With travel restrictions easing in many countries around the world, you’re probably looking for great tourist destinations to explore this summer.
If you’re considering going to Tuscany, you’re in luck, because we’ve just listed our top picks from the best places to visit in Tuscany, Italy. Read on to see some of the best towns to visit for tourists in the idyllic region of Tuscany.
The Italian province of Siena is well-known for its medieval architecture, art, museums, and cuisine. It is home to the oldest bank in the world named Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which was founded in 1472 and is still operational today.
One of the most important churches in the province is the Basilica of San Domenico, which is also known as Basilica Cateriniana. This Gothic church was first begun in 1226 and was enlarged in the 14th century into the size that it is today. It contains relics of St. Catherine of Siena.
With a typical Mediterranean climate, Siena is best visited in summer, around July. You can stay in a farmhouse in Siena, Tuscany as you explore this hilly province with its spectacular city center, which is a UNESCO heritage site, and its medieval cityscapes.
Next to Florence, Pisa has got to be the most well-known town in Tuscany. If you’re visiting Tuscany, make sure to pay a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, the beautiful square surrounded by magnificent buildings such as the cathedral where you can see the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The capital of Tuscany, Florence is known as la culla del Rinascimento, or the “cradle of the Renaissance”. One of its most recognizable structures is the domed Gothic basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, which was begun in 1296. Visitors can climb its bell tower – the Campanile – to see the breathtaking view of the dome from the inside.
One of the destinations you can’t miss in Florence is the Uffizi Gallery or the Galleria deli Uffizi. This gallery hosts the work of great artists such as Botticelli, Michaelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
4. Massa Maritima, Grosseto
Humans have settled in this small town in southern Tuscany thousands of years ago, as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds that date from the Bronze Age. Today, it is home to hundreds of heritage structures and other historic sites.
Here you’ll find the Saint Cerbonius Cathedral, which was built in the 13th century. This cathedral was designed in the Romanesque-Pisane style, with a nave and two aisles that are divided by cruciform pilasters and cylindrical columns.
Aside from Saint Cerbonius Cathedral, you’ll also find other churches that have been around for centuries, such as the Church of St. Francis, which according to tradition was built by the saint himself. There are also many traditional cafes and restaurants in town, as well as the many palazzi that tourists love to explore.