There are many things to see and do in Tuscany, both among the safety pins and the most curious. That’s what this post is about, to tell you my recommendations of places to consider before travelling.
1. Visit Pisa. Another of the most visited cities in Tuscany is Pisa and its famous leaning tower. It is one of the cities to be included in the trip to Tuscany, although I must say that staying one day and maybe one night is enough to see its main attraction. By the way, you might be interested in going to Pisa on an organized tour from Florence (
2. Visit Siena. I keep naming recommendations almost as in a good order of priority. The third most usual attraction in Tuscany is the city of Siena. It has a wonderful medieval quarter with a monumental heritage display. It is one of the most preserved old towns in Europe. At
3. Take a tour of Tuscany. As you know, my thing in terms of greater traveler tastes is to explore villages and follow routes through the countryside. Tuscany is much more than its main cities: it is the opportunity for a beautiful route through the countryside linking villages and historical sites. I’m gonna mention first that on the blog there’s a
4. Visit Lucca. This citadel is completely walled and has a lot of charm as well as a very interesting heritage. Climbing the Guinigui Tower or sitting down to taste local dishes in the Amphitheatre Square are some of the options to stay much more than just a morning walking its streets.
5. Get to know Montepulciano. The history of Tuscany is scattered all over the territory and that is something we are going to check again and again if we move. Although more city than small town, it is a beautiful postcard, and a famous place for its vineyards and wines (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). It is something like one of the small idyllic villages among the Tuscan hills, and one of the best known for its heritage, history and art.
6. Think. This is the ideal city to make a base and explore the Valle d’Orcia. Pienza is its tourist centre and has a significant artistic heritage. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And thanks to Pius II, the Pope born in this city, Pienza has an exceptional heritage. This Pope wanted to make Pienza a model city in the Renaissance. And much of that legacy makes it a must-see destination among all the things to see and do in Tuscany.
7. Visit Volterra. Believe that with these almost ten options, there is no room for disappointment. Every city is beautiful and full of stories to tell. And Volterra is another example: it is walled in its well-preserved medieval old town, and has a cathedral completed in the 14th century. It also has Renaissance jewels in its architecture.
8. Visit Monteriggioni. To close the first ten pins, I choose this small fortified village, one of the best preserved in its medieval aspect. It is very small and its appearance has changed little since the 13th century. It’s very close to Siena, a city I defended by guarding a commercial pass. I recommend you to stop by the post about Monteriggioni.