Italy is a nation full of art and nature!
Tuscany is a microcosm that well represents this reality. Here are countless art cities among the most beautiful and declared UNESCO world heritage sites, such as Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano.
In these cities it is possible to admire the most different styles, from the Renaissance of Florence, to the Middle Ages of Siena, to go from Lucca with its Roman origins and the Renaissance walls and to Pisa‘s Romanesque architectonic style.
In Tuscany, there are also many towers, as well as that of Pisa! In fact, the 14 towers of San Gimignano, which were initially 72, have been declared a World Heritage Site!
Describing Florence, besides being difficult, is also superfluous since it is one of the most famous cities in the world!
The historic center of Florence is not very extensive and is perfect for exploring on foot! It is possible to suggest itineraries to facilitate visits to those who have not yet visited it or to those who want to visit better.
To visit the historic center you can start from Piazza del Duomo, admiring the Giotto bell tower and the Baptistery. Continuing on, you will find Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi. Wherever you turn you will find art and beauty, all to be experienced and breathed.
A second itinerary could be the one that from Ponte Vecchio will take you to discover the magnificent Piazza di Palazzo Pitti and Piazza Santo Spirito and why not visit the Basilica of Santa Maria, famous for the frescoes by Botticelli and Filippino Lippi.
If instead, you want to enjoy a breathtaking view, it is a good idea to walk towards Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace that offers a superb view over the city of Florence and beyond.
Finally, we suggest you not to miss a taste of the typical Florentine cuisine … To name a few dishes: a Florentine steak or lamprey for the Florentines is a true must of street cuisine and eat hot in a seasoned sandwich with sauces that you choose!
Obviously, this is a very short vademecum, but for more detailed itineraries, just ask at the reception and you will receive everything you need to go and discover this magical city!
Siena, a city where history, traditions, art and religion intertwine, was the first municipality in Europe to close its center of traffic as early as 1966.
Siena, the city where every stone has remained unchanged over the centuries, where you can breathe an atmosphere that can not be found elsewhere, where traditions are more alive than ever, like those related to the Palio festival.
There are many places to visit, from the Church of San Domenico, a Gothic basilica with no façade where the relics of Santa Caterina da Siena to the Church of San Francesco and the Duomo of Siena are preserved.
Getting to Piazza del Campo is a moment, but being fascinated is forever. This square is the hub of the city and home to the famous Palio, an ancient challenge on horseback among the city’s districts. From here the three main city streets branch off: Banchi di Sopra, the main street, Via di Città and Via dei Montanini.
On the square overlooking the Palazzo Comunale, the Torre del Mangia, the Fonte Gaia and numerous monuments and palaces.
After visiting the numerous squares and museums, it is possible to walk around the streets where there are many shops, shops selling typical products and restaurants. So why not taste the good cuisine that this city offers us?
Start with the pici, the typical Sienese pasta, typical artisan product, seasoned with meat sauce or to the aglione; continue with a nice platter of Cinta Senese salami, perhaps to be combined with some cheese, such as marzolino or pecorino. Accompanying all this with an excellent wine is natural and almost obligatory, given that the Siena area boasts names such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti DOCG and Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
For more information on more detailed itineraries to better visit the city, just ask our receptionists and they will give you the right tips to spend a pleasant day in this wonderful city!
Pisa, the ideal destination to discover the artistic and cultural wonders of Tuscany, is famous for its Leaning Tower, known all over the world for its particular inclination. It is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, unique and inimitable, where we can also admire the Baptistery, the Duomo and the Camposanto Monumentale.
Many other squares are worth a visit, one is certainly the most famous Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the prestigious Scuola Normale di Pisa is located.
Not many people know that in Pisa there are two more hanging towers, one is the bell tower of the Church of San Nicola, in Via Santa Maria, the other is that of the Church of San Michele degli Scalzi.
Another very interesting destination is the University Botanical Garden, one of the oldest in the world.
You can walk in Corso Italia, the most famous street of Pisa, populated with all kinds of shops, for all shopping lovers.
You can cross Borgo Stretto, one of the most evocative neighborhoods loved by the Pisans. Or skirt the “lungarni“, or those streets that border the river Arno, very fascinating.
In Pisa we find many meeting points and aggregation with bars, restaurants and pubs. If you visit Pisa you can not taste some Tuscan specialties such as “cecina“, an exquisite savory pie made with chickpea flour, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, soup and panzanella.
Remember to contact the reception to receive more detailed information for your visit!
Lucca is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities, also because it has kept its historical and cultural soul intact. To know it there is no better way than to walk through it, discovering among alleys, squares, small streets and large churches all the reasons that have driven so many travelers for centuries to admire its beauty.
Lucca is among the few Italian cities that have preserved intact its walls and is the only one to have retained its independence until 1847 among the city-states of Tuscany.
The historic center is characterized by various architectures, ranging from medieval churches (Lucca was even nicknamed the “city of 100 churches“, due to the presence of numerous churches in its historic core, consecrated and not present in the past and now in city), towers and bell towers, and Renaissance palaces.
The city also boasts evocative urban spaces: the most famous is certainly that of Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. The main artery of the historic city is the narrow and medieval via Fillungo, where there are many shops in the city.
Certainly not to be missed, in addition to the beauty of the historic center, is a walk on the perimeter walls (4 km long) from which you can enjoy picturesque views of the city.
Lucca is an area rich in local gastronomic products, from the spelled soup of Garfagnana to grilled pork rosticciana up to the kid in the oven with beans from Lucca, seasoned with the typical Lucchesia oil. You then go to fish with spaghetti with clams, penne scampi and zucchini, fillet of sea bass and risotto with fish. And also typical sweets like the buccellato di Lucca or the famous ‘torta d’erbi‘, all accompanied by the DOC red wine from the Lucca hills.
Our receptionists will be delighted to help you organize your trip to this city!