Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Tuscany! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of this beautiful region’s most important sights.
1. PIAZZA DEL DUOMO (FLORENCE)
The square with its white and green ensemble – the cathedral, bell tower and baptistry – is one of our top attractions not least of all due to Brunelleschi’s dome.
2. PIAZZA DEL CAMPO (SIENA)
Thanks to the strict building regulations introduced back in the Middle Ages, nothing spoils the harmony and beauty of this shell-shaped square.
The fresco cycle ‘Legends of the True Cross’ in the Basilica of San Francesco is one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance.
4. PIAZZA DEL DUOMO (SIENA)
This is where the city’s true importance can be seen – the breathtakingly beautiful cathedral and the extraordinary history of Santa Maria della Scala opposite.
Renaissance architects designed the ideal town here on the orders of Pope Pius II, displaying a sense of scale and proportion so typical of the Tuscans.
The gleaming white architectural ‘miracle’ – the cathedral, baptistry, the Campo Santo and the Leaning Tower – rises above the Campo dei Miracoli.
7. SAN GIMIGNANO
The taller the tower, the more powerful the family – this small town owes its skyline to this medieval competition in the name of vanity.
8. MONTALCINO & SANT’ANTIMO
The Benedictine abbey near the little Brunello-producing town is the most beautiful of the Romanesque jewels in this area.
9. SANTA CROCE (FLORENCE)
The hall church was built for the local populace. Because many people could not read, young, unknown artists, including a certain Giotto di Bondone, painted the Gospel on the walls.
The Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is like a case study in the history of urban planning – in the course of time the tiers of seats for spectators in the Roman amphitheatre were built on and turned into houses.
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