This itinerary includes some universally known cities like Florence and Siena but also some smaller places like Fiesole and San Gimignano. Let’s discover this central area of Tuscany!
In Florence you can't miss piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Galleries, crossing the Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo market, a visit to the Duomo and Giotto's bell tower. Piazzale Michelangelo is a magical spot from which you can see the whole city and Santo Spirito is a lively neighbourhood full of artisans and young people.
Fiesole is home to a Romanesque Cathedral, a panoramic view over Florence, an ancient-Roman amphitheatre and the church of San Francesco.
Prato, near Florence but in its own province, means a visit to the Castello dell'Imperatore, Santo Stefano Cathedral, the Duomo museum, renaissance and medieval palaces, the Luigi Pecci centre for contemporary art as well as many small streets filled with boutiques.
A visit to Pistoia means you'll see the San Zeno Cathedral, palazzo Comunale, Antico palazzo dei Vescovi, palazzo del Tribunale, Torre di Catilina, the old church of Santa Maria Cavaliera, palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the Baptistery, piazza della Sala, Ospedale del Ceppo and the surrounding areas of Pistoia, like Montecatini Terme.
Abetone is great during winter; there are ski runs that extend for over 50 km across four valleys. During the summer, enjoy some trekking and walking in nature.
Siena is a wonderful medieval city that is home to piazza del Campo, palazzo Publico, the Duomo or Cattedrale dell'Assunta, the Sanctuary of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Basilica of San Domenico.
San Gimignano is a small town that's an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you can see the Porta di San Giovanni, piazza della Cisterna, the Cathedral square, palazzo del Popolo and the loggia. Look out for the many towers that line the skyline! That's what the town is most famous for.
Monteriggioni is home to medieval walls, a castle, a Romanesque church, and a museum.
After all that, take a break in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy the green landscape and rolling hills, taste some wine and stop off in any village that takes your fancy as they will all be charming.