Under the Tuscan sun: Tuscany and Florence

I’m just in love with Italy. The climate is nice, you have beautiful landscapes, great food, lots of art, and lots of traces from the Roman empire (which is my favourite historical period). Tuscany is a very popular destination in Italy, and I can see why!

Florence (+/- 2 or 3 days)

Duomo, Campanile en Baptisterium          ♥ Piazza della Signoria

♥ Palazzo Medicci Riccardi                                 ♥ San Lorenzo

♥ Piazza della Repubblica                                   ♥ Ponte Vecchio

♥ Boboli gardens

There is so much to see in Florence. Florence was mainly (re)built during the renaissance. In the east side of the city you can still find some medieval traces.

Start your visit at the Cathedral of Florence- the Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)-. If you go all the way to the top, you have a magnifiscent view over the city (463 stairs!). Admire the beautiful fresco’s inside. This cathedral dates back from the 4th century and was finished in 1887. Also take a look at the ‘Paradise gate’ from Lorenzo Ghiberti. If you want to see the work of Michelangelo, Donatello, and others visit Bargello. Take a stop at the Piazza della Signoria, this is a beautiful square where you have a gallery open to the publc. Here you can find ‘David’ from Michelangelo along with other famous statues.

In the northern part of Florence you’ll find Palazzo Medici Ricardi. Both the Medici and the Ricardi families lived here. Take a visit to the Medici’s church San Lorenzo.

Very famous in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio. It dates back from 1345, you can find cheap jewelry in one of the shops located on the bridge. Also take a stop t the Piazza della Republica. Stroll around in the Boboli gardens, which are also the work of the Medici.

If you make your way up to Piazzale Michelangelo (also parking here) you have a nice view over the city!

Central Tucany (4 days)

♥ San Gimignano                                                  ♥ Siena

♥ Chianti

When I visited Tuscany, the first week I stayed at a camping in San Gimignano. This is a beautiful medieval town famous for its many towers. In the center you’ll find the Piazza della Cisterna, where you can taste the best Italian ice cream of the world. Make you way towards the Piazza del Duomo where you can find the oldest tower of the city. Then walk towards Rocca. Go back to the town and stroll around in the many cosy streets, don’t forget to see the Palazzo del Popolo.

Spent a day in Siena. Here you find the famous Piazza del Campo. Also visit the Duomo and Palazzo Pubblico.

Make a roadtrip in the beautiful region Chianti (the S408 and S429). Along your way make sure to take a stop and go taste some wine or olive oil. You’ll find many occasions along your way.

West Tuscany (2 days)

♥ Volterra

Everyone wants to see the very famous tower of Pisa. Pisa is very popular among tourists, yet I must say I didn’t like Pisa that much. The campo dei Miracoli, where you find the tower, is very nice, but the rest of the city didn’t really leave an impression on me.

A town I did like alot was Volterra. This beautiful city is located on a hill.  Go see the Arco Etrusko, Duomo, Museo d’Arte Sacra, Piazza dei Priori and the Theatro Romano.

In west Tuscany you can also visit Vinci, the town where Leonardo Da Vinci was born.

North Tuscany (4 days)

♥ Lucca                                                                      ♥ Bagni di Lucca

The north of Tuscany is probably the least touristic. You have the Parco naturale delle alpi apuane, a natural park. So those looking to go hiking will like it here. A walk in the mountains can be quit exhausting in summer because of the high temperatures.

Lucca is absolutely a beautiful town. Also Bagni di Lucca is pretty. I combined this trip with a visit to Cinque terre (further up north).

What are your favourite places in Tuscany?

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