Tuscany holiday attractions 2012, a guide to where to visit and what to see in Tuscany. This is a guide designed to help you get the most from your holiday in Tuscany and pick out the main sights which you would like to visit.
Chianti wine area is a must for lovers of Italian red wine. It’s a beautiful area and it’s a great excuse to stock up the cellar.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence is one of the iconic architectural features of the Florence skyline thanks to Brunelleschi.
The Uffizi Gallery in the heart of Florence is the place to see the Birth of Venus by Botticelli and the best Renaissance art collection in the world.
Also in Florence or Firenze as it is known locally is the Galleria dell’Accademia which boasts the title of the first school of art in the world, now it’s a gallery of world renowned.
The Pitti Palace in Florence is now the Palatine Gallery. Once home to the all powerful Medici family it is an impressive place in its own right.
Florence is a capital of art and the Bargello Museum is another superb gallery which displays works by Michelangelo and other incredible artists.
To view a fine array of works by masters of the art during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries such as Raphael, visit the Palatine gallery in Florence.
The Caffe Michelangiolo in Florence displays many of the incredible contraptions invented by Leonardo da Vinci.
The iconic Ponte Vecchio spans the river Arno which flows through the heart of Florence. This has been the centre of the gold trade in Firenze since the 14th century.
The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence hosts some of the most well known sculptures in the World, including many works by Michelangelo.
Therme di Saturnia is a spa resort where natural hot water springs offer healing properties in particular for the lungs, muscle, bones and skin.
Sienne is a beautiful city with much to admire including the huge Piazza del Campo where the famous horse race takes place.
Theatro Verdi in Pisa is a masterpiece of design, it ranks amongst the most impressive in all of Italy and attracts top ballet and theatre artists.
The leaning tower of Pisa is one of my favorite monuments in Italy, it really is iconic, beautiful and extraordinary.
The marble quarries at Pietrasanta are set in the hills overlooking the sea, from below the hills appear to be snowcapped, but no, its marble. Many of Michelangelo’s statues originated from here and the area still has a strong tradition of sculpture.
The Garfagnana was once the favorite area for royals to head to relax and enjoy the healing waters of this famous spa region.
Cortona is a beautiful hilltop town with medieval architecture and a myriad of winding streets. There are charming shops and excellent restaurants in this most atmospheric of Tuscany towns.
Lucca is a magnificent walled city with a rich history, excellent for shopping and eating out.
Montepulciano is a beautiful place which is best known for its superb red wine which is produced in the surrounding vineyards.
San Gimignano is an iconic Tuscan town where the local families vied for dominance and prestige by building ever higher towers which dominate the skyline today.
Arezzo is a large city with a beautiful walled old town within which lies the beautiful Bacci chapel which was the one featured in the movie The English Patient.
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