Main and Top Attractions of Tuscany

Discovering Tuscany is easy at Villa Rigacci

Find the best places to visit

Florence - Siena - Arezzo - Pisa - Lucca - San Gimignano
Chianti with Greve, Castellina and Gaiole, Val d'Orcia
Seaside Towns and Beaches like Versilia Coast

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Florence - Capital of Tuscany

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the pearls of Italy, its wonderful masterpieces and great works of architecture enriching the everyday life of what is now also a vibrant modern city.

  • Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore The cathedral was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294 to be the largest Roman Catholic church in the world
  • Battisterio di San Giovanni: The oldest building on the Cathedral Square is the Baptistery of Saint John, it was built in the 5th-6th century.
  • Palazzo Vecchio - Signoria: Built at the turn between the 13th and 14th centuries as the seat of the Priors
  • Uffizi: The collection of works in the Uffizi Gallery is probably the only one to have just masterpieces of exceptional value.
  • Bargello is the setting for works of sculpture and in one of the oldest buildings in Florence that dates back to 1255.
  • Palazzo Pitti with Giardino di Boboli: In 1550 the Palace was chosen by Cosimo I de’ Medici
  • Piazzale Michelangelo: The Piazzale Michelangelo to Florence represents the most famous point than observation of the city
  • Fiesole: the history goes back into the mists of time, as Faesulae, it was an important Etruscan town, commanding the Arno valley from its defensive heights; Florence was founded later by the Romans

Siena - City of 17 Contrades and The Palio

Siena lies between the Chianti in the north, the Val di Chiana in the east and the Val d’Orcia and the Crete in the south and is one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Set on three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and St Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. Famed for the "Palio", the annual historic horse-races that take place on 2 July and 16 August.

  • Piazza del Campo or Il Campo: since the Middle Ages scene of horse races to win the "Palio"
  • Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico with the access to the tower 'Torre del Mangia'
  • Duomo: Siena's main 13th Century Romanesque and Gothic cathedral with works of Nicola Pisano, Ghirlandaio, Donatello, Ghiberti, Jacopo della Quercia
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale: mit gotischen und Renaissancemalereien.
  • The Battistero or the Baptistery ith paintings of Sienas great artists.
  • Torre del Mangia:In the Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square, next to the Palazzo Pubblico. When built it was one of the 3 tallest secular towers in medieval Italy.
  • Fonte Gaia
  • Church San Domenico
  • Palio 2nd July and 16th August
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Villa Rigacci Reggello

Pisa - Leaning Tower and Campo dei Miracoli

Pisa, like Florence, is on the Arno, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea a few kilometers away. Pisa is also one of the most important university cities in Italy, which 40,000 students shape life with; just a few hundred meters from the cathedral square, the winding streets with bars and typical houses painted in pisan yellow begin.

  • Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles)UNESCO World Heritage site with Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Baptistery, and Campo Santo
  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta built beginning from 1063, after Pisa's naval victory over the Saracens and it was consecrated (still unfinished) in 1118. The artistic highlight in the cathedral is the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano
  • Baptistery Come la cattedrale, il pezzo forte indiscusso del battistero è il pulpito in marmo autoportante, capolavoro del 1260 di Nicola Pisano e uno dei più grandi capolavori della scultura romanica.
  • Orto Botanico) Also known as the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Pisa, Pisa's botanical garden was the first university botanical garden in Europe, founded by Cosimo I de'Medici in the mid-1500s. You can explore various environments and collections, both outdoors and in its several buildings, to find herb gardens, an arboretum of rare trees, water gardens, and greenhouses. One of these is Europe's first iron-framed glasshouse.
  • Pisa is also the birthplace of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

More Sites in Tuscany -
Places to Discover between the Sea and the Mountains

Tuscany is one of the most popular holiday regions in Italy and has everything to offer in terms of landscape, culture and culinary delights for a relaxing holiday and makes it exciting at the same time. Internationally, Tuscany is famous for its pretty medieval towns and their wealth of art. But what would Tuscany be without them Rolling hills of Chianti, photographed a thousand times, with the seemingly endless vineyards and cypress trees that lead to the dreamy property. Discover the beautiful holiday destination of Tuscany from Villa Rigacci.

  • San Gimignano and The 15 Towers
  • Lucca - Tuscan Town with Flair
  • Arezzo - South of Tuscany
  • Cortona and Lake Trasimeno
Villa Rigacci Reggello
Villa Rigacci Reggello

Shopping - Outlets and Markets

Italian designer brands and international name brand items can be found in some outlets nearby and next to Villa Rigacci. Gucci, Prada, Dolce&Gabbana, Cavalli and many other Italian and international brands as Guess, Levis or Addidas are located in malls and retail outlets.

  • The Mall - Outlet Center Leccio 12km from Villa Rigacci in Via Europa, 8 - 50066 Leccio, Reggello (Fi). The Mall is a gallery of select, top luxury brands and quality merchandise including: Alexander McQueen, Armani Jeans, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Tod's, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Prada Outlet Center SPACE 20km from Villa Rigacci in 52025 Montevarchi (AR) Loc. Levanella, Via Aretina 403. The production of clothing and shoes of the Prada brand has its centre in Valdarno and in Montevarchi there is The Space, a sales outlet for the Prada company. Suits for men and women, shoes, sunglasses and various accessories. Products of the same group members are also to find there: Miu Miu, Car Shoe and Helmut Lang.
  • Local weekly market at Figline Valdarno Piazza Marsilio Ficino 5 km from Villa Rigacci: food, clothing, fruit and vegetables, local products and gastronomy as porchetta or trippa fiorentina.
  • More local weekly markets on other days of the week nearby Montevarchi, San Giovanni Valdarno, Reggello: food, clothing, fruit and vegetables, local products and gastronomy as porchetta or trippa fiorentina.

Tuscany with Children - Places to Visit

Tuscany is a great place to take children to experience the tastes site and sounds of this magical region and have outright fun.

  • Vinci and Leonardo Via del Castellaccio, 1r 50123 Florence. Located in a historical building in the heart Florence, Leonardo's incredible machines. The interactive machines on display are working models which have been hand-crafted from Leonardo's original sketches.The educational workshop "W Leonardo!" is dedicated to understanding physics and mechanics in a fun and easy to understand way. Internet:
  • Lucca - Tuscan Town with Flair
  • Siena - City of Contrades and Palio Besides hanging out on the Piazza del Campo letting the children run around or go exploring in the narrow streets around it.Childrens Museum: Small exhibition directed to children in Santa Maria Della Scala opposite the Duomo. Torre del Mangia: Looming 102 meters over the Piazza del Campo, with some incredible panoramic views, but also with small spaces and some very tight fits to reach the top.
  • Cortona and Lake Trasimeno
  • The thermal baths of Tuscany Theia, the Etruscan bath in Chianciano Terme. Others in: Lucca, Rapolano, Petriolo
  • Beaches in Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi etc.
Villa Rigacci Reggello
Villa Rigacci Reggello

Mediterranean beaches and baths with hot thermal water

A list of the "top" beaches in Tuscany of the ones that have received a "Blue Flag" recognition.

  • The criteria for a Blue Flag designation include: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services
  • Versilia Marina di Carrara, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Viareggio. The beach in the Versilia is very wide and long - there is basically a kilometers-long beach that goes from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio.
  • Versilia Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia, Calambrone. As you head south, the beaches get shorter and more narrow. Many of them start having copses as well as stretches of actual woods right behind the beach.
  • Livorno Antignano, Quercianella, Castiglioncello, Vada di Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, Marina di Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo, Riotorto-Piombino, Marciana Marina-La Fenicia
  • Grosseto Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Principina di Grosseto, Monte Argentario. You'll find both long stretches of sandy beaches as well as some areas with reef, many spiagge libere as well as colonized areas with chairs and umbrellas. You can lay out and work on your tan or go exploring the outer reefs.