If you are visiting Tuscany and have decided to absorb some Tuscan sun and spend some time at one of the world’s favourite hide outs, it is time to get acquainted with the secrets it holds, and experience them in person.
This Grand Duchy gets its spunky name from its habitants from before the Roman era, the Etruscans. Home to Renaissance treasures, you will find yourself retracing the paths of the greats such as Giotto, Donatello and Masaccio while enjoying some indigenous Crostini de fugato on your Tuscany travel trip.
1. Cathedral of Florence
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was built in the Italian Gothic architectural style and touched by the likes of Donatello, Brunelleschi and Andrea Pisano. Immersed in over six centuries of history, the structure of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will leave you mesmerized.
2. Leaning Tower of Pisa
This wonder of the world began to lean on one side as the foundation at its base was too soft to hold its weight and took over three hundred years to build with long intermissions in between due to wars. It got its name from the Greek word which means ‘marshy land.’
3. Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence
It is located in the Piazza di Santa Croce and is the world’s largest Franciscan Church. It is among the mavericks of Gothic style architecture combined with Renaissance and Gothic Revival, standing the test of centuries.
4. Siena Cathedral
Designed intricately on the outside as well as the inside in Gothic style of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Siena Cathedral is widely frequented for its golden mosaic addition of the nineteenth century.
5. Monte Amiata
Monte Amiata is a dormant volcano located in Southern Tuscany that attracts visitors for its charming terrain and wildlife reserves. In winters, its icy peaks welcome skiing enthusiasts from all over the world.
6. Camposanto Monumentale
It is a cemetery that features frescoes that date back to the fourteenth century and is located in the Square of Miracles or Piazza del Miracoli. It stands where the ruins of the Baptist church of Santa Reparata now lie, and includes Gothic style windows.
7. Galleria dell’Accademia
This is where Michelangelo’s David stands to welcome you. It also houses works by Allessandro Allori and Andrea del Sarto and the famous Arnina by Lorenzo Bartolini. This prestigious gallery attracts visitors in thousands all through the year.
A quaint Renaissance town situated on a hill in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is world-renowned for its wine. The red wine is flavoured with cherries, plums and strawberries that contribute to its delicious aroma. The very name of the wine, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano signifies that it was served on the tables of nobility.
9. Val d’Orcia
A valley in Central Tuscany, sun-kissed vineyards and olive farms surrounded by hills that moved artists to paint its affable landscape, Val D’Orcia is a lovely region to experience the Tuscan countryside at its best. The valley got its name as it is crossed by the Orcia River.
10. San Gimignano
Dubbed as the ‘Town of Fine Towers’, it is home to about a dozen hill towers, some designed in the Romanesque style and some others in the Gothic style. Basilica della Collegiata, Torre dei Becci and Torre del Diavolo are a few of the marvels that are a must-visit for every traveller.