Another hot list destination of the glamorous Italian landscape. The smell of cypress trees, fine art and Chianti wines, luxurious cheeses, and picturesque hill drives form this lyrical Italian wanderlust. Grand historic cities as Florence and Pisa, followed by a smaller authentic Lucca or Bolgheri hold extremely important cultural roots that attract thousands of tourists every year. Not forget to mention the famous Italian Riviera that pleasantly surprises with its chaming umbrella coloured beaches beloved by locals and extremely non touristic, for magically unknown reasons! Sounds like a charm!
Known as one of the most enchanting cities, Florence is definitely the Italian city of love. The heart of the world class Renaissance art and craft, vibrant lifestyle and modern cuisine is what travellers crave here for. The journey starts from strolling through the famous Porta Romana gates that open the window to the magical historic backstreets, fine shopping lanes and finally gives a facelift from the capturing beauty of the architectural masterpiece Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo. The tea coloured passing by river perfectly reflects the warm earth tones town by the iconic Ponte Vecchio arced bridge filled with various art shops and boutiques. Up the town lies the royal Boboli Garden with its priceless statues, fountains and little pretty grottoes. It also reveals the best panoramic views of Florence right on your palm.
Attracting hundreds of thousands visitors, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a real celebrity. One of the most provincial cities in Italy that used to be the main maritime trade point back in the days. It is now vital academic city fuelling the country with its prestigious universities. Renaissance and Gothic squares and churches surround the lively town with its local cafes and preserved atmosphere.
Lying in between wine and olive hills, Lucca is one of those original Tuscan towns that impresses with what it has to offer. Small enough to fit marvellous Romanesque churches and squares it also offers one of the finest dining experiences and luxury villas. Sightseeing is just walking reach of the town and can be a perfect day trip that will bring you even closer to the Italian culture.
One of the best ways to enjoy Tuscan authenticity is by visiting small hilltop towns. Bolgheri is one of the most unique and starts from the impressive 5km long cypress trees path up to the town. Brightly red-bricked architecture greets you upon arrival. Rich of food, gorgeous taverns and various local craft shops, Bolgheri is also famous for one of the most prestigious and expensive world’s wines!
Rarely associated as the beach holiday destination for unknown reasons, 400 miles long Italian Riviera is yet to be revealed. Viareggio, exclusively popular between wealthy locals is especially crowded in August, when all Country goes on the longest vacation ever. That is when the grand Viareggio carnival takes place – one of the biggest floats and masks carnival in Europe. Those in search of a beach and sand holiday would be pleasantly surprised by what this coastline has to offer. Sandy beaches, clear water, a view of the Alps at the backdrop, nightlife and good food. Sounds that it has it all.
…And the list of these charming towns is not even close to an end. If any country could ever be gifted more of culture, cuisine, art and architecture it is the one and only Italy. Are you a fan as well? Head onto the tour through the above 5 towns and you will have an experience of a lifetime.