards which all narrow streets merged. The noble palace Palazzo Sansedoni, the town hall (that hosts the civic museum) and its tower Torre del Mangia, majestically stand over this square, while at its highest point a monumental fountain, Fonte Gaia, lies.

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What to see in Tuscany: Pitigliano, tuff hills and the little Jerusalem

The beauty of Pitigliano, Etruscan city of the Maremma region, is really hard to describe. This village built on a tuff hill is made up of shafts, tombs, cellars and alleys carved during ages under several Roman and Lombards dominations. Its old town is renowned under the name of Little Jerusalem, because of the historical presence of a Jewish community that have their own synagogue there.

What to see in Tuscany: Chianti, the home of wine

When you think about Italian wine, Tuscany is certainly one of the first regions that springs to mind. Chianti is one of the wines that make it famous all around the world. Moreover, the region has the historical record of being the first winegrowing area delimited and defined by law. The generic denomination Chianti actually comprehends seven production areas located in the provinces of Florence and Siena, easterly towards Valdarno and westerly towards Val d’Elsa.

What to see in Tuscany: Val D’Orcia Unesco site

Val d’Orcia, crossed by the river of the same name, is located in south Tuscany, in the territories of Siena and Grosseto close to the border with Umbria region. This valley fascinates visitors with amazing landscapes and its medieval hamlets. We highly recommend to visit and discover Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano.

What to see in Tuscany: Pisa’s leaning towers

The World Heritage Piazza dei Miracoli is a wide expanse of green, on which Pisa’s Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery, the Sinopias Museum and the famous leaning tower 56 m high stand out in all their beauty and majesty. Anyway, there are other two less famous leaning towers in Pisa that are worthy to see: the bell towers of the churches San Nicola and San Michele degli Scalzi.

What to see in Tuscany: Sorano, the Tuscan Matera

Sorano cave constructions carved in tuff stone remind the famous Sassi of Matera, hence the people entitled the village the Tuscan Matera. Hanging from a tuff stone in the province of Grosseto, it maintains its medieval structure with houses developing in height even today. Do not miss a walk through its typical streets and a trip out, maybe by bike, to the nearby territories, rich of nature and history.

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