Vinci, a small and charming village on the Florentine hills, is famous all over the world for being the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci: here the figure of the Renaissance genius is still alive, celebrated and remembered by the inhabitants of this ancient and very characteristic Tuscan country.
Surrounded by beautiful hills and built around the river Arno, Florence offers a world of art, culture and excellent food and wine. No adjective can adequately describe Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Often described as an open-air museum, a magnificent mix of art and architectural treasures, it boasts wonderful sights such as Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi Gallery.
Located along the Arno River in the north-western region of Tuscany, the city of Pisa presents several testimonies of the glories of the past, such as its famous Leaning Tower, situated in Campo dei Miracoli with the Baptistery and the Cathedral, and of course the medieval old town. The center is also animated by numerous bars and restaurants set in a frame of Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance squares.
At the heart of Tuscany, between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, we find the Chianti, a fascinating hilly area, synonymous in the world with its prestigious wine. A succession of hills, villages where time has stopped, fortresses, parishes and country houses: a suggestive and rich nature not only of beauty and history but also of unique and inimitable products. During the year the villages come alive with parties and events related to the traditions, history and culture of wine and good food.
Nicknamed the “city of 100 churches”, Lucca is famous for its perfectly preserved 500-meter walls. This 4 km walkway overlooking the city is a great starting point for a tour of Lucca. Do not miss the cathedral, the picturesque Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Piazza San Michele and the curious hanging gardens of the Guinigi Tower.
The historic center of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known all over the world for the Palio, held every year on 2 July and 16 August. The heart of the city is Piazza del Campo, with its unmistakable shell shape, from which you can admire the Torre del Mangia. Also not to be missed are the splendid Gothic buildings such as the Duomo and Palazzo Pubblico, and the numerous churches of the city. Siena is surrounded by wonderful green landscapes, medieval castles, fortresses and charming farmhouses.
San Gimignano, a small fortified town halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its architecture and for its beautiful medieval towers that make the city profile truly unique. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, San Gimignano is one of the small pearls of the province of Siena and also offers excellent local products such as saffron and white wine called Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
The city, famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, preserves a remarkable historical center of Etruscan origin, with artistic and monumental testimonies of great importance: the Porta all’Arco; the Porta Diana, a large part of the city walls, the Etruscan Acropolis, Roman ruins (among them the Hemicycle Theater) and medieval buildings such as the Cathedral, the Medici Fortress and the Palazzo dei Priori on the homonymous square, the nerve center of the town .
Lined by the sea, which enters the most ancient districts through the canals, Livorno has the unique charm of a Tuscan city stretched out in the Mediterranean. Seat of the Naval Naval Academy, it is considered one of the most important port cities in Italy. The city is famous for its striking sunsets on the Mascagni terrace, to house the religious complex of the Sanctuary of Montenero, for the Fortezza Nuova and for the Cavallino Matto, the largest amusement park in Tuscany.
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