Discover Tuscany

Tourist Travel Guide to Holidays in Tuscany

Cities

Tuscany is divided into 10 provinces and each of them has its own identity.

The province of Florence is certainly the most visited, with its artistic beauty and landscape, including the Mugello, the valley of the Arno and the Chianti.

The province of Siena is probably the richest in sights of the entire region, with the zone of the Sienese Chianti, the Val D’Orcia and the many villages and small towns that dot this part of Tuscany.

In the eastern part of the region there is the province of Arezzo, famous for its goldsmiths. In the north of the province lie the hills of the Casentino.

The province of Prato is the youngest of Tuscany. With its textile industries, this small part of the region is an important economic district.

Although it attracts just a few tourists, the province of Pistoia is rich in art. The mountains of the Abetone are the preferite place for the winter ski enthusiasts, and Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Terme spas are well known.

Moving toward the west we reach the province of Lucca, situated between Florence and the sea. It is a favourite destination for lovers of the sea in summer but also for lovers of trekking routes offered by the area of the Garfagnana.

The main feature of the province of Massa Carrara is made of marble from the quarries that dot the Alps. Michelangelo went personally in this part of the region to choose the pieces of marble that would have carved his masterpieces.

The Leaning Tower is certainly the `most famous attraction of the whole province of Pisa, with its rolling hills and pretty villages in the countryside. Without forgetting the splendid Etruscan city of Volterra.

The province of Livorno is formed by a small strip of land along the coast from north to south. Part of this province over the sea it is also the island of Elba, summer destination for many many tourists. The province of Grosseto is the southernmost province of Tuscany. Grosseto is the main city of the Maremma, a marshy area that was drained. Monte Argentario, the National Park of the Uccellina Park, Monte Amiata and Etruscan archaeological sites are its major attractions.

But the beauty of Tuscany is also in the smaller towns, which often have a few hundred inhabitants. A visit to villages such as Pienza, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, just to name a few, is a milestone for many tourists, who can find unique atmosphere and scenery.

So visitors have to be aware that the region is made up of many often very different facets and aspects, that centuries of unification have not yet managed to overcome.

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