Three Must-See Towns in Tuscany

Located in west central Italy is the beloved region of Tuscany. Known as Italy’s most famous wine region, Tuscany offers travellers and locals alike breathtaking scenery to see, historic cities to explore, an artistic legacy to appreciate, and cuisine to die for. Those from around the world and even those from the neighbouring regions of Italy make their way to Tuscany to explore what this town has to offer.

But, while this popular town has much to offer travelers, mapping out your visit in Tuscany can leave you puzzled. With so much to see, places to visit, and foods to indulge in, you don’t want to come home disappointed that you missed out. Whether you’re visiting Tuscany for a mere four days or plan to really experience the Italian lifestyle by staying in a Tuscany villa rental for a few weeks, listed below are three must see places in Tuscany that should be on every visitor’s list.

Florence – The Capital City of Tuscany
What better place to start your visit than at the capital, Florence? The most populous city in Tuscany, Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Stop by Italy’s most popular museum, the Galleria degli Uffizi, where you can view a large collection of Renaissance artwork, including pieces by well-known artists Michelangelo, Leonard da Vinci and Raphael.

Take a trip to cross the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s first bridge built in the medieval days. Connecting across the Arno River, this is the only standing bridge from the medieval times. If you’re in the mood to climb then stop by the Campanile bell tower, located in Piazza del Duomo, and climb the 414 stairs. When you make it to the top, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city of Florence.

Siena – The Hill Town
A fascinating town in Tuscany, Siena also has a medieval cityscape to explore with Gothic buildings such as the Cathedral of Sienna and the Town Hall of Siena, Palazzo Pubblico to see. Take a visit to the historical building Palazzo Salimbeni, where Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the oldest banks is located. Swing by the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo where you can see the traditional summer horse race known as Palio de Siena. This festival occurs twice a year and you can expect a large crowd as those from all over Italy come to watch.

Chianti – The Wine Region
No visit to Tuscany is complete without indulging in fine wine, and what better place to do so than in Tuscany’s famous wine region, Chianti? Home to one of the most famous wines in the world, Chianti, here you can visit various wineries and take a taste of an assortment of wines produced right in the Chianti Classico region. Plan an escorted wine tour at one of the several wineries where you can try different wines along with a taste of cheese, salami, grappa, and olive oil. If you’re looking for something more filling, in Chianti you can find an array of restaurants with authentic Italian dishes. Whether you’re a seafood lover, are craving a juicy steak or want to keep it traditional with a pasta dish, there are restaurants to please all taste buds.

From historical sites, beautiful scenery, and fine wine and delicious food to indulge in, it’s no wonder so many from around the world consider Tuscany a top travel destination. Book your flight or find a Tuscany villa rental today and experience Tuscany firsthand.

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