With its spectacular scenery and hill towns, Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. There are actually hundreds of travel attractions you can check out here, including a beautiful countryside, beaches, medieval hill towns, yet also get to enjoy great food, wine and historic cities and art. Therefore, if you’re planning to come here in order to spend your honeymoon or just a short vacation, here are some of the best places you should certainly consider checking out.
Cortona is a hill town in Tuscany that was made popular by Francis Mayes in a book she wrote about it titled Under the Tuscan Sun. Cortona is a wonderful and old city that is circled by Etruscan walls which are 3 millennia old and has managed over the years to greatly retain a large part of its history through its incredible architecture. When visiting Cortona, it doesn’t matter if you speak Italian or not, since here you’ll be delighted to find that there’s quite a large expat community comprising of many English speaking people. Other highlights you’ll love when visiting Cortona include beautiful views, breathtaking medieval architecture, but also large and stately buildings.
Lucca is the best place you could visit if you’re the type who loves walled cities. Speaking of which, this is the single best preserved city of its kind in the country and a must-see if you love these types of towns. Atop the walls, you’ll find gardens, but also bicycling paths and walking paths, making it easy for you to easily walk around the town’s historic center. Since the towers are also excellently preserved, you can easily climb them in order to get some amazing views of the city. Better yet, since there are many established restaurants here, you can enjoy authentic Italian dining without having to worry about high prices as well.
It’s safe to say that probably everyone has seen the Tower of Pisa in movies or cartoons by now, but this place has a lot more to offer than the sight of this magnificence leaning building, including a great walk along the river, the homes of Lord Shelley and Byron, statues, parks, the Baptistery, Duomo and its medieval center.
Anyone who loves classic medieval hill towns should certainly check out the town of Siena which is very popular for its summer horse race (which is known as Il Paio) and the Piazza del Campo. Speaking of which, the piazza is dominated by a tall and large bell tower, known as the Torre del Mangia which is photographed by everyone who comes here. There are, of course, other tourist sites that you can explore here, including the museums and the cathedral.
Built on a narrow and sloping limestone ridge, the walled city of Montepulciano is a beautiful city in Tuscany that needs to be visit by anyone who loves such towns. The town is more commonly known for the great quality of wine it makes here, the Vino Nobile and is also popular for having the most amazing main squares in the city, yet also a large number of incredible looking renaissance buildings. In its vicinity is the town of Montalcino which is also popular for its wine and features a castle at the outskirts of the city where you could taste a wide range of wines.
Also known as the City of Beautiful Towers, San Gimignano is a walled hill town that is popular for its fourteen surviving medieval towers that create a stunning skyline which can be easily seen from the nearby countryside. There’s also another great hill town that you can visit nearby if you want, called Volterra. This place sees fewer tourists, so it’s a great choice for those who want to experience an amazing old and foreign city on their own.
Popular for its thermal waters, Montecatini Terme is a spa town that’s very popular in Italy. Not only does it have many modern spas where modern equipment is used for wellness and beauty treatments, but there are also several historic spas that you can visit here. Terme Tettuccio is a luxurious classic spa where music performances take place on a daily basis (in-season) and it’s certainly worth your time if you want to admire the Liberty style architecture. The town is also relaxed and overall pleasant, which makes it a great visit if you want to unwind in a beautiful and remarkable place.