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Updated Mar 30, 2022

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Unquestionably the best known region of Italy among foreign travelers, Tuscany conjures up romantic images of idyllic hill towns bristling with medieval towers, flowing green landscapes of low hills, and fields of sunflowers. It's a tough reputation to live up to, but Tuscany does it with ease.

This landscape is studded with some of Italy's best-loved cities and attractions: Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Siena, and lovely little Lucca. Add the island of Elba and a clutch of hill towns, each with its own distinct character and history, and consider that this was the cradle of one of the greatest artistic and philosophical revolutions in Europe's history - the Renaissance.

It's no wonder everyone wants to visit Tuscany. Entire books have been written cataloging its many tourist attractions, villages to visit, and things to do in the Tuscan countryside, but here, you'll find the cream - those top places you won't want to miss.

You're sure to find the best places to visit with this list of the top attractions in Tuscany.

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1. Piazza del Duomo and Renaissance Florence

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No place on Earth can you take deeper into the heart and soul of the Renaissance than Florence, where it all began. This city - its humanist thinkers, painters, sculptors, craftsmen, architects, and the aristocracy whose patronage supported and nurtured the artistic genius and gave it the freedom to create - pulled Italy and subsequently Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Age of Enlightenment.

Everywhere you look, you'll find the very best examples of this exciting rebirth, but the highest single concentration is in and around Piazza del Duomo. Dominating the skyline is Brunelleschi's great dome. Rising beside it is Giotto's marble-faced tower. Below is the baptistery with Ghiberti's masterpieces, the incomparable bronze doors of the Gates of Paradise.

Inside each of these are more treasures, and those that no longer fit or have been removed to protect them from the weather are displayed in the adjacent Museo del Duomo, where you'll find works by Michelangelo, Donatello, and the other great names in Renaissance art.

If this isn't enough, walk a few steps to the church of San Lorenzo and Michelangelo's Medici Tombs. San Lorenzo is only one of many churches in Florence that are filled with the works of Renaissance masters. Santa Croce houses the incomparable crucifix by Cimabue, and Santa Maria Novella has works by Giotto, Ghiberti, and Brunelleschi.

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2. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

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Nowhere in the world is there a finer assemblage of Italian Renaissance paintings than in the Uffizi, a former Medici palace between Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. Not only is the size and scope of the collection almost overwhelming, but it gives a comprehensive picture of how Renaissance Florence sparked a revolution in western art.

You'll see works by all the great artists of 14th- to 16th-century Florence, as well as prior works that illustrate the evolution in styles and subjects. Best known among the works here is Botticelli's Birth of Venus, but you'll see others that are familiar.

In the first set of galleries, works are hung chronologically, so you can see the changes in order. For example, Cimabue's rather static Madonna Enthroned is compared with a later painting of the same subject by Giotto, showing a more realistic style of the Renaissance painters. There's a lot more here than Renaissance paintings, and an art lover could spend a full day here admiring them all.

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3. Pisa's Leaning Tower and Campo dei Miracoli

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An icon of Italy, the famed Torre Pendente - Leaning Tower - stands askew beside the duomo (cathedral) and baptistery in an open space known as the Campo dei Miracoli, the field of miracles. The buildings are indeed a miraculous combination of artistic talents, and the delicate marble arcades of Pisa's 12th-century bell tower would have made it one of Italy's great landmarks even if it stood perfectly straight.

But it doesn't, and few tourists can resist the somewhat unnerving thrill of climbing the 294 steps to its tilting top. In combination with the campanile comprising a UNESCO World Heritage site are the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the definitive example of the Pisan architectural style, with its splendid façade, bronze doors, and pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. Another marble pulpit, a 1260 masterpiece by Nicola Pisano in the adjacent baptistery is one of the great masterpieces of Romanesque sculpture.

The Campo Santo is thought to be filled with shiploads of earth from Golgotha, brought back by Crusaders so that Pisans could be buried in sacred soil. Completing this remarkable complex and holding some of its most exquisite treasures is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Along with priceless silver masterpieces, stunning embroideries, tombs, sculpture, and paintings, the museum offers by far the best close-up view of the Leaning Tower.

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4. Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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No other image says "Florence," or even "Italy," more clearly than the familiar arches of the Ponte Vecchio reflected in the waters of the Arno. Almost no one leave Florence without at least one photo of it.

Traditionally the home of the city's goldsmith shops, it is still lined with upscale jewelry shops. But above the shoppers' heads is a historic upper story, a passageway commissioned by the Medici to take them between their offices in the Uffizi and their home at Pitti Palace across the river.

Designed by architect Giorgio Vasari, who also designed the tomb of Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santa Croce, it is known as the Vasari Corridor. It is well worth seeing, for its walls are lined with paintings, most of which are self portraits by artists that include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rembrandt.

5. Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Siena

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Among Italy's finest churches, Sienna's magnificent cathedral is a work of art inside and out. The stunning façade created by Giovanni Pisano is faced in patterns of white, green and red marble, decorated with sculptures, Venetian mosaics above the doorways, and a beautiful rose window. It is one of the finest works of Italian Gothic.

The alternating bands of black and white marble are carried into the interior, surmounted by a ceiling of gold stars on a blue field. The floor is paved in marble mosaic panels of biblical scenes.

Highlights of this art-packed interior are the exquisitely carved marble pulpit by Nicola Pisano, the Cappella Chigi (Chigi Chapel) designed by the great Baroque architect Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini containing two of his statues, and the Cappella San Giovanni Battista (Chapel of St. John the Baptist) in the left transept containing a statue by Donatello and frescoes by Pinturicchio.

More colorful Pinturicchio frescoes are in the Piccolómini Library, off the left aisle, where sumptuously illuminated 15th-century musical manuscripts are displayed. You'll find more treasures in the presbytery, the sacristy, the crypt, and the vaulted baptistery.

Not far from the Duomo is Siena's Piazza del Campo, a spacious scallop-shaped square considered one of Italy's most beautiful and scene of the famous horse race, the Palio.

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6. Lucca's Walls and Centro Storico (Historic Center)

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Lucca is a beautiful city that holds a significant place in the history of architecture from as far back as the Lombard period. Its early medieval churches, partly constructed from Roman and earlier stones, were updated later in the Middle Ages, leaving some of Tuscany's most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture.

The portico of the cathedral was decorated in the mid-13th century with fine sculpture, including works of Nicola Pisano, and San Michele in Foro preserves its Romanesque character highlighted by outstanding examples of works by Andrea della Robbia and Filippo Lippi.

One of the most appealing attractions of Lucca is that along with the must-see sights - the churches, art, and museums - Lucca is filled with enjoyable experiences: climbing to the tree-shaded top of the Guinigi Tower, strolling or cycling along the wide tree-lined walls that encircle the city, and browsing in market stalls inside an enclosed oval piazza that was once a Roman amphitheater.

These are the memories you will cherish from this likable and friendly little Tuscan city.

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7. The Towers of San Gimignano

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To see what Tuscany looked like in the Middle Ages, choose the almost pristine medieval town of San Gimignano. It was a stop on the Via Francigena, the main route to Rome for pilgrims and tradespeople, and when that route declined in the late Middle Ages, new building stopped and this hilltop town was left to itself.

When UNESCO began promoting its restoration, it still retained 13 of its original 70 towers, giving San Gimignano its unmistakable skyline. Even though building stopped before the Renaissance, artists from this period came to decorate the interiors of San Gimignano's churches, so you'll discover works by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli, and Benedetto da Maiano.

But mostly, you'll enjoy strolling its narrow winding streets and walking its largely intact 13th-century walls to admire the towers that were as much status symbols for the rival families that built them as they were fortified homes.

Delve further into the Middle Ages at the 14th-century Herb Pharmacy and Herbarium, and at the little Romanesque Church of San Iácopo, built by the Knights Templars on their return from the First Crusade.

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8. Piazzale Michelangiolo and San Miniato in Florence

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The iconic view of Florence, Brunelleschi's magnificent dome towering over its historic center, is from an overlook across the Arno, in Piazzale Michelangiolo (most often misspelled as Michelangelo). In the center of the terrace stands Michelangelo's statue of David. You can climb there from the Boboli Gardens or take a bus from the center.

The terrace is crowded with tour buses and people during the day, but at sunset and as evening falls, it is magic, with the great dome and Giotto's tower bathed in floodlights.

Go in the daytime, however, to see inside the lovely church of San Miniato, a little higher up behind the piazzale. Behind its striking striped façade of green and white marble is a Tuscan Romanesque interior of mosaics, inlaid marble floors, painted wood, frescoes, and glazed terra cotta. The highlight, however, is in the Sacristy, where the walls are covered in 14th-century painted wood panels.

Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 34, Florence

9. Val d'Orcia and Pienza

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South of Siena, the beautiful Val d'Orcia is an idyllic landscape of gently rolling hills and farmlands clad in olive groves and fields of grain, punctuated by tall cypresses that seem to have been placed specifically to enhance the vistas.

The valley is perfect for driving tours, with stops for picnics on local products, and time to explore the Tuscan hill towns. Primary of these is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Pienza, birthplace and summer home of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II.

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The Piccolomini Palace, completed in 1459, embodies the ideals of Renaissance architecture, and is shown as it was left by his descendants in the 1960s, complete with original furnishings. Even it you don't stop long enough to tour the palace, take time to admire the views in all directions from this hilltop town

Other hill towns worth a stop in the Val d'Orcia are Montalcino and Castiglione d'Orcia, both with hilltop fortresses.

10. Etruscan and Roman Volterra

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While you might think that when you've seen one Tuscan hill town, you've seen them all, they are in reality very different, each with its own character and specialties. Volterra's are its rich Etruscan and Roman legacies, along with some Medieval highlights.

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Already an important center for alabaster quarrying and artistry in Etruscan times, Volterra was among the twelve cities of the Etruscan League and was trading throughout the peninsula long before it became a Roman city.

The entire area is dotted by archaeological sites, and the finds from excavations enrich the outstanding collections in the Etruscan Museum, which is equally strong in prehistoric and Roman eras. But nothing beats seeing these sites themselves, which you can do easily at the Etruscan Arch and walls.

At the Parco Archeologico, you'll find remains of an ancient acropolis with two temple foundations from the second century BC and other remains showing layers of Etruscan, Roman, and medieval buildings.

At the large Vallebuona archaeological area is a first-century Roman theater with seating, the orchestra pit, and parts of the stage intact, along with later thermal baths.

Jump to medieval times in its historic center, where you'll find several medieval tower houses from the 12th and 13th centuries. Unique among the hill towns are the working museum of alabaster and Palazzo Viti, filled with priceless collections of alabaster art.

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11. Accademia Gallery

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After a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, you may feel as though you'd seen enough Renaissance art. But that would be to miss some of Michelangelo's most iconic works, most notably, David. Yes, you may have already seen the copies in the Piazza della Signoria and on Piazzale Michelangelo, but nothing compares to the impact of the original marble statue, so lifelike that it seems to be about to step off the pedestal.

To appreciate Michelangelo's technique, look for his four unfinished sculptures of slaves, which instead of appearing to be carved from the marble seem to have been there all along, just now being released from it by the artist.

You will want to reserve a ticket in advance and even then expect a wait. Or you can avoid the lines at both museums with a Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour that takes you straight to the entrance, with a guide to direct you to the most significant works.

12. Arezzo

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From Roman times through the Renaissance, the small hilltop town of Arezzo attracted artists and poets, and the works they left to enrich its churches and palaces form Arezzo's main tourist attractions today. The great architect and artist Vasari lived here, and you can tour his small palazzo, Casa del Vasari, to compare his almost flamboyant domestic frescoes with his work for churches and public buildings in Florence and elsewhere.

In Arezzo, you'll discover his graceful colonnade of Palazzo delle Logge, along with a magnificent 13th-century Crucifix by Cimabue in San Domenico and windows by the French master of stained-glass, Fra Guillaume de Marcillat, in the duomo.

Works of others - Andrea della Robbia, Piero della Francesca, and Nicola Pisano - enhance its churches. The Parish Church, Pieve di Santa Maria, is eastern Tuscany's finest example of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Arezzo is a good place to visit to see the works of several masters in a small town and traveler-friendly setting.

13. Piazza del Campo, Siena

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To the people of Siena, Piazza del Campo is their shared front lawn. On bright spring days, people may be stretched out on its sloping pavement to catch some sun; at almost any time of year, the cafés under the curved porticoes of the surrounding palaces will be busy.

It is not only one of the largest, but one of the most harmonious of all Italy's public squares, bounded on one side by the elegant Palazzo Púbblico (Town Hall) and its tall, slender tower. At the upper end, the Palazzo Sansedoni, completed in the early 1300s, is beside the beautifully carved fountain, the Fonte Gaia.

The placid Piazza del Campo takes on an entirely different persona for the two days each summer when it is the venue for the Palio. This madcap horse race fills the piazza to overflowing with excited spectators, as the 10 horses and their bareback riders race around its perimeter.

14. Elba

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The largest of the islands off Tuscany, Elba is a 10-kilometer ferry trip from the mainland port of Piombino. Its mild climate, scenic beauty, historical attractions, and excellent scuba diving off its cliff-lined coast have made it increasingly popular with tourists.

Its past reflects that of many other Mediterranean islands, with periods of control by Pisa; Genoa; Lucca; Spain; and, after his defeat in 1814, by Napoleon, who was granted full sovereign rights over the island. Reminders of him are everywhere: Piazza Napoleone, Via Napoleone, his official residence of Villa dei Molini in the main town of Portoferraio, and his summer retreat of Villa Napoleone on the slopes of the wooded Monte San Martino.

Seaside resorts of Procchio and Marciana Marina are west of Portoferraio, and inland is the fort of Poggio and the village of Marciana, with a ruined castle. You can ride a cable car to the top of the island's highest peak, Monte Capanne, for views or walk up Monte Perone from Poggio in about an hour. Porto Azzurro is a picturesque little fishing port that was fortified by the Spaniards in the 17th century.

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15. Montepulciano

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Important noble families in this hilltop town kept their power and fortunes longer than those in other Tuscan cities, attracting top Renaissance artists from Florence and Siena, so it is filled with fine buildings from that period. Some of the best palazzi surround the main square, Piazza Grande, but almost anywhere you wander in this picturesque village, you'll find photo-worthy architecture.

The beautifully proportioned church of San Biagio, built of golden travertine, is considered one of the finest buildings of the Renaissance. Although this and other churches are filled with art treasures, it is the picture of the town itself, crowning its hilltop and tumbling down the slopes to the scenic valley below, that will linger in your mind as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.

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16. Medici Villas and Gardens

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While the Medici dynasty centered its business and artistic patronage in Florence, in the summer, many of them decamped to the breezier hills surrounding the city. Here, they built villas surrounded by acres of carefully tended gardens and hunting parks, where they hired the same artists, sculptors, and architects to create fantasy worlds for their seasonal pleasure.

Considered the most splendid of these Medici summer residences is Villa di Poggio a Caiano, between Florence and Pistoia, but many others are well worth a day trip from Florence. Villa la Petraia, which became a summer residence for the Italian royal family, is set in particularly beautiful grounds with terraced gardens and views of Florence. The neighboring Villa di Castello has outstanding gardens filled with fountains, grottos, and statues.

17. Viareggio's Carnevale (Carnival)

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Although Italy's most famous - and crowded - carnival is in Venice, Viareggio's is every bit as fun-filled and crazy, and a lot less expensive to join in. Like Venice, the streets of this beach town north of Pisa are thronged night and day with costumed revelers. A round of social events, including masked balls at the hotels, continue throughout most of February.

The highlights are the gala parades of giant papier-mâché figures created from recycled newspapers, molded by hand, over clay models. The brightly painted giants depict mythological and allegorical figures, and often caricatures of well-known people, especially political leaders.

Carnevale di Viareggio dates back to 1873, when the first parade was held, and twice weekly these figures move among the crowds that stroll La Passeggiata, Viareggio's seaside boardwalk. Some of these figures tower as high as 21 meters (70 feet) above the spectators, and the parade is accompanied by bands, local folklore groups, and other entertainers.

On summer evenings, La Passeggiata is almost as busy, as beachgoers stroll the promenade that stretches between the wide sands and the row of Art Nouveau hotels.

Official site: https://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/en

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What is the most beautiful part of Tuscany? ›

The most beautiful places to visit in Tuscany
  • Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta. This little chapel doesn't have a bad side. ...
  • San Quirico d'Orcia. If there's one scenic drive in Italy you need to do it's the road between Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia. ...
  • Landscapes of Val d'Orcia.
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What's Tuscany famous for? ›

Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and of the foundations of the Italian language.

Is Tuscany worth seeing? ›

There are few places in the world like the Tuscany region in Italy. It really has it all: the most beautiful rolling-hills landscapes, medieval historical towns, Renaissance art, Italy's best wineries, amazing food, and good weather.

What 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.

What is the most beautiful village in 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.

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.

What is the most famous of the eight sub regions of Tuscany? ›

Chianti Classico is by far the most important subregion of Chianti and is the only one to hold its own DOCG, signifying its high level of quality over the other subzones.

Is Tuscany too touristy? ›

The only problem most visitors have with Tuscany is that it's too big a region and there are far too many must-see places to visit in their limited vacation time. I would say you should see: Florence, Lucca, Siena (these 3 are musts), Pisa (briefly, if you can).

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.

What is the best time of year to visit Tuscany Italy? ›

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.

Is Siena Italy worth visiting? ›

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.

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.

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

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What is the best way to see Tuscany? ›

The best way to see Tuscany is certainly by car. Public transportation is great between cities, but to really see the small hilltop towns you will need the flexibility of a car. Rome has a large international airport, but you could also fly into Florence depending on your departure city and budget.

What town is the heart of Tuscany? ›

Panzano. At the bucolic heart of Tuscany and set amid some of the most important vineyard sites for Chianti Classico, Panzano is a natural intersection where outstanding wine and food meet.

Is Lucca Italy worth visiting? ›

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 Tuscany the most beautiful part of Italy? ›

Tuscany is a region of Italy that needs no introduction. Famous for its wine, culture and scenery, it's one of the most-visited areas of Italy that has been inspiring artists and writers with its stunning natural beauty for centuries.

Which is better Siena or San Gimignano? ›

Siena is larger, although it's not a big city, has its university, its way of life (Palio etc.) and all things considered is less devoted to mass tourism than San Gimignano, especially if you wander apart from the most touristy spots (the Campo and the Duomo).

Is San Gimignano a good base for Tuscany? ›

Chianti is a great base to explore Tuscany, but also the famous medieval hill town with towers, San Gimignano, is a very good base to visit Tuscany.

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.

What is the best Tuscan wine? ›

Here are four of the best Tuscan wines to know, and to enjoy all year round.
  • CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG. A renowned red made from at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, Chianti Classico has been produced in the heart of Toscana since the 13th century. ...
  • BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG. ...
  • SUPER TUSCAN. ...
  • VIN SANTO.

What is red wine from Tuscany called? ›

Chianti wine is a red blend from Chianti, a small region in Tuscany, Italy.

What is the main wine in Tuscany? ›

Sangiovese. The most widely planted grape in Tuscany is also the main variety in its most classic red wines: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. In 2014, 61.4 percent of the vines in Tuscany were Sangiovese. This variety does best in the region's hillside vineyards.

What is a typical Tuscan dinner? ›

Other first course dishes in Tuscany are simple pastas such as pappardelle alla lepre o al sugo di cinghiale, a fresh, egg noodle pasta with either a hare or wild boar sauce. Another common dish coming from this principle is Trippa and Lampredotto, particularly in Florence.

What is a typical Tuscan lunch? ›

Some of the most popular Tuscan food is iconic Tuscan steak (Florentine-style steak), Trippa alla Tocana (Tuscany tripe),Ribolitta soup (Tuscany soup), Lampredotto (Florentine-style sandwich), Crostini Toscani (Tuscany roasted bread with chicken liver pâté),Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad), Acquacotta Meremmana (Tuscan ...

Is it better to stay in Tuscany or Florence? ›

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 Siena Italy safe? ›

Siena, Italy is a very safe destination. Crime rates are remarkably low, while well-lit streets and frequent police patrols keep the streets safe. The largest risk usually occurs from fighting among drunken revelers, while petty crimes such as vandalism do occasionally happen here.

Do you need a car in Tuscany? ›

When you're in Italy, you really don't need a car in the cities, but if you truly want to immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and local culture of the region's villages and small towns, do yourself a favor and rent a car!

Is Tuscany the most beautiful part of Italy? ›

Tuscany is a region of Italy that needs no introduction. Famous for its wine, culture and scenery, it's one of the most-visited areas of Italy that has been inspiring artists and writers with its stunning natural beauty for centuries.

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.

Is Lucca a good base for Tuscany? ›

Lucca as a base to discover Tuscany

While Lucca itself has so much to offer for a truly relaxing break, it is also ideally positioned to explore so many other beautiful places that Tuscany has to offer. Below are some of the day trips you can make from Lucca, either via car or train.

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”.

Written by Karen HastingsNov 17, 2020

Crescent-shaped beaches, small fishing villages, rainforests, reefs, waterfalls, geothermal attractions, and lush mountains are just some of St. Lucia's many attractions.. Ziplining, climbing the Pitons, hiking the many marked nature trails, horseback riding, sightseeing cruises, and exploring the island's active volcano are popular island activities.. For more ideas on things to do and places to visit on this idyllic island, read our list of the top attractions in St. Lucia.. The Gros Piton (large piton) to the south is 798 meters high, and the Petit Piton (small piton) is 750 meters high.. Marigot Bay is arguably the most beautiful bay on St. Lucia.. Thanks to the island's dramatic topography, hiking in St. Lucia can be especially rewarding, and the Tet Paul Nature Trail, near Soufrière, offers some of the most spectacular views in southern St. Lucia.. Other things to see and do around Soufriere include hiking the spectacular Tet Paul Nature Trail , visiting Sulphur Springs Park , and strolling through the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens .. Soufriere is also the best base if you want to tackle the tough hikes up the Pitons - the Gros Piton Nature Trail or the Petit Piton Trail.. Across from Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island National Park is one of St. Lucia's most important historic attractions.. Keep an eye out for the St. Lucia parrot, St. Lucia oriole, Semper's warbler, and St. Lucia wren.. The colorful Castries market, at the easternmost point of Castries harbor, is a great place to experience a slice of local life on St. Lucia.. Where to Stay in St. Lucia: St. Lucia hotels and resorts are just as appealing as the island itself.

Written by Lana LawUpdated Feb 15, 2022

If you're looking to start your own checklist of places to visit during your life, begin with our list of the top tourist attractions in the world.. The symbol of Paris and one of the most photographed structures in the world, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a must for all travelers.. Set in the heart of the city, the Colosseum is an easy place to visit.. America is full of great sights and places to visit , but it's the Statue of Liberty that represents the United States like no other place.. The ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is arguably the most impressive ruined city in the world.. The country is filled with incredible cities and fabulous places to visit, but the 17th-century Taj Mahal is the one place that says you've been to India.. If you've visited places like the Colosseum in Rome or the Acropolis in Athens, built over 2,000 years ago, you may think you have a good handle on ancient sites.. In a land of modern cities and towering skyscrapers, the Great Wall of China, built between the 14th and 17th centuries, is a stark contrast but a striking image that all visitors to China should see.. Like many other attractions around the world, the Sydney Opera House is one of those places that is easy to identify and obviously associated with Australia.. Like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace, in Beijing is one of the top places to visit in China .. Today the site, located near the center of the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the top tourist attractions in Mexico and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .. The views from the top of the 709-meter Corcovado look out over this beautiful sight, including Sugarloaf Mountain and the city perfectly poised for beautiful photographs.. The château and the grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should be near the top of your touring plans when in France.. Some fun things to do in Central Park include taking a horse drawn carriage ride through the park, visiting the Strawberry Fields Forever area and Imagine monument dedicated to the late John Lennon, renting a row boat, or just strolling under the towering trees.

Written by Lana LawUpdated Apr 25, 2022

The second largest state in the US, Texas is brimming with countless possibilities for fun and adventure.. River Walk. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center in Pine Springs for information on the park, including details of hiking and biking trails.. The Stockyards National Historic District remains Fort Worth's biggest draw.. In the spring, the water is packed with people tubing down the river.. The Dallas Arboretum is one of the top botanical gardens in the United States.. One of the best family outings in the state, the Fort Worth Zoo is a fun and enjoyable thing to do when visiting town.. It's not all underwater at the Texas State Aquarium.. These are just some of the attractions at the aquarium.

Written by Diana BoccoUpdated Jan 31, 2022

Surrounded by lush green pastures and located over 1,000 meters above sea level, the village of Grindelwald is a major Swiss ski destination but also a very popular area for both summer and winter hiking.. Picturesque Brienz. The largest waterfall – 23 meters high and 150 meters wide – in Europe flows on the Rhine river, past castle Laufen, the Wörth Castle, and several coastline villages.. Once a Roman outpost, Chillon is now home to the most visited island castle in Switzerland.. Murren's stunning location means it offers a perfect view of three massive mountains around: Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau.

Written by Chloë Ernst and Michael LawUpdated Jan 31, 2022

Not truly an island, the arts hub is linked to residential areas by one road and footbridges to the south, and to the Downtown peninsula (across False Creek) by ferry.. Canada Place. If you are staying in Vancouver and looking for an easy way to visit the bridge and see some city highlights, the Vancouver City Tour including Capilano Suspension Bridge is a convenient option.. Robson Street is best known for shopping.. Many of the top attractions, including Stanley Park, English Bay, Robson Street, Gastown, and Granville Island, are located in the city center, along with great shopping and dining.. The best time to visit Vancouver is in the spring and summer.

Written by Lavanya Sunkara and Lura SeaveyUpdated May 26, 2022

If you are traveling from Boston, you will have several ferry options, as well as a few flight choices.. Travel in an air-conditioned mini coach to Cape Cod, then ferry across the Vineyard Sound either on The Steamship Authority or Island Queen Ferry (depending on the season) to Martha's Vineyard to explore all six of its distinct towns, including Vineyard Haven and Aquinnah.. Enjoy the scenic Vineyard Sound on a relaxing ferry ride from Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard on either The Steamship Authority or the Island Queen Ferry .. The former is run by the state of Massachusetts and departs from Woods Hole in Cape Cod to Vineyard Haven all year-round, and Oak Bluffs seasonally.. There is no direct road connecting Boston to the island of Martha's Vineyard, so your easiest option is to drive to Cape Cod's ferry terminals.. JetBlue also offers seasonal nonstop flights from the Logan airport to Martha's Vineyard.. The airport is located in the middle of the island, three miles south of Vineyard Haven.. 18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Massachusetts. 13 Top-Rated Hotels in Boston, MA. 14 Best Free Things to Do in New York City

Written by Brad LaneJun 8, 2020

Whether it's golfing within view of the water, camping next to the shore, or renting a boat for the day, the Lake of the Ozarks offers all types of vacations and things to do.. Osage Beach , six miles south of Lake Ozark, is another popular place to visit and is the largest city at Lake of the Ozarks.. Boat on Lake of the Ozarks. To top off any visit, the campground at the state park ranks as one of the best camping spots at Lake of the Ozarks .. Osage National Golf Resort is in Osage Beach and is open to the public to play.. South of Osage Beach and across the lake in Camdenton, Old Kinderhook is regarded as one of the Ozark's best public golf courses.. With easy access to the water, other popular activities at Ha Ha Tonka include boating, fishing, and swimming.. Near the northwest entrance of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, the ruined remains of an early 20th-century castle are a unique feature of this popular state park.. The facility also features a museum displaying the history behind nearby Bagnell Dam.. Address: Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri. Situated just south of Osage Beach and Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Big Surf Waterpark features raging rapids, lazy rivers, and a variety of water attractions.. 10 Top-Rated Resorts at Lake of the Ozarks. 14 Top-Rated Beaches in Missouri. 13 Top-Rated Resorts in Missouri

Written by Lana LawUpdated May 20, 2021

Plan to explore the wilderness areas of Minnesota, including Superior National Forest and the North Shore of Lake Superior, or cultural attractions, like the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the outstanding Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St.. Whether it's wandering down the hiking trails , paddling the waterways, gliding down the ski hills , or shopping at Mall of America, Minnesota is more than a land of 10,000 lakes, it's a state with unlimited things to do.. Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness | Superior National Forest / photo modified. Along this route are many of the top state parks in Minnesota , including Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche, and Grand Portage State Park .. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is located 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors on the North Shore of Lake Superior .. As Minnesota's oldest state park, Itasca encompasses more than 32,000 acres of wildlands and lakes, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River .. Outdoor recreation opportunities are easily found at this northern Minnesota state park, and visitor favorites include hiking trails, fire towers, and old-growth Red Pine forests .. Address: 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, Minnesota. 12 Top-Rated National & State Parks in Minnesota

Written by Lura SeaveyUpdated Jul 13, 2022

In addition to the seven miles of sandy beach on the Atlantic coast of Maine, this old-fashioned beach resort at Old Orchard Beach has many things to offer.. Located on Cape Elizabeth about eight miles south of Portland, Crescent Beach is part of Crescent Beach State Park, a picturesque spot where visitors can enjoy all that Maine beaches have to offer.. The beach is known for its gentle waves and amazing views of a nearby island and local fishing boats, popular with families and couples.. Ferry Beach State Park in Saco is open from Memorial Day through the end of September.. 14 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Portland, Maine. 15 Best Things to Do in New Hampshire. 20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New Hampshire

Written by Karen HastingsNov 19, 2019

Sea kayaking is a popular way to explore the fjords, and visitors can also enjoy a scenic flight over the park for a bird's-eye view of its staggering beauty.. Visitors can sea kayak along the coast, hike the many island trails, bask in secluded coves, tour Cape Brett and the famous rock formation called Hole in the Rock , and explore subtropical forests where Kauri trees grow.. Bungee jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and downhill skiing are just some of the adrenaline-fueled things to do here, and visitors can explore the stunning alpine scenery on the excellent network of hiking trails.. Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, North Island. In the center of the North Island and just a few kilometers from glittering Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, lies Tongariro National Park.. One of the oldest national parks in the world, Tongariro is a land of dramatic beauty, with towering volcanoes, turquoise lakes, arid plateaus, alpine meadows, and hot springs.. Fun things to do here include camping, enjoying the park's many walks and hiking trails, and spending time in its interesting visitor center.. Among the most accessible glaciers in the world, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are the main tourist attractions in spectacular Westland Tai Poutini National Park.. Along the way, visitors can snorkel or kayak in secluded coves; enjoy tours that offer the chance to spot fur seals, dolphins, penguins, and a diverse range of birds; hike through cool forests; and enjoy panoramic views from the rugged coastal cliffs.. In the heart of the Southern Alps, New Zealand's highest peaks rise above the alpine landscapes of Aoraki National Park, also called Mount Cook National Park.. More than 40 percent of the park is covered in glaciers, and the country's tallest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook and longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier , lie within its borders, making this a top destination for mountaineering.. Mount Cook Village is a great base for exploring the park and organizing activities such as scenic flights, ski touring, heli-skiing, hunting, hiking, and stargazing trips.. Blond- and black-sand beaches, rain forest hiking trails, picturesque coves, islands, and volcanoes surround the city, making it a perfect base for day trips and wilderness adventures.. Other fun things to do for tourists include relaxing on the golden beaches, sea kayaking around the offshore islands, sky diving, and visiting the many galleries and art studios.. 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Bay of Islands

Written by Brad LaneNov 17, 2020

As evident in the patriotic nature of monuments like Mount Rushmore, the landscapes of South Dakota also come with a unique history that adds to the experience of visiting.. Lined with parking places and viewpoints, the Badlands Loop Road tours the scenic environment from the northwestern Pinnacles Entrance to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center .. As one of the best state and national parks in South Dakota , Custer State Park covers a wide range of different terrain.. And several campgrounds within the park host visitors from around the world.. Address: 13329 U.S. 16A, Custer, South Dakota. Visitors today can learn about the culture and history of the area through a newly installed 11,000-square-foot visitor center.. More Places to Visit in South Dakota: The things to do in South Dakota spread far and wide.. 12 Top-Rated Campgrounds in South Dakota. 11 Best National & State Parks in South Dakota. 10 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Sioux Falls, SD. 11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Rapid City, South Dakota. 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Custer, South Dakota. 8 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Deadwood, SD

Written by Lavanya Sunkara and Freddy ShermanUpdated May 26, 2022

Here are four of the best ways to get from Boston to New York City, along with insider advice on what to keep in mind with each option.. Leaving from South Station downtown or Boston Back Bay Station, it will take around four hours to get to Manhattan's Penn Station.. The first train of the day leaves at 5:05am, and the last train departs from Boston at 9:30pm (the only train where you can check luggage).. Leave after rush hour for a quicker ride, but allow additional time on weekends and holidays.. Driving time takes anywhere between four to six hours , depending on traffic and weather conditions.. Although bus travel takes longer than the train, you can travel between the cities for a fraction of the price.. Greyhound has buses leaving Boston's South Station to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal daily, with hourly buses during rush hour.. Megabus and FlixBus are two other options for those traveling from Boston by bus.. Megabus offers reserved seating, toilets, and Wi-Fi, and drops off customers at 7th Avenue and 27th Street in Midtown Manhattan, within walking distance from Penn Station and many subway lines.. FlixBus has over 10 buses per day running between the two cities.. Aerial view of Central Park, New York City. If you plan to pick up a rental car at EWR, you can take the AirTrain to P3, where most of the car rental companies are located.. At LGA, you need to take a free shuttle bus to the rental car center.. 18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Massachusetts. 12 Top-Rated Beaches in the Boston Area

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