Tuscany: where to go, places to visit, itineraries holidays

Where to go in Tuscany, holiday itineraries including places to visit, including rolling hills, plains, mountains, sea and art cities.

Guide Tuscany

Tuscany is a region of central Italy, with the northern foothills comes to the demarcation line beyond which begins north Italy, extended on the western slope of the Apennines and includes the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago including Elba, Isola del Giglio, Capraia Island, Island of Montecristo and Pianosa Island. Washed by the Tyrrhenian sea borders with Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Umbria and Lazio.

Its provinces are Florence, the regional capital, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Siena, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Prato and Pistoia. The Tuscan territory is mostly hilly with some plains, major mountain ranges and the Apennine Mountains to the north and east.

The highest mountains are Mount Prado, Monte Giove, Rondinaio Monte, Monte Pisanino, Alpe of the Three Powers, Pania of the Cross, Sumbra Monte, Monte Tambura, Monte Amiata. Other prominent mountains are the Alps, which divide the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara, the Pistoia mountains, the mountains of Chianti, the Pratomagno, the Casentino and metalliferous hills.

The main rivers are the Arno and Serchio Ombrone while the main lakes are Lake Chiusi, Lake San Casciano, Lake Montepulciano and Lake Massaciuccoli.

Washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea offe a great tourist reception even in summer for tourists who love the sea with its beautiful beaches including those of Versilia, San Vincenzo, Castiglione de La Pescaia, Punta Ala and Elba. The seaside resort is the most exclusive Forte dei Marmi and for mountain lovers is to consider the Garfagnana with its mountains and trails for interesting alpine excursions.

Places to visit in Tuscany

uscany is one of the best Italian regions to spend the holidays, being among those with the highest historical, artistic and cultural, as well as having a ‘wide variety of landscapes.

– Florence is crossed by the River Arno and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, with its many historic buildings, monuments and museums full of art history including the Uffizi Gallery, the Palatine Gallery, the Bargello and the museums Pitti Palace .

– Arezzo is a beautiful town located at the confluence of three of the four valleys that make up its province; these valleys are the Casentino, Upper Valdarno and Val di Chiana.

– Grosseto is the main town of the Tuscan Maremma.

– Livorno, one of the most important Italian ports and home to oil refineries, developed from the end of the sixteenth century by the Medici. Were born here celebrities including Amedeo Modigliani, Pietro Mascagni and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

– Lucca is a city of art famous for owning a wall of the sixteenth century still intact and a historic center of considerable artistic value. For the massive presence of buildings dedicated to Christian worship is also known as the city of 100 churches. Piazza Anfiteatro, Via Fillungo, Piazza San Michele and Piazza San Martino are just some of the places of tourist interest.

– Mass is the capital of the Province of Massa-Carrara.

– Carrara is a common place in the Province of Massa-Carrara that enjoys international fame thanks to the famous white marble extracted from the nearby Alps.
Among the monuments of the city should be mentioned the cathedral of the twelfth century and the ducal palace of the sixteenth century, now the headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts.

– Pisa is famous for the Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli where the marble Cathedral built between 1063 and 1118, Pisan Romanesque style, with the bronze door of St Rainier of Bonanno Pisano and the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. In Pisa is also the most important airport of Tuscany.

– Pistoia is a lovely city with the beautiful Cathedral of San Zeno that guards inside the silver altar of San Jacopo.

– Prato is famous in Italy and in the world for the textile industry. Crossing the river Bisenzio also has a beautiful old town. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Stephen, built of white and green marble, the interior has three naves and in it are preserved the relic of the Holy Girdle, the frescoes by Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello and Agnolo Gaddi. Also outside is a nice pulpit built by Michelozzo and decorated by Donatello. Praetorian Palace was the seat of the Podesta in the Middle Ages and today it is the Museum.
Town Hall has a neoclassical appearance and is the current seat of the municipality.
Emperor’s Castle was built by Emperor Frederick II with a square plan with eight towers, but today only the outer walls.

– Siena is a city known for its remarkable artistic heritage, for its stylistic unity urban and to be immersed in a hilly enviable.

– Versilia is a popular beach resort located in the northwestern part of Tuscany, stretching from Torre del Lago south to the border with Marina di Massa in the North, including Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore, Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. The historical Versilia has an area less composed exclusively of Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema.

– Garfagnana is a portion of the province of Lucca between the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan Emilian. Bordering the Lunigiana, is crossed by the river Serchio and is rich in forests. The main center is Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Other important centers are Camporgiano, Castiglione, Gallicano, Minucciano, Piazza al Serchio, Pieve Fosciana, Villa Collemandina. Garfagnana offers a wide variety of natural landscapes and mountains.