Florence is a highly sought after destination, as it is a cozy Italian city where you can see great works of art and a really beautiful old area. But beyond this city, there are very interesting destinations that we can take into account. If we have several days we can use some of them to see nearby cities, since Florence is a small city whose points of interest are visited immediately.
This city is very interesting, but near it we find charming corners of Tuscany or places on the coast that can take our breath away. So we must not waste the trip and approach these small nearby destinations, as they will be a discovery.
Who does not know the tower of Pisa? This small port city is located in the region of Tuscany, and it is a very small city, which can be visited in one day, especially considering that the vast majority of tourists only want to take a funny photo in the Tower of Pisa. In this monumental area we not only find the tower, which has become famous for gradually leaning because it gives way. We also have the Duomo and the Baptistery. It is a monumental complex of great beauty, made in a style that they have called Pisan, but which is inspired by the Romanesque. In the same city there are other churches that imitate this peculiar style, such as Santa Chiara or Santa Cristina. It is such a small city that we can visit it with its set of monuments in a single day, and it is located 85 kilometers from the city of Florence, so it won't take long to get there.
This is another city that is only 70 kilometers from Florence and that also has a lot of history and beautiful streets and monuments. His historical Center It has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Piazza del Campo is a very central square, and one of the best preserved medieval squares in Europe, where we can always see a lot of movement. This square is probably familiar to you, because the famous Palio de Siena is held here, a horse race that faces the city's districts.
La Siena Cathedral or Duomo It is also a building of great beauty dating from the XNUMXth century, although construction continued in later years. In it you cannot miss the climb to a viewpoint to have the best views of the city. If you get tired of so many monuments and you want to do some shopping, you can go to Via Bianchi di Sopra, the commercial and most touristy street.
Cinque Terre is not a city or a village, but a whole coastal area in which we find five small towns on the cliffs and looking out to sea. This visit is a pleasure for the senses, as the Cinque Terre postcards are hard to forget. Fishing villages now much more touristy, which we can reach by boat or by winding roads. On the cliffs we will see colorful, cheerful and striking houses, and we can get lost in the narrow streets of these peculiar towns. It is about five towns that are located in an area of about 18 kilometers on the coast, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Without a doubt, it is a respite from cities full of people, since they are small coastal towns that we can visit with tranquility.
If you liked the movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun', you will be able to relive the best moments of its protagonist in the city of Cortona, since it was the chosen setting to represent the typical quiet town in the interior of Tuscany. And it was undoubtedly well chosen, because this is precisely what we will find when we arrive in Cortona. A medieval town founded by the Etruscans, where old churches and narrow streets are preserved. You can make a short half-day visit, especially as a destination where you can enjoy the most authentic tranquility of Tuscany. As visits, we can go to some places of interest such as the Hermitage of Cells or the Palazzo Comunale.
The town of San Gimignano is well recognized in the Tuscan landscape for its fourteen medieval towers, to which we would have to add another 58 that existed in the past, and that were built with the aim of demonstrating the power of the most influential families. Today it is a World Heritage Site, and a small medieval city where we can enjoy walking through old streets. This city is located about 60 kilometers from Florence, and we are on the way to Siena, so we can make a small stop there to enjoy the old buildings and the quiet squares.