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What to see in Tuscany

Tuscany Attractions


Tuscany is special because it combines natural splendour with ancient historical sites and wonderful food and wine. Ancient castles, great wine and stunning Tuscan landscapes draw many visitors to the Chianti region, which can be explored in a circular route by car. Tuscany also has more than its fair share of historic medieval villages. Montepulciano is the highest hill village, with an impressive limestone ridge and an historic centre untouched by development since 1580. Cortona, an endlessly popular destination, has been made even more famous by the novels of Frances Mayes. San Gimignano is known for its 14 well-preserved medieval towers. Siena has a UNESCO-listed Old Town full of lovely Renaissance churches.

The Etruscans made their way into Italy in about 900 BC and there are a number of fascinating Etruscan sites to explore in Tuscany. Some of the best Etruscan remains can be found in Grosseto, Roselle, Saturnia, Sovanato and Pitigliano. The ancient Roman city of Lucca is well worth a visit, and Pisa is a must-see on most Tuscan itineraries because of the famous Leaning Tower. Of course, Florence could keep tourists occupied for many holidays all by itself.


Chianti Region

A circular route from Siena through the Chianti hills provides visitors to Tuscany with a wonderfully scenic and sensory travel experience. The route covers the villages of the Chianti Classico wine…

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Cortona

Cortona is a richly historic city that enjoys a scenic position above Lake Trasimeno and the plain of Valdichiana, dotted with olive groves and vineyards. It is one of Tuscany's oldest cities, and…

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Etruscan Sites

Attracted by the mineral wealth found in the regions of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria, the Etruscans made their way to Italy around 900 BC. Traces of Etruscan civilisation can be found in their burial…

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Lucca

The charming city of Lucca is laid out on ancient Roman roads and framed within well-preserved and photogenic medieval ramparts. It is an ancient city, founded by the Etruscans and a Roman colony from…

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Montepulciano

Montepulciano is Tuscany's highest hilltop town, built along a narrow limestone ridge at 1,950ft (605m) above sea level. Although not quite as well known as some of the other historic hill villages…

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Pisa

The holiday destination of Pisa is most famous for its leaning campanile; yet its other equally notable coups include its long maritime legacy, dating to 1000 BC, its prized university, and its status…

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a popular village on the tourist trail which attracts many with its charm and history. The distinctive skyline of the charming medieval village of San Gimignano is redolent of a modern…

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Siena

Siena is one of Italy's best-preserved medieval cities, and one of the major drawcards for visitors to the popular regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The city's historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage…

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