Popular Day Trips From Florence, Italy
The city of Florence is a true artistic treasure, filled with lots of art and museums, along with the great fashion and is truly a must-see destination when you visit the country of Italy. However, if you do have some time and want to escape the city life to more tranquil destinations, then you should consider these popular day trips from Florence:
From Florence, you can take a rental car and drive through the beautiful wine country down to San Gimignano, an example of Renaissance beauty. This town is famous for its medieval towers that will impress you very quickly as you approach the town. There is a charming old part of town that is easily accessible on foot. You can check out some of the restaurants, shops, alleyways and piazzas. Be sure to savor some of the local white wine called Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Another easy drive from Florence is to Siena, which is known for its famous medieval horse race known as the Palio, which they run twice a year. It is run in the famous Piazza del Campo, a famous square that is a great place to people-watch and sit outdoors in a cafe. There is also a spectacular Duomo (Cathedral) and Battistero
(Baptistry) that is worthwhile to visit. If you are an archaeological enthusiast, then you should visit the Speddale di Santa Maria della Scala, an old hospital that has an underground museum.
Arezzo and Cortona
Known for the birthplace of some famous artists, Arezzo is another quaint little Tuscan town worth visiting. Piero della Francesca and Giorgio Vasari are the artists that represent this town. The former has many frescoes in the Basilica di San Francesco. There is also a beautiful Romanesque church of Pieve di Santa Maria located in the Piazza Grande.
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