Last updated: October 13, 2023
When planning a trip to Europe, settling on a single destination can be truly difficult. However, if you’re someone who thinks of all things artistic, creative, and cultural, and you have a particular fondness for the Renaissance period, then the Tuscany region of Italy is one that’s hard to pass up on. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at why the region is known as the art palace of Italy, and a few of the hotspots you should stop at if you’re traveling through the region.
Experience the Renaissance in Florence
Although it’s not the only place to see truly one-of-a-kind artistic achievement, the city of Florence certainly does offer some of the most impressive art collections in the entire world, and perhaps none stand out quite as much a the Galleria degli Uffizi, home to the planet’s largest collection of Italian Renaissance art.
The complex itself is a work of art, constructed between 1560-80, and houses works from some of the very best, including a room dedicated to Botticelli pieces.
Walk through history
If you want to see old Tuscany in some of its best-preserved beauty, then the Historic Center of San Gimignano is well worth the visit.
Notable for its 14 surviving tower houses from the 14th and 15th centuries, the town is full of feudal architecture, bringing a truly medieval feeling to the present. It also has quite a collection of historical art in its galleries, to boot.
There’s more to it than the tower
The Leaning Tower of Pisa may, indeed, be what the city is most famous for, but the truth is that it offers a lot more than just fantastic photo opportunities of a standing (or leaning) marvel.
The Piazza dei Miracoli is one of the most impressive town squares you could ever hope to enjoy, housing not just the tower, but the Dumo, the Baptistery, and a wide range of architectural and historical delights well worth exploring.
Enjoy the very best of the countryside
Not all of Tuscany is dedicated to the pursuit of human passions. If you want to get away from the noise and the culture for a moment, then skipping the hotels to rent a house in Tuscany, especially in one of the more rural areas, can have you waking up to gorgeous rolling hills, lush greenery, stone villages, and never too far a trip from the artistic and cultural centers that can otherwise prove a highlight of the trip.
You might never feel as close to waking up in Eden.
Take a taste of the local produce
There are many regions famous in Europe for its wine tasting, and Italy especially. However, the mild weather that Tuscany enjoys all year round has made it one of the continent’s finest wine-producing regions, and there are plenty of vineyards you can explore throughout the region, with wine-tasting tours taking you throughout the heart of Chianti country.
With the tips above, you should have a better idea of what Tuscany can truly offer those looking for a taste of fine culture in all of its forms.