Places to visit outside of Florence, Italy
Arezzo and Cortona
These beautiful towns, located almost in the centre of the country, have been popular for years with tourists hunting for a taste of the true Tuscany. Arezzo is particularly well known as the birthplace of artists Giorgio Vasari and Piero della Francesca, but aside from the paintings they have created, the town itself is a veritable work of art, with stunning examples of roman churches, like the Pieve si Santa Maria, or the Basilica di San Francesco with its famous frescoes painted by the artist of the same name.
Cortona found international fame because of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, and not much has changed here from the traditional Italian way of life. It offers a quiet and relaxed pace, with strolls through vineyards and olive trees, and its two main squares, the Piazza Signorelli and Piazza della Repubblica offer plenty of choice for a relaxed dinner.
One of the easiest towns to get to from Florence, Fiesole is a short bus ride away (take the number 7 from Santa Maria Novella station). It sits on a hilltop enjoying the fabulous panorama over the Florentine skyline, including a stunning view of the Duomo by Brunelleschi. Fiesole is a maze of twisting streets, attractive villas and landscaped gardens, and its medieval cathedral is a popular focal point for travelers.
If you’ve enjoyed Florence but you’d like to explore a little more of the tranquil outlying areas, then your Italian holiday vacation will be made even more memorable by including one of these fantastic day trips.