Ancient towns where unique art and architecture is found as well as villages where time seems to have stood still and a landscape shaped by mankind with its rolling hills and rows of cypress trees. Tuscany is a special land, an open-air museum like nowhere else in the world. So much so that UNESCO has declared 7 places in Tuscany as World Heritage Sites: let’s go and explore them together.
Florence – historic centre
Since the Middle Ages and continuing over the centuries, Florence became a centre of beautiful creations and major artistic and architectural sites that have served to teach future artists. The majesty of the city derives from the grandeur of such works as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Church of Santa Croce, the Palazzo degli Uffizi, and masterworks by artists such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Pisa - Piazza del Duomo
The square is famous throughout the world and known as Campo dei Miracoli. It is the architectural perfection of the Pisan Romanesque style, a combination of classical motifs, early Christian and eastern Lombard styles. The monuments that appear here - the Duomo, the Bell Tower, the Baptistery and the Cemetery - are of a beauty that leaves visitors breathless.
Siena – historic centre
The city, with its monuments and medieval Gothic style, is the greatest testimony of the very high modes of expression achieved by its artists. The most important attraction in the historic center is the Piazza del Campo, famous for its shell shape, over which tower the Torre del Mangia and Palazzo Pubblico, which you can admire masterpieces such as Simone Martini’s Majesty and the Effects of Good and Poor Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Then there the Duomo, with works of art by Michelangelo, Nicola Pisano and Donatello, and Santa Maria della Scala, the oldest hospital in the world that was built along the ancient via Francigena.
Pienza – historic centre
On the request of Pope Pius II, the centre became a symbol of perfection and the architectural style of the Renaissance. It was built as an ‘ideal city’ that responded to the humanistic thinking of the period, with spaces and scenes of striking beauty, designed by Alberti and his collaborator Rossellino.
San Gimignano – historic centre
A magical place famous all over the world for its beautiful towers, San Gimignano is nicknamed the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, and the via Francigena runs right through it. Once upon a time there were 72 towers, but now only 13 remain, giving the village in the heart of the Crete Senesi a truly unique skyline. Here you can admire the beautiful Duomo, with masterpieces by Benozzo Gozzoli, Ghirlandaio and Jacopo della Quercia, as well as the picture gallery, which is home to works by artists such as Pinturicchio and Filippino Lippi.
A unique landscape of flat, chalky plains out of which gentle, rolling hill rise up. A place where nature is in perfect harmony with mankind, a close relationship that has given rise to innovative farming scenery and the Via Francigena, along which abbeys, historic villages and sanctuaries appear.
Medici villas and gardens
Tuscany’s 12 Medici villas and gardens were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list: Villa di Careggi, Villa di Castello, Villa di Poggio Imperiale and Villa La Petraia in Florence, the Boboli Gardens and the Pratolino Gardens in Vaglia, as well as the Medici villa of Fiesole, Villa di Cafaggiolo in Barberino di Mugello and Villa di Poggio in Caiano. Plus Villa del Trebbio in Scarperia and San Piero, Villa di Cerreto Guidi, Palazzo di Seravezza, Villa La Magia in Quarrata and Villa di Artimino in Carmignano.