Visit Tuscany


To visit Tuscany, splendid region of central Italy famous for masterpieces of art and architecture that preserve its main cities like Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca Pisa recommend using as a starting point both for its strategic location for both connections that guarantee with other cities


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Pisa is the main airport of Tuscany and is an important railway junction connecting the other major cities in a short time.

Pisa is the arrival point for all those who travel by plane, its airport is the largest in Tuscany and is the starting point of all the major airlines companies and very well connected with Pisa to Florence transfer.

Pisa also has an important railway station, is very well connected with major cities of Tuscany such as Florence (50 minutes by train) and Lucca (40 minutes by train) and the bus system allows the visit and Volterra San Miniato.

Another means of transport that can be found in Pisa are the rental services with driver (NCC), are usually of Van 7 seats with driver, Taxi are cheaper especially for journeys over 30 kilometers such as the transfer from Pisa in Florence.

Tuscany is also a major destination for tourist cruises from the port of Livorno thanks to allow transfer and rental services with driver (NCC) to reach the main tourist destinations such Livorno to Pisa, Livorno to Florence and the Chianti.

Another excellence that attracts many tourists in Tuscany is wine, there are many wine tour Tuscany, you can enjoy tasting the best Tuscan wines such as Sassicaia wine and Tignanello wine tour going directly into winery and savoring the flavors that these wines can transmit paired with cheeses and good Italian food.

PISA

Pisa is a small city crossed by the Arno river which divides it into two parts, easily accessible from florence with Florence to Pisa excursion.

The city of Pisa is world famous for its Leaning Tower and the majestic Cathedral Square, where there are also the Baptistry, the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the Monumental Cemetery and the Museum of Sinopie (preparatory drawings present in the frescoes the monumental cemetery).

The frescoes, the work of many artists, including Buffalmacco, Andrea Bonaiuti, Antonio Veneziano, Spinello Aretino, Taddeo Gaddi, Piero di Puccio, Benozzo Gozzoli once covered the entire walls of the cemetery and were badly damaged by fire in 1944 due to an allied bomb that was dropped erroneously the cathedral during the bombing of the station area in the Porta a Mare.

They were so detached frescoes for the most urgent restoration work and found themselves behind these extraordinarily preserved preparatory drawings.

The Leaning Tower area is central, so walking or by public transport you can reach the center storicocon its Arno river and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Spina, a masterpiece of Gothic art and the spectacular Blue Palace Museum, the Museum of Royal palace or the National Museum of San Matteo all focused on art medieval.

In Pisa there is also the mural "Tuttomondo" the famous artist Keith Haring, large about 180 square meters (10 meters high by 18 meters wide), it is the biggest wall in Europe and is also the last built before the artist's death and the only thought to be permanent.

It 'was created by Keith Haring in 1989 on the outer wall of the rectory of the church of St. Anthony Abbot in Pisa, between Piazza S. Antonio and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.

Visit all these beauties in one day is practically impossible, so we suggest you spend at least two days to visit the city of Pisa.

If you do not know then give up the fashion and shopping, the afternoon you can dedicate to walk in the street of the shopping, the cozy Corso Italy street.

Conversely if you are nature lovers we recommend a visit to the natural park of San Rossore, easily reached in a few minutes from the city center, you can enjoy the unspoiled nature, go horseback riding in the park, go bird watching or bike rides or carriage .

For your evening like having to sacrifice great aperitifs of local Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza della Berlina, Piazza Vettovaglie or square Gambacorti Chiara, Pisa is a city very much alive because it is home to three major universities, populated by many students who go out in the evening streets of the old town to find themselves, talk and drink with friends and joy.

You will have the chance to admire the riversides in the night version, the lights that illuminate the historic facades of palaces and fountains created by the Arno.

We suggest you stay in a hotel or b&b in the center so you have a few minutes' walk is all the historical magnificence of the city that evening hangouts all concentrated in the center.

This way you will visit Pisa on foot and you will reach very smoothly and the railway station for the following days travel and to be comfortable at the start.

FLORENCE

The capital of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance is accessible starting from Pisa Central Station stopping at Santa Maria Novella station; this is the most practical solution because it is very fast (about 50 minutes) and you will avoid the loss of time of the Florentine traffic and problems for parking.

From here within a few minutes walk we are in the heart of Florence: Piazza della Signoria, dominated by Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the magnificent fourteenth-century Medici government.

The whole Renaissance culture lives on in this plaza, there are famous works such as the Marzocco and Judith and the Oloferme Donatello and then the symbol of Florence: Michelangelo's David.

To visit this square and appreciate the beauty of a day would not be enough, of Finaco to David is a statue of Hercules and Caco of Bandinelli sculptor placed in front of the Uffizi Museum, which exhibits works by Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli , Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Which are a must on a visit to the Uffizi are the rooms containing the Primavera and Birth of Venus by Botticelli or Michelangelo's Holy Family, priceless masterpieces.

Always in Piazza della Signoria you can admire the Fountain of Neptune and its beautiful horses.

Slips away quickly the day in Florence, between the narrow streets around Ponte Vecchio, between stores and shops where you work the gold.

For those who have already visited the city and wants to dedicate a day to a wine tour Florence we should visit the Chianti area, famous throughout the world for its beautiful scenery and the excellent red wine.

VOLTERRA

The ancient Etruscan town of Volterra is home alabaster, is easily accessible with the suburban bus service departing from Pisa or the services of Limousine Service.

At Volterra you can admire the Romanesque Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori located in the picturesque Piazza dei Priori, a Medici Fortress, the Roman theater, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Etruscan museum, the museum of alabaster and the museum of torture.

In every alley you can enjoy workshops of craftsmen working alabaster and create earrings, necklaces and jewelry, still working according to ancient techniques.

When the sun is highest you can go from cool downtown alleys to Henry Rivers verdant park, where you can relax soaking in the meadows.

Dusk instead a must are the Cliffs of Volterra, a picturesque and spectacular clay area that thanks to the touch of the last rays of sunlight will leave you amazed.

LUCCA

Lucca is an elegant and quiet town, nestled between the imposing walls that form a ring around the pedestrianized old town, can be visited easily in a day in quiet rhythm.

Lucca can be easily reached by train from Pisa Centrale or Pisa San Rossore, thanks to the rental services with driver or suburban bus.

Pisa and Lucca are within thirty minutes. Lucca is a real a Favor: large walls, which run for 4,500 meters and green all around us. Through one of the six ancient gates you can be introduced in a time that no longer exists.

Among famous churches like the Cathedral in Piazza San Martino or the Basilica of San Frediano Piazza San Frediano and historical buildings such as the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza Napoleone or Palazzo Pfanner at Via Degli Asili you can watch a show of medieval paintings and gardens lush.

It is a pleasure to visit the many towers as the Clock Tower designed by Louis Simon and Sigismund Caturegli or Guinigi Tower, symbol of Lucca with its Holm oak trees placed on top.

In Lucca it moves between historical squares such as Piazza Amphitheatre built on the ruins of a Roman amphitheater and a time agora of parochial citizens or Lucca Piazza San Michele with the central statue of the sculptor Cambi dedicated to Francesco Burmalacchi example of rich Lucchese citizen beheaded by Cosimo Medici during the conflicts between Florence and Lucca.

For shopping lovers, a must is via Fillungo temple of clothing stores and jewelers.

Advise you not abandoned Lucca before sunset, watching the sun go down from the walls is the right end of the tour to Lucca.

SIENA

Siena is easily accessible from Empoli Station, a small town halfway between Pisa and Florence, if you use the train or from the Florence-Siena (well connected by the A1) if you are using the rent with driver: Florence to Siena.

The city, among the best for quality of life in Italy, is best known for the famous Palio (historical horse race) which takes place in the central Piazza del Campo, a real gem where space seems endless thanks to the particular shape shell.

Around Piazza del Campo arise then striking buildings such as the Town Hall and the Torre del Mangia over 100 meters high.

Around this square they then wind the many streets and the many narrow streets filled with shops of all kinds.

Certainly it'll be amazed by the different colored flags that are found in various areas of the city.

They are not just urban districts, are the true symbols of the districts that on July 2 and August 16 will compete in the famous Palio di Siena hosted in the ring of the Piazza del Campo: eagle, caterpillar, snail, owl, dragon, giraffe, porcupine, unicorn, wolf, nicchio, goose, wave, panther, jungle, tartufa tower Valdimonte, are the names of the many districts of the city of Siena.

But Siena is not only the Palio. Piazza del Campo you can easily get to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of Siena in Roman-Gothic style. More decentralized however, it is the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, located on the hill overlooking the Valdimontone area.

Other places of worship are very attractive and striking the San Francisco church, the church of San Domenico and that of the Holy Spirit.

Very many are also historic villas: Villa Chigi, Villa Flora, Villa Gori, Sergardi villa and the Belcaro Castle are wonderful buildings surrounded by greenery on the outskirts of Siena.

SAN GIMIGNANO AND CHIANTI

In the province of Siena, you can not dedicate one day of the trip to visit the beautiful city of San Gimignano, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

San Gimignano is best known for the tall and majestic towers that guard and the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

If Tuscany is the region of the Middle Ages, probably San Gimignano is the birthplace of the Middle Ages.

This perfectly preserved medieval town intact until today in fact the same area that breathes lets imagine its medieval origins, full of clashes and wars between the Guelphs and Ghibellines.

Easily accessible from Siena and with ample parking (recall that the entire historic center is pedestrianized area), San Gimignano is characterized by the presence of narrow streets and shops of craftsmen like jewelers and potters.

Today the original 72 towers, or remain only 15 but this does not alter the charm of the city.

There is no accurate way to visit San Gimignano. Certainly the historical Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo are places.

As well they deserve all eyes the palace of the People or the palace of the Podesta, the Church of St. Augustine and that of St. Peter, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta with the wonderful frescoes of the cocoons, and really imposing walls.

But perhaps the best way to enjoy San Gimignano is to move between the streets and violet in search of medieval architecture which are present throughout the city.

The tour in the province of Siena can then take an afternoon trip in the Chianti a wide horse hills between Siena and Florence, dominated by Mount San Michele, the highest peak.

San Gimignano is in fact very close to the town of Castellina in Chianti which is just 30 kilometers.

Castellina in Chianti is a beautiful Etruscan village in the countryside famous for wine and for the many wine bars where you can taste local products accompanied by a good Chianti Classico glasses.

From Castellina then you can go back atraverso the Chiantigiana, a winding road that crosses the Chianti before touching the beautiful village of Panzano and then the village of Greve in Chianti, in the center the spectacular Piazza Matteotti, home of market town completely surrounded by an arcade.

The trip is a continuous succession of villages and towns perched on the hills of Tuscany such as Radda in Chianti, in Chianti Raiole set among green expanses, vineyards, farmhouses, farms and wine bars.

Chianti is especially synonymous with the wine, and the tuscany wine tour. The excellent Chianti produced by the Consorzio Chianti.

The production marks are well known: the Chianti Classico, montespertoli chianti, Chianti Montalbano, the hills of Siena, Arezzo hills.

Behind these wonderful wines but there is a geographic area that is surrounded by greenery and vineyards of the Tuscan hills with dozens of small villages set between them.


Questo non è il sito ufficiale del comune nè degli enti gestori dei monumenti...ma una semplice raccolta amatoriale e senza pretese, di appunti, racconti, foto e curiosità su una dei più bei monumenti del mondo: la Torre di Pisa... buona lettura.