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Visit Tuscany

Although Tuscany, which lies in central Italy and to a large extent on the Mediterranean Sea, extends as far as the Apuan Alps in the north and the Monte Argentario peninsula in the south, covers a total of just under 23,000 square kilometres, the multitude of sights is enormous. Seven of them alone are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. More than in many other countries.

This diversity, the special charm of the landscape and the people, the authentic Tuscan cuisine – these are just a few of the many reasons why the region around the capital Florence is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy. We show you the places you should definitely visit during your Tuscan holiday:

Florence: The capital of the region is considered the cradle of the Renaissance and impresses with countless cultural sites. Culture, art and architecture enter into a perfect symbiosis here and result in a unique flair. Narrow alleys, historic buildings, small boutiques and cosy cafés create a holiday feeling.

Pisa: The city of 89,000 inhabitants, which lies almost directly on the sea, is more than just the world-famous “Leaning Tower”. Pisa boasts numerous Romanesque and Gothic buildings and entices visitors with its narrow, winding streets where small cafés and restaurants invite you to linger.

Siena: The fact that the entire old town of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site shows how picturesque it is. Particularly impressive: the Piazza del Campo and the cathedral, which belongs to the Gothic era. Also worth seeing are the more than 100-metre-high bell tower of Palazzo Publicco and the former pilgrims’ hospice Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala.

Val d’Orcia: The Val d’Orcia is not a town but a valley. The Val d’Orcia, which lies south of Siena, is known for its hilly, almost undulating landscape and its richness of colour. Cypresses and vineyards, romantic churches and small villages make the Val d’Orcia a popular destination not only for artists.

San Gimignano: Symbolic of all that is Tuscany is the small town of San Gimignano, located between Siena and Florence. High towers, picturesque alleys and a city wall from the 11th century provide medieval charm.

Chianti: The Chianti region is not only the home of the famous red wine, but is also known as the heart of Tuscany. This is due on the one hand to its central location between Florence and Siena, and on the other hand to its incredible variety of landscapes. Small villages, vineyards and monasteries make this region something very special.

Lucca: The fact that Lucca was one of the most important trading cities in Europe during the Renaissance can still be felt everywhere. In the centre is Palazzo Guingi with its 44-metre-high tower. From there you have a breathtaking view far beyond the boundaries of the still intact city walls of Lucca. 

Maremma: Tuscany in its most original form can be experienced in the Maremma. This is a steppe and marsh landscape located in the very south of the region. It was not until the 19th century that the marshes were drained and the area settled. It is characterised by agriculture and viticulture and is considered a real paradise, especially for nature lovers and hikers.

Cortona: The small mountain village gained fame at the latest through the Hollywood film “Under the Tuscan Sun” from 2003 – and for good reason. Situated around 500 metres above sea level, it impresses with its great views and the narrow alleys that wind uphill and downhill through the village.

Garfagnana: The Garfagnana area borders directly on the Apuan Alps. It is characterised by its wooded and mountainous landscape. With numerous medieval castles and small villages far from the tourist crowds, Garfagnana is definitely worth a trip.

Island of Elba: A popular holiday destination is the island of Elba, located in the Tuscan archipelago and known for its picturesque beaches and crystal-clear green-blue sea. But the island has much more to offer than long sandy beaches. It offers an enormous variety of different plants, Roman and medieval testimonies and special architecture.