Just a short distance from Florence and Pisa and several other better known Tuscany towns is the town of Volterra that sits on a hill top like several of the Tuscan towns and cities.
Often referred to as cute and cozy, you’ll find those two words fit the town of Pienza to a “T”. The birthplace of Pope Pius II who took it upon himself to actually remodel the town in 1459 or 1450, he picked Bernardo Rossellino as his man to do the planning with a renaissance flair. […]
Located in the province of Siena is the hill based town of Montalcino. A neighbor to Florence, Pisa, and Siena the location has been in use since the days of the ancient Romans.
The walled city of Montepulciano located in Tuscany is a site to see that will stay with you for a lifetime. It’s legendary fine wines called Vino Nobile, Renaissance architecture, cuisine, art, and people are a spotlight on what’s so great about the Tuscany region. It’s actually built on sloping limestone and is home to […]
You’ll find lots of history and adventure in Empoli on your Tuscany vacation. This town goes back to the 8th century first as a castle and then for official recognition in 1119 AD as a city. The town today is situated around the Piazza Farinata degli Uberti the focus of the city’s historical buildings.
Another medieval place to visit in the Tuscany region is the town of Pitigliano located in the Maremma of Tuscany. It’s a fantastic place that sits atop a ridge looking like fortress out of some Hollywood movie.
Nestled between the Tuscan areas of Florence and Lucca is Postoia the capital of the Pistoia province and is a definite destination for travelers who visit Italy and especially the Tuscany region. Visitors are often astounded by the legendary Piazza del Duomo which is in the main section or square. It’s got that medieval look […]
Your Tuscany adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Livorno! It’s unique in that as a port city it has been the landing spot for visiting cultures from around the word. You’ll find it’s history is well represented here as the cross cultural influences still exit to this day. The dress, the cuisine, the […]
Who can resist the urge to visit the legendary region of Tuscany, Italy? This area boasts a history so rich that it has changed the face of human history. Be it the arts, politics, or religion Tuscany offers such a rich culture that it’s almost irresistible for a traveler to Italy to ignore it.
Tuscany may be the world’s only truly organic work of art. The region and all it contains is one enormous museum, both natural and man-made. Here, as in few other places, the beauty of nature and human creation are integrated into a harmonious whole.
For centuries the region has been the site of olive groves, wineries and hills of unparalleled loveliness. At the same time, cities like Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence have provided works of architecture, painting and sculpture that are at the pinnacle of achievement.
Montalcino is also no slouch in the winemaking department. Tours of the Castello Banfi estate will persuade even the most finicky of wine drinkers of that. Over 7,100 acres provide this winery with ample stock from which to produce outstanding wines. Unlike many of its neighbors, the winery is only 25 years old, so it sports state of the art equipment. But the 11th century castle has been amazing visitors for centuries.