To Tuscany photocompetition, photographer: Claudia + Rene Angerer
World Heritage Sites Of Tuscany
the world, the most amazingly beautiful and picturesque places are defined as
such by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(or UNESCO). The breath-taking region of Tuscany is home to no less than 6 of
these recognised sites, all of which are well worth a visit if you are making
the trip to Tuscany. There are many things to see and do in this area of Italy
but none will be more delightful or culturally educational as these six and so
you should make time in your busy holiday schedule to view at least a couple of
Using your villa in Tuscany as a base for you explorations, you can travel
around by car, rail or bus; taking in some of these nationally recognised
places as you go.
in the centre of Tuscany and because of this it is a great place to rent your
luxury Tuscan villa so that you are in a great position to view the rest of the
region. Just a glimpse of this medieval city will tell you why it was chosen by
UNESCO but the fact that the historic buildings are a real work of art and are
built in a way that shows clear creative genius was obviously a key factor.
This is one
of the most famous romantic cities in the world, let alone Italy, and attracts
millions of tourists every year and you can see why. Chosen by UNESCO due to
the fact that it’s historical architecture defines a clear point in history and
that it is directly involved with events and artistic works that have
outstanding significance; Florence is as beautiful as you would have heard it
San Gimignano –
is a lot smaller and less well known than some of the other Tuscan tourist
attraction but definitely makes up for it with medieval splendour. Is again at
the heart of Tuscany, can be easily reached from Siena and is highlighted by
UNESCO because of its importance to the cultural traditions of civilisations in
the past. There are plenty of quirky back streets for you to explore and a
scale model of the city that lets you view it in all its glory.
Val d’Orcia –
is another example of the many hidden gems that Tuscany has to offer and due to
its near proximity to Siena and San Gimignano, it makes a trio of UNESCO sites
that could all be seen in one day. This small town is the most recently added
site and is sure to offer the calm and tranquillity that everyone looks for in
a holiday escape.
obviously famous for its leaning tower and it is this iconic building,
accompanied by the others in the Piazza del Duomo, which caught UNESCO’s
attention in 1987 when Pisa was named as a world heritage site. These buildings
display creative genius, demonstrate a significant point in human history and
will definitely offer you a feast for the eyes.
another small town that has made the list due to the artistic beauty of its
buildings that were designed by Bernardo Rosellino in 1459. Other things to do
here other than marvel at the architecture include a visit the Enoteca Di Ghino
wine shop, begin your bike tour around Tuscany and see what the creative people
at RI Crea RE have worked their magic on in their up-cycling shop.
March is the season of the Camelias & the historic Villas in the Lucca region are open for viewing these beautiful flowers (which love the local climate). Alongside the Camelia Villas tours there are also music, art exhibitions, cultural events & tastings of Camelia tea. Events take place in the Pieve di Compiti & San Andrea di Compiti locations on 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24 March.
Our accommodation, which cost less than £800 for the week, is in a converted stone farmhouse next to a 12th Century Franciscan chapel. There is a pergola shaded by vines round the back here we quickly settle into a rhythm of eating long pasta suppers while the shadows lengthen.