Do you have just 3 days to visit Tuscany? Even though three days aren't very much, you can still discover this beautiful region in Italy in that short amoung of time. Here you find suggestions and ideas for planning your unforgettable holidays in Tuscany.
A day in Florence
Florence cannot be missed when you are visiting Tuscany. This city, renown as the cradle of the Renaissance, has so much to offer that often even Florentines don't know everything about their own city.
In any case, while one day isn't a lot, it still offers an opportunity to see and experience Florence and several of its major riches. Florence's historical city center, where most of the main monuments and museums are located, is small and walking is the best way to visit it. The Top 10 of Florence certainly includes Piazza Duomo with the splendid Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and Baptistery, then Piazza della Signoria overshadowed by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and the beautiful statues present in the Loggia dei Lanzi. Then there is the Uffizi Gallery and the charming Ponte Vecchio.
If you want more information and suggestions for visiting this beautiful city, read this article on Florence in two days.
A day in Chianti and San Gimignano
Another must-to-see in Tuscany is certainly the Chianti region. The breathtaking landscapes, good wine and delicious food have to be visited and enjoyed.
The gentle and green hills spotted with vineyards and olive groves are the perfect panorama for your pictures, with stunning medieval villages and castles sitting atop the hills. Some stops along the way: Greve in Chianti and its interesting shaped square, Panzano and its fortress, Castellina and its ancient walls.
Driving back to Florence we suggest you stop at San Gimignano. This charming medieval town is well preserved and is famous for its numerous towers that create a unique skyline.
During your visit, we recommend wine tastings in local estates whose small production might not allow for exporting abroad. The Chianti wines remain excellent nonetheless and merit discovering. You can read more about Chianti wine tastings and how to spend one day in Chianti for more ideas.
A day in Siena
Siena is like Florence and merits being included in your short stay in Tuscany.
This enchanting art city, where the famous Palio takes place, offers many beautiful things to see and to do. First, the stunning Piazza del Campo with its imposing Palazzo Comunale and Torre del Mangia is the center of the town. Walk a few stairs up and visit the magnificent Duomo which dominates Siena's city center.
For one day itinerary in Siena look at these other suggestions on what else to visit in this charming city, including its museums and monuments.
If you have the chance to stay longer in Tuscany or you are just looking for other ideas in planning your Italian holidays, you can read this suggested itinerary for a week in Tuscany. For example, you can add to your holidays visits to Lucca and Pisa or spending a day in the Valdorcia area to the south of Siena.
Tuscany is certainly an endless discovery of beautiful things to both see and do. It is the perfect destination for your unforgettable holidays in Italy.