Monday, 29 November 2010

Top Tuscany Sights

If you are planning a trip to Italy you may be wondering what the Top Tuscany Sights are aside from Florence. Read the following article for some great suggestions.

Viva Italia! Top Five Must-Dos in Tuscany
by Beverly Frank

When traveling, it can be hard to know what sights to see, what monuments to visit, which restaurants are worth your time, and what to skip over because it is a lot of hype. This is true anywhere you visit, even Tuscany. Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy with a lot to see and do. If you have some time to spend in Tuscany this summer, here are the top Tuscany Sights:

1. The leaning tower of Pisa. This is a huge tourist attraction, but it is also one worth seeing. While many tourist attractions are overrated, this is not one of them. It was built in the 1100s. It is a bell tower in the main Piazzas. It has since been worked on some to help correct some of the lean, making it more structurally stable. However, the lean has never been all the way corrected because it is such a big tourist attraction. Not only do you get to see one of the most famous sites in all of Tuscany, you also can enjoy wonderful cafes and bistros around the Piazzas, and enjoy the history of something built hundreds of years ago.

2. Pinocchio Park: The inventor of Pinocchio was a Tuscan writer called Carlo Collodi. The Adventures of Pinocchio was written in 1883. Now the small village where the author of Pinocchio lived boasts a beautiful little park that is a great tourist attraction. The village was named after Collodi, and the park offers thinks like literary classes, building and sculpting classes, art exhibitions, illustrations, puppet makring, and the like. Basically it is a cultural and natural park.

3. Taste wine in Chianti: One of the other things to do in Tuscany this summer is go wine tasting. There are tons of areas in Tuscany that produce world-famous wines. You can visit the most popular wine in Tuscany, Chianti. Or, you can go to some of the more southern parts of the region. You can go to Montepulciano, and taste some of the Vino Nobile. Or, you can go for a famous rich red wine from the Montalcino vineyards.

4. Roma amphitheaters in Lucca: Lucca is one of the most interesting places to visit in Tuscany. Lucca was built on top of a Roman colony, it dates back to 180 BC. You can visit all of the Roman amphitheaters, and you can see the many churches, cathedrals, piazzas, and the many historic and medieval buildings. It is a great historic city, and there are a number of fantastic coffee shops, cafes, and places to eat and enjoy your life.

5. Visit medieval Siena: This is another fantastic historic site, it gives you plenty of Italy's greatest medieval architecture and the like. You can roam through the maze like streeets and alleyways all the way to the great Piazzas del Campo, where you can sit and read and sip coffee or eat pastries at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Beverly Frank is a work-at-home writer and mom to two young kids. Visit for more parenting ideas.

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