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Archaeological Center Fiesole
In the Italian region of Tuscany is located the cozy town of Fiesole. Tourists usually drop by this place to enjoy the ancient architecture, unique medieval ensembles and buildings. The concentration of antiquities is especially great in the archaeological museum of the city, which acquaints its guests with Etruscan and Roman antiquities.
Archaeological excavations date back to the time of the power of Greece - painted vases, unique ceramics and household items will interest many. The center also includes the Bandini Museum, which presents works by artists of the Tuscan Renaissance.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, also known as the Leaning Tower, is a grand mistake of builders, which, contrary to logic, has become one of the symbols of Italy and has become famous all over the world. It was built in two stages, for almost two centuries. Already during the construction process, it became clear that the tower was gaining an unnatural slope, but, nevertheless, by 1360 it was completely completed. Since then, to this day, work has been ongoing to strengthen the tower. But all efforts remain in vain - the tower continues to deviate from the vertical at a speed of 1.2 mm per year.
Once the Leaning Tower of Pisa will fall, and until that time, tourists will make pilgrimages to this Wonder of the World, whose floors are bordered by elegant decorative arcades, and from the top there is a ringing bell ringing.
The construction of the Pisa Cathedral began in 1063, and the main concept of construction was
organically combining elements of a wide variety of architectural styles, including even Islamic ones. Such eclecticism was supposed to emphasize the scope of the leaning trade of Pisa, which at that time was experiencing its tangible rise.
Architect Busqueto di Giovanni Giudici set to work, striving to surpass his competitors from Venice, who built St. Mark's Cathedral.
The year 1118 is considered the year of completion, when the Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Gelasius II.
The appearance of the cathedral has undergone a number of changes over time due to the need for restoration of the building. The interior of the Leaning Cathedral of Pisa is amazing not only in volume, but also in the beauty of the scenery. The decoration is dominated by black and white marble, and the ceiling is decorated with frescoes of the Middle Ages. Despite the fact that most tourists get here thanks to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, soon their attention switches to the unique beauty of the cathedral.
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Siena Cathedral was built in 1263 on the site of the Roman castrum. It should be noted that the construction itself began almost half a century earlier - in 1215. Nowadays, the Cathedral is the main church of the Siena Republic, as well as one of the most colorful monuments from the time of Italian Gothic.
The western facade, which was designed by a talented Italian sculptor and architect Giovanni Pisano, can be called a real architectural work. The building is a fascinatingly beautiful composition of bas-reliefs and sculptures of various sizes based on historical and biblical subjects. Huge mosaics adorn the top of the facade.
The eastern facade goes deeper below the foundation, due to the features of the relief. You can go down the white marble staircase here. The bas-reliefs and patterns of the Eastern facade are also made of multi-colored marble.
The interior of the Cathedral itself has no less artistic value: a colorful mosaic floor, a spectacularly decorated pulpit and a statue of John the Baptist by Donatello himself. The Cathedral is valid to this day, and therefore accepts tourists until 17.00, and the visit itself costs 3 euros.
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Church of Santa Maria della Spina
Church of Santa Maria della Spina - one of the main attractions of Pisa. The Gothic church, built in the Middle Ages on the banks of the Arno River, became a monument of European Gothic, showing the most striking signs of this architectural style.
The church of Santa Maria della Spina was erected on the sandy bank of the river in 1230.
The facade of the building is made of multi-colored marble, and the niches are decorated with sculptural images of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the angels. The right side of the temple is literally cut with floral patterns, numerous niches and turrets. The statues for the temple were executed by several generations of Pisan craftsmen, including the forerunners of the Italian Renaissance Giovanni di Balduccio and Nicolo Pisano - perhaps the most prominent representative of Pisa art.
The name of the church comes from the word "spina", which means "thorn". Since the 14th century, this small church has kept one of the main shrines of Italy - a thorn from the crown of thorns of Christ.
Camposanto, also called the Holy Land, is an Italian memorial cemetery in the city of Pisa. It was built in 1278 around the sacred land, which after the Crusades was brought on the ships of the Leaning Navy from Jerusalem. In those days, being buried on this earth was considered very honorable.
In 1944, the cemetery was destroyed by the Americans, but over time it was restored.
Camposanto is a courtyard surrounded on all sides by arcades. Here are the tombs of noble and wealthy families, which are decorated with marble sculptures. Outside the arcades, in the inner part of the cemetery, there are also graves, both with expensive monuments for wealthy people, and simpler ones for less affluent people.
The cemetery was built in the Gothic style, according to the plan of the Italian sculptor and architect Giovanni Pisano. It is decorated with beautiful frescoes by Bernardo Orcagna, depicting the paintings "The Triumph of Death", "The Last Judgment" and "Hell", as well as works by Benozzo Gozzoli, Pietro di Puccio and many other artists.
Later, the building was decorated with unique frescoes of famous Renaissance masters.
Camposanto is one of the most beautiful cemeteries. It is also famous for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes of the XIV-XV centuries.
The Tuscan Riviera is famous for its magnificent sandy beaches and high quality recreation.
It stretches along the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas for 300 kilometers from the northern border with Liguria to the southern border with the Lazio region, and Florence is the center and heart of Tuscany, from which the roots of European culture.
The Tuscan Riviera with its mild climate, low coasts, sandy beaches, pine forests - a great option for a family vacation. This picturesque region is ideal for those who like to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Here you can endlessly admire the green hills, vineyards, estates, the style of which has not changed for many centuries, in order to maintain a unique atmosphere of tranquility and unity with nature.
The San Gimignano Collegiate Church is better known as the Collegiate Church. It is located on Cathedral Square and is one of the most significant sights of the old picturesque town. In fact, Collegiate is a former collegiate church. There is no longer a bishop in San Gimignano, and accordingly there can be no cathedral.
The building that has survived to this day was built in the XI century, in the XIII century it was reconstructed and a wide main staircase was added to the facade. The last significant restructuring of the church dates back to the second half of the 15th century.Then the room was significantly expanded and acquired additional chapels (designed by Giuliano da Mayano).
The facade of the church is made in a simple Romanesque style with two portals and three windows. Pearl Colleges, and indeed the entire region, a collection of valuable frescoes, divided into narrative cycles. They adorn the entire inner surface of the walls of the church.
The collection includes The Last Judgment by Maddeo di Bartolo (1393), The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian by Benozzo Gozzolo (1465), a cycle on the subjects of the Old Testament Bartolo di Fredi (1367), a series of frescoes with scenes from the New Testament by the brothers Pippo and Federico Memmi (beginning of the 14th century), etc. There are also sculptural images of famous medieval artists.
Due to the abundance of valuable artwork, admission to it is paid, approximately 3.5 euros.
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This monument of medieval architecture is located at the base of Campo Square, which has the form of a large amphitheater and was built in 1294 - three years before the construction of the palace itself began. All windows overlooking the square are decorated in the same style. The upper part of the long and slightly curved facade is decorated with battlements - a characteristic architectural feature of that period. The highest part of the palace - the corner tower of Torre del Manja has a height of 102 meters, and next to its base is the Gaia Fountain, built in the 15th century in memory of ridding the city of the plague epidemic.
The interiors of the Palazzo are no less impressive than its appearance: here you can visit several elegantly decorated halls, decorated with frescoes and portraits of works by such masters of the Middle Ages as Simone Martini or Lorenzetti Troy.
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The first thing to see in Florence is its cathedral, whose full name is Santa Maria del Fiore (La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) - it’s the fourth largest basilica in the world, until recently, the dome of the cathedral 42 meters high was considered the largest in the world. The temple began to be built at the end of the 13th century, and finally all the work was completed only after 600 years. The cathedral impresses tourists with its exterior decoration; marble of three colors was used for it, corresponding to the colors of the national flag of Italy.
In Florence, there is the famous Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), one of Italy's most popular art museums. It exhibits masterpieces of world art created by Titian (Tiziano), Caravaggio (Caravaggio), Giotto (Giotto) and other great masters. It is in it that the "Holy Family" of Michelangelo Buanarroti (Michelangelo Buonarroti) and the "Birth of Venus" Sandro Botticelli are stored.
You should definitely see the statue of David by Michelangelo, which is located in the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di belle arti di Firenze).
The most famous palaces of the city: the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti. The first was built at the turn of the XIII-XIV centuries as the residence of the rulers of Florence. The second, largest in the city is also the former residence, first of the dukes of Tuscany, and then of the Italian kings. Near the Pitti Palace are located the Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli), one of the best examples of landscape art from the Renaissance.
Leaving Florence, make a small northeast detour in Fiesole. The distance between cities is only a dozen kilometers. Fiesole was founded by the Etruscans in the 9th century BC and is notable for the ancient ruins left from their settlements. Ancient Fezula - the city where the school of Roman augurs priests was located. Since that time, there have remained baths and an amphitheater, which date back to the 1st century BC. The city has preserved many other buildings of a very respectable age - the church of the late X century, the Cathedral of St. Romulus (San Romolo), built in 1028, the palace of the bishop of the XI century.
Further the road lies to the south.Leaving Florence aside, after 60 km you will arrive at Certaldo, the homeland of Giovanni Boccaccio, the author of the famous Decameron. An ancient and very picturesque city differs from many others in that it does not have a main square. Instead, there is a street named after the famous writer Via Boccaccio. The old part of the city has been preserved unchanged from the 13th-15th centuries. There are several beautiful old palaces, and for lovers of literature, the Boccaccio house will become an obligatory point of the tourist program: the writer was born in it, and died in it. He was buried in the church of Saints Jacopo and Filippo (San Jacopo e Filippo), built in the XIII century.
From Certaldo, head to the medieval Siena, the city of wine. It is located in the Chianti Valley - and what, if not Chianti, is the main symbol of Tuscany? The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symbol of Siena itself is horse racing - the famous Palio (il Palio). They are held twice a year, in early July and mid-August, in the main square of Piazza del Campo, which is specially covered for this event with a thick layer of earth.
Here, in Siena, you must definitely look at the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Sattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), the main church of the city.
Inside, it is decorated with frescoes of famous Renaissance artists - Donatello (Donatello), Pinturicchio (Pinturicchio) and others. Outside, the cathedral is lined with multi-colored marble and decorated with numerous sculptures (unfortunately, almost all of them are replaced with copies). The continuation of the cathedral is the Baptistery (Battistero), built at the beginning of the XIV century. In Christianity, the baptistery is used to perform the sacrament of baptism. Epiphany font in Siena is one of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance, created in 1428-1430.
If time permits, you can go further from Siena to the south, to the Val d’Orcia Valley region, the landscape of which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly noteworthy are several small cities, notably Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano.
We invite you to the author's excursions in Tuscany with a guide Italy for me Tatyana Ovsyannikova, who constantly lives in the region.
The city is as small as famous, Montalcino is the birthplace of the great Italian wine Brunello di Montalcino. Every year in July there is a jazz and wine festival. If you travel to Tuscany at another time, be sure to drink a couple of glasses of the wonderful Brunello and continue your journey.
Unesco Pienza is the birthplace of Pope Pius II. He tried to realize the dream of an "ideal city", about which Plato first spoke. During the Renaissance, many artists literally raved about "ideal cities", and it was in Pienza that these ideas were realized as fully as possible. Unfortunately, dad died just 4 years after the reconstruction of the city began, and since then, Since the early 1460s, Pienza has retained its almost perfect appearance.
Montepulciano - another “wine” city of Tuscany is known not only for the grape variety of the same name, from which the famous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made, but also for numerous palazzo castles built in the mannerism style in the 16th century. This period of the late Renaissance is called "cinquecento" (cinquecento). The main attraction of the city is the church of Madonna di San Biagio (Chiesa di San Biagio), built in the middle of the XVI century according to the design of Antonio da Sangallo the Elder (Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio). It is a reference building of the Renaissance.
If a visit to Val d'Orchi is not included in your plans, then, having examined Siena, move back towards Certaldo and turn into Monteriggioni. A huge castle with fourteen towers, standing on top of a hill, is mentioned in the "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri - and at least for this reason it is worth a look. You may be surprised when you see the panorama of the castle and seem surprisingly familiar. Most likely, this is the case: it is these walls and towers that can be seen in the films Gladiator and The English Patient.
From Monteriggioni, head towards San Gimignano, the famous city of 72 towers. The tiny town, in which just over 7,000 people live, is interesting for its towers, the so-called "medieval skyscrapers." In the XIV century, the construction of such a tower testified to wealth and prosperity, and each noble family built its own, higher and more beautiful than the others. Unfortunately, only 14 buildings have survived to our days, but they also provided the town with a place in the list of historical masterpieces of UNESCO. The whole city can be rushed around in 2-3 hours, but you must visit it.
The next mandatory stop on the route is the ancient city of Volterra. The first settlements that arose on the site of modern Volterra belong to the Iron Age. The city walls surrounded by the city are much younger, but their age inspires confidence - it is believed that they were built in the IV century BC. Thanks to archaeological excavations, many monuments from the time of the Etruscans and Romans were discovered here.
From a distance, Volterra seems gloomy and unfriendly, but it is an amazing city in which you need to stay at least for a couple of hours.
Upon reaching the coast, you can stay for a short time in Livorno. A fishing village at the beginning of the 11th century, today it is the largest port of Tuscany. The city cannot boast of a large number of historical sights; here it is worth taking a walk along the picturesque promenade and admiring the beautiful villas on the shore.
Opposite the city port, you can see the lighthouse tower, erected in 1709. And lovers of abandoned places will be interested to see the building of a thermal resort in the Art Nouveau style, empty since 1968, but still very beautiful.
The city of Pisa needs no introduction. Probably every person on the planet knows about her Leaning Tower (Torre pendente di Pisa), and every tourist visiting Italy wants to be in Piazza dei Miracoli and take pictures against the background of the tower. However, not everyone knows that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nothing more than the bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa). It was built in 1360 (construction lasted almost 200 years), and began to fall immediately after the third tier was built. According to the assurances of scientists made in 2008, the tower finally stopped collapsing - before it deviated from the vertical by 1 mm per year.
Other attractions in Pisa include the 11th-century Basilica of San Piero a Grado. There is a version that once there was a port of an independent Pisa republic, in which St. Peter arrived on a ship. In the place where he went ashore, and built a basilica. Less well-known to tourists is the Campo Santo cemetery. It is noteworthy in that the land was brought to him by ships from Jerusalem itself.
Also in the city is the University of Pisa (Universita di Pisa), which is one of the oldest universities in Europe: as far back as the 11th century, educational institutions were located here. He was educated at the university, and then he taught himself the most famous native of Pisa, Galileo Galilei.
Returning to the starting point of the trip to Florence, you must definitely call in the city of Lucca. He is famous for his churches - there are plenty of them. Most of them were built during the Trecento period (trecento), otherwise called the Proto-Renaissance. The term "trecento" in Italy is called the XIV century. It was at that time that Lucca experienced its heyday. One of the most prominent representatives of the art of this period is Giotto.
Another attraction of the city is the fortress walls. They are fully preserved, their length is over four kilometers. One of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the city is the Cathedral of St. Martin (Cattedrale di San Martino). It was laid back in the VI century, and in the XI rebuilt. Once inside, you must definitely look at the marble tombstone of the beginning of the XV century, depicting a young woman with a dog in her legs. The monument is considered one of the world’s masterpieces of architecture.
In conclusion of the overview of Tuscany's sights, we mention Elba - without it the story would be incomplete. Elba is the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago, in addition, it is the third largest among the Italian islands after Sicily and Sardinia. The famous French free diver Jacques Mayol brought the glory of Elbe, whose life story was described by Luc Besson in the film “The Blue Abyss”. He lived on the island in the last years of his life, right up to the suicide committed in 2001.
Elba is a popular Italian resort, beloved by many for its clear sea and fine sand beaches. You can get to it by ferry from the coastal city of Piombino. The island has several small communal towns with museums, churches of the 11th-16th centuries and two or three old fortresses. But still, the main activities of tourists arriving on the Elbe are beach vacations, windsurfing and walks along the coast or low picturesque hills.
Features of the Tuscany region, than it is most famous
Tuscany is a sunny and picturesque region, one of the most frequently visited among tourists. The calling card of this place is considered to be green hills, spread out under the endless blue of heaven, and lush piercing clouds of cypress. But this is not the whole of Tuscany, because here are:
- large cultural centers
- luxury beach resorts
- unique monuments of architecture,
- recognized masterpieces of art.
This enchanting Italian corner does not leave tourists indifferent and almost at first sight they fall in love with themselves.
Panorama of Tuscany. Fesus robert
The main features of the holiday in the Italian region of Tuscany are associated with the close interweaving of its past and present, creating a kind of special atmosphere in which travelers want to plunge headlong.
Distinctive features of the region form an impressive list:
- Tuscany made an invaluable cultural contribution to the development of the country - it was the dialect of local residents that formed the basis of literary Italian, which has been spoken here since childhood by not only aristocrats, but also the most ordinary locals,
- the region became the birthplace of great people - Leonardo da Vinci, Amerigo Vespucci, Sandro Botticelli and other famous personalities who glorified their homeland throughout the world and left her invaluable masterpieces of art as a gift after their death,
- the cities of Tuscany are among the most beautiful in the country - the Italians themselves and visitors call them “diamonds” that adorn Italy
- the region became the cradle of the Renaissance, which left its imprint primarily on its architecture,
- the diversity of natural zones and landscapes of Tuscany is so great that tourists can easily find here hills, mountains, beaches, plains and even coral reefs.
Town in Tuscany. Fesus robert
On the map of the region are numerous islands that are part of a single conservation area. Almost all of them are available for recreation, and many more can please you with an interesting cultural program:
- Montecristo - the island glorified by the work of A. Dumas the Elder still keeps its myriad treasures in grottoes and underwater caves,
- Gorgon - the ruins of ancient fortresses have been preserved here, some of which served as prisons for people unwanted by the ruling elite.
Streets of Tuscany. Jaro68
Travelers who come to Tuscany for 1-2 days always regret the lack of time.
To thoroughly get acquainted with this amazing region, you need to devote the whole vacation to it. Only then will there be a chance to cover the main historical monuments of the region and relax on the luxurious beaches, which in terms of comfort and cleanliness will give odds to the most famous resorts in the world.
Where is Tuscany located in Italy
Tuscany is located in the very center of the country. It extends over almost 30,000 square kilometers, including the coast, washed by 2 seas:
Due to the location of Tuscany in Italy, people have always sought to come here. As a result, the region has become one of the most densely populated - almost 4 million people live in it.
The town of Montalcino in Tuscany. Don mammoser
From Tuscany it is easy to get to other Italian provinces, as it borders on the largest of them:
The location of Tuscany allowed her to have several seaports.
One of them - Livorno - is one of the five largest in the country and covers an area of more than 4 million square meters.
Italian Tuscany is primarily hills and mountains. This turns independent car trips around the region into a fascinating adventure, where behind every bend and grove there is a landscape worthy of the hand of a great master.
Typical Tuscany landscape. PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek
The main city in the province is Florence. It is from here that it is recommended to begin acquaintance with the region, since its capital is a real treasury of architectural, historical and artistic masterpieces.
Features of Florence - what may be interesting for tourists
The "heart" of the region is located along the Arno River in picturesque hills. Despite the fact that the city is remote from the sea coast, it easily managed to become the cultural and political center of the country. And his dukes - the Medici - had a strong influence on almost all European rulers.
Florence, which has become the cradle of the Renaissance, reminds tourists of a precious box that you want to consider endlessly. The importance and value in the city are almost all of its buildings: bridges, churches, museums, squares and palaces. In every corner of the Tuscan capital, tourists will find monuments of architecture from which it is impossible to take their eyes off.
Duomo Cathedral in Florence. JPaiva
The best hotels of Florence - where to stay with comfort
There are an incredible number of hotel complexes in Florence. The best, according to tourists, can safely be considered:
- Four Seasons Hotel Firenze ***** - a hotel decorated in Renaissance style, provides the highest level of services and delights guests with its infrastructure: 9 SPA salons, a well-kept park of 5 hectares, a restaurant with a Michelin star and more (price for accommodation starts from 30 000 rubles),
- FH55 Hotel Calzaiuoli **** - a luxurious hotel complex located in the very center of the city, from where no more than 2 minutes walk to the main attractions of the city (minimum price for a room is 10 000 rubles),
- Hotel Lungarno Vespucci 50 **** - the hotel is located next to the railway station, and the well-kept garden offers amazing views of the river (you can reserve a standard room for 5,000 rubles per day).
Santa Maria del Fiore (La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) - a masterpiece of architecture
This "pearl" of architecture was created about 700 years ago and is considered one of the oldest cathedrals in the city. Throughout its existence, it has become a recognizable symbol of Florence.
La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore began to be erected on the site where the Roman temple once stood. And the construction itself lasted almost until the beginning of the 19th century.
Santa Maria del Fiore. Aleksandr and Lidia
The main distinguishing features of the cathedral are:
- unique octagonal dome,
- carved facades of white and pink marble,
- capacious observation deck.
There are always crowds of tourists around the cathedral, so before visiting it you need to pay attention to the following information:
Ponte Vecchio - historic bridge
This is the most amazing bridge in Florence, able to carry its pristine appearance through 8 centuries!
At the beginning of the 13th century, when the Florentine craftsmen erected Ponte Vecchio, it was the only bridge over Arno. The narrowest part of the river became its construction site. The architect came up with a project unique at that time, which provided for the location on the bridge of numerous butcher shops. So the townspeople hoped to avoid unpleasant odors, spreading in Florence from stale goods.
Ponte Vecchio bridge. muratart
In the mid-14th century, the bridge was badly damaged, but quickly restored. And in World War II he was the only one who survived in the city.
Visiting the bridge itself is free for tourists, but the Vasari Corridor, which is a Ponte Vecchio add-on, can only be accessed as part of a group excursion. Here is a rare collection of paintings of the 16th century and self-portraits of the most famous artists.
Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) - the most famous museum
This is the oldest museum in Europe, which most of the year can only be reached by appointment.
The Uffizi Gallery was created by order of one of the Medici at the beginning of the 15th century, and after 200 years it became so popular that visitors were allowed only by agreement.
Uffizi Gallery. Kuznetsov Alexey
Until now, all the exhibits are located exactly in the order in which the Duke of Medici prescribed. This is one of the main hallmarks of the gallery.
It will be useful for tourists to know that the museum:
Florence is an unusually beautiful city. It is from here that it is recommended to begin acquaintance with Tuscany and to allocate at least 3-4 days for this event.
Features of Lucca - what may be interesting for tourists
Unlike the crowded Florence, Lucca attracts with its tranquility and warm beauty. Tourists cannot walk past the fortress walls, planted with majestic plane trees, graceful churches and amphitheater squares.
Lucca, a panorama of the city. leoks
The city has a good location at the intersection of trade routes, which helped it quickly reach its peak. By the 14th century, Lucca had become a rich center for silk production. Merchants and craftsmen invested heavily in the development of the city, which tourists who came here can fully appreciate.
Town Square. Rudmer Zwerver / span>
The best hotels of Lucca - where to stay with comfort
Travelers consider 3 hotels to be the best places to stay in Lucca:
- Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell’Alba **** - a colorful hotel located behind the ancient walls in a building that was used as ducal stables in the Middle Ages (a room here costs about 11,000 rubles),
- Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli **** - atmospheric hotel complex offers guests rooms decorated with natural wood and decorated with real frescoes (you can book a room for 6 500 rubles),
- Hotel Albergo Villa Marta **** - the hotel is located in an old villa at the foot of the hills and is decorated in the traditional Tuscan style (average room price is 12,000 rubles).
Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi) - a great view of the city
The brick tower has been a symbol of the city for many years. It reaches a height of 44 meters and when created was to serve as a proof of the wealth and influence of one of the most famous trading dynasties of Lucca.
Guinigi Tower. Marco Taliani de Marchio
Torre Guinigi in the 13th century was a residential building with a narrow spiral staircase inside.
A distinctive feature of the tower is a real oak grove on the roof, turned into an observation deck. It is nice to stand in the shade of trees on a hot day and look at the ancient city.
When going on an excursion, it is important to wear comfortable shoes, as tourists will have to overcome more than 200 steps.
Observation deck on the Guinigi Tower. MTravelr
It will be useful for tourists to find out that:
Roman Amphitheater Square (Piazza dell’Anfiteatro) - an unusual monument of architecture
This attraction stands out from the standard list of cultural monuments. Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is a platform of an unusual oval shape.
In the 2nd century BC, there was a Roman amphitheater in this place, which was destroyed during the decline of the Roman Empire. Over time, houses were erected on the foundations of the walls surrounding the arena, and part of the amphitheater dropped below the medieval pavers.
Area of the Roman Amphitheater. iryna1
Basilica of San Frediano (Basilica di San Frediano) —the repository of relics
The temple, built more than 1,500 years ago, is considered one of the main treasures of the city. It is interesting not only for its facades in the Romanesque style, but also for relics stored inside:
- the relics of the former bishop, in whose honor the basilica is named,
- relics of St. Zita, patronizing women.
Basilica of St. Fridian. Catarina belova
Tourists need to know that:
Lucca is a beautiful medieval city that generously shares its treasures with tourists.
But it is worth going here only to those who are keenly interested in historical monuments.
Features of Siena - what may be interesting for tourists
Siena is not inferior in beauty to Florence, but is still in its shadow. Although many tourists believe that it is Siena that best describes Tuscany.
Surprisingly, the symbol of the city is the Roman she-wolf.
According to legend, Siena was laid by the son of the founder of Rome, fleeing from the killers. He brought Roman symbolism here.
A distinctive feature of Siena is the fact that most of its buildings were erected in the 12-14 centuries. Later, they stopped building houses in the city due to the loss of its significance for the region.
The best hotels of Siena - where to stay with comfort
The best hotel complexes of the city are listed below:
- Hotel Athena **** - the elegant hotel has a terrace with views of the hills and is furnished in a classical style (the average price of rooms varies around 10,000 rubles),
- Villa di STR *** - the hotel is located near the city center in a renovated villa with a large garden (you can book a room for 9 000 rubles),
- Hotel Alma Domus * - an extremely popular complex located in a 13th-century monastery building and features well-equipped rooms (accommodation costs tourists 5,500 rubles).
Central Square (Piazza del Campo) - the heart of the city
Tourists definitely didn’t see anything like this! After all, Piazza del Campo is a seashell with a circumference of more than 300 meters.
It is believed that the square was built at the beginning of the 12th century, and its unusual layout was prompted by nature - in this place due to rainwater flowing down from the hills, numerous canals formed.
Central square. Mihai-bogdan lazar
In the 13th century, significant structures for the whole city appeared on the square:
At the same time, architects tried to comply with the layout of the square. For this, even some ancient buildings were demolished.
Entrance to the Piazza del Campo is available at any time of the day or night. A family walk along it can be combined with inspection of other attractions.
City Museum (Museo Civico) - beautiful frescoes
The museum is located on the central square of the city on the ground floor of the Commune Palace. Tourists will be interested in:
- the old halls of the town hall
- Government Room of the Siena Republic,
- Hall of Nine
- murals created by the hands of the great masters of Tuscany.
City Museum. ribeiroantonio
Before visiting Museo Civico, the following information must be examined:
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico dell’Università di Siena) - a historical corner of nature
There are very few green corners in the city and a walk through the Botanical Garden will be a pleasant entertainment for the whole family.
Orto Botanico dell’Università di Siena originated in the 16th century near a hospital. He quickly grew and began to demand a transfer to a new place, which was done.
2.5 hectares of land were given under the garden near the Cathedral and more than 1000 exotic plants were brought here.
Plants in a botanical garden. Elena Odareeva
Tourists can visit:
- fern forest
- rock garden
- pools with aquatic plants,
- park of insectivorous plants and not only.
The following information will be important for visitors:
Siena is definitely worth a visit to everyone who appreciates the medieval atmosphere and wants to completely immerse herself in it for several days.
Devil's Tower (Torre del Diavolo) - Inquisition Museum
This place is not worth visiting for people with weak nerves.
Inside the tower is the famous Museum of Torture. It contains more than a hundred instruments that the Inquisition tortured people in the 16th century. Exhibits were collected bit by bit all over Europe and when creating the exposition, they supplemented it with waxed and mutilated bodies of people.
Tower of the devil. milosk50
Before visiting the museum, you need to consider that:
Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta) - interesting interiors
The church in the Romanesque style was built at the beginning of the 13th century and its facades reflect the idea of simplicity and clarity of lines that reigned then in architecture. But the interior of the temple is designed to delight all parishioners:
- unique murals
- paintings by famous masters of the 14th century,
- rare church utensils with precious stones.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta. milosk50
Travelers need to remember that:
The main city gate of San Giovanni (Porta San Giovanni) - beautiful architecture
Massive stone gates were built at the end of the 16th century as part of the ramparts. Interestingly, Porta San Giovanni did not constitute a defensive structure. They are decorated with intricate drawings and against the backdrop of modern buildings are an unusual sight.
The main city gate of San Giovanni. Stepniak
San Giovanni is a unique town that is worth a visit as part of a trip to Tuscany.
Features Arezzo - what may be interesting for tourists
The city is famous for being founded in the 6th century BC. A little later, he became part of the Etruscan confederation and reached an unprecedented heyday.
Street in Arezzo. ermess
Most of Arezzo's fundamental buildings were erected on the ruins of ancient structures and it is now difficult to understand where one attraction ends and another begins.
The best hotels of Arezzo - where to stay with comfort
Arezzo has quite a few luxury hotels, the best of which are:
- Hotel Continentale **** - the hotel complex is located next to the train station and offers guests relaxation on the terrace from where a magnificent view of the city opens (accommodation in a room costs about 7,000 rubles),
- Agriturismo Borgo Nuovo Di Mulinelli - the agriturismo is surrounded by a garden and stands out for its own pool and rustic-style rooms (average room price is 6,000 rubles),
- Hotel Minerva **** - a modern hotel located in the city center and has well-equipped modern rooms (a day in a room costs 5 500 rubles).
Church of Santa Maria della Pieve di Arezzo - original architecture
The place for the construction of a unique church was the ruins of a pagan temple. The temple was first mentioned in the 11th century, but in all its glory it appeared to the townspeople only at the end of the 12th century.
Church of Santa Maria della Pieve. Claudio caridi
Locals immediately nicknamed the new church, One Hundred Holes.
The construction received this name due to the unusual shape of the bell tower with a large number of windows. The facades on 3 tiers are decorated with columns, which is more typical of the temple complexes of Pisa.
You can get to church daily for free. But her interior decoration does not compare with her appearance.
Therefore, tourists are advised to inspect the temple only from the outside.
Piazza Grande - Unusual Location
Tourists are most surprised by the fact that the main city square has a clear slope in one direction. Why it happened, no one knows. But some historians make the assumption that in this way it was planned to organize a natural discharge of water after rains.
Even during the Etruscans on the site of Piazza Grande there was a road connecting the city with the cemetery. Later, a market was located here, which spontaneously grew into the main place of public gatherings.
Piazza Grande. Maciej Czekajewski
It’s nice to walk around the square with the whole family and take unusual photos.
Statue of the Weeping Madonna - a place of pilgrimage
This statue is a pilgrimage site for Christians. It was installed in the Church of the Holy Annunciation at the end of the 16th century. The temple itself was built only thanks to a miracle that occurred at the end of the 15th century in Arezzo.
Here's what happened:
According to legend, one day tears flowed from the eyes of the Madonna. Local residents considered this event a harbinger of terrible events. In order to protect themselves, it was decided to build a temple with city money.
Almost all tourists try to come to church and touch the statue. If at this moment mentally pronounce the most cherished desire, then it will certainly come true.
Arezzo is recommended for long walks to local attractions. It is worth taking 1-2 days to get to know the city.
Features of Forte dei Marmi - what may be interesting for tourists
From the middle of the last century, Forte dei Marmi began to gain popularity among tourists and gradually turned into the most fashionable resort in Tuscany.It is often compared with Monte Carlo for the fact that most of the vacationers here are aristocrats and the political elite.
The distinguishing features of Forte dei Marmi are:
- regularly held festivals and holidays,
- white beaches
- developed infrastructure
- luxury villas of Hollywood stars.
Prices for holidays at the resort are much higher than in general in Tuscany. And this fact is also attributed to the features of the resort.
Bicycle path in Forte dei Marmi. Frimufilms
The best hotels of Forte dei Marmi - where to stay in comfort
The choice between luxurious and very luxurious hotels in Forte dei Marmi is extremely difficult. But still, the rating of the best hotel complexes was compiled by us and looks like this:
- Grand Hotel Imperiale ***** - the hotel has everything for the most comfortable stay: pine forest, large pools, private beach and spacious rooms (average room price is 65,000 rubles),
- Hotel Il Negresco **** - a modern hotel offers a high level of service and accommodation in rooms decorated in a Mediterranean style (you can book a room for 45 000 rubles),
- Logos Hotel **** - located in a quiet place, the hotel combines affordable prices and comfort (accommodation here will cost 15,000 rubles per day).
Fort (Fortino) - historical building
It was this building that gave the name to the resort, so tourists are always especially interested in its ruins. Fortino is located in Piazza Marconi and is free to explore.
The fort was built in the 18th century to protect the city from enemies from the sea. In addition, there were organized warehouses of marble, which were exported from local quarries in large quantities.
Fort (Fortino). Alessandro colleagues
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Forte dei Marmi
The beaches at the resort are beautiful and belong to hotels in general. The remaining free coastal areas are divided between private managers. All beaches of Forte dei Marmi are paid.
Beach at Forte dei Marmi. Jacopo ventura
The best beaches of the resort are:
- Marina Dei Ronchi - this well-groomed and well-equipped area lies in the north of the resort and is famous for the absence of waves, which is great for children,
- Twiga - this beach is one of the most fashionable and pathos located in the south of Forte dei Marmi, where you can practice almost all water sports.
Forte dei Marmi is not a resort for everyone, but if tourists still have the opportunity to relax here, then such a vacation will be remembered for a long time.
Features of Marina di Pietrasanta - what can be interesting for tourists
The modern city is built on the ruins of an ancient settlement, which gives tourists the opportunity not only to have fun and lie on the beach, but also to outline a cultural program.
Another distinctive feature of Marina di Pietrasanta is the artists.
They like to come to this calm place to spend a month or two alone with the sea. And in ancient times, they sought to Marina di Pietrasanta for the sake of work. The most famous masters were invited here to paint private houses and public buildings.
The best hotels of Marina di Pietrasanta - where to stay with comfort
In the resort, the best are the charming "three rubles", providing a decent five-star hotel level of service. Such complexes include:
- Hotel Central Park *** - the advantages of the hotel are delicious breakfasts, walking distance to the beach and spacious rooms (average cost of living - about 15,000 rubles),
- Mondial Resort & Spa **** - in the hotel complex there are spa complexes, saunas, baths and much more for a good relaxation (a hotel room costs 16,000 rubles per day),
- Savoy Hotel *** - the hotel is surrounded by a pine forest on the very shore of the sea, so most of the rooms offer wonderful views (you can book a room for 11,000 rubles).
Parc La Versiliana - nature and entertainment
This place is the cultural center of the resort. Festivals, theatrical productions, music concerts and more are held here.
Versilian Park. lucag_g
Entrance to Parco La Versiliana is free and part tourists come here to take a walk in the shade of trees on a hot day. The park has several cafes with outdoor terraces.
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Marina di Pietrasanta
Distinctive features of the coast are:
- golden sandy beaches up to 200 meters wide,
- minimum number of free zones - no more than 2,
- the common cost for renting sunbeds and umbrellas is about 20 euros,
- good beach infrastructure.
Beach in Marina di Pietrasana. Andreas Jung
It is difficult to single out individual beaches on Marina di Pietrasanta, since they all have approximately the same level of comfort.
Marina di Pietrasanta is a wonderful resort suitable for families.
Features of Lido di Camaiore - what may be interesting for tourists
This resort is difficult to confuse with any other, as here:
- pristine beaches
- reasonable prices
- a lot of entertainment
- unusual layout of the city.
Tourists immediately notice that Lido di Camaiore seemed to stretch along the coastline and cut by 3 lines:
- bicycle lane,
- pedestrian road.
They repeat the outlines of the city and run along its entire length.
The best hotels of Lido di Camaiore - where to stay with comfort
There are a lot of good hotel complexes in the resort. The best ones are listed:
- Hotel Europa **** - the old villa in which the hotel is located is a real attraction of the coast (the cost of rooms starts from 18 000 rubles),
- Versilia L>
Entertainment in Lido di Camaiore - how not to get bored on vacation
In the town itself there are practically no historical monuments, so tourists go to neighboring resorts for "food" for the soul. But the classic entertainment in Lido di Camaiore a lot:
- water sports,
- natural parks
- children attractions.
Almost every beach has its own amusement parks for children. Therefore, the resort is popular among family tourists.
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Lido di Camaiore
The resort has municipal beach areas, but most of the coast is private property. The level of service on all 14 beaches of Lido di Camaiore is the same.
It should be borne in mind that a shower and a dressing room are considered additional services, but the use of a toilet is included in the price of sunbeds.
Lido di Camaiore is a wonderful place, lost among fragrant gardens, and also a great option for families with children of different ages.
Features of Viareggio - what can be interesting for tourists
The Florentines were the first to come to Viareggio, and other Italians followed. Soon, the resort deservedly gained the glory of an impeccable holiday destination in every respect, which it still supports.
Situated on the shores of the Ligurian Sea, Viareggio attracts with its atmosphere of never passing holiday, as well as with magnificent beaches with a gentle entry into the water.
Interestingly, despite the ancient history, the city looks quite modern. This impression is created due to the fact that a terrible fire destroyed almost the entire old part of the resort, erasing its past forever.
Boats along the canal. pisaphotography
The best hotels of Viareggio - where to stay with comfort
There are many hotels in the city, but in the high season they are all fully occupied. The rooms in the best hotel complexes of Viareggio “leave” especially quickly:
- Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte **** - 2 restaurants, a wellness center, heated pools and hydromassage, a gym and classic-style rooms are available for hotel guests (hotel accommodation costs tourists from 40,000 rubles per night),
- Hotel President **** - an exquisite complex located 2 steps from the station and the pedestrian road (room rates start at 12,000 rubles),
- BW Premier Collection Grand Hotel Royal **** - a grand hotel at first sight amazes the imagination of tourists, and discounts on rental sun loungers on the beach are just one nice bonus from many others (the room here costs an average of 20,000 rubles).
Villa Paolina - interesting museums
Built in the late 19th century for Napoleon’s sister, the villa became an example of the classical art of its time. It is made in bright colors with exquisite decoration of halls, bas-reliefs and paintings.
The garden at the villa was once Polina’s favorite place, but over time it was launched a little.
To get inside Villa Paolina is possible only as a visitor to one of the museums:
- Museum of Musical Instruments,
- Art Gallery.
Villa Bourbon - beautiful interiors
A unique complex of 3 buildings was built in the first quarter of the 19th century. One building was designed to house the owners, the rest were used as outbuildings.
The interior decoration of the villa is striking in its richness and interesting design techniques - even the floors of the halls are inlaid with precious stones.
Of great interest is walking in the garden adjacent to the villa. Entrance into it is free and in the heat it becomes a real refuge from the sun.
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Viareggio
Viareggio's beaches fall into the category of “best” in all of Tuscany. Here are ideal conditions for relaxation:
- developed infrastructure,
- Blue Flag certified cleanliness
- the opportunity to engage in water sports.
Beach in Viareggio. leonori
Among municipal free beaches, Lecciona can be distinguished. It is part of a nature park and is famous for its solitude.
Viareggio is the place you definitely should go for a good beach holiday.
Features of Punta Ala - what may be interesting for tourists
The resort stands on a cape that literally crashes into the Tyrrhenian Sea. On the coast of Punta Ala you can find both rocks and sand strips. But still, most of the beaches are clean and fine sand, gradually turning into the seabed.
A distinctive feature of the resort are its forests. Thickets of pines, oleanders and oaks surround the city from all sides and give an extraordinary flavor.
Elite sports are developed in Punta Ala. The most popular among vacationers are golf and yachting.
The best hotels of Punta Ala - where to stay with comfort
Elite relaxation requires special hotels, and they are available in Punta Ala:
- Gallia Palace Hotel - Relais & Châteaux ***** - the retro hotel has its own golf courses, tennis courts, beach, pools and provides its guests with complete relaxation (a room here costs from 40,000 rubles per night),
- Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto - The Leading Hotels of the World ***** - a private beach, a shuttle service and magnificent views of the bay make this complex one of the most popular on the coast (average price for a room is 35 000 rubles),
- Arli Hotel H>
Entertainment Punta Ala - how to spend time is interesting
Punta Ala is not familiar with tourists' attractions and attractions, but all this is more than compensated:
- Elite diving centers
- prestigious yacht club,
- sailing school and other similar institutions.
Also, vacationers often use the resort as a starting point for excursions to other areas of Tuscany.
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Punta Ala
The beach areas of the resort are superbly equipped and do not differ from each other - clean, well-groomed and with obligatory cafes. All beaches have life-saving towers and special descents into the water for babies.
Beach in Punta Ala. Marty metcalf
Punta Ala is a special resort where only wealthy people will go. Here they will be provided with top-level service and complete peace of mind.
Features of San Vincenzo - what may be interesting for tourists
San Vincenzo has become interesting to travelers since about the 80s of the last century. Despite its long history, the resort has preserved little from its glorious past.
San Vincenzo. GagliardiImages
The distinctive features of San Vincenzo include:
- beaches of amazing purity, stretching over 20 kilometers,
- one of the largest port in Tuscany, which is becoming increasingly interesting to owners of yachts and other sea vessels.
It is believed that in the near future the city will be able to become the most fashionable resort on the entire coast.
The best hotels of San Vincenzo - where to stay with comfort
There are a lot of hotel complexes in San Vincenzo, but they cannot cope with the increased tourist flow. In this regard, the best options already in March are busy for the whole season:
- Hotel Sabia D’oro **** - the luxurious complex has its own beach and is characterized by a high level of service (the room here costs from 31,000)
- Residenza Santa Cecilia *** - the apart-hotel has everything you need for a good stay and is located near the station (price per room starts from 10,000),
- Poggio ai Santi - a hotel complex stands outside the city and represents 40 hectares of a real tourist paradise (you can book a room for an average of 20,000 rubles).
San Vincenzo Attractions - A Must See
There are few attractions in the city and tourists during their holidays may well have time to visit each of them:
- the towers of Torre Wicchia and Torre di San Vincenzo,
- church of san vincenzo ferreri
- archaeological park (it is located 12 kilometers from the resort).
Church of San Vincenzo Ferreri. Diego fiore
San Vincenzo has good water sports facilities. Such entertainment is very popular among vacationers.
Rimigliano - the purest wild beaches
Almost 10 kilometers of sand dunes are completely devoid of the usual infrastructure, which attracts tourists here.
In San Vincenzo, you should definitely go for a beach holiday! This place is distinguished by some bewitching beauty, which can safely compete with the recognized "pearls" of the Riviera.
Rimigliano. Werner rebel
Features of Castiglione della Pescaya - what can be interesting for tourists
Castiglione della Pescaia is a special resort. It belongs to one of the most expensive and at the same time to the simplest. There is no luxury, pathos or snobbery. Rather, the town resembles a separate state where its rules reign.
Castiglione della Pescaya. Georgia Carini
The tourism industry in Castiglione della Pescaia received an impetus for development only at the end of the last century. But looking at presentable villas, luxury hotels and boutiques, it's hard to believe.
Castiglione della Pescaya is characterized by a leisurely rhythm of life and a complete lack of fuss.
Old street. elesi
The best hotels of Castiglione della Pescaia - where to stay with comfort
Local hotel complexes are rightfully considered the best in Tuscany. The most popular among tourists:
- L'Andana Tenuta La Badiola ***** - the hotel is located in an old residence and has a tennis court, a swimming pool, a SPA center, a bathhouse, a sauna, a Michelin star restaurant and much more (an average room costs about 40,000 rubles ),
- Roccamare Resort - Casa di Levante **** - the hotel has a swimming pool, its own beach and grounds for practicing various sports (you can reserve a room for 20 000 rubles),
- Fattoria Pian Di Rocca - a family hotel located in an old villa and at first glance it impresses tourists with its interiors and high level of service (room rates start at 12,000 rubles).
Castiglione Castello - Ancient Architecture
The ancient castle, preserved in good condition, is located on Rocca Aragonese. It is here that the historical part of the resort is located, originating from the time of the Etruscans.
Castiglione Castello. Leonardo gallotta
The castle was built as a defensive structure in the 14th century. From that moment on, he was always in private hands, and this continues to this day.
The Castiglione Castello halls are not accessible for tourists, but they can very well climb the hill and look at the city from the observation deck. Such an exciting walk will surely captivate both adults and children.
The most popular and comfortable beaches of Castiglione della Pescaya
The beaches at Castiglione della Pescaia are undoubtedly the cleanest in Tuscany.
And here is the result:
From year to year they are awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness, arrangement and safety.
Local beaches are incredibly picturesque and always filled with people.It is convenient that the promenade stretches along the entire beach area and at any time vacationers can drop in a cafe or a shop.
Beach at Castiglione della Pescaya. Touraille
Castiglione della Pescaia you can safely choose to relax with the smallest kids. Nowhere else in Tuscany will they be so comfortable and calm.
Tuscany baths - the opportunity to pamper your body
Not all tourists know that in addition to the sun, the sea and the masterpieces of art, Tuscany can offer a completely different type of relaxation - the renewal of soul and body at thermal springs.
And all this is why:
On the territory of Italy (Italy) there are many volcanoes, and therefore there are numerous sources formed, rich in sulfur and other trace elements that contribute to the restoration of the body. The largest number of healing springs is located in the region of Tuscany, which took on the glory of the “thermal treasury”.
Tuscan baths come in 2 forms:
- paid - at the place of sources over time there were fashionable resorts (there are about 40 of them),
- free - healing water is in the public domain.
The most popular terms are described below.
Bagni di Lucca (Terme Bagni di Lucca) - treatment and pleasure
The ancient city is located near the recognized seaside resorts - Viareggio and Versilla. This allows tourists to combine relaxation at sea with hot spring treatment.
Bagni di Lucca. leoks
Healing water has a temperature of about 50 degrees and helps with the following problems:
- skin diseases
- diseases of the female reproductive system,
- respiratory diseases.
In addition, after staying at Terme Bagni di Lucca, there was a positive trend in the treatment of problems of the cardiovascular system.
Chianciano Terme - benefits and entertainment for the whole family
This is one of the most famous Tuscany termas where you can come to rest with your whole family. On the territory of Chianciano Terme there are 4 healing springs, the “magic power” of which has been known since the time of the Etruscans.
The town of Chianciano. monticello
Chianciano is surrounded on all sides by beautiful groves, and a large number of attractions and amusement parks make this place desirable for families with children. You should go to Chianciano Terme if you have a number of serious diseases:
- gastrointestinal problems
- musculoskeletal system
- of cardio-vascular system,
Also people come here suffering from diabetes. Sources of Chianciano - this is perhaps the only place where it is successfully treated.
Montecatini Terme - a variety of sources
The local baths are also very popular with locals and tourists due to the presence of 9 healing springs, water from which has no contraindications.
And here’s what’s convenient:
Montecatini Terme are located almost in the center of the province. It is very convenient to get here from the capital of Tuscany and from the coast - no more than 40 kilometers.
Montecatini has a large number of gardens, theaters and entertainment facilities. Therefore, rest here has a positive effect not only on the body, but also on the soul.
Mulino Waterfall (Cascate del Mulino) - Natural Pools
This unique waterfall is located in the Maremma region. In this place, at the foot of an old mill, cascades of water flowing down, saturated with sulfur and carbon.
At any time of the year, the source has a stable temperature - 37 degrees Celsius, which allows you to swim in it even in winter.
Mulino waterfall. Vladimir Sazonov
The Mulino waterfall over time eroded the limestone shores, thereby forming several natural pools to which people come. Nobody takes money for swimming, so there are always a lot of tourists here.
Bagno Vignoni - a huge pool among the forests
A small village in the suburbs of Siena is surrounded by beautiful forests, but a huge stone pool filled with healing water brought fame to it. This amazing bowl occupies the main square of Bagno Vignoni, and the waters of the local thermal spring are considered the most enriched in sulfides.
Bagno Vignoni. Amb
Swimming in the pool is free for both residents of Bagno Vignoni and visitors.
A visit to the Tuscan thermal springs is a great opportunity to use your vacation to the full 100% and bring from your vacation not only pleasant experiences, but also get a boost of energy.
The most interesting excursions in Tuscany
How well to relax in Tuscany know guides engaged in individual excursion programs! Such enthusiastic people who can turn ordinary vacation into a series of incredible events were united by the Tripster project.
Among all the excursion programs in Tuscany, we chose the brightest and most interesting.
Medieval Holidays in Tuscany - “Isabella Medici's Night”
Those who rest in Florence should definitely go on a medieval holiday dedicated to the family, which played an important role in the development of the city - the Medici.
The holiday is held in the small town of Cerreto Guidi, near the walls of which unbelievably colorful action unfolds.
How does this happen:
The city is filled with the public in ancient costumes and for one day everyone has the opportunity to live a piece of life as it was in the Middle Ages.
During the tour, tourists:
- get to know the story of Isabella Medici,
- visit her villa
- will see the performances of the actors
- try local delicacies
- they will purchase products of artisans,
- will take part in festivities.
Such a holiday will definitely become the most striking holiday event!
Find out the details of the program at https://experience.tripster.ru/experience/6646/#. It is important that the tour is conducted in Russian.
"How the Pisans built a tower" - an interesting quest
For 2 hours on the Square of Miracles, the kids will go through an exciting quest and plunge into the secrets of building the most famous tower in the world. And adults during this time will have time to hear a lot of interesting things about the main architectural monuments of the city.
Square of Miracles in Pisa. Robert Hoetink
The program is designed for a group of up to 10 people.
Everything you need to know about this unusual excursion is given below:
Details about this program are available at https://experience.tripster.ru/experience/6688/.
“The same Tuscany: wine in the Chianti castle and landscapes” - a gourmet tour
The taste and aroma of Chianti Classico is without which Tuscany will lose some of its charm. Therefore, it is impossible to visit here and not to taste the famous wine!
The program lasting 5 hours will give tourists a lot of unforgettable moments:
- a trip from Florence to Chianti along the most beautiful road,
- a visit to an old village in which everything was preserved in almost the same form as it was in the Middle Ages,
- tour of one of the castles having their own winery,
- wine tasting with light snacks.
Winery in the Chianti region. Jenifoto
During the tour, tourists will learn about the history of this region, its culinary traditions and features of wine production. Such trips remain in the memory of travelers for a long time!
Details of the tour can be found at https://experience.tripster.ru/experience/15108/.
Ordering individual trips on the Tripster is a great opportunity to find out the real Tuscany, which people living here see it every day.
Tuscany for children - all the most interesting for little tourists
On vacation, every child craves entertainment and entertainment again! He will not have enough visits to museums and architectural monuments, so moms and dads are most interested in where in Tuscany you can have fun with children. And here the provinces have something to please little travelers and their parents.
Acqua Village - water activities
In the town of Cecina there is a water park, where you should definitely call in with children from 2 years and older.
Acqua Village consists of:
- slides designed for visitors of different ages,
- 2 bars and cafes,
- souvenir shops.
Acqua Village in Cecin. Gansstock
You can visit the water town with the whole family, but first you should read a few tips:
- the lines to the slides in the high season stretch for 30-40 minutes, so it will be more profitable to purchase a daily subscription, which gives the right to go out of turn,
- food in the park is quite expensive and it is better to take water and snacks with you to organize a picnic.
Cavallino Matto - exciting rides
Marina di Castagneto has a beautiful theme park with attractions for the whole family. It covers an area of 60,000 square meters and stands on the very shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Cavallino Matto was opened in the second half of the last century and since then it has changed significantly, turning into an absolutely universal park, where you can come with a toddler and child over 12 years old.
- adults - 22 euros,
- children (from a meter to 1 meter 30 centimeters) - 17 euros
- Entrance to the theme park after lunch costs all 14 euros,
- Toddlers under 1 meter are free at Cavallino Matto.
Acqua Village in Follonica - a small water park
This water town belongs to the same network as that located in Chechin, but has several differences from it:
- 10 slides
- 5 pools
- fast food establishments.
In Folloniki, water parks rarely have queues for slides even in the highest season, and picnic areas are equipped with umbrellas, tables and chairs.
Parco di Pinocchio - plunge into a fairy tale
The village of Collodi is known throughout Italy for the construction of a unique park dedicated to the most beloved children's character - Pinocchio.
The village of Collodi. Alan kraft
Parco di Pinocchio was built in the 60s of the last century and is a mixture of attractions, theme zones and sculptures of fairy-tale characters. The most interesting areas of the park are:
- "Puppet Theater" - puppet shows are regularly held here,
- Toy Land
- "Laboratory of words and things" - it contains the entire Pinocchio pedigree,
- The Garzoni Garden
- "Butterfly House".
Puppet theater. Miriam82
In addition, in the park:
- kids ride a pony and a gondola,
- there is a doll workshop where you can create a toy yourself,
- spend costume festivals.
- visit to the park only - for adults 10 euros, for children 7 euros,
- visit to the park, garden and the butterfly house - for adults 21 euros, for a child 17 euros,
- Toddlers under 3 years old attend Parco di Pinocchio for free.
Tuscany is perfect for families with children of any age. Here, the child will find not only beautiful beaches and the gentle sea, but also entertainment that will turn your vacation into an unforgettable adventure.
Interesting festivals, holidays and entertainment in Tuscany
Holidays in Tuscany can not be imagined without colorful multi-day holidays! They are very fond of them and are divided into 3 groups:
- standard (Christmas, Easter and others),
- national (they are marked by the whole country),
The last holidays are of most interest to tourists, since such spectacles are difficult to see anywhere else in the country.
Christmas in Tuscany. Marco Taliani de Marchio
Festa di San Giovanni - festivities
Since the time of the Florentine Republic, the image of John the Baptist was used as a symbol and patron.
Once his figure was an example of high morality, which was necessary to maintain church order. And the saint’s birthday - June 24 - turned into a large-scale holiday for all citizens. But over time, the religious meaning of the date was lost, and the habit of holding processions and organizing festivities remained.
The holiday begins in the morning and consists of several events:
- processions with candles
- solemn mass
- horse racing,
- football game.
Football at Festa di San Giovanni is held in a special way. For the sake of the game, teams dress in old suits, and judges apply the rules prescribed in the 16th century. You can score a ball on them not only with your feet, but also with your hands.
The day ends necessarily with colorful fireworks, which often lasts up to half an hour.
Viareggio Carnevale - fun and processions
This carnival is considered one of the largest and most significant events in Europe! And in popularity, it is not inferior to the famous festive procession in Venice.
Viareggio Carnevale. Soleluna77
In February, the resort town of Viareggio literally goes crazy!
For a whole month he becomes the focus of fun, bright colors and daring verses. Viareggio Carnevale is celebrated since the end of the 19th century, when it acquired its distinctive features:
- processions on carts
- huge papier-mâché dolls (special mechanisms are inserted into them that allow the dolls to move),
- accusatory songs sung on every street.
Millions of people come to see the holiday.
Few remain until the end of the carnival, as between the processions breaks take up to 1 week.
Luminara - marine regatta
The most anticipated holiday in Pisa is dedicated to the patron saint of the city - Saint Ranieri. Luminara begins on June 16, lasts 2 days. Each has its own characteristics:
- on the first day, the whole city is decorated with lights and lanterns - lanterns and candles are installed on houses, squares, streets and even water, with which they glorify the saint (at night fireworks are launched everywhere in the city),
- on the second day, a sea regatta is held.
To participate in sailing races, each of the four ancient quarters exposes its own team. The boat that goes 2 kilometers first will win.
Regatta in Pisa. Lukeluke
La Festa della Rificolona - Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival in Florence is perhaps the most romantic sight in all of Tuscany!
La Festa della Rificolona is held on the night of September 6-7. The holiday begins with a procession, to which almost all the townspeople and tourists gradually join. Each holds a lit paper lantern. They are released into the sky at Santissima Annunziata Square.
This magical sight cannot be forgotten when you saw it once!
Il Palio - historical horse racing
Twice during the summer - July 2 and August 16 - the main square of Siena turns into a field for horse racing.
The history of the holiday dates back to the late 16th century, when bullfights, which were one of the most important summer events in Siena, were prohibited.
To preserve the holiday for the townspeople, the battles were replaced by horse and donkey races. And only at the beginning of the 18th century, teams began to compete on horseback.
Il Palio is a noisy and colorful festival for crowds of tourists!
Holiday Il Palio in Siena. Blackmac
Interestingly, teams dress up in costumes of different colors. And after the horse race, the square in the historical part of the city “dresses” in the colors of the winners. They do not change until the next holiday.
Tuscany is characterized by gastronomic festivals, as well as numerous historical games. Such holidays do not allow residents of the province to forget about their roots and traditions.
When is the best time to go to Tuscany - the climate in the region
Italy is suitable for year-round recreation. And Tuscany is no exception to the general rule. It has a very mild Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by:
- lack of abnormal heat and cold,
- calm weather
- comfortable summer
- humid and short winter.
The nature of Tuscany. Mario savoia
In addition to these general data, when planning a trip, it is worth considering the part of the province in which the vacation will take place:
- on the coast, summer is always a little hotter
- at higher elevations in winter and summer, a higher probability of precipitation remains.
To determine exactly when it is best to relax in Tuscany, you need to study the features of each season.
Summer in Tuscany - heat and high season
Summer Tuscany turns into something amazing - warmed by the sun, fragrant and blooming. With the onset of warmth, crowds of tourists rush here, who with equal pleasure spend time on the beach and explore the sights of the resorts.
The disadvantages of a summer trip to the province include:
- a huge number of tourists
- temperature rising to 40 degrees Celsius in July-August.
Summer in Tuscany. Stevanz
The listed disadvantages are compensated:
- warmed up to 25 degrees by the sea,
- scenic views
- the opportunity to combine a beach holiday with a study of the cultural heritage of the region.
In the summer, they go to Tuscany mainly with school-age children in order to make 100% use of the holidays.
Autumn in Tuscany - ideal for a cultural program
At this time, the region is transforming - endless fields dress in yellow and it seems that a gold placer is reaching for the horizon, gradually merging with the cool sky blue.
At the beginning of autumn, you can still swim in the sea, and later, when the air temperature drops to +16, there comes a period of acquaintance with historical monuments and museums.
Among the minuses of rest in the autumn months are called:
- frequent rains
- possible sharp differences between daytime and nighttime air temperatures (especially in mountainous areas).
Autumn in Tuscany. canadastock
The obvious pluses are:
- the opportunity to extend the swimming season until the end of September,
- decline in tourist flow,
- comfortable weather, suitable for long walks.
Autumn Tuscany is the time when you can make the most extensive cultural program and even manage to get a golden tan.
Winter in Tuscany - time for sales and museums
In the winter months, the region no longer seems so hospitable:
- frequent rainfall
- high humidity,
- feeling of dankness
- air temperature practically does not rise above + 9 degrees.
Of course, this weather does not stop many tourists from traveling around Tuscany.
But they need to consider the main drawback of such a trip - the lack of heating in hotels (this is quite common in Italy).
Winter in Tuscany. Marco ramerini
However, there are many pluses in winter holidays:
- free access to museums and art galleries,
- participation in Christmas fairs and festivals,
- relaxation in thermal springs,
Winter is not suitable for exploring Tuscany, but as a second or third visit to the region will be interesting.
Spring in Tuscany - the beginning of the season with comfortable warmth
Since March, when the first flowers appear in the province, tourists rush here.
The air temperature confidently rises and in April in the daytime reaches + 20 degrees.
There are practically no disadvantages of spring holidays in Tuscany. The only drawback is the large number of travelers. The tourist flow has not yet reached summer levels, but in May it is already close to them.
Spring in Tuscany. MRTfotografie
In all other respects, spring is perfect to imbue the beauty of Tuscan cities.
Going on a trip, it is not superfluous to get acquainted with the table of average temperatures. It will help travelers find the best time to explore the region.
|Daytime air temperature, ° С||+11||+13||+16||+19||+23||+27||+30||+30||+27||+22||+16||+12|
|Night air temperature, ° С||+3||+3||+6||+8||+12||+15||+18||+17||+15||+11||+7||+4|
|Water temperature, ° С||+12||+12||+13||+14||+16||+20||+22||+24||+22||+20||+17||+14|
If you analyze all the above information, then the conclusion suggests itself that the best time for a vacation in Tuscany is the end of summer, the first month of autumn and spring. The beginning and middle of summer are ideal for a purely beach holiday, and winter is a special season that will be interesting to avid travelers who sincerely love Italy.
Options for finished tours to Tuscany and their prices
Tuscany is a rather large region and the cost of trips here directly depends on the chosen resort.
- Holidays on the coast of the region in high season (Forte dei Marmi, Tirrenia and other popular resorts) will cost tourists in the amount of 169,000 rubles,
- holidays in Florence, Pisa and other major cities will cost from 70,000 rubles,
- combined tour, which includes visiting several cities and a couple of days of rest at sea, costs 100,000-150,000 rubles.
Prices are for 2 adults for 7 nights with departure from Moscow.
Tours to Tuscany. William Perugini
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- convenient and intuitive interface,
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- attractive prices for trips from 120 companies,
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In Travelat, tourists can, with the help of managers, compose and buy an individual tour of the places of interest to them. At the same time, the price of the ticket will be no higher than that provided for the standard package.
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Food prices in Tuscany in shops and catering
Most tourists eat in restaurants and cafes. Therefore, this item of expenditure interests them the most. Below is an example table for prices for dinner or lunch for two.
|Institution Category||Minimum dinner price (Euro)||Drink dinner price (Euro)|
|Restaurants with Michelin Stars||150||200-250|
|Middle class restaurants||60-70||100|
|Cibo di strada (Italian fast food)||4-5||7-10|
The cheapest meal costs those tourists who live in apartments and can cook their own meals. Usually they buy products in local markets or in large supermarkets. They can focus on the following price table.
|Product type||Price per kg (Euro)|
|Fruits (apples, pears, bananas and so on)||1-3,5|
|Vegetables (broccoli, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers)||1-2|
|Italian sausages (100 grams)||1-3|
|Eggs (6 pieces)||1|
|Olive oil (1 liter)||4-5|
We recommend that tourists buy products on the market, where prices may be 10-15% lower than those indicated in the table.
Prices in Tuscany for accommodation and excursions
Selling expenses are not just food. This should include the cultural program, accommodation and travel around the country. Our tables will help you plan your travel budget in Tuscany.
Typical Tuscan style at the hotel. Kuznetsov Alexey
Hotel prices are approximately the following:
|Types of accommodation||Cost for 2 tourists for 1 night (Euro)|
|Modest room in the historical part of large cities||70|
|Hotel room 5 * in large cities||250|
|Small Town Room||50-200|
|Nice room in family hotels||50-70|
On excursions, you should defer such amounts:
|Types of excursion programs||Cost (Euro)|
|Personal tour in a large city (2-3 hours)||100|
|Group tour in a large city||From 40|
|Private trips around Tuscany by car with a guide||From 250|
If we add to the already listed expenses the prices for public transport (from 1.5 to 10 euros) and travel by taxi - about 20 euros, then a fairly accurate trip budget will be formed.
Shopping in Tuscany - the best places to shop
Tuscany is a great place to shop! In all 10 provinces of the region, there are interesting, from the point of view of shopaholics, retail outlets and outlets. In each of them you can buy branded items and unique designer products of Italian masters.
Jewelry shop on the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. Eszter szadeczky-kardoss
The most famous Tuscany outlets
In outlets, discounts are held regardless of the season. This makes them very attractive for tourists vacationing in Tuscany.
The following outlets are the most popular:
- Designer Outlet - it consists of several streets where boutiques of the most famous brands are located (there is a store in the suburbs of Florence),
- Fashion Valley Outlet - in the assortment of 32 stores, not only clothes and shoes, but also goods for children, accessories, bags and more (the mall presents luxury brands),
- Valdichiana Outlet Village - the outlet has the widest assortment of goods in Tuscany and offers visitors to get acquainted with inexpensive Italian brands (located in Foiano della Chiana Mall),
- Dolce & Gabbana Outlet - the mall presents past collections of the same brand with discounts of up to 70% (a store is located in Florence),
- Maria Sartini non solo cashmere Outlet - a specialized mall selling cashmere items made by local designers (located in Pisa outlet).
Shopaholics believe that Tuscany may well compete with other regions of Italy in the number of outlets.
Popular Tuscany shops and markets
If you plan to allocate 2-3 days for shopping, then tourists should consider not only malls, but also other places where you can make very interesting acquisitions:
- San Lorenzo grocery and leather markets - here you can buy the best leather products in Tuscany, olives, wines and other gastronomic delights that will be wonderful souvenirs for loved ones (markets are located in Florence),
- Coin department store - a multi-brand store located in Pisa and offers a wide selection of luxury brand products,
- Enoteca Via Cogorano - not only the best wines are sold here in Livorno, but throughout Tuscany,
- Above Street Shop - a large department store in Pistoia that sells winter branded items,
- Antichità Monna Agnese store - antique lovers know that they need to go here (the shopping center is located in Siena).
Christmas Market in Florence. Adisa
Even if tourists come to Tuscany only for a beach holiday, they will not be able to resist shopping in this region!
We recommend for avid shopaholics to rent a car and drive through the various Tuscan provinces in order to fully enjoy the magical process of going to local shops.
Features of local cuisine
Tuscans believe that the day should be based on meals.
Here is what stands out:
No locals will ever allow themselves to skip lunch or dinner. For the sake of delicious food, the Tuscan is able to postpone any business for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
Moreover, the feast here is always plentiful and often ends after midnight.
The main features of local cuisine are:
- the use of offal,
- addiction to fatty meat dishes,
- the minimum amount of paste in the diet,
- frequent use of game,
- special love for sweets.
Of course, tourists will not be able to try all authentic dishes, but some should become a mandatory menu item.
Tuscany cuisine. Beauty photographer
Of meat dishes, tourists should definitely try:
- bistecca alla fiorentina - a Florentine beef steak is made only from a special kind of meat and cooked without adding spices, which are served separately to an already prepared dish,
- cervello alla fiorentina - beef brains fried in breadcrumbs, flour and eggs, served without a side dish and sauces,
- pappardelle al cinghiale - pasta served with game stew,
- cacciucco - a thick and aromatic soup prepared from at least 5 types of seafood.
Keep in mind that the portions in Tuscan restaurants are very large.
A standard steak weighs at least a kilogram, and in a bowl with soup it will be no less than 500 milliliters.
Thick seafood soup. hlphoto
Sweet in Tuscany is simply adored and produced in incredible quantities, but will be especially interesting for tourists:
- castagnaccio - a cake based on chestnut flour is prepared with the addition of nuts, rosemary and various types of butter and has an unusual flavor,
- zuccotto - a delicious dessert consisting of biscuit, curd cream, rum essence and large cherries.
Tuscan desserts can be eaten at any time of the day - before and after the main meal, but never instead.
A cake based on chestnut flour. anna.q
Tuscany wines - a visiting card of the region
Tuscany is the land of winemakers. Local wines are distinguished by their unique bouquet and taste. This makes them the most desired souvenir from a trip to Tuscany.
The region produces more than a hundred different wines, but Chianti has become the hallmark of the Tuscan hills.
A drink made from grapes grown in the Chianti Valley has a unique aroma that is difficult to forget or confuse.
Chianti wines. Zoom team
The cost of wine primarily depends on the maturity of the drink. But even the young Chianti is an excellent addition to a delicious dinner!
Florence-Peretola Airport named after Amerigo Vespucci (Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola di Amerigo Vespucci)
The air gates of Florence are relatively new, as they were opened only 19 years ago.
The airport is separated from the city center by about 5 kilometers, which tourists overcome with the help of public transport that runs along the route every 30 minutes (ticket costs 15 euros).
Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola di Amerigo Vespucci accepts domestic and international flights, serving approximately 30 companies at the same time.
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (Aeroporto di Pisa-San Giusto di Galileo Galilei)
The international airport accepts charters and flights of low-cost airlines, therefore it takes the first place in Tuscany in terms of passenger turnover.
From here it’s quite easy to leave for any city in the region.
Russia does not have direct flights with the capital of Tuscany. This forces tourists to transplant in Milan or Rome and only then fly to Florence. But the airport of Pisa receives air liners of almost all Russian low-cost airlines, which allows travelers to take advantage of a direct flight from Moscow.
Taxi - comfort and mobility
Taxi services in Italy are quite expensive, so tourists rarely use this option to travel around the city or between cities. It should be borne in mind that:
- the passenger always pays separately for getting into the car (at night and in the evening the tariff rises),
- the final cost of the trip is displayed by 2 counters - one determines the travel time, the other counts the kilometers traveled.
Payment terminals are rarely installed in Tuscan taxis, and therefore, in most cases, you have to pay in cash for a trip.
Trains - speed and budget cost
The railway is one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest ways to get in Italy from one point to another.
The railway in Tuscany. Aliaksandr Antanovic
In Tuscany, mainly 2 types of trains run: electric trains and high-speed trains.
They move along the same routes and differ in price and time on the road. By train you can reach any large and small town in Tuscany.
Italians themselves prefer to travel around the region precisely by train and recommend this type of transport to tourists.
Car rental is expensive but very convenient
Traveling by car through the endless hills of Tuscany is an incomparable pleasure!
To conclude an agreement, tourists will need only a passport and international rights (they must be obtained in advance).
Car rent. S_Photo
Numerous rental service companies operate in the region. But it’s worth contacting only large and trusted companies with a flexible discount system and a good fleet of vehicles. These include:
Aircraft - options for optimal flights
Tourists from Moscow can take a ticket for a direct flight to Pisa. The aircraft of two air carriers are available to them: S7 and POBEDA.
If you plan to fly to Tuscany from St. Petersburg, then you need to look for a composite route with a transfer in Rome or Milan. In this case, the end point of the trip will most likely not be Pisa, but Florence.
By plane to Tuscany. Volker rach
The total cost of flights will be the same as in the previous version. And sometimes it’s 20-30 euros more expensive.
Train - railway features
The easiest way to get to Tuscany by rail is from Milan and Rome.
From Milan to Florence there are trains:
The list of trains from Rome in the same direction is more extensive:
Railway station in Tuscany. robert paul van beets
Bus - a convenient option from airports
From Tuscany international airports you can get to anywhere in the region by bus. But in speed, this type of movement loses to trains.
Tuscany is Italy’s most magical region! Its measuredness, smoothness and breathtaking beauty cannot but resonate with the souls of travelers. And remember - if your first acquaintance with the country takes place in Tuscany, then you will forever remain a prisoner of this hot beauty!