VISIT TUSCANY

Visit Tuscany

Why use Pisa as a "starting point" to visit Tuscany?

Pisa is the city of arrival for those traveling by plane, its airport is the most important of Tuscany and is the destination for all major airlines and very well connected with Pisa to Florence transfer.

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Pisa also has an important railway station, is very well connected with major cities of Tuscany such as Florence (50 minutes by train) and Lucca (40 minutes by train) and the bus system allows the Volterra visit and San Gimignano.

Another means of transport that can be found in Pisa are the rental services with driver, usually of Van 7 seats with a driver, are cheaper Taxi especially for journeys over 30 kilometers such as the transfer from Pisa to Florence. Tuscany is also a major destination for tourist cruises from the port of Livorno possible thanks to the transfer and rental services with driver (NCC) to reach the main tourist destinations such Livorno to Pisa, Livorno to Florence and the Chianti.

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Another excellence that attracts many tourists in Tuscany is wine, there are many wine tour Tuscany, you can enjoy tasting the best Tuscan wines such as Sassicaia wine and Tignanello wine tour going directly into winery and savoring the flavors that these wines can transmit paired with cheeses and good Italian food.

First and Seventh Day: PISA

We suggest you visit Pisa least in two days using the first and last day of vacation.

On arrival day, tired from the trip, you will find comfortable make no further moves, while the next day you'll have to make the return journey to prevent stress and fatigue to get up too early in the morning, to be already close to Pisa airport or station, eliminates the risk of missing the train or plane.

Pisa is a small city crossed by the Arno river which divides it into two parts, easily accessible from florence with Florence to Pisa excursion.

The city of Pisa is world famous for its Leaning Tower, inserted in the charming and majestic Cathedral Square, where there are also the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the Monumental Cemetery and the Museum of Sinopie.

The Leaning Tower area is central, so walking or through one of the public transport you can immediately reach the historic center that has its strong points in superb Arno river with the beautiful Church of the Thorn, masterpiece of art Gothic or the spectacular Palace Blu Museum, museum of the Royal palace or the National Museum of San Matteo all focused on art medieval.

Visit all these beauties in one day is practically impossible therefore we urge you to take the first day to the visit of the miracles square and the Sinopie Museum, leaving the visit to the other museums on the seventh day.

If you do not know then give up fashion, in the afternoon you can dedicate it to walk in the shopping street in the cozy Corso Italy the open-air shop in Pisa.

Conversely if you are nature lovers we recommend a visit to the natural park of San Rossore, easily reached in a few minutes from the city center, you can enjoy the unspoiled nature, go horseback riding in the stables of the park, bird watching or cycling or carriage.

For your evening like having to sacrifice great aperitifs of local Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza della Berlina, or square Chiara Gambacorti, Pisa is a city very much alive because it is home to three major universities, populated by many students in the evening go out in the streets of downtown old to lie, speak and drink with friends and allegria.

You will have the chance to admire the riversides in the night version, the lights that illuminate the historic facades of palaces and fountains created by the Arno.

A good night's sleep and tomorrow the "cradle of the Renaissance"!

We suggest you stay in a hotel or b&b in the center so you have a few minutes' walk is all the historical magnificence of the city that evening hangouts all concentrated in the center.

This way you will visit Pisa on foot and you will reach very smoothly and the railway station for the following days travel and to be comfortable at the start.

Second Day: FLORENCE

The capital of Tuscany can be reached starting from Pisa Central Station and stop Santa Maria Novella; this is the solution that best practice seems to us because it is very fast (about 50 minutes) and you will avoid the stress (and loss of time) of the Florentine traffic and problems for the car park.

From here within a few minutes walk we are in the heart of Florence: Piazza della Signoria, dominated by Palazzo Vecchio, superb fourteenth-century home of the Medici government.

All culture lives on in this plaza. This square that in order to be visited as it should require a whole day next to David is a statue of Hercules and Caco of Bandinelli sculptor placed in front of the Museum of Uffizi where an exhibition of works by Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli , Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt.

Which are a must on a visit to the Uffizi are the rooms containing the Primavera and Birth of Venus by Botticelli or Michelangelo's Holy Family, priceless masterpieces.

Always in Piazza della Signoria you can admire the Fountain of Neptune and its beautiful horses.

Slips away quickly the day in Florence, between the narrow streets around Ponte Vecchio, between stores and shops where you work the gold.

For those who have already visited the city and wants to dedicate a day to a wine tour Florence we should visit the Chianti area, famous throughout the world for its beautiful scenery and the excellent red wine.

We ended this magnificent walk we can take the train to return to base!

Third day: VOLTERRA

The alabaster home city is easily accessible with the suburban bus service departing from Pisa.

Volterra deserves all your eyes. Beautiful Etruscan town has as its goals to see the Romanesque cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori, located in the picturesque Piazza dei Priori, a Medici Fortress, the Roman theater, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Etruscan museum, the alabaster museum for those not renouncing to a touch of noir we recommend the museum of torture.

The tour in Volterra is continuous journey through workshops run by sympathetic Volterra that dall'alabastro derive earrings, necklaces until the most unexpected objects such as ashtrays, still working according to ancient techniques.

When the sun is highest you can go from dim alleys of the old town to the verdant Henry Rivers Park, where you can relax soaking lawns.

Dusk instead a must are the Cliffs of Volterra, a picturesque and spectacular clay area that thanks to the touch of the last rays of sunlight will leave you amazed.

Fourth Day: LUCCA

Lucca, all enclosed within the walls, can be visited easily in a day in quiet rhythm; so we suggest to take advantage of the fourth day to do it so that it can also be used to "pull a little 'breath" in the middle of our intense week.

Lucca can be easily reached by train from Pisa Centrale or Pisa San Rossore, thanks to the rental services with driver or suburban bus. Pisa and Lucca are within thirty minutes.

Lucca is a real a Favor: large walls, which run for 4,500 meters and green all around us.

Through one of the six ancient gates you can be introduced in a time that no longer exists.

Among famous churches like the Cathedral in Piazza San Martino or the Basilica of San Frediano Piazza San Frediano and historical buildings such as the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza Napoleone or Palazzo Pfanner at Via Degli Asili you can watch a show of medieval paintings and gardens lush.

It is a pleasure to visit the many towers as the Clock Tower designed by Louis Simon and Sigismund Caturegli or Guinigi Tower, symbol of Lucca with its Holm oak trees placed on top.

In Lucca it moves between historical squares such as Piazza built amphitheater on a Roman amphitheater ruins and a time agora of parochial citizens Lucca or Piazza San Michele with the central statue of the sculptor Cambi dedicated to Francesco Burmalacchi example of rich Lucchese citizen beheaded by Cosimo Medici during the conflicts between Florence and Lucca.

For shopping lovers, a must is via Fillungo temple of clothing stores and jewelers.

One last recommendation: do not abandon Lucca before sunset, watching the walls the sun go down is the right end of the tour to Lucca.

Fifth stage: SIENA

We move now in the city of Siena in the Chianti area and San Gimignano.

Siena is easily accessible from Empoli Station, a small town halfway between Pisa and Florence, if you use the train or from the Florence-Siena (well connected by the A1) if you are using the rent with driver: Florence to Siena.

The substance does not change. Siena is there ready to be admired.

The city, among the best for quality of life in Italy, is best known for the famous Palio (horse race) which takes place in the central Piazza del Campo, a real gem where space seems endless thanks to the shell-shaped .

Around Piazza del Campo arise then striking buildings such as the Town Hall and the Torre del Mangia over 100 meters high.

Around this square they then wind the many alleys and the many narrow streets filled with shops of all kinds.

Certainly it'll be amazed by the different colored flags that are found in various areas of the city.

They are not just urban districts, are the true symbols of the districts that on July 2 and August 16 will compete in the famous Palio di Siena hosted in the ring of the Piazza del Campo: eagle, caterpillar, snail, owl, dragon, giraffe, porcupine, unicorn, wolf, nicchio, goose, wave, panther, jungle, tartufa tower Valdimonte, are the names of the many districts of the city of Siena.

But Siena is not only the Palio. Piazza del easily Campo you can get to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of Siena in Roman-Gothic style.

Distributed more however, it is the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, located on the hill overlooking the Valdimontone area.

The patron saint Catherine is dedicated the shrine placed on Sant'Antonio coast.

Other points of very attractive and evocative worship are lachiesa of San Francesco, the church of San Domenico and that of the Holy Spirit.

Varied and there are also many historic villas: Villa Chigi, Villa Flora, Villa Gori, Sergardi villa and the Castle of Belcaro are building beautiful surrounded by greenery on the outskirts of Siena.

Sixth Stage: SAN GIMIGNANO AND CHIANTI

Staying in the province of Siena, you can not dedicate one day of the trip to visit the beautiful city of San Gimignano, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

San Gimignano is located about 40 kilometers from the capital and is best known for the tall and majestic towers that overlook it.

But it's not just about that. If Tuscany is the region of the Middle Ages, probably San Gimignano is the birthplace of the Middle Ages.

In this small town in fact, the same area that breathes lets imagine its medieval origins, full of clashes and wars between the Guelphs Ghibellines.

Easily accessible from Siena and with ample parking (recall that the entire historic center is pedestrianized area), San Gimignano is characterized by the presence of narrow streets and artisan shops as goldsmiths and potters who work in the doorways of the shops and alleys.

Today the original 72 towers, or remain only 15 but this does not alter the charm of the city.

There is no accurate way to visit San Gimignano. Certainly the historical Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo are places.

As well they deserve all eyes the palace of the People or the palace of the Podesta, the Church of St. Augustine and that of St. Peter, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta with the wonderful frescoes of the cocoons, and really imposing walls.

But perhaps the best way to enjoy San Gimignano is to move without a clear path between the lanes and violet are looking for a time of so many centuries ago.

The tour in the province of Siena can then take an afternoon trip in the Chianti a wide horse hills between Siena and Florence, dominated by Mount San Michele, the highest peak.

San Gimignano is in fact very close to the town of Castellina in Chianti which is just 30 kilometers.

Castellina in Chianti is a beautiful Etruscan village in the countryside that has its highlights in Via delle Volte and the imposing Rocca di Castellina.

From Castellina then you can go back atraverso the Chiantigiana, a winding road that crosses the Chianti touching first the wonderful village of Panzano and then the village of Greve in Chianti, in the center the spectacular Piazza Matteotti, home of market town completely surrounded by an arcade.

The journey, even if it has all the modern-day comfort, it is a continuous succession of villages and towns perched on the mountains such as Radda in Chianti, Raiole in Chianti set among green expanses, vineyards, farmhouses, farms and wine bars.

Chianti is especially synonymous with the wine, and the tuscany wine tour. The excellent Chianti produced by the Consorzio Chianti.

The production marks are very well known: the Chianti Classico, montespertoli chianti, Montalbano Chianti, Siena hills, Arezzo hills, are often guests of the boards.

Sometimes, however, we forget that behind these wines exists geographical wonderful area nestled between the green of nature and dozens of small countries.

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