San Gimignano: the “Medieval Manhattan” near Siena Introduction Immersed in the suggestive Tuscan countryside, between Siena and the Val d’Elsa, San Gimignano is a fortified medieval village declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, perfect to visit in one day. The origins of this beautiful village in Tuscany dating back to the Etruscan era

Siena: The Contrade and The Palio History The Contrade (Districts) of Siena were instituted between the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th century, with administrative (tax collection, road maintenance) and public safety (police) responsibilities, etc.. These institutions, quartered in or around the parish churches, public meeting places or places of worship,

Pisa: Visit the City like a Local Introduction Pisa’s iconic building is, of course, its Torre Pendente, or Leaning Tower, which continues to defy gravity and stands – but not straight – in the aptly named Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). This beautiful square, dotted with white buildings and surrounded by green lawns, is

Discovering the Cinque Terre: the National Park, the Marine Protected Area and the five villages The aura of isolation that has surrounded five almost inaccessible coastal scenery, has made them one of the eastern Riviera’s premier attractions. Clinging haphazardly to steep cliffs, they are linked by footpaths, by train, and now by narrow, unasphalted and

Lucca: 10 Beautiful Places To See Lucca is an Italian city located in the Tuscany region, on the banks of the Serchio river. It is known for the Renaissance city walls that surround the historic center and for the cobbled streets. The wide tree-lined walks on top of these 16th and 17th-century ramparts are very

Florence: The Historic Center, from the Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio To say that Florence’s historic center, stretching from the Piazza del Duomo in the north to the Giardino Boboli across the Arno to the south, is beautiful could be misconstructed as an understatement. Indeed, this relatively small area is home to some of the

Exploring Ligurian Coast, Cinque Terre and the Alpi Apuane Here’s where Tuscans and others come to play on long sandy beaches. These beaches towns are lively, bustling places in the summer, and some what quieter in the off-season. Viareggio • 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Pisa, 97 km (60mi) west of Florence Tobias Smollet

The heart of the Alpi Apuane (Apuan Alps) might be the most visually stunning in all of Tuscany. Roads marked by constant hairpin turns wind around precipitous, jagged mountains. Cool mountains air tempers even the sultriest summers. Most of the major cities and towns can be found along the Serchio, Italy’s third-largest river, that runs

Beautiful Cities of Tuscany, Italy Good news! Don’t miss the chance to visit Italy! Save time, relax and travel without leaving your couch. Discover the most beautiful Tuscan cities such as Siena, Monteriggioni, Pitigliano, and San Gimignano. Some of them are nestled on the rolling hills. You will enjoy the city sounds and unwind! Take

Once Florence’s most fearsome rival, Siena remains the perfect medieval city to the south, rich with Gothic palaces and magnificent art. Proud of its past, Siena celebrates the Palio, with energy and emotion uncharged over the centuries. Siena is the perfect introduction to the celebrated hill towns, with the towers of San Gimignano and the

The Origins of the City The origins of the city are rather uncertain, but in any case it is in recent times that the city has come into its own. After Pisa fell to the Florentines (1405), Livorno passed under Genoa which a few years later ceded it to Florence for 100,000 florins. On 28

Welcome to Chianti, Wine Region of Tuscany Introduction Situated between Florence and Siena there is a third city, known as Chianti. This third city is formed of castles, fortress, towers, farms, Romanesque churches, rectories and chapels. The vineyards in this picturesque part of Tuscany produce the grapes used in namesake Chianti and Chianti Classico: world-famous

Introduction Unlike the other major art centres of Tuscany, Pisa is practically devoid of great Renaissance monuments for, in fact she made her fortune and accumulated her art treasures mainly during the Middle Ages. Actually, the peak of Pisa’s economic and political power was reached in the 12th-13th centuries when Pisa ships ruled the Tyrrhenian

The City Volterra is situated in the province of Pisa and lies between the valley of Era and Cecina. Built on a hilly Pliocene ridge 545 metres a.s.l. surrounded by two defensive walls, one Etruscan and the other Medieval, it is one of the most important centres of Tuscany, for its monuments which testify 3,000