Italy is full of tourist attractions and charming secluded spots, Tuscany, located in the central region of Italy, not only counts with that but also has some of the most renowned historical sites, splendid backdrops and art. This region is worth an extensive stay, as it also counts with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today we’re going to list the most important to see when visiting Tuscany.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
It’s definitely one of the most famous sites in the world, is located in the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, which is another World Heritage Site with medieval art and extraordinary architecture. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, which you should also pay a visit to since it has hundreds of years of history boasting excellent examples or renaissance art and architecture. The construction on this famous building started in 1173, is the belt tower for the church, it had begun leaning thanks to the soft ground where it was built, and by the time builders noticed while building the third floor and all the foundation was already destabilized, it’s currently falling at a rate of one to two millimeters per year.
In this city you can find the 1436 Florence Cathedral, showcasing a gothic architecture style and counting with a dome towering that’s noticeable among the rest of the city. While visiting you should also make some time to visit the Palazzo Vechio, which watches over the Piazza della Signoria, where you can see a replica of Michelangelo’s David. And next to Piazza della Signoria you’lll find the Uffizi Gallery, a great art museum that consists of works of art from Italy’s renaissance period, with pieces by Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, among others. And while in Florence, visit Ponte Vecchio, another of Florence’s unmissable places, a stone segmental arched bridge over the Arno River.
The Tuscan countryside consists on multiple towns and wineries, with an incredible drive and tour. The Val d’Orcia region is one full of remarkable landscapes and views, such as the Duomo also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption, which hosts renowned artists’ painting. This Duomo is located at the Pienza – City of Pius, the Pope who imagined the city- one of UNESCO’S World Heritage towns. In this town we can also find the Palazzo Piccolomini, built in 1459 as a summer home for the pope and is considered as the first example of renaissance architecture. While in Pienza you should also visit the Pieve di Corsignano, by talking a short walk down hill, a Romanesque church from the 7th century with three naves, each with an altar, and this is where Pope Pius II and Pope Pius III were baptized.
If you happen to be in Tuscany we hope this small guide helps you visit the top places, but we also invite you to enjoy the great weather and the warm locals on top of the amazing historical art and architecture, the beautiful countryside and the small towns with also excellent history that would also make you want to stay forever.