Places to visit outside of Florence, Italy
Florence is a beautiful city located towards the north of Italy. It’s been popular with tourists and art lovers for years because of its cultural sights and great shopping, and it’s one of those places that you really should take the time to visit if you’re ever in the region. And while a short break in this fashionable city is always guaranteed to delight, the surrounding region of Tuscany offers plenty more fabulous places to visit. Next time you’re in Florence why not try one of these great day excursions to see some of the quieter, less touristy towns.
This beautiful medieval town is found at the end of a wonderfully relaxing drive through the picturesque wine lands of Tuscany. The old part of the town can be seen from some distance away, dominating the skyline with its impressive and ancient towers. A day here can be spent exploring the piazza’s and trattoria’s of this impressive stone built citadel, enjoying a glass of locally produced Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine in the sunshine, and hunting out the fashionable boutique shops in the pedestrian town center.
Siena is located a short drive south of Florence and is another fine example of traditional Italian architecture, cobbled streets and winding lanes. The town was made famous by the Palio horse race, a daring feat of horsemanship and skill which sees bareback riders compete in fast and furious races around a makeshift course in the Piazza del Campo, the town square where locals normally gather to sit at outdoor cafés and socialize. For more traditional tourist sites, visit the Duomo
(Cathedral) and the Battistero (Baptistery), or head to the town’s old hospital, the Speddale di Santa Maria della Scala, with its interesting underground museum.