Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence offers visitors an almost infinite number of sites of cultural interest. To name but a few: the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, the Bargello Museum, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti.
Easily reachable along the ancient Chianti road, passing through olive groves and vineyards, Siena is an ochre-coloured Gothic city sitting on a rocky outcrop. Worth visiting in Siena: the Piazza del Campo, the Palio, the Torre del Mangia, the Baptistry, the Cathedral, the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini and the Duomo.
While in Arezzo, you cannot afford to miss the antiques market (which is held during the first weekend of every month), the Duomo, the Piazza Grande (where once a year the famous Giostra del Saracino, or Saracen Joust, is held) or the Church of San Francesco.
Lucca's delights include its old red-brick walls, the Cathedral of San Martino, the Piazza Ovale (which has the shape of a Roman amphitheatre) and the Church of San Michele in Foro.
An ancient centre of maritime trade, Pisa still retains an air of importance. The Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the famous Leaning Tower, is not to be missed.
When travelling along the road to Siena, it is very much worth paying a visit to San Gimignano, the City of Towers, where you can visit the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale and even the famed Museum of Torture.