Tuscany is considered the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. It is a region full of places to visit and discover. Art, culture and traditions combined with a landscape of rolling hills, vineyards and charming villages make Tuscany one of the most beautiful and popular Italian destinations.
Here, especially during the Renaissance, there was never a lack of painters able to capture and show the essence and beauty of its landscape. Few places in the world can boast such dense concentration of masterpieces like Tuscany, rich in works of geniuses such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Dante, Machiavelli and many others.
Florence, Siena, Pisa are just the most striking examples of a thriving region and its art, and then San Gimignano, Volterra, Lucca and Pienza. The region offers unforgettable experiences to all who visit it.
It is impossible to make a list of all the destinations to visit in Tuscany, but we can list some of the most important cities and places to see.
What to see in Tuscany: unmissable destinations
Let's start with Firenze, a city with a unique historic center, which looks like an open-air museum, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Tuscany. Do not miss its exceptional monuments, including Piazza del Duomo, located in the heart of the city and with three spectacular buildings like the Cathedral, Campanile and the Baptistery.
Also not to be missed is Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Signoria with its il Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Santa Croce, the museums of the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia, both of the most important in the world.
To finish a tour of the city, nothing better than to cross the magnificent Ponte Vecchio and reach Piazzale Michelangelo to see the sunset over Florence.Find accommodation in Florence
Little Siena is another essential destination to visit in Tuscany. It is a city with an enormous cultural and architectural heritage, known above all for the Palio, an ancient competition in the form of an equestrian joust of medieval origin, held in Piazza del Campo on 2 July and 16 August.
Don't miss the big one too Torre del Mangia over 100 meters high, the Palazzo Pubblico, the fountain of Gaia, together with the Duomo, built entirely of white and dark green marble, which is worth visiting just to see the impressive Piccolomini Library.Find accommodation in Siena
Pisa, although everyone remembers it for its leaning tower, it has many other attractions that place it among the best places to visit in Tuscany. You can start right from the Piazza dei Miracoli where, in addition to enjoying the incredible views you get climbing to the top of the Tower, you can also admire other wonders such as the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery.
Do not miss to visit its historic center, passing by Piazza dei Cavalieri with its magnificent Palace of the Caravan. Finally, nothing better than a walk along the banks of the Arno where the beautiful is located Church of Santa Maria della Spina.
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Pienza, surrounded by the typically Tuscan landscapes of the Val d'Orcia, is one of the most beautiful villages to visit in Tuscany. In the XNUMXth century, this medieval city became one of the most important artistic centers of the Val d'Orcia, created by Pope Pius II, according to the aesthetic canons of the Renaissance.
The architectural design of the historic center and the richness of its buildings make it a artistic treasure also protected by UNESCO.
Entering through its medieval gate of Porta Prato it is possible to cross the entire city along via Corso Rossellino, where the most important churches, palaces and squares are located, until you reach the other entrance, It leads to the Ciglio.Find accommodation in Pienza
San Gimignano, known as "The city of a thousand towers", is a small medieval town dating back to the eighth century and one of the most important places to see in Tuscany. Situated on the top of a hill, between Siena and Florence, this city is one of the icons of the region, thanks to the 14 stone towers that are still preserved of the 72 it had in medieval times.
Among the essential places to see in San Gimignano, there are the Torre Grossa 54 meters high, with a magnificent view of the surroundings, the Duomo e Piazza della Cisterna.
If you come from Volterra by car you can stop before reaching San Gimignano in one of the natural panoramic points, to get the best views of the city and its towers.
The best way to explore Tuscany is rent a car in Siena or Florence, to take a circular route and have the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want.Find accommodation in San Gimignano
Known for its imposing Renaissance walls and the medieval center enclosed between them, Lucca is one of the best destinations to visit in Tuscany. Within the city there are beautiful churches and gardens. In his historic center, a World Heritage Site, the oval-shaped Piazza Anfiteatro stands out, built on the remains of the ancient Roman amphitheater, which determined its shape.
To see the Cathedral of San Martino which houses many historical treasures, such as Tintoretto's Last Supper, the Pfanner Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, the church of San Michele in Foro, the Guinigi Tower, the Torre delle Ore and the Basilica of San Frediano with a golden mosaic on its facade.Find accommodation in Lucca