Are you taking a vacation to the beautiful area of Tuscany and don't know where to start? This gorgeous part of Italy is home to some of the best food, wine, and landscapes in the entire world, and it can seem overwhelming to figure out what to do during your short time there!
So whether you're heading over for a honeymoon, a family-friendly vacation, or are just traveling solo, here are some things to do in Tuscany that just cannot be missed during your Tuscany vacation.
No trip to the Tuscan region is complete without taking a trip to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. This 14th-century tower is tilted because the ground beneath wasn't strong enough to handle the weight at the time it was built. But no worries, if you'd like to climb to the top after you take your pictures, the structure is completely secure.
When visiting Florence, chances are you'll see the massive Duomo cathedral, but the Santa Croce is a sight that is not to be missed. This small Franciscan place of worship has been used by the famous Medici family and is a beautiful, ornate place with a gorgeous white facade and plenty of things to marvel at on the inside.
This piazza is the epitome of Italian piazzas -- it is full of cafes, cobblestones, and of course a big church. It is also the home to the famous Sienna race, the Palio, which is a horse race that laps the entire square. For the race, each Sienna neighborhood has their own animal mascot, such as the snail, and whatever horse wins, that neighborhood declares victory for the rest of the year. Visiting the piazza is quite an interesting experience, as you can imagine the fanfare of the horses and their bareback riders going around in circles so fast that they lean very close to the ground!
One of the best things to do in Tuscany is to take a wine tour. Considering the fact that Italy is the top producer of wine in the entire world, with 17.43% of all wine coming from Italy in 2015, it's crucial to take a few sips. You'll be able to find wines of all kinds but be sure to try the Chianti; it is the wine Tuscany is known for.
There are plenty of things to do in Tuscany, but these four activities take the cake. So go out and explore, Tuscany is waiting for you!