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Sightseeing in Tuscany - what to see. Complete travel guide

Travelers associate Tuscany with beautiful parks, Roman thermae and cozy Italian towns, each of which stores a lot of secrets and ancient legends.

It would take at least a week to explore all the galleries and museums of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. The city has carefully preserved beautiful historic buildings; many of them are open exhibition centers. There is also one of the most scenic parks in the world, Boboli Gardens. The must-see destination is the Tower of Pisa. In Siena you can not only enjoy unique architectural monuments of the Middle Ages, but also visit the famous Palio horse race. In the vicinity of Siena there are several attractive towns and villages.
1. The most favorable time to visit Tuscany is late spring and early autumn. At this time, it’s not so hot, so nothing would spoil numerous excursions. Beach lovers will like to rest … Open
The town of San Gimignano is often called the ‘city of towers;’ not far from it there is a place of indescribable beauty, Orcia Valley. Vano Vignoni is famous due to ancient Roman thermae; you can see the thermal pool even in the downtown instead of the traditional square or park. You could find nice hotels in rural areas; they appeal to those who love to relax outdoors and those devoting a lot of time to hiking. Bicycle is the most popular mode of transport among tourists traveling around cities of Tuscany. While walking you can explore all the interesting places and enjoy the scenery of the place.
Visits to vineyards in Tuscany are very popular; there are several major centers of wine production. There are restaurants and wineries close to vineyards, where you can taste the best wines and buy a couple of bottles as souvenirs. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Romantic Tuscany is famous for its fashionable beach resorts. Despite their immense popularity, many coastal towns have managed to retain their relaxed atmosphere. Each province has its own … Open
Viareggio situated on the coast is the center of entertainment. Fans of nightlife, noisy parties, luxury restaurants and hotels would enjoy time there. Shoppers also won’t be bored, as they could find a variety of shopping malls and trendy boutiques in the city. In Cortona you can distract from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in a harmonious atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Beautiful palaces, cathedrals and castles are main attractions of this charming Italian city. Tuscany is a haven for curious tourists eager for new experiences and discoveries.
Tuscany is famous for luxurious beach resorts. The elite resort of Versilia really attracts the most demanding tourists. It is famous for its high-level service. At the coast of the resort, there is one of the most upscale hotels in the region. Its main competitor is the resort of Forte dei Marmi that will impress you with lots of luxurious hotels and entertainments. Despite the fact that these beach resorts are some of the richest in the region, a lot of travelers always visit it in the middle of the tourist season.
Tuscany is one of the most attractive regions of Italy from a tourist point of view, as there are about 7,000 accommodation places on its territory. Historic hotels are widespread in the … Open
Picturesque beaches located in the surroundings of Livorno and the enchanting beaches of Monte Argentario are more popular with thrifty tourists. The true local attraction is the beach of Rosignano. This is the only beach with white sand in Europe that resembles the Caribbean beaches. Not far from the coast, there is the big soda factory, which activity has influenced the color of sand. It is important to note that this factory does not cause any environmental damage on local beaches.
At the resorts of Tuscany Riviera, there are upscale water sports centers. It is interesting to vacation here for those who have long dreamed about mastering the diving skills. More experienced sportsmen will be certainly impressed by the resort of Elba. There are excellent diving sites for experienced divers. Many experienced divers prefer diving near the islands of Giannutri and Giglio. The latter is famous for the Costa Concordia ship wrecking several years ago here. It has not been lifted above yet. Now, the ship is very popular with divers.
From a gastronomic point of view Tuscany is one of the most mysterious and attractive areas of Italy, because this is where locals have preserved centuries-old culinary traditions. The main … Open
Tuscany is a favorite place of gourmets too. National restaurants and colorful markets will really impress all the tourists. In Tuscan restaurants, the visitors can taste several types of juicy beefsteak cooked only over an open fire. You can also taste many popular national dishes in local markets. Seafood and different inexpensive legumes are offered in small cafes. An important attribute of the national cuisine is pizza. Also, incredibly delicious bread is baked and popular wines are produced here.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Tuscany and surroundings

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tuscany
♥   Castle 'Castello di Sidney Sonnino' Montespertoli, 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Poppiano' Montespertoli, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montegufoni' Montespertoli, 14.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Linari' Barberino Val d’Elsa, 15.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frederick II Castle' San Miniato al Tedesco, 16.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tuscany
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna' , 74.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 106 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’ Arcipelago Toscano' , 109.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 119.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tuscany and around
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca e museo civico' Volterra, 20.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo etrusco Guarnacci' Volterra, 20.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo diocesano di arte sacra' Volterra, 20.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Palazzo Pitti' Florence, 30.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Uffizi Gallery' Florence, 31.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Tuscany from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Siena

From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
The Cathedral was built in the 13th century but even now it adores people not only with its magnificent external view but also with the inner black and white marble decoration. More than that, there was saved an old library. Thanks to that, every visitor can see a Bibliotheca of the unique handwrites and rather rare books. Fort Santa Barbara is one the most popular relaxation places of tourists. This huge strengthening structures were built in the middle of the 16th century and saved the city from the enemies. Today on the territory of the fort has placed an unusual theatre. In warm seasons there are holding outstanding open-air plays. … Read further

Grotta Giusti

From the series “Most Extraordinary Thermaes, Baths and Saunas in the World”
The most unusual variant of pastime will be a rest in the cave, where among stylactites and stalagmites, natural stone terraces with chic recreation areas and wooden sun loungers were equipped. In the grotto is a wonderful thermal lake Limbo. A rest on the shore will also be an unforgettable event. It is also worth noting that since the opening, the Giusti cave is very popular with celebrities. In ancient times Giuseppe Verdi loved to rest here. … Read further

Historic Center of Florence

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Another name of Florence is ”the second Rome”. It has more unique historical things than the Eternal city. The Ufficio Gallery is the oldest European museum in the world. There you can see thousands of beyond price works of art. Visitors can adore wonderful antique full sculptures, Medieval Gobelins and portrait sculptures of Roman Emperors. The gallery’s decoration itself has huge artistic values. … Read further
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