The most beautiful places to visit during the holidays in Tuscany
Tuscany is generally considered the pearl of Italy. Located on the west coast of Italy, near the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the most popular and most popular holiday destination for those who decide to travel to Italy and discover the Italian beauty.
Tuscany is known around the world as landscapes, the Tuscan hills with their unique cypresses. In Tuscany, you can also taste the real Italian dishes and discover one of the most famous wines of the world: Chianti.
Tuscany is also rich in Art and History. The provinces of Siena and Lucca are full of medieval villages, where you can also find many castles and fortresses. Florence and Pisa are rich in history and Renaissance monuments, with the most beautiful churches in Italy: the Duomo of Florence and the Duomo of Pisa, famous for its leaning tower.
There is so much to see and do in Tuscany, but not enough time to do it all. In order to make the most of your holidays in Italy, we will list the 7 best things to visit, and to do, during your holidays in Tuscany.
1) Visit Pisa and discover the city (and its leaning tower)  The leaning tower of Pisa is probably the most famous (and most photographed) Italian monument after the Colosseum of Rome. But Pisa is more than his leaning tower. Pisa is an international city, well organized to welcome tourists from all over the world. Pisa is well connected with other Tuscan cities, with local transportation and private transfer, and with the rest of the world, thanks to its international airport, so this city is probably the best option if you are looking for a city to accomodate in for your holidays.
The historic center of Pisa is also rich in monuments and history, which you can easily discover with a guided walking tour to Pisa that ends with a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli where you can admire the Duomo of Pisa, with its leaning tower and the impressive Saint John Baptistery.
2) Wine tasting in the Chianti region
The most trendy place to have an exclusive wine tasting experience is surely the Chianti region, very famous for its world famous red wines.
A visit to the vineyards of Chianti will make you discover beautiful villages surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. In these villages you can taste Tuscan and super Tuscan wines directly in the local cellars. there are real Italian wines that are not found elsewhere because local products are limited in quantity and can only be tasted while going there.
In summer, the tasting is organized directly in the vineyards, under the Tuscan sun
3) Visit Lucca: a leap into the history of Tuscany
Lucca is another popular place in Tuscany. Here you can see medieval buildings and many churches that are simply incredible. The Roman amphitheater located in Lucca is about 1900 years old and obviously deserves a visit. The city center is entirely surrounded by a brick wall that was erected in the 16th century, and you can walk along the wall, which is about 4 km away. Lucca is supposed to have some of the best meals in Tuscany, like Tortelli Lucchesi. Tortelli Lucchesi is a handmade paste that is filled with seasoned meat and a stew very rich in meat and very rich in flavor.
4) Discover Siena, the city of Palio
Siena is one of the most popular and visited cities in Tuscany, a place extremely rich in medieval history and art. It is famous for its Palio di Siena which takes place twice a year on the famous Piazza del Campo. The historic center of Siena, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is built around this square, designed as a work of art in perfect harmony with the surrounding hill.
Siena is also famous for its characteristic narrow avenues and lanes, flanked by brick buildings. If you are in good health and fit, then it is a good idea to climb to the top of the great steeple of Siena and to see extraordinary views of the city and Piazza Del Campo. The people of Siena are very hospitable and in this city you can breathe the true Italian atmosphere.
During a visit to Siena, you can not miss the opportunity to visit a nearby small town: San Gimignano, also known as "Manhattan". of the Renaissance "for its 13 medieval towers.
5) Discovery of Montalcino, the birthplace of Brunello wine
The medieval town of Montalcino has become famous around the world for its famous wine, the" Brunello di Montalcino "
Montalcino is built on a hill, and at the top of the city there is a medieval fortress that has pentagonal walls designed by Sienese architects Mono Foresi and Domenico di Feo.
Walking through the cobblestone streets from its downtown area you can see a lot of "enoteca" (wine cellar) and local wineries, indicating that it is the hometown of Tuscan wines.
Of course, you can not visit Montalcino without a wine tasting experience, which should also include tasting local foods like cheeses and salumi.A local expert guide can grant you to visit only the best wineries in the city.
6) Discover Volt erra, one of the most interesting cities of Tuscany
Volterra is a lively town located in the Pisa area, not far from Siena, Florence and the sea too. Volterra is well known for its Etruscan origins and also the many ruins belonging to this period as the wonderful Roman theater. At the top of the city you can admire the Medici Fortress, true masterpiece of medieval architecture. The mysterious atmosphere of Volterra inspired the writer Stephanie Meyerthe in her famous novel "New Moon", which was made in the film of the famous saga "Twilight".
Volterra is also famous for its production of alabaster, in fact road to the city, you can admire these clay hills where there are many quarries of alabaster. Alabaster is mostly used by local artisans to make beautiful handmade artifacts.
If you are looking for a rare visit to Tuscany, you should probably visit Volterra and discover all its beauties.
7) Visit Florence, The Tuscan Heart
Last but not least, we have Florence, which is one of the main highlights of your visit to Tuscany.
You will need to use at least several days to visit the sites of Florence. There are many things to see and do in the Tuscan capital.
In this city you can find art, museums, churches, but also food, wine and Bella Vita (shopping streets, restaurants, cafes, disco). Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, is the best expression of arts, culture and lifestyle in Tuscany.
A guided tour of Florence can allow you to visit the most important places without wasting time. You can discover the historic center, the unique Ponte Vecchio across the river Arno, you can visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Gallery, where is preserved the original statue of Michelangelo's David.
Every day trip to Florence must include visit to the Florence Dome, named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore.
A stay in Florence is also a great opportunity to enjoy a hands-on cooking class, with a wine-tasting experience, while staying in a comfortable villa in the heart of Florence.
Consider that each destination in Tuscany listed before can be reached with a private shore excursion from the Livorno Cruise Port