Tuscany attracts tourists from around the world for many different reasons: fine art, incredible wine and stunning countryside, to name but a few.
However, it is the combination of these things and the variety that Tuscany offers that makes it so attractive for visitors and why they come in their droves. It is the perfect place for a family holiday in Italy, a romantic escape, or part of an extended trip around the country.
One of the most difficult things is deciding where to start and what to try and fit in. Florence will usually be at the top of many people’s list, with palaces, museums and churches which play host to some of the most fantastic art and architecture in the world. Of course, there is more to the city than just history and art, and it is a beautiful place just to walk the streets, drink great wine and enjoy your favourite pizza or pasta!
Siena is another fantastic city which attracts tourists, and is often labelled as the most beautiful medieval city in Italy. It boasts beautiful piazzas, amazing museums and breathtaking frescos. The more energetic can climb up the Torre del Mangia – the tower of the famous Palazzo Pubblico – for stunning views across the Piazza del Campo and the city beyond, which is well worth the effort.
Montepulciano is a region famed for its wine production and a trip out there will not only allure you with delicious beverages but also immerse you in one of the most beautiful areas of countryside Italy has to offer. If you’ve had your fill of the busy cities then this is a great place to escape to and enjoy the hillside views and relaxed pace of life.
As you draw towards the end of your Tuscan experience, Pisa is an excellent place to finish things off. It is a transport hub and many of the flights into and out of Italy go from there, and you also get the opportunity to take in the unique Leaning Tower. The tower is placed in the ‘Square of Miracles’, which is also home to the cathedral and baptistery and the centre of most of what is going on in the city. Pisa is also a university town, so if you like a thriving nightlife and student activities then it is a good place to spend a few days.
If you’re keen on a holiday to Italy, then you’ll love everything Tuscany has to offer. It combines everything you would envision about an Italian trip and brings it all together into an easily accessible and fantastic selection of places. From the quiet hills to the bustling cities, you won’t fail to fall in love with it.
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For more inspiration, visit the official tourism site of Tuscany.