In addition to Rome, in Italy it is above all Tuscany that can shine with world-famous cultural sights. The following cultural sites have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as being particularly unique and worth preserving. The year of admission in brackets. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Florence old town (1982)
- Pisa Cathedral Square (1987)
- Historic center of San Gimignano (1990)
- Historic center of Siena (1995)
- Historic center of Pienza (1996)
Siena, Pienza, Florence, Pisa – courtesy of Fototeca ENIT
You should plan these places in your vacation if you are interested in the historical cultural sites and the unique aesthetics of the architecture. This turns your relaxing vacation into an additional cultural vacation. The places are really so beautiful, so unique and enchanting that it would be a shame if you spent your vacation near them without visiting these top sights. With our brief descriptions of the individual sights, we want to make you a little curious about what to expect. Follow the links to the locations above to get to our city tour description. We recommend at least one day for Siena and Pisa, which should hardly be enough for Florence, which is why we have described the capital of Tuscany in more detail for you.
Unesco ensemble in Pisa
Since 1987, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany. It forms this together with the Camposanto, which denotes the adjacent cemetery, the Cathedral and the Baptistery of Pisa. The construction of the Campanile took almost two centuries, with the foundation stone laid in 1173, but construction was not completed until 1372. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta had already been built at this point. The subsoil of sand and mud causes the tower to tilt, which resulted in a ban on climbing it for over ten years. Since the tower was stabilized, visitors have been allowed to climb and view it again since the end of 2001.
Historic cities and landscapes
The capital of Tuscany, Florence, has been one of the most influential cities in European art since the 14th century. Initially known for culture, finance and trade, Florence became increasingly known for tourism from the 20th century onwards. Due to the works of art that the city houses in numerous museums, the old town of Florence has been a World Heritage Site since 1982. Numerous churches and palaces show the historical History the old Town.
At Siena, visitors to Tuscany can explore the landscape of the Val d'Orcia. The area was already in use between the 14th and 15th centuries, and today mainly grain is grown there. The valley looks very different in the different seasons, which is determined by harvest and drought. The Val d'Orcia is cited as an outstanding example of the Renaissance, which has inspired many painters. The landscape is considered particularly aesthetic for this era.
Last updated: 06.02.2024