our life in TUSCANY
Places In Tuscany a Guide
Lucca: is a city in Central Italy. Lucca lies in a valley West of Florence. Lucca is loaded with medieval plazas and cathedrals.
Florence: is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaisssance, it is the home of materpieces of art and architecture.
Elba: is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, close to the coastal town of Piombino, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago.
Florence is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaisssance, it is the home of the Uffizi Galery, Palazzo Pitti and masterpieces of art and architecture such as the David and the Duomo of Santa Maria. Forbes magazine has ranked it as one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world.
Lucca lies in a valley west of Florence and is loaded with medieval plazas and cathedrals. Founded by the Etruscans, it became a Roman colony in 180 BC, Lucca is now famous for its massive Renaissance-era city walls.
Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, close to the coastal town of Piombino, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago. The island is famous for harboring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile.
Pisa is considered a must-see city because of it famous leaning bell tower, part of the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles). Also part of the Piazza are the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Campo Santo (holy cemetery).
Viareggio is a seaside town very popular for Italians who want to escape the summer heat. It is fairly modern by Italian standards and thus not much of a cultural experience, UNLESS you happen to be in Tuscany in February for Carnevale. In that case, you can’t miss the most spectacular parade in all of Europe, with animated floats that may take all year to create. It will be unforgetable!
Siena is a lively and lovely medieval town, with the Piazza del Campo as its heart. The Duomo, a Gothic cathedral, is full of treasures, including its marble pavement, Piccolomini library frescoes and incredibly ornate interiors. You must also find someone to tell you about the Palio, a horse race held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and colorfully dressed, represent 10 of the 17 contrade, or city wards.
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town known as the Town of Fine Towers. It is unique in its preservation of about a dozen tower houses and for its medieval architecture. The city walls and towers form an unforgettable skyline.
Cinque Terre is an intriguing and much visited coastal area great for overnight or day trips. Easily reached by train, the five fascinating small towns have been categorized as a “living landscape” where the location and its history play an active role in promoting the traditional lifestyles and products. This region is comprised of a rough and severe landscape where man-made terraces mold the hillsides as they drop rapidly to the sea. More than 120 kilometers of panoramic nature trails crisscross the mountains.
Chianti region is renowned both for its wine and its inspriring and enchanting hilly landscape. Acres of vineyards, olive groves, cypresses and woods are set naturally around imposing castles, picturesque villages, romanesque and medieval parish churches and aging farmhouses. All of southern Tuscany is a photographer's dream. Colors have nuances shifting from the shimmering green of olive trees to the more intense green of the forests to the red of Siena’s bricked buildings and the violet of grapes.
Much, much more: We’ve seen many of the must-see major tourist attractions in Italy, and now we find much more pleasure in visiting the lesser known destinations, where we can escape the other foreigners and experience life in small-town Tuscany. Our home town, Montecarlo, is one of the best examples of this, but we have taken many other memorable short trips from here. Sometimes our guests ask us for recommendations, so we wrote an entire blog entry on this topic: How to entertain yourself while visiting us in Tuscany's Montecarlo
More to Come!!
Pisa: is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, close to the coastal town of Piombino, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago.
Viareggio: The city traces its roots back to the first half of the 16th century when it became the only gate to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. The oldest building in Viareggio, known as Torre Matilde, dates back to this time and was built by the Lucchesi in 1541 as a defensive fortification to fight the constant menace of corsair incursions.