They will reveal the lesser known, and always ensure you avoid the queues.
Volterra is renowned for its alabaster craftsmen and an Etruscan museum, although teenagers might recollect it as the location for the Twilight films. (20 minutes by car).
San Gimingiano is extremely picturesque with a series of towers piercing the sky, an architectural boast by rich noblemen. (20 minutes by car).
Siena is a marvellous Gothic monument, at the centre is the cobbled piazza, Il Campo. Come for the Palio, or imagine the scene for one of the most courageous and historic horse rides, bareback riders racing at breakneck speeds across the stones (50 min by car).
Florence - The city is almost overwhelming in its riches. The Medici’s held sway over the city for three centuries, Michelangelo’s first work art is here, Madonna of the Steps, created when he was just 14 years old. (40 minutes)
Lucca is renowned as the most cultured town in Tuscany, with numerous Romanesque churches, a Cathedral that is home to Tintoretto’s Last Supper by Tintoretto and streets exuding historic charm. Puccini was born in the city and you can visit the Museo Villa Puccini where he wrote Madame Butterfly and Il Trittico. In March Lucca is a riot of Camellias.
The globally acclaimed classical music singer, Andrea Boccelli performs a programme of exclusive concerts throughout July.Explore