Places to Visit in Tuscany

Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons and whatever the reason, the best places to visit in Tuscany offer something for everyone. Many come in search of fine art and medieval history, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Food lovers visit Tuscany to enjoy the wonderful cuisine. In our program we are more than visitors as the Tuscan countryside becomes our extended neighborhood while we live in Siena.

Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey is a stunning abbey perched on the top of a cliff in the Crete Senese area. The Abbey was built in the 15th century and the church is still used for religious purposes. The Great Cloister, beside the church, has a famous fresco series about the life of St. Benedict by the painter Sodoma.

Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey is a stunning abbey perched on the top of a cliff in the Crete Senese area. The Abbey was built in the 15th century and the church is still used for religious purposes. The Great Cloister, beside the church, has a famous fresco series about the life of St. Benedict by the painter Sodoma.

 
montepulciano: Situated on a 600 meter (2,000 feet) high limestone ridge, Montepulciano is a medieval town in southern Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. the city is renowned for its walkable, car-free nature.                                        

montepulciano: Situated on a 600 meter (2,000 feet) high limestone ridge, Montepulciano is a medieval town in southern Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. the city is renowned for its walkable, car-free nature.                                        

 
crete senesi: As you enter into the landscape of the Crete Senesi, you appear to be stepping into another world, one which can only be described as “lunar” with its soft sloping gray colored hills, almost entirely deprived of color. The clay knolls dotting the landscape are the result of erosion of the sediment which remains of the Pliocene sea; This area is full of traces of ancient cultures, small medieval towns, and stunning landscapes.

crete senesi: As you enter into the landscape of the Crete Senesi, you appear to be stepping into another world, one which can only be described as “lunar” with its soft sloping gray colored hills, almost entirely deprived of color. The clay knolls dotting the landscape are the result of erosion of the sediment which remains of the Pliocene sea; This area is full of traces of ancient cultures, small medieval towns, and stunning landscapes.

Pisa: Located along the Arno River in the northwestern region of Tuscany, the city of Pisa still bears the striking remnants of its former golden days as a commercial empire during the Middle Ages. While Pisa is best known for its famous Leaning Tower, there a lot more attractions in this city.       

Pisa: Located along the Arno River in the northwestern region of Tuscany, the city of Pisa still bears the striking remnants of its former golden days as a commercial empire during the Middle Ages. While Pisa is best known for its famous Leaning Tower, there a lot more attractions in this city.       

 
San Gimignano delle Belle Torri is a small medieval town dating back to the eighth century. It is perhaps the most famous of Tuscany’s small towns. San Gimignano boasts 14 medieval towers that overlook picturesque olive groves and vineyards. If you want to know what Tuscany was like in medieval times, visit San Gimignano and stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets.

San Gimignano delle Belle Torri is a small medieval town dating back to the eighth century. It is perhaps the most famous of Tuscany’s small towns. San Gimignano boasts 14 medieval towers that overlook picturesque olive groves and vineyards. If you want to know what Tuscany was like in medieval times, visit San Gimignano and stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets.

 
Pienza is a Tuscan village that provides a rare beauty made of rolling hills and cypress trees that dot the horizon. Its location, perched on a hill, makes it one of the of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Tuscan valley. In the old town you can wander around without too much effort: Enjoy the “love walk” as the narrow streets of the village have lovely and romantic names like Kiss Street or Love Street.

Pienza is a Tuscan village that provides a rare beauty made of rolling hills and cypress trees that dot the horizon. Its location, perched on a hill, makes it one of the of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Tuscan valley. In the old town you can wander around without too much effort: Enjoy the “love walk” as the narrow streets of the village have lovely and romantic names like Kiss Street or Love Street.

Lucca: One of the best places to visit in Tuscany, Lucca is probably best known for its imposing Renaissance walls and the medieval center that it encloses. Inside the city are many beautiful churches and gardens: The Duomo San Martino, the Pallazzo Pfanner, and the San Michele church.

Lucca: One of the best places to visit in Tuscany, Lucca is probably best known for its imposing Renaissance walls and the medieval center that it encloses. Inside the city are many beautiful churches and gardens: The Duomo San Martino, the Pallazzo Pfanner, and the San Michele church.

 
Volterra is well known for its Etruscan origins: People can still visit part of the majestic walls built during the 5th to 4th centuries BC, the Acropolis that houses several buildings, and the foundations of two ancient temples. There are many Roman remains to visit, like the Roman Theater dating to the end of the 1st century AC, built in a natural amphitheater-shaped area. 

Volterra is well known for its Etruscan origins: People can still visit part of the majestic walls built during the 5th to 4th centuries BC, the Acropolis that houses several buildings, and the foundations of two ancient temples. There are many Roman remains to visit, like the Roman Theater dating to the end of the 1st century AC, built in a natural amphitheater-shaped area.