Discover the best of Tuscany
Central Italy is home to the popular holiday region of Tuscany. Famous for its breathtaking countryside, expansive vineyards, incredible food and rich history, Tuscany has plenty to offer every traveller. A visit to this beautiful region is a must if you’re embarking on a tour of Italy.
Tuscany is great all year round, but you might want to consider travelling in the spring or autumn months if you’d rather avoid the crowds and hot temperatures.
There are many wonderful places to explore in the area, each featuring some impressive architecture, Renaissance art and fantastic culinary delights. But if you’re new to Tuscany, you might be wondering where to start.
Luckily, Tuscany has a gorgeous collection of stunning cities and picture-perfect towns to discover, whatever your interests.
The region’s capital is an art-lovers paradise, featuring some iconic buildings, inspiring museums, lively festivals and independent boutiques and workshops.
Visit the historic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the famous Basilicas or venture into the array of galleries to find works by artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Once you’re tired of all the sightseeing, sit back and relax with an Italian coffee in one of the many piazzas.
The town of Siena is a small Italian gem that has much to be discovered, including charming architecture, traditional Italian culture and visual delights.
Head to the top of Torre del Mangia for some of the best panoramic views of Siena, while Piazza del Duomo is home to the Cathedral, the Crypt and the Piccolomini Library and offers a fantastic insight into the history of Siena.
This tiny town is perched on a hilltop, surrounded by a historical fortress. The centre is closed to traffic and a great way for pedestrians to explore the area is by wandering through the narrow alleyways, adorned with quaint shops and cafes.
Red wine is the drink of choice here and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to sample the selection.
Lucca offers a slightly less hectic vibe than some of its Tuscan neighbours and is a great location to watch the world go by or meander through the gorgeous streets, soaking up the atmosphere. Walk the wall that surrounds the town, visit the stunning churches or climb Guingi Tower.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, then check out the gorgeous Botanical Garden.
Famous for its leaning tower, Pisa also offers a whole host of other attractions including some incredible pop-up bars during the summer months, fantastic museums and restaurants aplenty. The River Arno provides stunning walkways and a riverside park to enjoy if the city itself gets too much.
Wherever you decide to venture on your visit to Tuscany, you’re sure to discover gorgeous Italian food and drink, stunning scenery and hidden delights throughout the quirky side streets.