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Few destinations strike at the heart the imagination of solo travelers, groups of friends, families, and couples from all over the world like Tuscany. Tuscany embodies the beauty, style, and Italian history at the highest level, and is a synthesis of nature, culture, art, gastronomy, and history that no other place can offer with such variety and richness.
Tuscany is a land with many facets, different landscapes, varied and excellent tourist accommodations that are fully equipped for the needs of all types of tourism able to attract people of various ages, origins, and background.
Plan a journey in Tuscany
If you are planning a holiday in Tuscany, you will have to make some choices, excluding places and areas still worth a visit. The solution may be to go back several times, devote yourself to Tuscany a little at a time, along the countryside by car, on foot along the Via Francigena, by bike or by organized tours with guides who are able to satisfy your cultural curiosities. However, for those who can come for the moment only once, there are some really unique places.
Thus, we speak of Florence, a true open-air museum and birthplace of the Renaissance; of very famous art cities such as Pisa, Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano; and of lesser-known artistic pearls such as Arezzo, Cortona, Lucca, and Pistoia.
Also, do not forget the postcard Tuscan landscape of Val d’Orcia with its fairytale villages: San Quirico, Pienza, and the abbey of San Galgano; or the unspoilt Maremma, the elegant spas of the late nineteenth century spread throughout the region, or the medieval route of the Via Francigena for a hiking holiday.
For a holiday that alternates between the sea and culture, the long Tuscan coast offers wide sandy beaches equipped with resorts and cozy or high rocky coast in the Argentario peninsula area. For a holiday on a sailing boat or exploring the beautiful backdrops, the Island of Elba and the other six islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are unspoiled and charming destination.
However, staying at Podere La Marronaia allows you to comfortably explore many of the most interesting places in terms of nature, art, and history.
One or two days visiting Florence will be sufficient to sample its atmosphere and its most famous monuments, museums, and masterpieces of world art. In Piazza San Giovanni you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its brick dome designed by Brunelleschi in the fourteenth century, the Tower of Giotto and the Baptistery, the octagonal plan, dating from the twelfth century. In the enchanting Piazza della Signoria, visit Palazzo Vecchio, with its unmistakable embattled silhouettes. Also, In the Loggia dei Lanzi, you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s David.
Arrive here along the Arno to the Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of the city, built in 1300, and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city as a whole, make your way up to Piazzale Michelangelo, especially at sunset.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery to admire some of the masterpieces of Italian art, from Michelangelo to Leonardo Da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli.
Pisa and Lucca
Guests can also visit Pisa for its famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, the Duomo, and the Baptistry.
Not far from Pisa, Lucca is definitely worth a visit, with the largest historical center surrounded by the imposing Renaissance walls, with ramparts today transformed into a park that you can explore by renting a bicycle. Do not miss the Cathedral of St. Martin and the particular Amphitheatre square with an oval shape.
A jewel of the Middle Ages still intact and full of evocative atmospheres, Siena is famous around the world for the Palio, a horse race between the districts of the city that takes place twice each summer on 2 July and 16 August. The centerpiece of the city is Piazza del Campo, famous for its shell-shaped form, its town hall tower, and the Torre del Mangia.
The Duomo is a precious example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic style, with the Baptistery, the Crypt, and the Museum that houses the wonderful fourteenth-century altarpiece Duccio di Buoninsegna Majesty.
A hill about 18 km from San Gimignano preserves important Etruscan remains, a museum, and a necropolis. During the Etruscan period it was part of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League. It later became a Roman city, a Lombard city, and in the Middle Ages was an important center. Today we can see the remains and testimonies of various ages.
Volterra is famous worldwide for the production of alabaster, which is made from chalky stone, and soft enough and suitable to be processed, as evidenced by its being mined in open quarries. The alabaster masters of Volterra are famous all over the world.