If you want to visit or take a vacation in Tuscany, it is very useful to know which ones are best places to go on vacation or to visit, and what are the best places or areas to stay.
Tuscany is one of the most complete tourist regions in Italy, with an incredible tourist offer: historic and fascinating cities, splendid green hills, enchanting landscapes, beautiful beaches and excellent cuisine, with some of the most famous wines, dishes and typical products of the Italian food and wine department.
Where to stay in Tuscany
In this guide you will find useful tips on what they are the best cities and areas to stay in Tuscany. After careful analysis, we have selected the main locations, Those more touristic and also those with the best and widest hotel offer.
Booking a hotel or accommodation in these locations gives you the option of easily visit other areas of the region interesting from a touristic point of view. The choice of the location or locations where to stay is very important in order to better organize a tour or what you want to see and visit.
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Florence is the capital of Tuscany and the most touristic city in the region. Considered the center of the Renaissance and a Unesco World Heritage Site, it is the best area and city to sleep in Tuscany.
The city hosts numerous buildings, museums, churches, historic squares and art galleries world famous. In Florence they lived and worked there artists, philosophers and scientists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli and Sandro Botticelli, just to name a few.
Do not miss the historic center, UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful works of art such as Michelangelo's David, buildings such as the Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi's dome, the Ponte Vecchio with houses on both sides of the bridge, and the Uffizi Gallery which preserves an artistic heritage of unmatched value.
Florence is one of the most important and visited tourist cities in the world, a concentrate of culture, art and architecture. Walking along the Arno (the river that crosses the city), crossing one of its bridges, or walking through narrow medieval streets, in the Santa Croce area, is a fantastic experience.
Staying in Florence allows not only to visit a good piece of the Italian cultural and artistic heritage, but also to be able to do daily excursions to other important Tuscan cities and tourist areas.
To visit the city 3 or 4 days can be fine. If you want to stay in Florence also to visit other places in Tuscany in the day, by car, train or bus, a stay of a week or more.
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Florence is a tourist destination all the year, although the best times to visit are there spring and autumn, when the weather is neither cold nor too hot, and the main attractions are not very crowded.
Entry by car to the historic center is forbidden to non-residents. If you have the hotel in the center you need to request a car permit to the hotelier or you can park outside the historic area and use one of the many buses to the center or the hotel. The best way to get around the city center is on foot or using public transport or by renting a bicycle.
If you want to visit Florence, we recommend the purchase of Florence Card, which at a cost of € 72 allows free admission to around 30 museums and free use of public transport for 72 hours. In addition, it also allows you to avoid queues for the purchase of tickets and in some museums you also have facilitated access.
Lucca is a small one medieval city full of charm, with a long history dating back to the Etruscan and Roman times. The city still retains part of its ancient architecture, the city walls (a XNUMXth and XNUMXth century fortification) are still intact. The area of greatest tourist interest is enclosed within the defensive walls of the old city.
One of the most pleasant places to walk is on its large walls that enclose the historic center and form a ring park. There historical area it has a small extension, about 800 meters long and 600 meters wide, and it can be easily visited on foot.
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One of the best known and most visited attractions in the city is the Giacomo Puccin's housei, one of the best known opera composers. They are also of great interest Piazza Anfiteatro, a square that was once an amphitheater and the Guinigi Tower, 45 meters high and with trees growing on its top.
Lucca can be reached by car, with the A11 motorway running a few kilometers south of the city. You can get there too on the train, the historic center is about 400 meters from the railway station. Pisa airport is 20 minutes by train from Lucca.
Cortona being located on a mountain, 600 meters above sea level, offers a splendid view over the valley and on the Tuscan landscape, until you can see the Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
Cortona is located about 30 km from the city of Arezzo, and is also famous for being used as a location of important films, such as "Life is beautiful" and "Under the Tuscan sun". Cortona is an important one Etruscan historic center, with many attractions and ruins from that era.
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The best way to visit it is walking, as the city is very small. If you arrive by car it is advisable to park it outside the city walls, where there are also some free parking spaces.
The only way to get to Cortona it's on the road. If you are traveling on the motorway connecting Florence with Perugia, take the Cortona San Lorenzo exit and continue to Cortona, approximately 10 km away.
Pisa, internationally famous for its leaning tower, is one beautiful city with a rich historical, artistic and architectural heritage. Although it is a small city, it offers a lot in terms of tourism, also due to its period of greatest prosperity, that of Maritime Republics, when many of its monuments were built.
The most famous area of the city is Square of Miracles, where the most famous monuments of the city stand: the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Cathedral); there Tower of Pisa, the bell tower of the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta; the baptistery of San Giovanni and Campo Santo, a monumental historical cemetery of Pisa.
From the train station, along a pedestrian street, in about 20 minutes on foot you can reach Piazza dei Miracoli, named World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along the way they are present many interesting places, shops, bars and restaurants. The route also includes the crossing of a characteristic bridge over the Arno river, which, like Florence, also crosses Pisa.
If you want, you can also jump on beaches near the city. The most important seaside resorts near Pisa are: Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia and Calambrone. In summer these areas are very popular, with numerous beaches equipped with lidos, restaurants and pubs. A shuttle bus connects directly to the beaches in Pisa.
The best way to see Pisa is walking, exploring the streets of the small historic center, to immerse yourself in the charming and welcoming atmosphere of the city. Also for this reason the best area to stay in Pisa is the historic center, where most of the monuments and attractions of the city are present. In the city they are present over 500 hotels.
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THEPisa airport it is less than two kilometers from the historic center of the city and is connected by numerous flights, many of which are low cost flights operated by the airline Ryanair that connect Pisa to the various airports.
From the airport with the Pisamover, a totally automated ecological shuttle, you can reach Pisa Central Station in less than three minutes. If you arrive by car, there is ample free parking near the historic center.