Highlights of Italy – Where to visit in Tuscany

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As one of my all time favourite road trip destinations in Europe (if not for the food then for the views!!!), a visit to Tuscany is a must at least once in your lifetime. The rolling hills, the endless vineyards, the magnificent cheese, wine, gelato – the list is truly endless. Full of character, greenery and lively locals, here is a complete guide toΒ where to visit in Tuscany to help plan your adventure!

Guide to Pisa Italy


With direct flights in to Pisa from the rest of the world (with Qatar airways via Doha), you might as well start your Tuscan adventure in the city of Pisa. Pisa is of course most well-known for its architectural failure, the leaning tower of Pisa. Beyond that, be sure to wander the streets to discover the true charm of this city. Make your way over to the Arno river for beautiful views morning and night and be sure to grab a gelato or two for a sugar hit to make it through the day!



From Pisa make your way to nearby Lucca, a small but charming city with plenty to see and do. You’ll need at least half a day here, though could easily spend a full day or two exploring the sights and meandering the small alleyways. For the best view of the city, be sure to climb the Guinigi Tower, complete with a gorgeous garden on top and offering panoramic views of Lucca. Be sure to try the buccellato (rasin bread), a local delicacy found at most bakeries in the city.



It just wouldn’t be a trip to Tuscany without visiting Florence! As one of my all time favourite cities not just in Europe but the entire world, you absolutely must make a visit to Florence for a few days. Full of mesmerising history, art, culture and great food (where in Italy doesn’t have great food!?), this is one of the world’s most charming and endlessly fascinating cities. You’ll need at least three days here, though could easily spend up to a week visiting the many monuments, museums and meandering the streets.

San Gimignano - Guide to Tuscany

San Gimignano

A small and unassuming town, San Gimignano sits on top of a large hill overlooking the hills of Tuscany. In terms of great views, those atop the tower in San Gimignano are some of the best you will find. You’ll need at least a day to explore the small town on foot, though could easily spend a couple of days using this as a base to explore the countryside. Wineries (as always in Tuscany) are just a stones throw away!

Guide to Siena Italy


One of my favourite cities in Tuscany that I only just discovered on my August ’16 trip is Siena. With so much wealth accumulated over years of successful banking, the city maintains an element of grandeur every which way you like: from the Cuomo to the City Hall. You could aim to see Siena in a day, though I would suggest at least two days here to explore as there is much to discover!

Still want more?

Cortona – where “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed

Elba – seaside Tuscany

Livorno – canals, seaside escape


I flew to Tuscany on a direct route with Qatar Airways. Flying from Australia, this meant just two flights to reach the Tuscan region: Melbourne – Doha & Doha – Pisa. I would highly recommend this route for travellers interested in basing their trip in Tuscany, a region that warrants at least one, but up to three weeks to discover. With thanks to Qatar Airways for welcoming me to experience Tuscany on this new direct route!

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    September 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

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    September 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Tuscany is one place I want to visit before I kick the bucket. Loved your tips and suggestions.

    Caroline Bogush
    September 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    This post was such a great flash back to my trip! Siena is amazing! Not to miss!

    September 5, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Don’t forget Montepulciano, a lovely town where Twilight (the 2nd film) was filmed πŸ˜‰

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    September 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    and Montepulciano:)

    September 4, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Oohhh, Italy! ❀ adding Tuscany to my Italy cities to go to list.

    September 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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    September 2, 2016 at 12:46 am

    It was raining when I visited Pisa, didn’t spend much time to explore the city, such a pity…
    I love Lucca! historical, peaceful and lovely. And the people there are very kind. It seems that they didn’t see many Asian around before, many people greeting with my friend and me. When we walking in a garden, workers there asked us whether we needed a free ride πŸ™‚
    Florence is my favorite! We climbed on the hill waiting for the sunset, miss the great time staying there.

    Karan Srinivasan
    September 1, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Well written guide! Spent a week in Tuscany three years back with three days in Florence, one day in Pisa and Lucca and and unfortunately only a day trip to San Gimignano and Siena! There was a day trip that took us to a wineyard where we had the best Italian (Tuscan) lunch ever along with some amazing wine and cheese! Wish we had few more days to explore.

    September 1, 2016 at 4:15 am

    We briefly stopped in Pisa, just to see the Leaning Tower and we were surprised at how much we loved that little city. We had such good food there!

    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    September 1, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Every place is so beautiful! I’m dying to go to Italy!

    September 1, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I love the Tuscany region! Florence was the first city that I ever fell in love with. I lived there for 3 months and couldn’t get enough of it! Lucca and Pisa are beautiful too. I especially loved renting a bike and riding it along the old city walls in Lucca.

    September 1, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I can’t wait to go explore Tuscany! I’ve been to Pisa & Florence before but haven’t been to Sienna or San Gimignano yet!

    August 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    How stunning. Italy will always charm me, there is always something to explore. My favourite part of Italy is the island of Sardinia, I did an exchange there when I was 14 and always go back to visit (even 10years later).

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    Ana Rocha
    August 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I visited some of those beautiful, delicious, magnificent places you suggest. I simply loved it as you may notice πŸ˜‰
    I can’t wait to go back with more days. There’s so much to see…

    August 31, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Tuscany is so amazing.. My tips:

    – Montepulciano, where you should definitely have a drink at the Poliziano and a pizza at the Trattoria di Cagnano. Also, visit the museo della tortura if you’re into creepy stuff. They filmed Twilight here, but that never excited me…
    – Pitigliano, seriously, just google it, it’s amazing! It is built on the side of a cliff.
    – Arezzo, just a really lovely city!
    – When visiting Cortona, get ‘mela verde’ (green apple) ice cream from Bar Snoopy, it’s the best!

    I’m going back next summer, can’t wait!!

    Taste of France
    August 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Tuscany is a great place to rent a car and go from village to village. San Gimignano and Sienna are tough for parking–you have to park pretty far from the ancient centers and walk in–but worth it. Just wandering through the vineyards (and stopping for tastings) is wonderful.

    August 31, 2016 at 7:58 am

    So lovely

    August 31, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Thank you for the guide, Brooke! As always you introduce new places that effortlessly find a way to my bucket list.