Posted by Jane, 24 January 2013 @ 23:46
Home to some of Italy's most beautiful scenery and architecture, it's not hard to see why Tuscany is such a popular region within the country.
The Duomo, Florence
The Duomo is the most popular sight in Florence, Tuscany's capital city. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Renaissance dome is an iconic symbol within Florence and is possibly the most beautiful attraction in the city. It's certainly a reason to come to Florence and Tuscany in general.
How much does it cost? The Duomo is free to enter however if you want to also access the dome it will cost you €8. To enter the crypt it's €3.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the entire world! It also happens to be situated in the region of Tuscany, within close driving distance of Florence. The tower was not originally meant to lean to one side. It was built with an alignment 5 degrees out. However, the term 'happy accident' could best describe this incredible landmark because it has turned into one of the most visited and unique sights that Tuscany has to offer.
Il Palio, Siena
Twice a year in the Tuscan town of Siena the famous Il Palio horse race is held in the town's main square, Piazza del Campo. The race circles the Piazza, on which a thick layer of dirt is laid out. 10 riders race bareback, and they all wear colour representing 10 of the 17 districts of Siena. There is standing room for 28,000 people and reserved seating for 33,000. Although for the later you will need to book far in advance.
Possibly the best thing about Tuscany is the beautiful Tuscan countryside! Picture traditional Tuscan farmhouses, rolling green hills, and other countryside views playing out before you. I highly recommend hiring a car and taking a drive around it, or taking a tour that will allow you to stop off and take some pictures.