Tuscany has so many things to offer, such as art cities, seaside, mountain, hills and spectacular landscapes that time for visiting it is never enough. If you have just 5 days in Tuscany, here we suggest must-to-see destinations of this beautiful region in Italy.
2 days in Florence
Florence is certainly one of the most famous art cities in the world and it cannot be missing from any itinerary in Tuscany, particularly if it is the first time you visit the region.
Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and its monuments deserve being visited. If you have time, we recommend you visit the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace.
In this article we suggest an itinerary for seeing Florence in just 2 days so that you won't miss a thing.
Half day in Pisa
Pisa, as well as Florence, has to be seen at least once in your life. From Florence there is a regional train that arrives in Pisa in about one hour.
The city of Pisa is famous for beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, where you'll find all of the major monuments and sights. Here is the magnificent Cathedral of Pisa, built in the 11th century, the splendid Baptistery of St. John, the monumental Composanto (cemetery) and the striking Leaning Tower of Pisa, an international landmark that you must climb at least once in your lifetime!
While you are going back to the train station, we suggest a tranquil walk along the Arno riverbanks enjoying this charming city in Tuscany.
1 day in Chianti
Chianti, famous for its spectacular landscapes and good wine, is certainly another area of Tuscany deserving a visit.
The green and round hills are designed by the rows of grapevines and olive groves. On top of several hills lay ancient fortresses, castles and walled villages. The stunning panoramas make the Chianti hills unique.
Among the most renown and interesting towns to spend a day in Chianti is Greve in Chianti with its particularly shaped square, Panzano and its fortress and Castellina with with ancient walls.
If you are going back to Florence, we suggest a stop in the beautiful center of Barberino Val D'Elsa. If you are heading to Siena, you can visit Radda and Gaiole in Chianti.
Even if you don't usually drink wine, we recommend you stop at a few farmhouses or wineries and take the time to take a wine cellar tour and do some wine tastings of the great Chianti wines.
1 day in Siena
Siena is like Florence, it cannot be missing from your trip to Tuscany. It is the city of the famous Palio of Siena and its imprint has remained largely Medieval while Florence was greatly transformed during the Renaissance.
The striking Piazza del Campo is overlooked by Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, while the center is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral.
If you want more suggestions for visiting Siena, here you'll find a one day itinerary in Siena.
1 day in Valdorcia
When you see a postcard of Tuscany, you see the Valdorcia. Gentle hills colored in green and yellow with lonely cypresses sitting atop the hills are typical landscapes of this area.
The most representative destinations are Montalcino and Montepulciano, also famous for their excellent red wines, Pienza and its Renaissance square, San Quirico D'Orcia and its gardens. And then the smaller towns such as Bagno Vignoni and Buonconvento also hold their own special charm.
As in Chianti, we recommend you stop at wineries and farms producing wine and take time for tasting local wines such as the Brunello and the Rosso di Montepulciano.
If you decide to stay longer in Tuscany or simply want a few more suggestions for planning your trip, here we offer a week itinerary in Tuscany.
These are just a few of our suggestions for helping you in the planning and organizing of your holidays in Tuscany, Italy - there is so much to see and do to personalize your itinerary.