Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and rich regions in Italy. It is well known for gorgeous landscapes and high culture. Travellers can admire medieval towns, the Renaissance art but also wine from the Chianti region and typical tuscan dishes. During the times of Italian Renaissance many important artist, philosophers and scientist such as Dante, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and many others were born here.
Walking through small medieval tuscan streets makes you feel to be back around the year 1500. No matter if you are coming to Tuscany for a vacation or for sightseeing, there are a few cities that you just cannot miss.
Who wouldn’t have heard of the Cradle of Renaissance? A city where the art is waiting on every corner is worth its visit and travellers from all around the world know it very well. Say hello to Michelangelo’s David at Galleria dell’Accademia and admire Botticelli’s Venere in one of many museums in Florence. After an exhausting day in museums go for an aperitivo (Italian pre-dinner snack) and enjoy a lively nightlife in one of the clubs.
A town with no more than 100,000 inhabitants is famous for its Leaning tower (actually a bell tower) in Piazza dei Miracoli. The hometown of Galileo Galilei was an important town for many centuries. Pisa is still full of students like it was usual since the 12th century when an important university was founded here.
The historic city center of Siena is so beautiful and old that has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Pack your suitcase for 2nd July or 16th August to see the Palio in Piazza del Campo. In the horse race ten horses and riders represent ten of seventeen city wards. Palio represents a tradition since many centuries ago.
Livorno is a port city on the coast. The third-largest port in the west coast of Italy is important for the cruise-ship tourism to Tuscany. Interesting to see is the Venice district created within a city planning in the 16th century inspired by the city of Venice.
This small town almost at the coast is worth to visit not only because of the city walls from the Renaissance era. Lucca has been inhabited since the Etruscan times. Then the town became a Roman colony which can still be seen at the street plan of the center.
And one more thing at the end – don’t forget you are in Italy so order a traditional pizza or pasta.
Top 3 Hotels in Tuscany:
Bed and Breakfast Al Tuscany – B&B in the historical centre of Lucca
Parking Hotel Giardino – Quiet hotel with sea view in Livorno
Hotel Argentina – Great quality hotel in the center of Florence