Santa Margherita Ligure, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Italy
A stretch of spectacular Ligurian coastline that includes the remote villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Cornilia, Vernazza & Monterosso.
The Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre connects the “Five Lands” through an 11 km hiking trail, as well as by local train and bus service.
Carrara, MS, Italia
Famous for its white marble since the times of the Roman republic, the town has an interesting historic center belying the chaos of its periphery.
The impressive quarries are located along an inland road that leads up finally to the attractive, small hamlet of Colonnata, a former Roman slave colony.
Lucca, LU, Italia
Considered by many to be the most charming city in northern Tuscany – little changed since medieval times. The 16th century ramparts are among the best preserved in Italy.
Pistoia, PT, Italia
Inhabited by Gauls, Ligurians and Etruscans before becoming a Roman colony in Republic times. In later times was dominated by the continuing struggles of the powerhouse city-states of Pisa, Lucca, and finally Florence.
Today, its medieval heritage is largely intact with narrow winding streets, outdoor markets and attractive Piazza del Duomo.
Firenze, FI, Italia
Birthplace of the renaissance and home of the famous Medici family, who came to dominate all of Tuscany. Among the famous art museums here are the Uffizi, Accademia, & Pitti Palace.
Pisa, PI, Italia
Very touristy, but still worth the visit. The Square of Miracles is perhaps the finest architectural complex in the world. The Leaning Tower is open again after many years.
Urbino, PU, Italia
This spectacular walled town contains the great Ducal Palace and National Gallery of Art, as well as the birthplace of Raphael and a very unusual cathedral.
Sovana, Province of Grosseto, Italy
Orvieto, TR, Italia
Originally one of the most important Etruscan cities, it was destroyed by the Romans in 264 BC and then returned to prominence in the middle ages. Situated on a plateau of volcanic tufa 325 meters above the valley floor, it‘s Duomo is one of the greatest Gothic structures in Italy.
Spoleto, PG, Italia
Occupying a position of strategic importance, Spoleto became Rome’s most famous colony and its significance continued for another 1500 years. Shelley called it, “the most romantic city I ever saw”.
Torgiano, Province of Perugia, Italy
Assisi, PG, Italia
Situated on the slopes of Mt Subasio, Assisi is a beautiful “museum city” of medieval times. The basilica of St. Francis is a marvel. A place to be seen and felt.
Gubbio, PG, Italia
Unique among medieval towns. Possibly the most populous city in Europe in the 11th century and probably doesn’t look much different now. Home of the extraordinary Saint Ubaldo.
Montalcino, SI, Italia
A small, hillside town with a magnificent 14th century fortress. This area is famous for the Brunello wine. Nearby is the intact, 9th century Romanesque Abbazia di Sant’Antimo.
Pienza, SI, Italia
The “ideal city” constructed in the 15th century is decidedly renaissance. Commissioned by the humanistic Pope Pius II , a poet and native son, this town is beautiful for its harmony and grace.
Cortona, AR, Italia
An Umbrian settlement before being taken over by the Etruscans in the 8th century BC, it then became a significant Roman center until destroyed by the Goths. It later became a free comune and still retains its medieval character today.
Siena, SI, Italia
Florence’s major competitor for the domination of Tuscany. Gothic in character, has narrow winding streets that converge on the famous Piazza del Campo.
San Gimignano, SI, Italia
14 of the original 72 towers remain in this beautiful hilltop town, little changed since its 13th century grandeur. Spectacular views and entertaining evenings make this a tour favorite.
Deruta, Province of Perugia, Italy
Castellina In Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy