The Italian region of Tuscany is undoubtedly one of Europe’s top tourist destinations and is renowned as “the jewel in the Italian crown”. It is an area that is known for its stunning landscapes, as well as its rich cultural and artistic legacy. The considerable natural and architectural beauty means there is a constant stream of tourists pouring into Tuscany throughout the year. So if you want to experience of best of Italian scenery, art, culture and cuisine rent a villa in Tuscany and join the many tourists who holiday here each year.
Sightseeing in Tuscany is like no other place on earth. There is so much to see and do that you may want to take some guided day trips to squeeze everything in. No matter where your interests lie there is a guided tour to suit you. There are bike tours and walking tours for those who want to enjoy the gorgeous rolling hills and farmlands of Tuscany, art tours for art aficionados and anybody with an interest in history, and wine and gastronomic tours for those who enjoy nothing better than satisfying the taste buds.
Florence for the Art Lovers
Florence will be the highlight of any holiday in Tuscany for those with an interest in art and history. The city has been home to some of the most influential artists in history such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Donatello to name just a few. The city, nicknamed the “art palace of Italy” and “cradle of the Renaissance”, has dozens of museums and galleries, which house some of the world’s most valuable works of art.
When you are visiting the city of Florence don’t miss the domed cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore (known as The Duomo), the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio bridge which straddles the River Arno, Uffizi Gallery which has the best collection of Renaissance art in the world and of course the David statue, Michelangelo’s masterpiece which sits in the Galleria dell’Accademia delle Bella Arti.
San Gimignano for Day Trippers
The lovely medieval walled town of San Gimignano is the perfect day trip if you are based in Florence or Siena on your Tuscan holiday. It’s a small town that is perched on a hill and easily explored by foot. Tourists visit San Gimignano for the 14 ancient towers, including the tallest, Torre Grossa, at 200ft. The town has fascinating museums and galleries where you can learn more about Tuscan history and culture. Don’t miss the stunning view of the countryside from the Rocca in the southwestern part of the city.
Pisa for the Iconic Photograph
You simply can’t come all the way to Tuscany and not get an iconic photograph of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. While the Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente) is certainly one of the highlights of visiting Pisa it certainly isn’t the only thing the city has to offer visitors. Other places worth visiting include the Duomo di Pisa and the Baptistry. Piazza dei Miracoli where these monuments are located is also home to the Museo del Opera del Duomo and the Campo Santo Monumentale. Don’t miss the beautiful University Botanical Gardens and if you are tired after a long day of sightseeing then head to Casciana Terme or San Giuliano Terme. These thermal spas are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a natural treatment.
Livorno for the Beach Goers
If you love the sea and sand and want to escape the crowds of tourists in northern Italy then the perfect place to visit is Livorno. This area of Tuscany has spectacular scenery that is protected and some of the most beautiful beaches along the Etruscan Coast.
The unique coastal area of Livorno has rocky coves, azure Mediterranean water, stunning farmlands, wooded hills and vineyards, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits like walking, hiking and riding.
There is so much about Tuscany that makes it a wonderful holiday destination, from the endless miles of open countryside and the delightful medieval towns, to the gastronomic delights. If you want to experience the best of travel to Italy and an unrivalled mix of history, art and culture then start planning that holiday to Tuscany.