12 Must-See Towns in Tuscany That Will Amaze You (2022)

There are few places in the world that compare to Tuscany. The towns in Tuscany are famous bfor gorgeous rolling hillsides dotted with vineyards, medieval villages, Renaissance art, and of course, amazing wine and food, Tuscany is unequal to any other region in the world.

That’s probably why you will consistently find Tuscan towns on the list of thebest places to visit in Italy.

Just thinking of Tuscany brings about visions of villages with beautifully tiled roofs and cobblestone streets protected by ancient city walls. The charming towns in this area will steal your heart while making anyItaly itineraryfeel complete.

I mean, just imagine visiting Florence, Siena, Pisa, and many more of the beautiful towns in Tuscany!

It can get a little overwhelming planning a visit to this area. I mean, there are so many amazing Tuscan towns that narrowing down the list to a manageable size when planning your trip to Tuscany can be challenging.

I am willing to bet that Tuscany is on everyone’s couples bucket list. Whether you are looking for big cities or a small town in Tuscany, we have you covered.

That is why we have teamed up with some incredible travel bloggers to bring you this list of incredible Tuscan towns that are worth a visit!

We hope this article empowers you to know exactly which Tuscany towns fit your travel style.

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Florence-The Heart of the Italian Renaissance

By Me, Michelle of That Texas Couple

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Known for its Renaissance masterpieces and its incredible Duomo, Florence is the quintessential town in Tuscany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Few people venture to Italy and not spend at least a couple of days inFlorence.

Overflowing with charm and personality, Florence will very likely make you fall in love with it and keep you coming back again and again.

Even though Florence is a large city, it will make you feel like you are in one of the small towns in Tuscany!

Exploring Florence on foot ensures that you feel immersed in the charm and action of this fabulous town.

Just take note that the masterpieces, like the David, can get very crowded during the busy season.

While here, you have to visit the town center, Florence’s Duomo. The Piazza del Duomo contains the famous Duomo (one of the best preserved churches in Italy in our opinion), the Baptistery, and Giotto’s Campanile (the bell tower).

The ornate and gorgeously decorated structures are a perfect introduction to the city. They immediately give you a glimpse into the grandeur of Florence.

Another noteworthy site is the Uffizi Gallery, one of Florence’s most popular tourist sites. Here you will find masterpieces from Italy’s greatest artists like Leonardo and Michelangelo.

After viewing some of the masterful works of Florence, make your way to the Ponte Vecchio bridge. This bridge, which dates back to 1345, still has shops on it just as it originally did.

Be sure and notice the corridor at the top of the bridge. This was used by Cosmo Medici so that he could travel from his home, Pitti Palace, to Piazza della Segnoria while avoiding the townspeople.

You can just imagine stepping back in time and experiencing all of the city!

Florence is truly one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany!

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San Gimignano-Historic Medieval Town

By Michelle of That Texas Couple

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Known as the medieval town on the hill, this town should definitely be on your list of Tuscan towns as it is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany!

Approaching San Gimignano, you immediately notice the terra cotta roofs on the Tuscan hillside. But it is the towers that really get your attention here. In addition to the towers, San Gimignano boasts a well-preserved medieval wall in also!

A UNESCO World Heritage site, San Gimignano has been attracting tourists for centuries as it served as a resting point for pilgrims traveling to and from Rome.

14 of the original 72 towers of the city remain today. You will find these towers in the historic center still standing tall, watching over the Tuscan countryside below (along with the Church of San Gimignano.

Surrounded by the city wall, this is one of those beautiful towns that make you feel as if you have been transported back to the middle ages.

Take a visit to the Church of San Gimignano to see a historic Italian church during your visit.

Visitors to this small town are in for a fabulous treat as this historic town is unlike any other in Italy. Walking down the cobblestone streets and visiting the duomo in San Gimignano help you to immediately feel like you have been transported back in time.

Be sure to see the historical exhibits at Palazzo Comunale. Then explore the stores to buy some of the local crafts. We found fabulous leather purses, incredible wine, and impeccable olive oil during our time in San Gimignano.

Speaking of wine, you have to try the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the well-known white wine that is produced from the Vernaccia grape that is grown around San Gimignano. Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine is so amazing, and one of my personal favorites!

There are also some very unique museums found in San Gimignano like The Museum of Torture. The San Gimignano Museum of Torture allows visitors to view over 100 instruments that were used to torture people. Some dating as far back as the 16th century.

Honestly, you may just want to stay in hilltop town of San Gimignano forever!

Greve in Chianti-Wine Lovers Paradise

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The Tuscany region in the heart ofItalyis one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Thousands of people come to Tuscany every year to visit its historic cities, hilltop medieval towns, and to enjoy its delicious cuisine and world-renowned wines.

One town which has become popular with tourists is Greve in Chianti. Situated just 30km from Florence it lies at the gateway to the Chianti wine region.

This small market town has no notable sights but at its heart, you’ll find the Piazza Matteotti. Its triangular-shaped piazza and main square features a small church and a portico. Here, you will also find houses a host of boutique shops, artisan workshops, and restaurants.

A visit to the Antica Macelleria Falorni, a local butcher shop is a must.

It has been in the same spot since 1806. This small shop is famous for its salami with fennel, using a recipe that has been passed down to generations.

Most people visit Greve to enjoy a local-style lunch and sample some local wines. You can do this at Antica Macelleria Falorni or visit any of the restaurants in the main square.

They will all serve local dishes and you can order a bottle of Chianti wine to accompany your lunch. You’ll see the symbol of the rooster on the neck of the bottle, which signifies it is an authentic bottle of Chianti wine.

For wine tasting, you can visit the Falorni Enoteca which offers a plethora of Tuscan wines for you to sample and buy.

This is one of the must see towns for sure!

Montepulciano-Amazing Red Wine Town

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Tuscany is one of Italy’s premier destinations, and there’s no better way to explore this idyllic region than on one of severalTuscany road tripsthrough the stunning Val d’Orcia to the historic town ofMontepulciano.

The Val d’Orcia is a region of Tuscany that extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Noted worldwide for its beautiful rolling hills dotted with gorgeous towns and villages.

Honestly, the Val d’Orcia region is not to be missed.

Roughly an hour and a half south of Florence (in the Val d’Orcia), the stone-walled preserved medieval town imposingly sits atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Buses run regularly but to make the most of your time, we recommend renting a car and driving yourself.

You can then stop where you like for as long as you like. Parking at Montepulciano in one of the metered parking lots outside of the city walls is easy.

Just a short walk through the wall along a narrow lane brings you into the main street of the town and the Piazza Grande. Piazza Grande the official main square with quaint cobbled streets lined with centuries-old buildings, shops, trattorias, and small corner markets all around it.

When it comes to food, Montepulciano is a Tuscan town that has some of the best in the area. A highlight of this small town is stopping at any of the many enotecas. Enotcas are small wine shops featuring tastings of local wines.

Without question one of the very best wines to try is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of Italy’s most prized wines.Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a must try when visiting!

Walk a short distance up a hill to the town center of the old town to the 16th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The Cathedral of Santa Maria is situated on one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas, making the Cathedral of Santa Maria a place that cannot be missed.

No matter where you plan to visit in Tuscany, Montepulciano should be on your bucket list. This is one of the fabulous small towns in Tuscany.

Montalcino-Fabulous Wine Town In Tuscany

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If you want to seeItaly off the beaten path, look no further than the small towns of Italy, and specifically Montalcino. If you’re a wine lover, for sure you’ve heard this name.

Brunello di Montalcino is among the country’s best. What you might not know is that it’s named after the little town where it’s produced. In the southeastern part of Tuscany, in the Val d’Orcia, you will find Montalcino.

Situated between rolling hills dotted by cypresses trees and full of vines, you will see Montalcino from the distance. Just look for a gorgeous medieval top-of-the-hill town.

Even though the name is popular, the small town is not. Here you’ll hear little English so be ready. Despite the possible communication barrier, you’ll be treated with the best of Italian hospitality. When you combine this with the amazing views and delicious wine you will feel right at home.

The best place to visit is the Enoteca –wine bar/shop– in the old fortress. Here the owners know their wine, and can entertain you for hours with stories and lessons. They have an extensive selection of wine and they offer tastings of the best of the region.

Be sure to see the clock tower, the city’s town hall, and explore the little narrow cobblestone streets.

You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants offering a pairing of wine and food when you need a break!

Bolgheri

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Tuscany’s Etruscan Coast boasts the great small towns, beautiful rolling hills, and charming villages that you probably associate with Tuscany. But the sunny, sandy beaches and ocean vistas make it even more spectacular.

Though vacationers flock to the beach towns, the area still feels relatively uncrowded and is a great small.

The small town of Bolgheri brings together the very best of the region – Tuscany’s old-world village life, complete with a castle; warm climates and views of the Etruscan Coast; and bountiful landscapes, with wineries and olive groves in every direction.

Not everyone knows that this area is also home to world-class wineries like Sassicaia.

From the town of Bolgheri heading toward Castagneto, a road lined with cypress trees has been declared a national monument and continues through olive groves and fertile vineyards. This Wine and Olive Road is the perfect place to do a few tastings and admire the scenery.

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Whether you prefer easy bike rides to the beach or hopping from town to town, walking to the village gelato shop, or tasting wines and olive oils, there’s something for everyone in this part of Tuscany.

For more things to see and do around Bolgheri, visit thisGuide to Tuscany’s Etruscan Coast.

Lucca

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Lucca is a beautiful old town in the northern part of Tuscany that you want to be sure to visit. It has that distinct medieval look and feel, complete with narrow streets and renaissance walls and ramparts.

The air is thick with history, which is no wonder because the city dates back to the Roman Empire. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll be happy to learn that Lucca is filled to the brim with beautiful old churches, grand squares, and historical towers.

This might be considered the standard in Italy, but this place really takes it up a notch. It’s even known as “the city of a hundred churches”!

You can have a very enjoyable day in Lucca, simply by strolling around within the walls of the old town, stopping for the occasional gelato and just enjoying the Piazza Dell’Anfiteatro.

There are plenty of sidewalk cafes and restaurants near Piazza Dell’Anfiteatro as well, so it won’t be an issue to find a place to have a delicious Tuscan lunch.

It would be a shame not to spend a bit more time in Lucca, because it truly is the kind ofunique bucket list destinationthat you just won’t find anywhere else.

Upon visiting, most people will agree that the city is plenty interesting for at least a few days worth of exploration and one of the most charming small towns in Tuscany there is!

Siena

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Siena is one of the quintessential medieval Tuscan towns and another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany.

Famous for its rust-colored medieval brick buildings and the fan-shaped town square in the town center, the Piazza del Campo, which hosts the twice-annual world-famous horse races, Siena is a must while visiting the Tuscan region.

Originally dating back to the Middle Ages, Siena has a long history associated with it. Of course, you should spend some time exploring the famous town square, Piazza del Campo and the great shops, restaurants, and attractions that border it.

You will notice the tall, towering structure on the square, the Torre del Mangia. This tower is one of Siena’s most recognizable landmarks and well worth a climb up the 400 steps to get a great view of the city.

Follow the narrow streets to one of Siena’s top attractions, it’s Duomo. Siena is also home to a gorgeous cathedral, Duomo di Siena. This church is so unique.

Donned with black and white striped marble, both inside and out, the Duomo di Siena is mesmerizing. Like most grand churches in Europe, the cathedral took several years to complete.

Once inside, you will find works by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Donatello, making it almost like visiting a museum.

While a day in Siena is enough time to explore the surface of the city, you may want to plan more time in this great town to explore a little slower! Siena is truly one of the beautiful towns in Italy!

Be sure to visit Siena on your trip to Tuscany!

Elba Island

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If you plan to go to Tuscany, Italy you probably think of the countryside, the small villages, and the cypress trees. But what about abeach holiday in Tuscany?

Do you know that Tuscany has its own island called Elba? It is reachable with a one-hour ferry ride from the mainland.

Elba is famous for its history, as it was Napoleon’s exile island but also for its beautiful villages, dream beaches, and wine.

While Chianti is made in Tuscany, Elba has its own wine as well called Elba Aleatico wine.In terms of activities, there are plenty of things to do in Elba, from kayaking, wine tasting, snorkeling (indeed Elba has some amazing clear water), diving, and of course, just enjoying the island.

I recommend renting a car from the mainland to go around Elba as you won’t be able to rely on public transportation and taxis can be expensive if you would like to do a lot of things.

For accommodation, we stayed in a chic camping area, but there are plenty of small hotels and bed and breakfast to choose from. No big hotel chains on this island, as it is still a secret gem!

Pienza

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The picturesque Tuscan town of Pienza lies in the Orcia Valley in the province of Siena and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 20 years.

The town, which was originally known as Corsignano, dates back as far as the 9th century, but the architecture and layout we see today were designed by Pope Pius II (who was born Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini in Corsignano) in the 1400s.

The Pope wanted to rebuild Corsignano as an ‘ideal Renaissance town’ and once he was happy with its design, he renamed it Pienza, meaning the City of Pius.

This ‘utopian city’ was created as a retreat from Rome and new architectural gems such as the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Palace, and the Town Hall was built. These buildings still stand proud in the heart of Pienza, on the hilltop overlooking the Val d’Orcia.

The town also features a central square, Piazza Pio II, which was designed to balance the layout of the buildings.

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Elsewhere in the town lies the Pieve di Corsignano, a simple yet beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century. This church was the place where Pope Pius II (and later his nephew who became Pope Pius III) was baptized.

Aside from its architecture, Pienza is also known for its fine cuisine, with dishes often highlighted by the tasty Pecorino of Pienza cheese. One such dish is an Italian Fondue made with a mix of rich sheep cheese.

Pienza is situated between the equally stunning hill towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino so it’s well worth visiting them all in one trip.

Pontedera

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Situated in central Italy with an approximate area of about 23,000 square kilometers, Tuscany is home to the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and distinguished architecture.

The place is laden with ancient Etruscan settlements, rustic villages with slanting red-tiled roofs, enthralling mazes of gorgeous stones and marbles, and breathtaking landscapes. It’s one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, comprising of amazing cities you would charm after setting your foot in.

Located between Pisa and Florence, Pontedera is situated on the northern side of Tuscany, Italy.

For over a pretty long decade, Pontedera has been a commercial center, manufacturing artisanal towns and moving goods since it is built upon the confluence of Era River and the Arno.

Besides the commercial requirements, Pontedera is quite famous for its civic sculptures. The town is completely occupied with public art projects, providing the town a unique charm to exhibit.

Moreover, the city offers a variety of restaurants, coffee bars, pastry shops, grocery stores, designer clothes, gadgets, and accessories scattered all over the countryside.

The river park situated in Pontedera displays an amazing glimpse of the Arno’s natural beauty.

Pontedera believes in the interest of flora and fauna and tries their best to secure them. Therefore, I recommend bringing yourvegan hiking bootswhile traveling since they are vegan friendly and are produced without any animal ingredients or byproducts.

Overall, Pontedera serves you with its ethnicity and unique culture, making Pontedera one of the beautiful places to visit in Tuscany.

Pisa

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The beautiful city of Pisa is one of my favorite cities in Tuscany, Italy. Although most people only go toPisa for one day, there are more than enough activities all around Pisa and the old town area to fill your time for several days.

The most famous landmark in the city is the Torre di Pisa, also known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa located in the Piazza Dei Miracoli.

The Leaning Tower was built beginning in the 12th Century, but by the time the second floor was started, it was already tilting.

Although some think it was a lookout, the Leaning Tower actually served as the nearby Cattedrale di Pisa’s bell tower.

In addition to the Tower and the Cathedral, you can also visit the baptistry and a cemetery, all on the same grounds in the city center at the Piazza Dei Miracoli.

Since most tourists only visit Pisa for the Tower and the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the rest of the city is fairly quiet, making it really worth a visit.

You’ll get a great feel for the local culture by walking along the Arno River, which cuts straight through the historic town, and along its side streets.

You’ll also find coffee shops and local stores surrounding the many different town squares.

And, since the main city center of Pisa is inland from the coast, it has a beautiful coastline, Marina di Pisa. From large, famous landmarks to smaller, local areas, and a beautiful beach, Pisa is a great city to visit when you’re in Tuscany.

Cortona-Under the Tuscan Sun Town

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Situated not far from the border with Umbria, a traditional walledEtruscantownof Cortona is the embodiment of quintessentialTuscany.

Made famous by the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortana now welcomes visitors from all over the world who want their own “under the Tuscan sun” experience in one of the small towns in Tuscany.

AlthoughCortona is small, it is packed with interesting sites to visit, especially in the historic center. Make yourway to the Diocesan Museum that houses remarkable works of art made by theLorenzetti brothers, Fra Angelico, Bartolomeo della Gatta, LucaSignorelli, and Giuseppe Maria Crespi.

Another place you should not miss out on visiting is the Museodell’Accademia Etrusca (MAEC), a revamped civic museum in old town where you’ll findsome of the most fascinating artifacts produced by the Etruscancivilization.

Beautiful churches, like the pretty 15th-century Chiesa di San Niccolo andthe Santuario di Santa Margherita (Sanctuary of St. Margaret), are dottedaround this Tuscantownand well worth a visit.

You can reach Cortona by a slow train from Rome, Pisa, Florence, or Venice. If you travel from Rome, take the Regionale train RE (local train) this will stop to Camucia-Cortona train station, the closest station to Cortona (3 km.)

The train takes about 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are also fast trains that arrive at Terontola train station (10 km from Cortona. Then, you can hop on a bus at the railway station to Piazza Garibaldi or take a bus from any of the towns within the province of Arezzo.

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Book Your Vacation Package:

If you want to book an entire vacation package, then we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.

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We always begin our search by checking out the honest review on hotels at TripAdvisor. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site as well!

There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it gives you a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.

Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!

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If you are looking for a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, then consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.

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We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!

For a guided city tour, check out City Sightseeing and BigBus Tours. These bus tours are so much fun and easy to hop on and hop off at top attractions in cities around the world.

CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.

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About The Author

Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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FAQs

What is the most beautiful area of Tuscany? ›

The charming village of Montepulciano, situated in the province of Siena, was founded 1,500 years ago and is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.

How many days in Tuscany is enough? ›

How many days do you need to visit Tuscany? You can see the main cities in 3 or 4 days but I recommend at least 5 days to visit Tuscany. This will allow you to see not just all the most famous towns of Tuscany, but also to see the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

What is the best month to go to Tuscany? ›

Tuscany's best travel months (also its busiest and most expensive) are April, May, June, September, and October. These months combine the convenience of peak season with pleasant weather. June is especially festive in the area, with parades, dances, and games in Florence for the feast of St.

Which is better Siena or Lucca? ›

Lucca is quieter, smaller easier to get around and has a more small town feel. It does have some great medieval art, as Ruskin noted. Siena is also more central and a good base for visiting the sights of central Tuscany, like Chianti or San Gim. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Where is the heart of Tuscany? ›

Just south of Siena is the real heart of Tuscany. This picturesque driving route makes a circle and touches on Pienza, Monticchiello, and Montepulciano, takes you through the Val d'Orcia, on to Bagno Vignoni and back to the junction at San Quiricio d'Orcia.

Is Montepulciano worth visiting? ›

Montepulciano is a wonderful destination for a day trip and also a perfect base to discover Tuscany, if you have your own car. It is one of the most pleasant and beautiful towns in the whole of Tuscany and one we highly recommend to visit.

Is San Gimignano worth visiting? ›

San Gimignano and its surroundings are well worth a visit to enjoy both historical monuments and taste great wines. This town situated on the Via Francigena represents a pleasant stop for pilgrims directed to Rome in the Middle Ages and present visitors looking for ancient medieval towns in Tuscany.

Is Florence or Siena better? ›

While both Siena and Florence are known for their art and historic architecture, Florence is a renaissance town at its core while Siena is medieval. Florence is home to the world-famous terracotta-domed cathedral, which you can climb to the top of for sprawling views of the city.

Can you get around Tuscany without a car? ›

Whether you are a local or tourist, you are able to travel in (and to) Tuscany without a car. Italy has incredible and affordable public transport. As Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations, you can easily visit all of the towns and main attractions by bus, Vespa, bicycle or train.

Do I need a car in Tuscany? ›

Having a car in Tuscany is not absolutely required in all locations, of course—but can improve the experience so much.

Is Siena worth a day trip? ›

Most tourists are content to see Siena on a day trip, as it's just 35 miles south of Florence and its big-time museums. But with its cascading narrow lanes, fine central piazza, and proud sense of self, strollable Siena is easily worth a longer visit.

What should I wear in Tuscany Italy? ›

When deciding what to wear in Tuscany, pack outfits that will help keep you warm and stylish. Thick wool trousers paired with chunky sweaters or flannel shirts with a sweater. Pair with pleather leggings are both chic and comfy.

Is it better to stay in Florence or Tuscany? ›

If you prefer to pack in your days with non-stop activities like visiting museums, churches, and shopping, Florence is the place for you. For a more relaxed, go-with-the-flow experience, the countryside is ideal.

Is Lucca worth a day trip? ›

Lucca is one of the cities most loved all of Tuscany, a stop that can not really miss in a classic itinerary to the discovery of the region. The city can be visited in a day, but if you want to appreciate the best stop for a few days or choose it as a base to explore central or north Tuscany.

Is Lucca a touristy? ›

During the 19th century, Lucca was conquered by Napoleon, and it finally became part of Unified Italy in 1860. Today, Lucca is a popular tourist destination and has close ties with Pisa.

What food is Lucca known for? ›

Most restaurants in Lucca offer not only tortelli lucchese but also the other local specialties: a soup of farro (a barleylike grain) with beans; fried everything; rabbit in many forms; and baccalà (salt cod). Things have not changed much; the Lucchese remain set in their ways.

Where are the rolling hills in Tuscany? ›

The whole area of Val D'orcia consists of rolling hills and cypress trees in an exuberant hue of orange, yellow and green. Many stupendous little villages dot the region. Explore the area for two days and you are in for the adventure of a lifetime.

What do I need to know before going to Tuscany? ›

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  • How Long Can You Go For? There are really 3 options for visiting Tuscany. ...
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Which is better Montalcino or Montepulciano? ›

Montepulciano is larger and so has more restaurants, but with only 3 nights you will find plenty of good restaurants in both towns. Montalcino is less steep, and so easier to walk around.

How much time do you need in Montepulciano? ›

On the other hand, it is small and you can visit the whole town in an hour or 2. On the other hand, Montepulciano is a much larger town and there is a long (and delightful) walk up to the top. It will take a half a day, and is also worth revising, but that's up to you and your time schedule.

How long should you stay in Montepulciano? ›

How long should you stay in Montepulciano? I would suggest a minimum of three nights. A long weekend is ideal. That gives you plenty of time to relax, take day trips to explore the region, taste plenty of wine, and soak in the outdoors.

Can you do San Gimignano and Siena a day? ›

It is possible to explore both San Gimignano and Siena in one day.

How much time do you need in San Gimignano? ›

Discover perfectly preserved medieval villages and captivating landscapes by taking two days to explore the historic center of San Gimignano and surrounding wine country plus the delightful town of Siena, Volterra, or Montalcino.

Which is better Umbria or Tuscany? ›

In general, Tuscany is the perfect place to explore iconic city centers, while Umbria is ideal for soaking in the Italian experience. It's true that Tuscany also has small towns that feel less “discovered,” but Umbria has more, and it's generally easier to escape the crowds in the region known as Italy's “green heart”.

What is a good base in Tuscany? ›

Where to base yourself in Tuscany
  • Florence. Florence is by far Tuscany most popular destination, regarded as the birthplace of Renaissance. ...
  • Siena. ...
  • Lucca. ...
  • Arezzo. ...
  • San Gimignano. ...
  • Pitigliano. ...
  • Pienza. ...
  • Chianti Wine Region.

How many days in Siena is enough? ›

You no doubt have limited time on your trip so I would suggest you allocate two nights/one full day in Siena. You could easily spend more time but, with a good Guide Book and a bit of planning in advance, you will be able to enjoy all there is to see in Siena in one full day.

Is the train ride from Florence to Siena Scenic? ›

"The one notable perk of taking the train between Florence and Siena is the view – it's substantially prettier along the train route than the bus route."

How much does it cost to rent a car in Tuscany? ›

On average a rental car in Tuscany costs $755 per week ($108 per day).

Is there Uber in Tuscany Italy? ›

No. It is not legal except the professional Uber. No private driver is allowed to take over the job of a taxi driver.

What is the best way to get around in Tuscany? ›

Taking trains or renting a car are the most practical ways to see the region, but you can also travel by bus, ferry, bike, or on foot.

How do you get around Tuscany wineries? ›

Travelling by car or getting on one of the organized wine tours would be the two best options to taste wines in Tuscany. Using public transport will require more organization and planning, but it is possible to reach wineries by train, bus and a bit of biking and walking.

Is it difficult to drive in Tuscany? ›

Driving the country roads of Tuscany is no more difficult than driving country roads in the USA. Tuscany is a very large area centred on Florence. You need to read a guide book to decide what you want to see, and that will inform your decision on where to stay.

How hard is it to rent a car in Tuscany? ›

Renting a car in Tuscany is extremely simple since you can reserve your rental car online before you head to Tuscany. Non-European Union citizens will need, in addition to their driver's license, an International Driver's Permit/License along with your license to be able to drive in Italy.

Is it worth staying in Siena? ›

Siena is definitely worth a day trip. This small, Tuscan city is home to Piazza del Campo, regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The Duomo di Siena, the magnificent gothic-style cathedral that sits in this square, is decorated with medieval artworks from the founding fathers of modern art.

Can I get around Tuscany without a car? ›

Whether you are a local or tourist, you are able to travel in (and to) Tuscany without a car. Italy has incredible and affordable public transport. As Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations, you can easily visit all of the towns and main attractions by bus, Vespa, bicycle or train.

What is Volterra famous for? ›

Volterra is known for its alabaster workshops and white truffle festivals, one of the most important in Italy. In recent years, busloads of Twilight fans have descended on the town every year.

Is Lake Como in Tuscany? ›

The Lake Como, Venice, Tuscany tour begins in Northern Italy where it includes two nights in Como. From there you'll cruise across Lake Como to Bellagio, the famous lakeside resort town on Lake Como.

Tuscany is always high up on the Italy travel itinerary with incredible cities such as Florence, Pisa and Siena, with an undulating landscape. And while the cities are reason enough to visit Tuscany, they leave

Tuscany is always high up on the Italy travel itinerary with incredible cities such as Florence, Pisa and Siena, with an undulating landscape.. In this article, we span Tuscany high and low, from the mountains to the sea, to bring you its best authentic towns and villages.. Sitting nobly upon yet another of Tuscany’s hilltops, Volterra is a particularly historic town surrounded by ancient stone walls dating back to the 4th century BC, which you can walk along to see the scenic Era Valley and a recently discovered Roman amphitheater.. Pienza has also gained prominence through its tie to the famous Italian pecorino cheese, celebrated with its own festival every September.. As one of the few towns not to be built on a hill, Lucca is more sprawled out and boasts plenty of green spaces around its ramparts, including the Lucca Botanical Garden, giving it a splendidly relaxed vibe.. And of course, among this scenic landscape you’ll find a web of breathtaking hiking trails, but if you’d rather appreciate its beauty from the comfort of Barga, head to the ramparts surrounding the impressive Romanesque Collegiate Church of San Cristoforo at the top of town.. The town itself, accessed only through a gate, is also full of intriguing historical sites, as well as a great number of charming little Italian restaurants and shops.. However, this village’s history is evidenced to go as far back as the bronze age, so you’ll find everything from necropolis ruins, to an ancient cave system, to the Medici aqueduct and even 7th century BC Etruscan walls.. Today, the legend of Pinocchio lives through a whimsical theme park and garden dedicated to his adventures, and it’s enjoyed by everyone young and old.. However, Villa Garzoni’s landscaped garden has a stylish edge over Pinocchio’s, and is like a botanical paradise amongst the rugged Tuscan landscape that surrounds it.. The village streets themselves are also filled with old-world Italian charm, where a medieval festival is held every July.. Piazza Grande, the town’s main square adorned with many colorful coats of arms and filled with delightful restaurants, is a great place to start your discovery.

There are loads of beautiful towns in Tuscany. But which to visit? Well here's my list of what I think are the 12 of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany.

Finding beautiful towns is easy but finding a beautiful town that’s not so touristed is a bit more difficult.. Montecarlo This town is 12km east of Lucca —a bigger and more popular town that is also worthy of spending time.. There are a few places to stay in town but again, this is Tuscany, so finding an agriturismo in the countryside just outside of town might be easier.. So for this town, it’s as much about the setting as the town itself.. As is typical with so many of these small towns in Tuscany, you’ll find a few places to stay right in town, but find more choices out in the countryside.. Volterra One of the very first beautiful towns in Tuscany I traveled to is Volterra.. You’ll find a few wonderful places to stay right in town and more agriturismi in the hills outside of town.. On my second visit I felt I really got to know it better as I stayed just 1km out of town —walkable to town — at Fattoria San Martino (highly recommend).. This Tuscan hill town doesn’t have loads of places to stay right in town.. Pitigliano One of the towns located in the southern part of the region this town in Tuscany is a bit different from the others.. While many of the towns in Tuscany are hill towns this one sits more on a cliff.. Like most of the towns in Tuscany, you’ll find a few places to stay in town with more offerings out in the rural landscape.. However, it is a town for those who want to see a real town in Tuscany — where every day life goes on.. The town of Castiglione d’Orcia is one of those beautiful Tuscan towns that not many folks visit.. While there are very few places to stay in town, you’ll find plenty of places to eat.

Find the best towns in Tuscany in this complete guide, including where to say, best time to go, best way to travel through Tuscany and more

In this article, you will find a complete list of the most charming and best towns in Tuscany , as well as valuable tips and info to organise your trip through one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.. For this reason, we set out in this post all the necessary tips and information as well as a list of the main cities in Tuscany that you need to know, ranging from the most famous to the most hidden ones.. The main cities to visit in Tuscany will hardly give you any issues using public transport.. Within this period of time, you will be able to easily visit the cities in Tuscany we will mention in here.. Florence is surely one of the best places to visit in Tuscany .. This city in Tuscany has a very small historical city centre, there is no need to spend the night over here.. It’s not just has well-preserved palaces, iconic towers, historic streets and beautiful cathedrals, but it is also one of the walled cities in Tuscany .. San Gimignano, in the province of Siena, is one of the most beautiful medieval walled towns in Tuscany – and most visited as well.. Therefore, don’t miss out on the wineries and the best vineyards in Tuscany on your way over here, to taste some of the best wines in Tuscany , the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as the Brunelo di Montalcino .. Chianti Classico is not a city or a province in Italy, but just an area between Florence and Siena widely known for its excellence in providing the best agriturismo in Tuscany (Food & Wine) – I would actually go as fas as best agriturismo in Italy, really, where you will find the best restaurants in Tuscany .. In this towns of Tuscany map above, you can see where Tuscany is in Italy as well as the location of each best towns in Tuscany we spoke in this guide.. In this interactive map, you can find the best places to stay in Tuscany and the best hotel in Tuscany for you.

The romance of Tuscany has kindled many an imagination from writers to painters to philosophers and film crews. From our collective trips to this famously beautiful area here are 10 of our favourite sparkling jewels in the Tuscan crown....

From all our collective trips to this famously spectacular area here are 20 of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Tuscany…. If you climb up to the top of the city you are met with a beautiful vista of rolling Tuscan hills and vineyards.. Collodi is among Tuscany’s famous villages.. It is a classic Medieval walled city in the Tuscan region of Italy.. Another aspect of Monteriggioni that visitors and locals alike enjoy is the lack of traffic within the village.

From San Gimignano to Volterra, Tuscany is teeming with gorgeous destinations. These are some of the most beautiful towns to visit in Tuscany, Italy.

With towns like these, Tuscany is an easy holiday destination for those who appreciate rolling hills and stone-cobbled architecture | Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash. From San Gimignano to Volterra, here are the most beautiful towns to visit in this region of Italy .. In the heart of the town, the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro dominates with its ochre-painted stucco and sun-splashed al-fresco spaces – while the nearby Lucca Cathedral rarely fails to draw a gasp.. Draped over the hillsides of the pre-Apennines on the eastern fringes of Tuscany, Cortona is a stone-clad town topped with an imposing medieval tower.. Rustic beauty flows through the streets and piazzas, while a curious Scottish character is also palpable in the town’s annual Sagra del Pesce e Patate (Fish and Chips Festival) – with anachronistic red telephone boxes peppering the corners.. Courtesy of Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo. In the centre, up top, winding cobblestone streets dip and duck under archways and cascades of bougainvillaea, while shadowy stairways lead to the front of enchanting synagogues – a famous feature of this town.. Clinging to the highland ridges of western Tuscany, the town of Volterra cloaks the old homeland of the Etruscans in a patchwork of medieval stone.. Built and razed by the Romans, the grand Tuscan dukes and the formidable Medici family, the historic town plays host to ubiquitous basilicas, cobblestone streets, crumbling gateways and red-tiled roofs – while its sporadic piazzas bubble with the mellifluous tones of Italian chatter.

Planning a trip to Italy? Take a look at our picks for the best towns in Tuscany - filled with history, art and incredible scenery.

With their rolling hills, historic landmarks, and unbelievable art scene – here are our picks for the best places to visit in Tuscany.. Enjoy amazing historical landmarks, quaint streets and iconic architecture in this charming Tuscan town!. Florence is one of the most incredible towns in Tuscany filled with museums, palaces and churches.. Enjoy a visit to Lucca, the ‘city of one hundred churches’ and one of the best Tuscany towns to visit.. As one of the best towns to visit in Tuscany, Siena is home to the incredible Azienda Agricola La Lastra vineyard where fine Tuscan wine is at your fingertips.. For a taste of art and history, visit the Duomo di Siena, which houses stunning painted columns and an incredible collection of paintings by Donatello and Michelangelo.. Enjoy a visit to one of the best Tuscan towns to visit, complete with amazing historical monuments and natural beauty.. Enjoy a stay at the gorgeous Hotel Panoramic, with a fantastic swimming pool and incredible views of the Tuscan countryside.. Their beauty, history and atmosphere always make a visit to these Tuscan towns unforgettable.. These are the best places to visit in Tuscany, but there are many many more gorgeous places to see if you do happen to have the time.

Tuscany is famous for its spectacular scenery, vineyards, olive groves, and rolling hills.   It's also known for its history and art.   Seven Tuscan locations have been selected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.  There is

That's why the list of towns below includes a good mix of bigger Tuscan cities with great artistic and cultural legacies , such as Florence and Pisa, as well as smaller towns or hilltop villages , such as Cortona and Montepulciano.. Siena is a medieval hill town in Tuscany, Italy.. The town is famous for its medieval architecture, art, and cuisine.. San Gimignano is a walled medieval town set on a hilltop in Tuscany.. Pienza is a small town located in Tuscany, between Montepulciano and Montalcino.. The main sights in Pienza are the Cathedral (Duomo) in the center of the town, Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Vescovile, and Palazzo Comunale .. The town also has other notable historical buildings, such as Palazzo Comunale (city hall) and Palazzo Tarugi .. Monteriggioni is a walled medieval town in Tuscany, with beautiful architecture and rich history.

You cannot come to Italy without visiting one of the many beautiful villages in Tuscany, on the top of rounded hills or in the middle of green plains.

Of course, all these hamlets worth a visit.. We also know that this list does not consider all the wonderful places.. Starting from the north of Tuscany we highly suggest adding those places to your bucket list.. It is famous for the beautiful 12th century Malaspina Family Castle .. Fosdinovo has also its unique food tradition, different from the rest of the region.. Today many of them, together with their grandchildren, came back to their birthplace in Tuscany.. Certaldo is one of the few medieval hamlets of Tuscany, built between the 12th and 15th centuries, that is still perfectly preserved.. Anghiari is set on a spur of rock, it is one of the most suggestive medieval villages in Tuscany close to the border with Umbria in the area of Valtiberina .. Potter around the historical center, admire the beauties of the Piazza Grande and the town hall in Romanesque style.. It is only approaching to this amazing village that you realize that houses were built into the tuff .. Instead, going back of thousands of years admire the Etruscan walls.. Proudly Tuscan, one of my desires is to show people the hidden gems of my birthland!

Tuscany is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Located in the central region of the country, Tuscany is divided into 10 provinces – Florence, Grosseto, ... Read more

Tuscany is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Italy .. Firstly, Tuscany boasts some of the finest cultural cities in Italy such as Florence, Pisa and Lucca – these cities boasts some magnificent historical buildings and world class museums.. Furthermore, the Tuscan countryside is absolutely stunning and is a fantastic place to explore – you can visit the island of Elba and see where Napoleon was exiled, or travel through Tuscan wine country.. Let’s have a look at the best places to visit in Tuscany :. PisaSecond only to Florence in terms of significance during the Renaissance, Pisa is another stunning city with a great deal to offer on the eastern coast of Tuscany.. This variety of historical sites make Lucca an attractive destination within the Tuscany region.. The Duomo di Prato and Emperors Castle are two significant structures that are definitely worth a visit.. San GimignanoTo see a true medieval town in Tuscany you must travel to San Gimignano.. This quiet and charming town is renowned for its 14 medieval towers and its ancient city walls.. GrossetoGrosseto may not be as popular as Florence or Pisa but it holds a plethora of interesting sites and historical structures and is an amazing place to visit in the southern part of Tuscany.. The Piazza Dante is also one of the most beautiful places in the town and contains some of the city’s most important buildings.. For those who wish to explore, the town also has a funicular railway that travels to the neighbouring town of Montecatini Alto – this is another sublime mountain town that has some beautiful buildings and offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside.

From Chianti wine country to the hilltop towns of the Val D'Orcia, there's a gorgeous Tuscan town waiting to be discovered by you!

From the big cities bursting with Renaissance art and quaint villages frozen in time, to vineyards dotting the rolling hills and the best food in the world, a trip to Tuscany is something many people yearn for.. How will you choose the best towns in Tuscany to visit on your trip to Italy?. Thanks to the leaning tower, Pisa is one of the most popular places to visit in Tuscany.. The old town is also home to the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater.. Where to stay Beautifully restored B&B Paolina has rooms with terraces that offer stunning views of Siena and the surrounding countryside. While the cities of Tuscany are masterpieces of both Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, the wine towns hearken to a simpler life.. Let’s pay a visit to a few of the best wine towns in Tuscany.. Where to stay Look no further than the gorgeous stone manor house Lupaia – a haven in the heart of the Val D’Orcia. This wine town is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, made from the deep purple Sangiovese Grosso grapes.. Known not only for its wine, but the Town of Fine Towers is also famous for its medieval architecture.. Originally built in ancient and medieval times for defense, today the hill towns of Tuscany serve as a refuge from the modern world.. You can still see parts of the very ancient Etruscan city wall at the base of the present wall, which was built in medieval times.. To the side of the main piazza you’ll find small cobblestone streets, public gardens, and quaint small businesses.

Here's your ultimate guide to the most beautiful cities, villages, and towns in Tuscany you simply must visit on your next Italian adventure!

Here’s your ultimate guide to the most beautiful cities, villages, and towns in Tuscany you simply must visit on your next Italian adventure!. While the Piazza del Campo is the city’s main square, around which everything else in the town is situated, the Duomo di Siena (Siena’ Cathedral) is one of the most beautiful in the entirety of Italy.. A hilltop Tuscany town with a history dating back all the way to the time of the Eturscans, and perhaps even beyond, Cortona can be found in the province of Arezzo and is well worth visiting over the course of a day or two, provided that you have the time.. In the very heart of the Tuscan town, you’ll soon discover the Palazzo dei Priori, which features a belfry offering fantastic views over the town and beyond, as well as medieval frescoes dating back many centuries.. Other highlights of the Italian town of Pisa include its cathedral (known as ‘Duomo’ in Italian), botanical garden, and more Medieval buildings than you could possibly count.. Though a little smaller and off the beaten path than some of the other Tuscany towns listed here, San Gimignano has the kind of charm which is hard to come by in today’s world, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the region.. Other highlights of Pienza include discovering the central Piazza Pio II, around which the rest of the historic town is centred and admiring the architecture of the Duomo (cathedral) of Cattedrale dell’Assunta, which boasts some particularly fine works of art.. A little more off the beaten path when it comes to towns in Tuscany, Pitigliano can be found in the South of Tuscany.. Unlike many other towns in Tuscany, Pontedera is more of an industrial town (many settlements in the region of Toscano actually make their money from tourism).

Oliver's Travels' rundown of the 9 most stunning towns and villages in Tuscany to visit on your holiday. Rural beauty, medieval citadels, and Italian charm.

Choosing which typical towns and villages in Tuscany to visit on your holiday can be challenging, especially if you want to stay off the beaten track.. We’ve researched some of the most authentic and beautiful towns and villages in Tuscany to give you a real taste of ‘vita Italiana’.. Although the town is small, it’s packed with interesting sites to visit – such as the Diocesan Museum, where you’ll find a beautiful panel painting by Beato Angelico; and the MAEC, which holds fascinating artifacts found in surrounding archaeological sites.. Lucca sits on the Serchio river, making it one of the few Tuscan towns and villages that does not occupy a hilltop position.. Known as “Little Jerusalem”, this small Tuscan town is in the beautiful region of Maremma near the coast.. Tiered, tile-roofed buildings sit on top of layers of red volcanic “tufa” stone , giving this beautiful hilltop town a distinct look.. This hidden ancient village in Tuscany is a rabbit-warren of very narrow cobbled streets, tiny squares, and steep staircases.. The most well-known Tuscan village on our list, this one may be bordering on town status, but San Gimignano started life in the 1150s as an Etruscan village.. If you’re feeling inspired to explore this historic and famously beautiful region of Italy, there’s surely no better way to soak up the atmosphere than from your own villa to rent in Tuscany.

Discover the most spectacular villages in Tuscany by foot. Here some ideas for taking a stroll around the old villages in Lunigiana, Maremma and Valdinievole.

Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano - Credit: Shutterstock / Claudio Giovanni Colombo. In Val d’Elsa , within the walls of San Gimignano , tourists walk around constantly looking upwards, captivated by the 15 reddish towers which compete with each other to touch the sky: from the tower of the Antico Palazzo del Podestà to the extreme heights of the Torre Grossa of the Palazzo Nuovo, from the twin towers of the Ardinghelli, to the nimble Ghibelline towers of the Salvucci.. In the centre, you will find artisan workshops, booths and monuments that have remained unchanged for centuries (palazzo Comunale, the cloister of the Convent of San Francesco, the Church of the Crocifisso, the Parish Church of San Giusto, the Aldobrandesca fortress).. Pontremoli - Credit: Shutterstock / Claudio Giovanni Colombo. In the land of the Renaissance , home to many great artists, Vinci pays homage to Leonardo, guiding tourists through an itinerary which leads to the Leonardo Museum at the Castle of the Guidi Counts – where the inventor’s original machines and models are conserved – and to his family home, just 3 kilometres from the town.. Walking through the ancient grounds of the historic centre, along the steep ruga , among simple medieval houses and elegant Renaissance palaces, you are inevitably drawn to the antique shops, where you can witness the delicate and patient work of restorers.. In Volterra there is an almost unique tradition of working with alabaster: passing through the historic centre tourists will find artisan studios, plenty of tower houses and palaces, enhanced by the cathedral, baptistery and piazza dei Priori, one of the most charming medieval areas in Italy.. Barga Cathedral - Credit: Shutterstock / Claudio Giovanni Colombo. Tuscan villages have also been sources of inspiration for famous poets: near the house where Giovanni Pascoli lived, in Castelvecchio Pascoli , the town of Barga has a maze of irregular paths which unfold among houses and noble Renaissance palaces, climbing over the top of the hill, dominated by the imposing structure of the Romanesque cathedral, with views over the rooftops of the old town and the green Serchio Valley , to the peak of the Apuan mountains.. Sovana Duomo (Cathedral of Santi Pietro e Paolo) - Credit: Shutterstock / Pointbreak. The historic village of Pitigliano atop the hill - Credit: Shutterstock / Paolo Trovo

There are so many beautiful towns in Tuscany. In this post we have outlined some of the favorite and most visited Tuscan towns.

While here, you have to visit Florence’s Duomo.. The Tuscany region in the heart of Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.. But the highlight of a visit for many is stopping at any of the many enotecas, small wine shops featuring tastings of local wines.. Submitted by Michelle from Intentional Travelers. Upon visiting, most people will agree that the city is plenty interesting for at least a few days worth of exploration and one of the most charming towns in Tuscany!. Siena is one of the quintessential medieval towns in Tuscany.. Of course, you should spend some time exploring the famous Siena square.. Siena is also home to a gorgeous cathedral, Duomo di Siena.. The beautiful city of Pisa is one of my favorite towns in Tuscany.. From large, famous landmarks to smaller, local areas, and a beautiful beach, Pisa is a great city to visit when you’re in Tuscany.. This area is rich in history and culture, making it an outstanding place to spend some of your time while in Italy .

Are you going to visit Tuscany? Here's our list of the best towns to visit in Tuscany including villages and other visits off the beaten path.

Its varied landscape ranges from mountains to hills, from small fortified towns and villages to large cities , from seaside towns to natural reserves.. Whether you are a culture buff or a lover of the great outdoors , a food and wine connoisseur or a fashion victim , Tuscany is the place for you: read our list of the best towns to visit in Tuscany!. Main Attractions: Duomo square, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Museum, Boboli Gardens, Accademia Museum and a lot more.. Lucca Main Attractions : Roman amphitheater, San Martino Cathedral (duomo), city walls, Guinigi tower. Pisa Main Attractions: piazza dei Miracoli with the leaning tower of Pisa, piazza delle Vettovaglie, Arno banks. Great for: a Medieval town experience .. Have a cappuccino on a terrace in piazza del Duomo, surrounded by the varied architecture of the town hall, cathedral, baptistry and court house buildings.. Pistoia main attractions: piazza del Duomo, Pistoia underground tunnels (dating back to the Middle Ages), Marini museum , piazza della Sala, San Andrea’s pulpit. The central Piazza of Pistoia Some of the best towns to visit in Tuscany are not on the main routes.. Pitigliano Main Attractions: Pitigliano cathedral, synagogue, city walls, numerous Etruscan archeological sites dotted around the city.. A landscape of Volterra Though the city is of Etruscan origin , Volterra stands out as a perfect medieval town , surrounded by fortified walls .. Main Attractions: city walls, Roman theatre, Etruscan museum, piazza dei Priori. Main Attractions: Leonardiano museum, Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, Conti Guidi castle, hiking trails around town.

Many luxury travelers have seen the major tourist cities in Italy such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. They have probably even visited the second-tier hot spots of Cinqueterre, the Amalfi Coast, and Sienna. An area of Italy that is difficult to visit is Tuscany. Not because it is hard to find nor even hard to

Point of fact: did you know that there are over 200 ancient walled cities in Tuscany?. Cortona is laced with fantastic stories of history that include an essential settlement for the ancient Etruscan people, a battle where the great Carthaginian General Hannibal laid waste to the Roman army during the second Punic War, and where you will enjoy some of the most exquisite food and drink offered in Tuscany.. A highlight in Cortona is the excellent Etruscan Academy Museum which displays exceptional examples of ancient pottery, tools, and items of everyday living in ancient times.. This picturesque medieval city, known locally as The City of Fine Towers, San Gimignano (pronounced san jim-ee-NYAH-no), is understandably a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. Surrounded by three walls, this triangular city boasts 14 towers that were created by competitive neighbors.. The cool thing is that when the ancient Romans built this facility, they were actually covering up an even more ancient Etruscan site!. The tiny hilltop medieval walled city of Vertine (pronounced vayr-TEEN-eh) is the perfect place for those looking to get away from it all.

Don't miss these breathtaking places to visit in Tuscany. Teetering hilltop towns surrounded by rolling hills, dramatic religious buildings, museums – it’s everything you want from Italy and more.

Here’s my pick of the best places to visit in Tuscany.. This city was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and it’s filled with world-famous art museums and galleries.. It’s open until late during the summer.. Located in central Tuscany, Arezzo is a charming and historic town that attracts visitors from all over the world.. Stroll through the narrow streets, climb to the top of one of the towers for sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside, or enjoy a glass of the local white Vernaccia wine in one of the town’s many bustling wine bars.. The island is home to a number of stunning beaches, as well as a number of historical sites such as Napoleon’s residence, Villa San Martino.. This charming island is home to stunning beaches, medieval towns, and a rich history that will take you back in time.. This picturesque town is surrounded by medieval walls and is home to a number of historic buildings, including the medieval tower Castello di Monteriggioni.. With its charming architecture and stunning countryside views, Montepulciano is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience all that Tuscany has to offer.

Planning a trip to Italy? Here are 7 gorgeous cities and towns in Tuscany that you simply must visit on your first trip to this magical region!

Although Tuscany has lots of beautiful towns, big and small, to keep you occupied for several visits, this first-timers’ list will take you on a tour of the classics: the places that jump to your mind when you think of Tuscany.. Of all the (cities and) towns in Tuscany, spending 1 day in Florence needs to be top of your list.. So the city should definitely be on your list of top places to visit in Tuscany!. Although the Palio is a huge draw, Siena is a lovely Tuscan town to visit any time of year .. One of the prettiest towns in Tuscany, it would be such a shame not to visit picturesque Siena.. Today Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a charming hill town with stunning architecture and beautiful views over the Tuscan countryside.. While you can visit Montepulciano just for the day, you can also spend a few days here, making it your base to explore more of the beautiful Val d’ Orcia.

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