Five of the Best Things to Do in Tuscany

The Italian region of Tuscany is very popular with visitors and for good reasons.  There are lots of beautiful, historic cities, towns and villages steeped in tradition, set in lovely rolling countryside. Here are our travel tips for some of the best things to do in Tuscany.

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Florence skyline

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Soak Up the Atmosphere in Piazza del Campo in Siena

The Piazza del Campo is the historic heart of Siena. It has to be a contender for the most beautiful square in Italy and is one of the finest medieval squares in Europe. Amanda wrote about “Ten Things to Do in Siena” and she recommends a visit to Siena during the Palio Horse Race which takes place in the Piazza del Campo biannually, on 2 July and 16 August.

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Piazza del Campo , Siena

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Walk along the Riverside in Pisa

I’ve visited Pisa a couple of times and never been up to the Leaning Tower, it’s too expensive with a 15 Euro admission fee and the queue’s too long. Your time in Pisa would be better spent walking along the riverside. Here are some other tips from Europe a la Carte readers on things to see in Pisa.

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The bank of the River Arno in Pisa

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Admire Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo

In my opinion, the best views of Florence are from Piazzale Michelangelo.  It’s one of my three favourite piazzas in Florence.  Just behind Piazzale Michelangelo is the Iris Garden. You can get some other ideas on things to see in Florence in our readers’ tips post.

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View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

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Cycle Round the Town Walls in Lucca

Lucca is a lovely walled city and I managed to fulfil my ambition of cycling the town walls, despite the wet weather. We also visited a Tuscan market in the Real Collegio and had a delicious meal at Trattoria da Sergio. You can get more ideas of things to see in Lucca in our “Tips ‘n’ Tweets” post.

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Marvel at the Inflorata in Fucecchio during Corpus Domini

If you happen to be in Tuscany sixty days after Easter, look out for the amazing pictures made from flower petals (inflorata) that adorn the streets for the Corpus Domini Communion Procession.  By sheer coincidence we drove into the village of Fucecchio after getting lost while out touring, just at the right time to admire this floral artwork.

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Inflorata in the village of Fucecchio

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More Things to Do in Italy

We’ve plenty more tips for things to do in Italy on Europe a la Carte.