Tuscany has a particular mystique for travelers. It is the most popular and most visited section of Italy. Florence is the main draw, with its incredible collection of Renaissance artwork. However, for most tourists, stops at several of the charming villages of the region is the most memorable part of a trip to the area.
Tuscany is a major wine-growing region, as well; coupled with the excellent Italian cuisine available here, the region is a diner’s paradise. The landscape is attractive as well and has been well-documented in various publications.
Any visit to Tuscany must include Florence (see Best of Florence) with its excellent museums and wonderful attractions.
After Florence, the remaining stops on the tourist map of the province include a number of intriguing and delightful villages.
Among them are Pisa, famous for the Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli.
Lucca is another wonderful hill town with an elegant main square.
Montepulciano is famous for its Vino Nobile wines.
Cortona is another enchanting hill town.
One of our favorite Tuscan villages is San Gimignano, which is also famous for a local wine, Vernacchia.
The other significant small city of Tuscany is Siena, another enjoyable place to sample while in the region. Siena has a magnificent Cathedral (Duomo) which should not be missed..