If you are looking for the best-known places in Tuscany, you are in the right place. Cities full of art, lovely villages in the middle of the wonderful countryside, amazing nature. All of this is in a single region. And everything deserves a visit for its beauty. That’s why Tuscany is one of Italy’s top vacation destinations. We are so proud to be born and live here!
We use to say that we are lucky to live in a region, Tuscany, that has everything you need: historic cities, art, excellent wines, delicious food, medieval villages, landscapes, mountains, beautiful hills, beaches, and islands.
The Best-known places in Tuscany
Here is a list of what I suppose are the 10 Best-known places in Tuscany that you cannot miss during your trip.
Florence is one of the best historical Centres in the world and the birthplace of the Renaissance! You have the great opportunity to walk in the shadow of the Brunelleschi Dome or in Piazza della Signoria with the fountain of Neptune and Perseus statue.
Take your time to visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery, then go to the old Bridge Ponte Vecchio and have a look at the tiny jewelry workshops. Finally, wait for the sunset up to Piazzale Michelangelo.
The medieval hill town is known for the magnificent Cathedral the big Piazza del Campo, the heart of the town with cafes, restaurants, and old buildings. It holds twice a year, in July and August, the famous horse race Il Palio.
Make sure to read our post How to Visit the Duomo of Siena.
The leaning tower is the symbol of the town. A picture with it is a must, but Pisa is also the Square of Miracles, the old Centre with narrow streets, and the Arno river.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Pisa beyond the leaning tower. Discover here how to do it.
4. Best-known places in Tuscany: Lucca
Lucca is known as the city of hundred churches and for the round Piazza Anfiteatro. Well-preserved fortification walls close its historical center.
A tour of the walls of Lucca is a must. Make sure to read this post.
And if you are in town at the end of October, you can attend the Lucca Comics and Games, one of the biggest comic exhibits in the entire world.
5. Chianti Classico Wine Region
The Chianti area, or Chiantishire as Brits call it, located between Florence and Siena is famous for DOC red wine and green hills with tiny medieval villages such as Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, and Panzano.
A tour in the wine valley of the Chianti is a must when you travel around Tuscany. But Chianti is not the only wine place. Discover here the other wine region of Tuscany.
6. Pienza and Val d’Orcia
Pienza and the Val d’Orcia are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Tuscany. Pienza is famous for its pecorino cheese. The valley for DOC wines and spectacular landscapes made of hills and cypress. The village was rebuilt in the 15th century to be the ideal Renaissance town by Pope Pius II.
Discover the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF TUSCANY here.
7. San Gimignano
The gorgeous medieval Manhattan of Tuscany is renowned for its 14 towers and architecture. It was an important trade center during the middle ages. Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site with more than 3 million visitors every year.
If you want to explore Sangi in a different way follow the itinerary of our Unconventional tour of San Gimignano.
This beautiful ancient town has roots back in the neolithic. It was an important center for the Etruscans and then for Romans. It is also home to the Volturi Vampires in the Twilight saga by the American author Stephenie Meyer.
To know more about Etruscans we suggest reading our post about the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia and planning a visit which is highly recommended.
You find this charming hilltop town in Valdichiana Region. It has gorgeous views over the countryside and Trasimeno Lake in Umbria region. It became famous thanks to Frances Mayer and her book Under the Tuscan sun.
10. Carrara Marble Quarries and Lunigiana. Our last best-known places of Tuscany
Carrara is known all over the world for the white marble. It was used in the past to build historical buildings and many other sculptures like Michelangelo’s David. Today the quarries are worth a visit for their stunning scenery. And nearby, you can easily reach the Lunigiana Valley and its hundred Castles.
This is only a shortlist of the best-known places in Tuscany to visit. Because Tuscany is much more and time is never enough. This is a good reason to come back again and again. Follow our diary and we will suggest you off the beaten paths, tips, and curiosities about our loved Tuscany.