Tuscany Journals

Touring Tuscany

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An August 1996 trip to Tuscany by MichaelJM

San Gimignano Photo, Tuscany, Italy More Photos
Quote: A great place to chill out and take in Italy's cultural heritage. There is loads to see, fine food and beautiful scenery.

Touring Tuscany

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Viareggio Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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When we drove from France to Italy, we took the Col du Mont Cenis (2083m high). What magnificent views and what diabolical roads as we meandered our way through tiny hillside villages! A great start to our first Italian holiday.Visiting Lucca on a Sunday and joining the locals as they work up an appetite for their Sunday meal by walking, cycling, or jogging around the perimeter wall—we walked! Lucca is an ancient settlement dating back to 200 BC and is known to have hosted the great Roman Emperor Caesar. We found it a confusing place to drive round and got lost several times. Seeking directions was not easy; although we could ask for directions, we really struggled with the response! It...Read More

San Gimignano

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San Gimignano Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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It was a superb July morning, and we hit the road and headed for the medieval town of San Gimignano. It was a pleasant journey from Colle di Compito, through open countryside and rolling hills. As seems to be the norm for this part of Italy, the roads were not always in the best state of repair, and at one point our road, a perfectly adequate B road converted to a dirt track and finished as a series of potholes joined together by the odd splattering of tarmac. However, as we approach our target town, we see in the distance a vision of a modern town with its high-rise flats. I feel that I am about to be bitterly disappointed until we are much closer and are rewarded with a quaint and thoroughl...Read More

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San Gimignano
San Gimignano
Tuscany, Italy

Florence

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Florence Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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We parked at the top of the hill in the Piazza Michelangelo. I reckon that this offers the best views of Florence, and it was an interesting walk to the centre of the city through well-kept parkland and inspiring views as we sauntered down the twisty path to the banks of the River Arno.Florence is a must for art lovers the world over. The Uffizi is just awash with fantastic paintings that previously I'd only read about in books with famous painters such as da Vinci, Correggio, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Giotto, Rubens, and Rembrandt, to name but a few.However, this is not just a museum—it’s an architectural masterpiece that is simply awe-inspiring. It was originally con...Read More

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Florence
Florence
Tuscany, Italy

Piazza del Campo

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Attraction | "Siena Sights & Attractions"

Piazza del Campo Photo, Siena, Italy
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We parked outside of the fortress, which was designed by the architect who was involved in the planning of Lucca, and strolled to the main town. Maps are not really required because all the streets lead to the campo. En route there are many reminders of the myths of Senius and Acius (sons of Remus) and we frequently pause to browse in shops. Although some are aimed at tourists, many sell exquisite clothing, beautifully crafted local pottery, and superbly presented quality local produce. Even I can tolerate window-shopping in this town!As we approach the Piazza del Campo, we are treated to the merest glimpse of its vastness through the archway at the end of the narrow street—a s...Read More

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Piazza del Campo

Siena, Tuscany 53100

Pisa

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Pisa Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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What self-respecting tourist would visit Tuscany and not make a trip to see the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa? We certainly had every intention of making the trip, and so early afternoon on a frightfully hot day in July, we headed westwards from our villa. We did experience some difficulty in finding this well-known building, but having parked next to the river, we followed our instinct and some very poor signage. We saw parts of the original 12th-century fortifications, reminding us of the vulnerability of the settlement in its early life.When we finally found the cathedral site, what an impressive trio of buildings stood before us. They looked regally grand, set off against green lawns and...Read More

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Pisa
Pisa
Tuscany, Italy