The home of the world's most famous leaning tower and the home of a million leaning selfies, Pisa is famous across the globe thanks to its poor foundations. Its handsome Duomo and domed Bapistery are every bit as impressive as their neighboring tower.
While most tourists tend to stick to the sights of the 'Campo dei Miracoli' (the Field of Miracles), the city of Pisa is often overlooked, and its vibrant atmosphere, excellent restaurants, and architecture is worth a visit on its own merit, offering a refreshing pause from the masses of tourists that flock to see the tower every year.
Lucca is without a doubt one of the most charming smaller cities in Italy. Located just over an hour west of Florence, this historic city encircled by 16th century Renaissance city walls is Tuscany's best-kept secret.
Exploring Lucca on foot is a pleasure. Its medley of piazzas, churches, galleries and narrow streets will keep you busy for an entire day, and with fewer tourists, you can wander the cobbled streets and witness the stunning ancient architecture and medieval houses at your own pace.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, Siena is one of the most popular choices for day trippers from Florence. This medieval oasis is home to an array of fascinating sights, architecture, history, churches, and art.
Amongst some of the city's most notable sights is the Piazza del Campo, often considered to be one of Europe’s greatest Medieval squares. Known for its Siena's il Palio, the square is the setting for a historic horse race that takes place twice a year in the summer.