Tuscany's iconic landscape, peppered with vineyards, fields of sunflowers and olive trees is enhanced by its artistic legacy and the sumptuous cuisine and wine that lay hidden within its rolling hills. Its countryside has ancient walled towns, long lines of towering cypress trees, majestic soaring towers, fortified...
Tuscany's iconic landscape, peppered with vineyards, fields of sunflowers and olive trees is enhanced by its artistic legacy and the sumptuous cuisine and wine that lay hidden within its rolling hills. Its countryside has ancient walled towns, long lines of towering cypress trees, majestic soaring towers, fortified battlements and peaceful hilltop retreats whilst Tuscany's coast remains popular with sun-seekers for its honey-coloured beaches and stunning views of the Alpi Apuane.More Information Less Information
The Chianti region is one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany made famous by the...
The Chianti region is one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name (Chianti Classico being the most popular). It offers a landscape that is synonymous with Tuscany, with green, gentle hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and small stone villages. The borders of the Tuscany's popular Chianti region are not clearly defined but it generally extends over the provinces of Florence, Arezzo, Pisa and Siena, and all of the area between. There is an abundance of wineries open for wine tours and tasting and many hotels have their own wine estates and impressive cellars.More Information Less Information
With a unique history and unrivalled view across the Tuscany countryside, Cortona offers a special holiday...
With a unique history and unrivalled view across the Tuscany countryside, Cortona offers a special holiday experience and is the perfect base from which to explore the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Enter through the ancient defence walls and stroll through charming walkways, people watch from the bars in the piazzas or take in one of the many museums.More Information Less Information
Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, Lucca's cobbled streets, quaint piazzas and shady promenades make it a...
Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, Lucca's cobbled streets, quaint piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore on foot and a welcome addition to a Tuscany holiday itinerary. The historic cafés and restaurants tempt visitors to relax over a glass or two of Lucchesi wine and rustic dishes. The hills to the east of Lucca are the home to belle époque Montecatini Terme where Puccini lazed in warm spa waters.More Information Less Information
From its superb location in the centre of Tuscany, Marti is perfectly situated halfway between Pisa...
From its superb location in the centre of Tuscany, Marti is perfectly situated halfway between Pisa and Florence. Aside from the city's famous landmarks, you can marvel at the historical architecture, sculptures and paintings. Visit on 16 June for the Luminara, where over 70,000 candles and fireworks light up the palaces along the Arno River to honour St. Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa.More Information Less Information
The charming medieval town of Montepulciano stands high atop a hill a short distance from Siena...
The charming medieval town of Montepulciano stands high atop a hill a short distance from Siena and is surrounded by picturesque vineyards, rolling green hills and forests. A quiet retreat that is home to Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, bustling squares and fantastic panoramic views of Tuscany's famous Val di Chiana valleys, Montepulciano is a fabulous place to explore. The town's most beautiful building is the Church of St. Augustine. Its façade was designed in the 15th Century by Brunelleschi's collaborator, architect Michelozzo Michelozzi and optimises elegant Renaissance design. Located at the centre of Montepulciano is the Piazza Grande. One of Tuscany's most charming town squares, the Piazza Grande's medieval past is magnificently preserved. The town is also well known for the delicious wines that are produced in the area and there are plenty of small shops within the walls selling different varieties.More Information Less Information
Located to the west of Montepulciano, Pienza's privileged setting in the heart of the Tuscany Countryside...
Located to the west of Montepulciano, Pienza's privileged setting in the heart of the Tuscany Countryside provides breathtaking views across the surrounding Val d'Orcia. The town is known for its excellent examples of Renaissance architecture and it's a charming place to spend an afternoon enjoying local dishes in one of the small cafés or just sitting down with an Aperol Spritz and taking in the views. Pienza is renowned for its pecorino cheese, a hard cheeses made from ewe's milk, and you can find small delicatessens throughout the town selling the cheese along with local salami and local Tuscany wines.More Information Less Information
Most visitors are drawn to this compact Tuscany city to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa,...
Most visitors are drawn to this compact Tuscany city to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a remarkable example of architecture in Medieval Europe. It was originally designed to be vertical but started to lean even before it was completed due to the soft ground it was built on. It has since undergone restoration works to ensure it doesn't continue to lean and visitors can now climb the 297 steps to the top and enjoy spectacular views over Pisa.
Although Pisa is best known for its Leaning Tower, this University City has plenty more to offer visitors. Situated on the bank of the mouth of the River Arno, it has gothic churches, renaissance piazzas and a vibrant café and bar scene, with lively streets filled with locals.
San Gimignano is situated between Florence and Siena and is renowned for its medieval architecture and...
San Gimignano is situated between Florence and Siena and is renowned for its medieval architecture and impressive towers. As you approach the town it is these towers that rise above all the other buildings and dominate the skyline. 72 towers were originally built by patrician families who fought for their position as the town's wealthiest and most powerful residents. Of those 72 towers, just 14 now remain. Standing at 54 metres tall, the Torre Grossa (Great Tower), is San Gimignano's tallest tower. Built in 1311, visitors can climb the tower and enjoy a bird's eye view of the tiled rooftops and Tuscany's lush green countryside that surrounds the hilltop town.
The town's interesting history saw it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. One such historical site is the castle of Rocca di Montestaffoli which was built by the Florentines in 1353. Due to its age, just one of the turrets is open to the public now, but it is well worth the visit as it affords you wonderful views of the town's historical centre, remaining towers and surrounding Tuscany Countryside.
Often overlooked in favour of Florence, Siena is one of Tuscany's loveliest cities and blessed with...
Often overlooked in favour of Florence, Siena is one of Tuscany's loveliest cities and blessed with remarkably preserved medieval buildings.
At the heart of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's finest medieval squares. It is the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere of the city; people watch; and enjoy delicious gelato from one of the town's many gelaterie. It is located near to Siena's famous cathedral, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, which is filled with treasures by Michelangelo, Pisano, Donatello and Pinturicchio. The lower part of the gothic cathedral was built between 1215 and 1263, with the upper half completed in the 14th century. Those taking the spiral staircase up to the Cathedral's Panorama can enjoy some spectacular views of the city.
For those who don't fancy hiring a car, Siena is a great town to base yourself in as many hotels offer excursions to some of the other towns in Tuscany including Sam Gimignano and Montepulciano.
Events in Tuscany
Palio di Siena: 02 Jul and 16 Aug
One of the most important events in the city...
Palio di Siena: 02 Jul and 16 Aug
One of the most important events in the city of Siena sees bareback riders dressed in 15th century costumes hurtling through the city's streets. The Palio horse race has origins from the 6th century when there was originally 59 'contrade'. Today, 17 remain and ten compete in each race. On the day of the Palio the excitement can be felt across the whole city as nearly every resident gets involved and a flux of tourists descend. Around 8am 'massa del fantino' (mass for the horse jockeys) takes place in the chapel next to Piazza Comunale before the names of the jockeys are confirmed in the presence of the mayor (segnatura dei fantini) at around 10.30am. At around 3pm each contrade performs a benediction ceremony before joining the large parade that winds through the city ending in Piazza del Campo where the race will begin.
Accommodation in Tuscany
- Visit the beautiful city of Florence
- Medieval towers of San Gimignano
- Have a vineyard tour in the Chianti wine region
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Visit Piazza del Campo in Siena
- Historic spa town of Montecatini Terme
Best Time To Go
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
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The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
From Our Experts
Treat yourself to dinner with a view at Le Vecchie Mura in San Gimignano. It's very popular, so...
Treat yourself to dinner with a view at Le Vecchie Mura in San Gimignano. It's very popular, so you'll need to book well in advance, but the delicious cuisine coupled with stunning views of the rolling hills is hard to beat.
Amanda Ridley, Citalia Concierge