Surroundings

Tuscany is a beautiful region to enjoy your holiday. You’ll stay in Viareggio, a cozy and very conveniently located seaside resort. From here change your sun, sea and beach moments with trips to ancient cities like Viareggio, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Portofino, Siena. It is also possible to typical Italian villages, for example, to visit the beautiful Chianti region. Almost every town or village is worth it because of a magnificent cathedral, picturesque streets and vistas, stately homes and museums. Or you can make long walks in the Cinque Terre or on the island of Elba. Below is a small selection of the possibilities to explore Tuscany:


 

Viareggio

In the midst of the busiest resort famous pine forests of Tuscany with a large marina, all kinds of entertainment, wide sandy beaches and (also) luxury shops on the boulevard. Famous for its carnival celebrations in February. Born in Lucca Puccini lived 5 km south now a museum in his villa on the Lago di Massaciucolli; There he composed the operas La Bohème, Tosca and Madame Butterfly.

 

Florence (Firenze)

For lovers of art and cities clean a heaven on earth. Capital of Tuscany and one of the major art centers of Europe. Florence is known as the Athens of Italy because of the great influence exerted mainly in the Renaissance period of Western culture. Especially in the 14th century under the influence of the Medici reached its peak, based on trade. Indescribably beautiful, a must.

 

Lucca

Worth seeing, beautiful perfectly preserved medieval provincial town (at main city in Tuscany) with lots of shops and beautiful squares, including the precious Piazza del Mercato, in the 2nd century in the shape of an amphitheater. The 16th century ramparts (4,200 m. Long) have been recreated in beautiful boardwalks and form a whole that is unique to Italy. Outside the walls lie the villas and gardens; inside are the important historical monuments. In 56 BC. came Caesar, Pompey and Crassus met in Lucca, Puccini was born in 1858.

 

Pisa

Whether your vacation now or not started at Pisa Aeroporto, visit the leaning tower – Campanile – should not be missed. It continues to hold an extraordinary sight. The adjacent 11th-century cathedral is however no less worthwhile. Toeristje look nice enough for a visit of half a day.

 

 

San Gimignano

The place attracts many tourists, especially because the special medieval architectuur.San Gimignano is known for his thirteen towers that dominate the skyline of the city. These are built in the 12th and 13th centuries by wealthy rival families. The towers served as housing and strengthening, but as prestige object. At its peak the city had about 70 towers. In the late Middle Ages, the city was very prosperous because of its location on the pilgrim route to Rome. But the plague of 1348 and later the rearrangement of the pilgrimage meant economic ruin and preserve its medieval character. All streets go up to the highest point. The town lies amidst idyllic vineyards and olive groves. San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns of Tuscany and it is therefore also one of the busiest.

 

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Volterra

Very ancient city settled in the 8th century BC, the Etruscans. From that period, from Roman times is still much preserved. Beautiful views over the typical Tuscan environment (recommended route: Saline-Pomarance-Volterra-Larderello).

 

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Portofino

The harbor of Portofino is considered one of the most beautiful on the Mediterranean. Founded by the Romans called Portus Delphini, or Dolphins City, because of the large numbers of dolphins that inhabited the Gulf. The favorite destination of the jet set, old nobility and the new rich. The mountainous peninsula on which Portofino is located, has the status of a regional nature. It is a subtropical paradise with a wide variety of footpaths (San Fruttuoso Abbey) and fantastic sea views.

Siena

Siena is said to be very old city, is just as beautiful and special as Florence. The famous cathedral of Siena (Duomo di Siena), the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo (Square), Palazzo Pubblico (former headquarters), the Torre del Mangia (102 meter high bell tower), and many other architectural treasures, make the city a unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

Cinque Terra

Between La Spezia and Levanto are close together the five medieval villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore in a region therefore known as Cinque Terre. It is a beautiful wild, unspoiled mountain area with a rough jagged cliffs and the villages have their own character and primitiveness largely retained. Recommended for hiking, possibly in combination with train and boat.