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Tuscany Sightseeing

Tuscany is a popular Italy vacation destination because of its natural beauty and rich cultural traditions. Florence is the most famous Italy vacation destination in the region of Tuscany. For more about Tuscany sightseeing watch the video below.

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Tuscany Sightseeing Highlights – Top Destinations in Tuscany

tuscany sightseeing mapTuscany is located in central Italy. It stretches from the center of the country to the Italy’s west coast. There are several reasons to vacation in Tuscany. The most popular Tuscany vacations focus on providing stress-relief and relaxation.

Tuscany has all the elements that make great Italy vacations. In Tuscany there are thermal Spas, fine food, local wines, and authentic quality Made in Italy products.

There are also beaches in Tuscany. Viareggio and Forte di Marmi are popular summer Italy vacation destinations.

For families on an Italy vacation Tuscany offers plenty for kids. There are plenty of out door activities. Lucca is a fun town to bike around the walls.  And San Gimignano is fun for climbing the towers and enjoying the lovely countryside of Tuscany.

Tuscany is home to the famous wine vineyards that produce local wines.

Tuscany’s Towns

Cortona

Cortona was founded by the Etruscans. Apart from being one of the oldest hill-towns in Tuscany, it is also one of the most scenic. While motoring around Tuscany in a rental car add Cortona to your Tuscany sightseeing itinerary.

Lucca

Lucca’a regular grid of streets still follows the pattern of the former Roman colony founded in 180 BCE. Giant, solid ramparts, built in the 16th to 17th centuries, help to shut out traffic, making the city a pleasant place to explore on foot. Lucca’s peaceful narrow lanes wind among the medieval buildings, opening suddenly to reveal churches, tiny piazzas, and many other reminders of the city’s long history, including a Roman amphitheatre.

Massa Marittima

Set in the Colline Metallifere (metal-bearing hills) where lead, copper, and silver ores were mined as early as Etruscan times, Massa Marittima is far from being a grimy industrial town. Excellent examples of Romanesque architecture survive from the period when the town became an independent republic (1225 to 1235).

Montepulciano

This is one of Tuscany’s highest hill towns, its walls and fortifications offering broad views over Umbria and Southern Tuscany. Its vineyards make the famous Vino Nobile wine.

Montalcino

Hilltop Montalcino sits at the hearth of vineyards that produce Brunello, one of Italy’s finest red wines. This is a popular destination along the Tuscany wine tour route.


Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is a gem of a medieval hilltop town. Built in 1203, 10 years later it became a garrison town. It is completely encircled by high walls with 14 heavily fortified towers built to guard the northern borders of Siena’s territory against invasion by the Florentine army.

Pietrasanta

Located along the Tuscan coast, below Carrara and the mountains where the famous white marble comes, this town is a favorite among artists and art collectors.  It is also located within a stone’s throw of Forte di Marmi, the popular Tuscan beach resort, and south of the Cinque Terre.

Leaning tower of Pisa Tuscany TourPisa

For much of the middle ages, Pisa’s powerful navy ensured its dominance of the western Mediterranean. Trading links with Spain and north Africa in the 12th century brought vast mercantile wealth and formed the basis of a scientific and cultural revolution that is still reflected in Pisa’s spending buildings, especially the Duomo, Baptistry, and Campanile (Leaning Tower).  Pisa is often included as a Tuscany sightseeing excursion on the escorted Italy tours that include Florence.

Pitigliano

Pitigliano is spectacularly situated high above the cave-riddled cliffs of the Lente Valley. Its maze of tiny medieval streets includes a small Jewish ghetto, formed in the 17th century by Jews fleeing from Catholic persecution.

San Gimignano

The thirteen towers that dominate San Gimignano’s majestic skyline were built by noble families in the 12th and 13th centuries when the town’s geographical position (on the main pilgrim route from northern Europe to Rome) brought prosperity. The plague of 1348, and the diversion of the pilgrims route, led to the area’s decline as well as its current preservation. Today, although only one of the towers, the Torre Grossa, is open to the public, the town remains rich in works of art, good shops, and restaurants. For families traveling with children the towers provide a good activity. There is also a fantastic gelataria in the town’s piazza.

Siena

Siena has the unique Tuscan quality of being a walled city. Upon entering the stone roads and tiny streets transport you to a place hundreds of years before. This precious city is untouched by the corporate hustle and bustle of a large city. The eye catching shops and meandering streets give you a surprise around every corner. These streets funnel you into the spectacular Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, where the amazing facade of the Duomo and the Torre del Mangia soar into the heavens. The view from this tower is nothing short of earth shattering. The viewers eye become engulfed in the maze of streets, buildings, and rolling landscape of Tuscany. Once a capital to rival Florence, Siena is Italy’s prettiest medieval town, still endowed with the grandeur of the age in which it was at its peak (1260 to 1348). The experience of Siena is truly a travel back in time. Today it is one of Tuscany’s most popular destinations.

Volterra

Volterra dates back to the ancient Etruscans and early civilization on the Italic peninsula. Today it is a charming Tuscan town popular with tourists. Its buildings and walls standing today were built primarily during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. There are architectural remnants around the town that date to 2500 years ago when Volterra was a key Etruscan city.

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