Tuscany: Places to Explore

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  • Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

  • Arezzo

    The birthplace of the poet Petrarch (1304-74) and the Renaissance artist and art historian Giorgio Vasari (1511-74), Arezzo is today best known for the magnificent Piero della Francesca frescoes in the... Read more

  • Castellina in Chianti

    Castellina in Chianti, or simply Castellina, is on a ridge above the Val di Pesa, Val d'Arbia, and Val d'Elsa, with beautiful panoramas in every direction. The imposing 14th-century tower in the central... Read more

  • Colle di Val d'Elsa

    Most people pass through on their way to and from popular tourist destinations Volterra and San Gimignano—a shame, because Colle di Val d'Elsa has much to offer. It's another town on the Via Francigena... Read more

  • Cortona

    With olive trees and vineyards creeping up to its walls, pretty Cortona—popularized by Frances Mayes's glowing descriptions in Under the Tuscan Sun—commands sweeping views over Lake Trasimeno and the plain... Read more

  • Greve in Chianti

    If there's a capital of Chianti, it's Greve, a friendly market town with no shortage of cafés, enoteche (wine bars), and crafts shops lining its streets.... Read more

  • Lucca

    Ramparts built in the 16th and 17th centuries enclose a charming town filled with churches (99 of them), terra-cotta-roof buildings, and narrow cobblestone streets, along which locals maneuver bikes to... Read more

  • Montalcino

    Another medieval hill town with a special claim to fame, Montalcino is the source for Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most esteemed red wines. You can sample it in wine cellars in town or visit... Read more

  • Montepulciano

    Perched high on a hilltop, Montepulciano is made up of a cluster of Renaissance buildings set within a circle of cypress trees. At an altitude of almost 2,000 feet, it's cool in summer and chilled in winter... Read more

  • Panzano

    The magnificent views of the valleys of the Pesa and Greve rivers easily make Panzano one of the prettiest stops in Chianti. The triangular Piazza Bucciarelli is the heart of the new town. A short stroll... Read more

  • Pienza

    Pienza owes its urban design to Pope Pius II, who had grand plans to transform his home village of Corsignano—the town's former name—into a model Renaissance town. The man entrusted with the project was... Read more

  • Pisa

    Most people think "Leaning Tower of" when they think of Pisa. Its position as one of Italy's most famous landmarks attracts hordes of day-trippers from around the world. But even if the building doesn't... Read more

  • Radda in Chianti

    Radda in Chianti sits on a hill separating two valleys, Val di Pesa and Val d'Arbia. It's one of many tiny Chianti villages that invite you to stroll their steep streets; follow the signs pointing you... Read more

  • San Gimignano

    When you're on a hilltop surrounded by soaring medieval towers silhouetted against the sky, it's difficult not to fall under the spell of San Gimignano. The tall walls and narrow streets are typical of... Read more

  • Siena

    With its narrow streets and steep alleys, a stunning Gothic cathedral, a bounty of early Renaissance art, and the glorious Palazzo Pubblico overlooking its magnificent Piazza del Campo (or just, "Campo")... Read more

  • Volterra

    Unlike other Tuscan hill towns rising above sprawling vineyards and rolling fields of green, Volterra is surrounded by desolate terrain marred with industry and mining equipment. D.H. Lawrence described... Read more

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