Tuscany offers a myriad opportunities ranging from art towns to beautiful natural sites. The region is speckled with historical centres and small villages that are certainly worth visiting. Here are some suggested itineraries:
San GimignanoNestled in the rolling Sienese countryside of the Val d’Elsa, San Gimignano is a small village enclosed in 13th century walls, perched on one of the hilltops between the Chianti area and the Val D’Orcia. In 1990, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a heritage to be preserved. “A masterpiece of creative human genius, it is unique testimony to a past civilization, and as an exceptional exemplar of both architectonic complex and landscape, demonstrates significant passages in human history.” San Gimignano is much more than this, and different from a postcard-town crystallised in a distant golden age that serves as backdrop to stereotypical images of flag-wearers in tights, ladies, knights, and even public palazzos to which some battlements were added to foster imagery proper to a film set. It is a living asset, rich in history and stories to tell, the “book” of a society determined to express and assert its proud wealth also through daring town planning schemes. Discover more:
The Via Francigena
Trekking and parks
Tuscany is ideal for walking and trekking. The numerous trails that lead to the discovery of hidden places, natural and historical marvels are complemented by a great number of parks. The landscape changes at every turn and it is possible to experience different adventures even in the same park. The most important parks include the Tuscan-Emilian Appennine National Park, also known as the park of the giants, the National Park of the Casentino Forests, the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the Apuan Alps Regional Nature Park and the Nature Park of the Maremma. Many trails also connect the smaller towns and villages to natural sites like the Elsa River Park in Colle Val d’Elsa and the Benestare Park in Gambassi Terme. Discover more:
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The Palio race