Top 5 Places To Visit In Tuscany Italy

By Patrick Wade

Tuscany, with its spectacular hill towns and scenery, is one of Italy’s top vacation destinations. Tuscany’s travel attractions include historic cities and art, great wine and food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside.

Florence is one of the most important Renaissance architectural and art centers. Its Duomo and Baptistery are magnificent but crowded with tourists as is their large piazza. Florence has several interesting museums with many famous paintings and sculptures. There are also Medici palaces and gardens.


Siena is a classic medieval hill town in Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped piazza, Piazza del Campo, and summer horse-race, known as Il Palio. Siena’s tall bell tower, Torre del Mangia, dominates the Piazza del Campo. Siena offers other good tourist sites including its cathedral and museums.


Pisa, in northern Tuscany, is famous for its leaning tower but Pisa has much more to offer the traveler, including its medieval center, beautiful Duomo and Baptistery, parks, statues, the homes of Lord Byron and Shelley, and a walk along the river.


Lucca is a walled city with one of the best-preserved walls in Italy. Atop the walls are walking and bicycling paths and gardens, allowing you to walk completely around Lucca’s historic center. Lucca has several well-preserved towers from where you can get fabulous views of the city by climbing to the top. Lucca is a good city for food shopping and restaurants.


Cortona is the Tuscan hill town made famous by Francis Mayes in her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Cortona is surrounded by Etruscan walls, around 3000 years old, and retains much of its history through its architecture, layers of history built upon the Etruscan core. Cortona has stately buildings, interesting medieval architecture, beautiful views, and a large ex-pat community so you’ll find lots of English spoken.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, is a classic medieval walled hill town in Tuscany, famous for its 14 surviving medieval towers creating a beautiful skyline visible from the surrounding countryside.

Chianti Classico Wine Region

The Chianti Classico wine region lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena and is a very interesting region to visit. The Chianti region has picturesque villages, wineries, and beautiful countryside.

Family Holiday

Tuscany is a rural and romantic family holiday destination. It has everything you need, be it peace and quiet, culture, or food and drink. Some of the best foods in Italy can be found in Tuscany, making it an absolute delight in terms of cuisine. Sample the beefsteak Florentine and white bean stew for some tastes that will stay with you for years to come.

If you are thinking of taking your family to Tuscany this summer, then be sure to marvel the sights of the beautiful city of Florence, and explore the medieval city of Siena. There are plenty of things to keep your whole family entertained while on holiday, so be sure not to miss out on this family holiday experience that is not to be forgotten!

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