If you’re interested in fine food, exceptional art, culture and natural beauty, no European vacation itinerary could be more satisfying than one that includes traveling to Italy. Explore the possibilities of a trip to Tuscany where you will vacation in Florence and travel to Pisa on a journey through a landscape teeming with riches and wonder.
The Perks of Traveling to Italy
The birthplace of western culture, Italy is a mecca of refinement and art. Its sweeping landscapes, archipelagos and waterways are sprinkled with some of the world’s most extraordinary monuments and architecture. It is famous for its cuisine, fashion and is home to a diverse array regional cultures and dialects. And not to be forgotten is its greater than 4000 miles of coastline encrusted with stone structures, some as old as the cultures that developed there.
The only trouble with a vacation in Italy is the problem of where to start. It is for this reason that we recommend a trip to the heart of this marvelous region, Tuscany, where you can allow your curiosity to lead you to Florence and Pisa on a complete a tour of this unique part of Italy. The best part? The perfect trip to Tuscany can be made in just a few short days.
Planning the Perfect Trip to Tuscany
With its deep history arising from the ancient culture of the Etruscans, to the Roman founders of western civilization, to the enlightenment of the Renaissance, the region of Tuscany is arguably the richest repository of fine and classical art in the world, and it boasts an artistic legacy that is second to none.
Reasons to travel to Tuscany are many and there’s no reason to limit yourself to any one of them. Aficionados of art, wine, cuisine, culture or natural beauty can find the objects of their desires within a city block of one another.
The Seven Tuscany World Heritage Sites
- The historic center of Florence (1982)
- The historical center of Siena (1995)
- The square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987)
- The historical center of San Gimignano (1990)
- The historical center of Pienza (1996)
- The Val d’Orcia (2004)
- Medici Villas and Gardens (2013)
Why a Vacation in Florence Might Be Perfect for You
Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence – the most populous city in Tuscany, is so rich in art and history it has been said that a vacation in Florence is like walking through a living museum where the past and the present mingle without inhibition. Once a center of medieval trade and finance, the evidence of Florence’s place in history is revealed in its magnificent Cathedrals, flowing city streets and iconic architecture.
Experience the Piazza del Tormo, one of Europe’s most visited locations, home to the Florence Cathedral, Giotto’s bell tower and the 12th century Baptistery. Sample some of this city’s casual cuisine and charming old-world shops in the Via Calzaiuoli. See the stately city hall, the Palazzo Vecchio where you’ll see a marble replica of Michelangelo’s David.
Art lovers will wish to visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery where some of the world’s most important works of art are displayed. The Accademia is home to the original David and other masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli.
Or Maybe Traveling to Pisa is More Suited to Your Tastes
Nestled on the bank at the mouth of the river Arno is the capital city of Pisa. Here you’ll not want to miss your chance to visit the famous leaning tower, which just is as beautifully constructed as it is startling due to its eye-catching lilt. But don’t be overly distracted with the tower. Pisa is also home to many historic churches, palaces and its famous bridges that cross the Arno.
Then discover the home to the University of Pisa, the administrative core-Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, and the Church of San Matteo. Along the opposite side of the Arno you’ll find the Lungarno Medicio, Medici Palace, and the National Museum. Here you’ll discover important works of art before moving on to the unique Borgo Stretto, a small and charming medieval road straddled by open galleries, loggias and shops in a location that typifies the experience of moving through history.
Just ten minutes from the Clock Palace and Hunger Tower (made famous by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy) stands The Square of Miracles. These stunning structures exemplify Pisan-Romaneque architecture with their solemn white and gray polychrome marble.
Then, just a brisk walk from the square you’ll find the Orto Botanical, the famous Pisan botanical garden. It is an inexpensive and relaxing way to round out your day in Pisa.
Touring All of Tuscany by Car
It can be challenging to make any trip to the land known in classical poetry as Bel Paese (Beautiful Country), feel complete in just a few days. But after taking in these magnificent sights and experiences in Tuscany, it’s likely you’ll travel to Italy again and again to experience this place of endless beauty. Adding the convenience of a car rental to your next trip to Tuscany will help you create a truly one-of-a-kind itinerary you can be proud of, as it will allow you to explore this enchanting region as you see fit. Book your Tuscan car rental online with Auto Europe in three, easy steps or contact us toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.