Gorgeous Tuscany. I wasn’t too sure about Tuscany before we got there, but oh my goodness it was amazing! Beautiful and amazing countryside, cute little towns, delicious gelato! So many things to love.
As I mentioned in my post on Florence, we stayed in a villa just outside Florence and it was a great base to explore the Tuscan countryside. We hit a couple of major sights in the few short days we were there, covering off Pisa, Siena, Lucca, and San Gimignano.
(By the way, this is part 19 in my series on my recent trip to Europe. You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here)
The first place we visited was Siena, which was on our way from Rome to where we were staying near Florence. You can’t drive in pretty much any older city so you have to park outside the walls of the city and walk in.
A lot of the towns in Italy tie their heritage back to Romulus and Remus, and by extension, the greatness of Rome. It is said that Siena was founded by two sons of Remus, brother of Romulus, after whom Rome is named. The imagery of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus is everywhere in Siena.
This was the gorgeous view from the villa we stayed in just outside Florence. We saw the most beautiful sunsets there, and you could even see the light glinting off the river running through Florence.
The next town we visited was Pisa. I had high expectations of Pisa. And was thoroughly disappointed.
I did not enjoy Pisa at all. Sure, the tower is interesting (and it started leaning during construction almost 1000 years ago! Makes you wonder why they continued!!), but Pisa is over manufactured as a ‘tourist attraction’. We wanted to go into the Duomo there and they told us we had to go get a ticket and it would be a 3 hour wait to get in! Pass.
It is also the home of the ‘Worlds Best Gelato’. There are two gelato shops in the main square, one with the ‘Worlds Best Gelato’ the other are the ‘Gelato World Champions’. So of course we had to try them both!!
(The ‘Gelato World Champions’ were the best in our opinion!)
It is a gorgeous town and we absolutely loved it!
We spent a little bit of time in Lucca on our way out of Tuscany, I didn’t manage to take any photos though (except for these signs outside a bar there!). We picked up a few gorgeous gifts from the leather stores here. The walls of the old town are fully intact (which is very unusual) which gives Lucca a unique feel to it. I highly recommend stopping by, it’s really cute and has surprisingly good shopping!!
Have you spent any time in Tuscany? What was your favourite part?
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!
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