|English: Il Duomo, in Florenece, Italy seen at night from Michelangelo's Piazza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
By Giovanni Balboni
When you think of Tuscany you often think of rolling, sunburnt landscapes and it sometimes seems hard to believe that there are many cities that are worth seeing too. Here we have suggested four of the best to explore while you are there, although you would need a long holiday to see them all. However, in Tuscany, villa accommodation will allow you to do just that - and at your leisure.
The charming city of Siena sits virtually in the middle of Tuscany. Villas are many and varied here, so you are sure to find a good base for your holiday. Siena itself is famous for many reasons, not least because of the picturesque Piazza del Campo, in which the famous horse race - the Palio - is held each year, on two separate occasions. The piazza is totally transformed during the race, but it is well worth seeing even when the only occupants are tourist, not horses. It is part of the Centre of Siena, which has been made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The brave [and energetic] can climb the many stone steps to the top of the tower for spectacular views into the hills around Siena.
Florence is absolutely packed with artistic and cultural delights to explore. Think of Il Duomo, the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and, of course, the Ponte Vecchio. This magnificent bridge that spans the Arno is spectacularly lit at night to provide a fiery view over the water that flows beneath it. You can spend a lot of money in Florence, but equally you can enjoy the city simply by wandering around its streets and parks and seeing the incredible architecture on display. This is a stunning city that is absolutely unmissable while you're in Tuscany. Villas are easy to book too - either in the city centre itself or in the regional hills that surround.
Not normally mentioned as often as the two cities above, Lucca is no less worth exploring in more detail on a visit to Tuscany. Villas in the surrounding area provide a good base for a holiday. Make sure you make the pilgramage up the Torre Guinigi [or the Guinigi Tower in English], for an outstanding view across the entire city.
Any self-respecting wine aficionado will have heard of Montepulciano in Tuscany. Villa accommodation here will situate you within access of the stunning walled city, bearing plenty of history and culture and myriad photo opportunities. The wine produced in the region is world-renowned and, for that matter, so is the food! Watch out for the Palazzo Comunale, the Duomo (or cathedral) of Montepulciano, and the city walls, which date back more than six hundred years.
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