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Make the Most of Tuscany's Top Tourist Attractions

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's little wonder that booking a self-catering property in Tuscany is one of the most thrilling sightseeing holidays you can embark on when you take into account how much there is to see and do here. From rolling countryside to historical cities, you'll be kept busy.

Of course, you could simply spend your break hanging out at your Tuscany villa, lazing by the pool if you have one, topping up your tan and then dining al fresco under the stars in the evening.

However, you'd be missing out on so much if you don't wander out for at least one excursion. If you need a little inspiration on where to go, check out our top tips.

Pisa

Few people have never heard of Pisa, or its famous leaning tower. This ornate bell tower can be spotted from some distance away, despite its dramatic lean that really does make it look as though it's seconds from toppling over.

Take a walk up the winding staircase to admire views over the rest of the city's Field of Miracles, which consists of the Duomo di Pisa and Battistero. Both are simply beautiful buildings that are just as worthy of a visit as their neighbour.

Another interesting sight is the Camposanta Monumentale. This large cemetery building has a courtyard within it where you can stroll in the sunshine, while inside there are some interesting works of art to admire.

Siena

This is another of Tuscany's most famous cities, largely because of the iconic Palio that is held here each year. Competitors ride their horses bareback through the city, which is full of narrow alleyways and sharp corners that make this something of a challenge.

The event takes place on the Piazza del Campo, which is quite unusual as a result of its shell-like shape, when many Italian piazzas are square. During the summer, you could schedule your visit to coincide with the Siena jazz festival, when you'll be able to soak up the sun as you enjoy some great music.

Florence

No trip to Tuscany would be complete without spending at least a day in its iconic capital. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is among the most famous tourist attractions in Italy.

There is so much to see and do here and while you might not mind queuing at the Uffizi art gallery to see works by masters like Botticelli and Raffaello, you could be equally content strolling by the River Arno and crossing over the Ponte Vecchio before stopping for something to eat at one of the many restaurants.