Places in Tuscany
In Siena the architecture soars, and could well lift your soul. Effectively a giant, open-air museum to the Gothic, its spiritual and secular medieval monuments still sit in harmony, many filled with collections of Sienese art. Add vibrant streets where every third door (literally) opens into a restaurant, enoteca or deli, and you’re in for a very fine time indeed.
Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city. Education has fuelled the local economy since the 1400s, and students from across Italy compete for places in its elite university.
Siena & Central Tuscany
This swathe of Tuscany has a landscape to fall in love with. Rugged Chianti’s bumpy backroads reveal a timeless terrain traced with cypress avenues and criss-crossing vines. In vineyards innovative and ancient you’ll hear people talking of wine having a soul; taste it and see if you agree.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen) - world's best festivals
'WINNER 2010 PHOTO COMPETITION' by To Tuscany. Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Location: Grande Piazza, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy Dates: penultimate Saturday in June and first Sunday in September...
Il Palio: a guide to watching urban horse racing in Siena, Italy
'Piazza del Campo' by razvan.orendovici...
Delicacies of Tuscany & Umbria
These recommendations are taken from a previous edition of Lonely Planet's Tuscany & Umbria travel guide, which is full of inspirational ideas & detailed coverage for foodies, walkers & culture lovers...
Regatta of St Ranieri: tips for watching Pisa's boat race
'Arno / Pisa' by baswallet...