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For years, Tuscany has been known as one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe. Tuscany is a region in the middle of Italy characterised by highly scenic landscapes and impressive cities. And as the average temperatures here are between 20 and 25 degrees, which can increase to over 30 degrees in the summer, it is a wonderful place to spend your vacation. In this blog, we would like to tell you some more about the five pearls of Tuscany, which are absolutely worth a visit.
Elba alone is reason enough to go to Tuscany. It is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the surrounding sea is so clear that you can look down for metres. You can indulge Elba’s culture by visiting the old mansions of Napoleon Bonaparte or the 17th century church of Chiesa Della Misericordia. In this church, you can see various belongings of Napoleon Bonaparte, for example a copy of the sarcophagus from the Dome Des Invalides in Paris. With its mountainous landscape, you can make wonderful walking tours or explore the island by mountain bike. Elba has a homely atmosphere and the villages, buildings, and nature are just beautiful. Elba is simply a must if you are a true Tuscany fan. We have Villatents here with and without sanitary facilities. They are located at campsite Casa dei Prati.
Pisa is known for the squinted tower of Piazza dei Miracoli (which means: square of miracles). But there are more attractions that make this city worth a visit. The Duomo Cathedral, for example, and the baptistery next to it. Pisa is Tuscany’s university city, which is visible by the multitude of cosy bars, restaurants, and scenic squares where you can enjoy refreshing drinks at the terraces. Galileo Galilei, a famous Italian physician, astronomer, mathematician and philosopher, studied in Pisa. You can visit his house nearby the Piazza dei Cavalieri. Feel like making a day trip to Pisa? Book a Villatent at Campsite Il Poggetto or Campsite Colleverde. Both are located at about 120 kilometres from Pisa, which is approximately two hours driving.
Lucca is a centuries old city that was built already before Christ. Lucca is not only known for its pilgrimages, but also as a trade city for textile. In Lucca you find the ‘Duomo di San Martino’ cathedral and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. In earlier times, this square was the venue of violent tournaments between gladiators and wild animals, but now there are mainly terraces where you can enjoy the city’s friendly hustle and bustle. The old centre of Lucca is surrounded by walls that were built during the 15th century. Lucca’s largest square is ‘Piazza Napoleone’ where the sister of Napoleon, Elisa Bonaparte, held sway.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany and the cradle of the renaissance. Nowhere in the world will you find so many buildings and works of art from the renaissance era. Famous people born in Florence are Leonardo De Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei. The city is full of historic places and magnificent building structures, bridges and palaces. The world-famous Uffizi museum, which keeps multiple art treasures, can he highly recommended. And also the Cathedral of Florence is breath-taking, both from the outside and from the inside. Climb the 414 steps and you are rewarded with a beautiful view over the city. After only 30 minutes driving from Florence, you will find our Villatents at campsite Il Poggetto.
The medieval city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, is built on a hill. Particularly famous and impressive is the Piazza del Campo square. It is dominated by the city hall, the Palazzo Pubblico museum, and the Torre del Mangia, a tower of 102 metres high. Siena is also known for the Palio delle Contrade, a horse race on the Piazza del Campo held twice a year in July and August. For this event, the entire city centre is closed off. It is certainly worth a visit! Another spectacle in Siena is its cathedral with beautiful sculptures by Michelangelo and Nicola Pisano. Our Villatents are located only a stone’s throw away from Siena at Campsite Colleverde. A perfect home base from which to visit the most scenic cities in Tuscany. You can leave your car at the campsite and go to Siena by bus.