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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. This all comes together in 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, while 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 remains can be found in Grosseto, Roselle, Saturnia, Sovana and Pitigliano. The ancient Roman city of Lucca is well worth a visit too, as is Pisa and its 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 Region provides visitors to Tuscany with a wonderfully scenic and sensory travel experience. The route covers the villages of the…

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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. Home to some of the best-preserved…

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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. They were preoccupied with the afterlife,…

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The charming city of Lucca is laid out on ancient Roman roads and framed within well-preserved medieval ramparts. Founded by the Etruscans and a Roman colony from 180 BC, it still…

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Montepulciano is Tuscany's highest hilltop town, built along a narrow limestone ridge 1,950ft (605m) above sea level. Montepulciano is fast being discovered by tourists seeking…

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Most famous for its leaning tower, Pisa's equally notable coups include its maritime legacy dating to 1000 BC, its prized university and its status as the birthplace of Galileo…

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a popular village on the tourist trail which attracts many with its charm, history and towers. Only 14 of the original 72 towers remain, which is unsurprising…

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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. Siena's peak as a wealthy city-state…

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