It's Everything You've Dreamed It Would Be
Ahhh, Tuscany. If the thought of spending time in Tuscany doesn’t bring you equal parts peace and joy, I truly don’t know what will. The sumptuousness of the rolling hills, the majesty of the centuries old architecture, the austere nature of the tall iconic cypress trees and the deep purple of the bountiful vines all make Tuscany the perfect place to come back home to your heart.
Tuscany is known for its fabulous landscapes, amazing artwork, incredible architecture and never-ending charm. Yet there is only one place in Tuscany where all three of these elements combine effortlessly together and give life to a magical, one of a kind city: Florence. Among the many wonders, The Accademia in Florence houses Michelangelo’s David, easily the most famous sculpture in the world.
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Among the most popular sites include The Cathedral (the Dumomo), panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the Tower of Arnolfo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Tower of San Niccolò,and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), to name a few.
Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany not too far from Siena, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended visiting in Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners makes it a great base for exploring the Tuscan hill towns. From visiting the most popular town center called Piazza Grande to sipping at long-standing wineries like Avignonesi, a visit to Montepulciano is a treat. Known world-wide for its wine, connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile among Italy’s best.
Arguably one of Italy’s most lovely medieval city completely enclosed by its large wall. The heart of the city is its central piazza known as Il Campo, home of its annual horse race. This city is rich in history and has such a beautiful and interesting story. A guided tour is a must, as is the stop at the world’s best rated gelato shop.
Best known as the background for the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona is bursting with gorgeous churches, quaint shops (did someone say, cashmere, please?) and small cafes. It’s an incredibly charming city with amazing views and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.