Other cities in Tuscany

 

Tuscany has several beautiful cities in addition to Lucca and Florence that are worth visiting. The medieval city of Siena, the Twillight recording place Montepulciano, the wine district Chanti, the town of the towers San Gimignano and Pisa with its leaning tower are just some examples.

 

Siena

48 km south of Florence is the medieval town Siena located, which its historical center is on the Unesco world heritage list. The city carries many historical treasures and traditions. For example a horse race, Palio, is organized twice a year (July 2nd and August 16th) , on the main piazza of Siena. This game attracts thousands of spectators every time. The most important and biggest building in Siena is the cathedral which began to be built 1229 but was interrupted several years due to the plague. Siena was in fact one of the cities in Tuscany hardest hit of the plague and two thirds of the population died. Therefore, the cathedral was not completed until the end of the 1300s. To get to Siena, the best way is to take a bus from Florence central Santa Maria Novella and it takes appr. 1,5 h.

 

 

 

Montepulciano

If you are a twillight enthusiast you should not miss a visit to Montepulciano, a small town belonging to the province of Siena. On the main piazza scenes from New Moon where recorded. The easiest way to get there is to take a bus from Siena.

 

 

 

 

 

Chanti

Between Florence and Siena Chanti is located, a wine district with a number of vineyards. The easiest way to get there is by car, but you can also book a direct bus and excursions by different companies. Those often include Tuscan lunch, visits to vineyards and wine tasting.

 

 

San Gimignano

The town of the towers, San Gimignano, belonging to the province of Siena, is located on the top of a hill with the beautiful Tuscan landscape around. This ancient town has its roots from the Middle Ages, and in 1990s it was added to UNESCO's host heritage list. In San Gimignano there is a main piazza and several beautiful buildings, churches and a large number of towers. To get to there the best way is to take a train to the main railway station of Siena and from there a bus to San Gimignano, but there are also companies that organize daily excursions with direct bus to San Gimignano from various cities in Tuscany.

 

 

 

Pisa

Pisa is one of the most popular cities in Tuscany, mostly due to its leaning tower on Piazza Dei Miracoli (where the cathedral of Pisa, the baptistery and the cemetery as well are located). It is important to remember that Pisa has several other beautiful monuments not to miss, for instance the church of Santa Maria della Spina, close to the Arno river or Piazza Dei Cavalieri. However, Pisa has one of the best shopping streets, so if you are in shopping mood Pisa could be a good destination.

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