Best Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy (I)
Tuscany, with its spectacular hill towns and scenery, is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. Tuscany's travel attractions include historic cities and art, great wine and food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside. Today, Cheap Travel Hunter starts a new series about the best places to visit in Tuscany:
1.MontecatiniTerme is one of the most important thermal centers in Europe and undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Tuscany. The thermal waters are used for hydrotherapy, beauty treatments or psychophysical comfort.Their properties were known ever since antiquity, but received consecration in 1417 with the essay “The BalneorumItaliaeproprietatibus” by Ugolino ofMontecatini – founder of Italian hydrology.The establishment’s construction began in 1733 and today lies over an area of 460,000 square meters: a huge “green lung” where you can practice fangotherapy, hydro massage, hydro-kinesiotherapy in thermal pools and many other rehabilitation therapies.
2.Giotto’s Tower – Campanile di Giotto– is adjacent to the Dome of Florence, being only a few meters lower. You can reach the top of Giotto’s Tower by climbing 414 steps, which it’s worth the effort because its peak offers great panoramic views over the entire city of Florence.Giotto began the tower’s construction in 1334 but managed to complete only three levels before dying. This might have been luck, given the fact that Giotto had no knowledge about the strength of materials. His construction was saved by Andrea Pisano– who doubled the thickness of the walls and decorated the building with statues and niches. Between the years 1350 and 1359 the tower’s construction was taken over by Francesco Talenti, who is also the one who finished it.Campanile di Giotto’s is covered in white, green and pink Tuscany marble. It’s one of the best places to visit in Tuscany. For a small fee you can climb the Dome of Florence or Giotto’s Tower and admire the beautiful views over the city of Florence. In both cases we recommend to pay attention to the physical effort required, since there are no elevators or escalators in any of those buildings.
3. Piazzale Michelangelo is a small but famous square built on top of a hill with a magnificent panoramic view across the city of Florence. You can get there by bus or by climbing the steps in LungarnodellaZecca. The square, which is one of the best places to visit in Tuscany, was dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangeloand has copies of some of his works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. These copies are made of bronze, while the originals are all in white marble.
To be continued…