We thought you might be interested to know what we like to do around Tuscany so this is a short summary of some of the places nearby that you might like to visit.
For a fun day in Florence, drive down and park in Piazza Beccaria Car Park (24 hour, €3.00 x hour), and walk 15 minutes into the centre from there.
If carless you can take the No. 24 from outside the house, have a coffee in Antella, then hop on the No. 32 which will take you to Piazza San Lorenzo in 30 minutes. For more info we have a blog on what to do with a day in Florence.
Out of town, we love the market every Saturday in the small town of Greve in Chianti, especially baskets and salami from the renowned Falorni butchers. We also have a guide to Greve on the blog.
Arezzo is also well worth the visit. Known as the ‘Cinderella’ of Tuscany, often obscured by the brighter lights of Florence and Siena (pictured below), it remains however one of the jewels of the region.
Some of the highlights include Piero della Francesca’sfresco cycle depicting the ‘Legend of the True Cross’ in the Basilica di San Francesco, ….
Piazza Grande or Piazza Vasari is one of the most harmonious examples of architecture, with Vasari’s Palazzo della Legge, and the venue for the monthly antiques market (first weekend of the month).
The Duomo di San Donato is home to Piero della Francesca’s Mary Magdalen of 1465, and a Baptismal Font panel by Donatello. You can also visit the Museum of Giorgio Vasari’s house.
Assisi is only one hour away and a must-see for any visitor to Tuscany.
The Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi is a world Unesco site, decorated with works by Giotto, Cimabue depicting the life of Saint Francis. It also has a Roman amphitheatre in the Porta Perlici district near the centre.The Basilica di Santa Chiara pays homage to the Saint Claire who founded the order of Clairite nuns.
Siena’s Palio is another must see event if you are in Tuscany in July or August. Read our guide to get the most out of this unique Horse Race.