Tuscany lies in the central region of Italy and encompasses approximately 8,900 square miles. Florence is the capital city and along with having a history that dates back to 1350 B.C., Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Many local people over hundreds of years have made influential contributions to the arts and sciences and that has left the region with an impressive living history in the form of charming towns. Today we are going to highlight 5 you should consider visiting:
Siena is a combination of medieval and modern. The town center known as the Piazza del Ciampo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb the 300 steps to the top of the Torre del Mangia for amazing views over the city and countryside. The 12th century Duomo is a must see and easily identified from the structure’s black-and-white marble facade. The interior boasts frescoes, paintings and incredible floor mosaics created by Bernini, Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters. While wandering about the city, visitors will encounter a number of unique shops, bars, pubs, cafes and plenty of street art. Siena is also home to stunningly beautiful villas that can be rented by travellers, for a better look at that, you can browse these Tuscany vacations.
The unusual medieval town is surrounded by ancient fortified walls and rises high from a cliffside in the southern region known as in Maremma. At one time, the community had a large Jewish population. However, during WWII, the majority of the occupants fled for safety. The once royal palace of Orsini now serves as the Civic Museum. The hills beneath the town feature a number of caves, tombs and tunnels that invite exploration. The area also boasts a Christian cave chapel that dates back to 400 A.D.
The Grosseto province lies approximately 29 miles or 46 kilometers from Pitigliano. Local attractions include the Collacchioni Palace, which houses Giacomo Puccini’s piano. In the main square stands a 13th century Romanesque church. Within the structure are a number of impressive Renaissance frescoes. The Tarot Garden is another unique destination. The site has 22 sculptures created by Niki de Saint Phalle that are based on the characters found on Tarot cards. The coastal community also borders the crystal clear waters of the sea and has 12 kilometers of soft, sandy beaches.
The breathtaking community is considered by many to be the oldest city in Italy. The destination features ancient ruin sites and the renowned Le Cascate del Mulino and the Terme di Saturna hot springs and waterfalls. The springs have been prized since the existence of the Roman Empire. Remnants of ancient Rome include the Antiche Colonne and the Porta Romana. The Museo Archeologico is a wonderful facility in which to explore ancient Etruscan and Roman times.
When looking for a more rural destination, consider visiting the farming community that lies in the hills of Chianti Classico between Florence and Sienna. Here, farmland and vineyards abound. With few motorized vehicles in the area, Montefioralle is the perfect destination for kids having a penchant to explore and parents desiring to relax. Fortified by ancient walls, attractions here include historic passageways that once served as the castle entrances. Enjoy a pleasant 20-minute stroll takes guests to the charming village of Greve.