26 November 2018
Second episode of our article dedicated to how we see the "non-Tuscan": we resumed the ranking of the 15 things not to be missed in Tuscany according to the Rough Guide, deciding to propose it in a double blog article: this is the second part.
In your opinion, have the editors of the guide forgotten some important milestones? Let us know what you think!
9. Be tourists in Pisa
This might seem a foregone stop, to be avoided as too touristy, but - despite the siege of the people who take the selfies while holding the famous tower - Campo dei Miracoli, the Leaning Tower, the Romanesque Cathedral, the baptistery and the Camposanto they deserve the visit at all costs, even if, inevitably, you will always be in crowded company.
10. Walk on the walls of Lucca
The city of Lucca, little visited by tourists "hit and run", houses some of the most beautiful Roman buildings there of Europe among its medieval walls. Speaking of walls, they are completely passable on foot or by bike, and offer some of the best views of the city. Be careful, however, not to lean out and not to go too close to the edge!
11. Admire the Tarot Garden
One of the most unique artistic attractions in Europe is 5 km from the seaside town of Capalbio: the Tarot Garden is the work of a lifetime. The artist Niki de Saint Phalle took 17 years to create a park of multicolored sculptures with a colossal and original visual impact, even if at some point inspired by the work of Gaudì. Magical for children, surprising for adults.
12. Appreciate the simplicity of Giglio
The island of Giglio is located in the Tuscan archipelago and has a special feature: it is largely devoid of all the tourist facilities usually common in similar places, such as nearby Elba. I prefer a simple, authentic sea life to the “standard” comfort of the big hotel, the island is a true pristine jewel, made of stone villages, breathtaking panoramas, beautiful beaches and a crystalline sea.
13. Enjoy the thermal baths at Bagno Vignoni
Tuscany has some of the best spas in Italy. Rough Guide reports in particular Bagno Vignoni, where you can admire the incredible "swimming pool" of the Medici era that covers most of the central square. Bething is not allowe here, but just outside the village you will find pleasant areas where you can enjoy (even for free) a nice bath in sulphurous water.
14. Treat yourself to a medieval five-star in the open countryside.
This is not for every budget, but if you can afford it, treat yourself to a night (or two) at Castello di Velona. An incredible five-star hotel housed in a 12th century castle, set on a hill surrounded by cypress trees overlooking one of the most beautiful countryside in Italy, 10 km from Montalcino.
15. Going for wines in Chianti
Some of the finest bottles in Italy are born from this region, famous also for the perfect balance between nature and architecture. According to the Rough Guide "the undulating landscape is harmoniously varied, the climate is balsamic for most of the year and, above all, there is always some excellent tasting of wine to make". Let's add that the Chianti villages, such as Radda, Greve, Lamole, Castellina, are real gems and that, all in all, Chianti can be the best starting point for your Tuscan tour, returning in the evening to enjoy one of the most beautiful scenery in Italy.
Book now at the Albergo del Chianti, right in the center of the splendid Piazza Matteotti in Greve: we look forward to welcoming you!
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