Whether you are looking for beautiful landscapes, fine historical art or great wine and food or a history lesson, you will find it in Tuscany.
The capital city of Florence is the favorite of many Italy lovers with good reason. Here you will find great food, music, and architecture. Museums here are filled with art including such treasures as Michaelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallerie and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus at the Uffizi.
About an hour’s train ride from Florence is its historical rival, the city of Siena.
I absolutely adored Siena, one of the many hill towns in Tuscany. Siena is a walking city. There are very few utilitarian vehicles and taxis but otherwise it’s quiet. We parked right outside the city and walked in with light bags for a night’s stay.
One of the most famous features of Siena is the Piazza Del Campo. Here is where locals and tourists come to hang out, dine, shop and meet others. Both visits to Siena I had meals right on the Campo and enjoyed the food, the wine from a nearby vineyard and people watching. Especially memorable was the truffle gnocchi with mushrooms.
Many hill towns are scattered around Tuscany. Cortona, made famous in the book and later the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” is very quaint. We enjoyed wine and a sunset on a restaurant patio there.
Pisa is in the northwestern part of Tuscany, near the Ligurian sea. Here, you will find the Leaning Tower in the Piazza Del Duomo. You will also find many vendors lined up selling their memorabilia for you to take home, though of course you can also take the typical photo of your friends pushing the tower upright.
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