Tuscany is a region unlike any other. You simply can’t hope to compare the attraction of any other place to what this expansive Italian region has to offer. From the rolling hills and sweeping vineyards to the historical landmarks and cultural staples, Tuscany begs at least a week to explore. Here’s how you can make the most out of 7 days in Tuscany:
Day 1: Explore Florence
Florence (and the surrounding areas) is a common hub for accommodations for travelers, so it’s a good place to start your week in Tuscany. Because it is home to several of the highly renowned landmarks in the region, and because most attractions are easily in walking distance, it’s a relaxing start.
Here you can see the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s world-famous David statue, then head to the Uffizi, a veritable treasure trove of renaissance art. While you’re in Florence, don’t forget to check out the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, where you can climb to the top of the dome.
Day 2: San Gimignano
This medieval city is an unforgettable sight and experience. Take your time walking around this walled city and get some pictures of the remaining original towers. While you’re there, make sure you get a good view of the city skyline. It’s a standout vision, even for Tuscany.
San Gimignano has plenty of local delicacies to offer, and it has its own local vineyards, too. It’s worth taking a day to stroll around San Gimignano and sample local fare and culture (as well as recuperating from the travel).
Day 3: Chianti
Chianti is an absolute must-see for the wine lover, and it’s bursting with natural beauty and rich history too. The Chianti region is just between Florence and Senia, so you’ll want to get a rental car to take the trip out. Trust us, the idyllic vineyard hills and sweeping landscapes are worth the drive alone.
Once you’re there, make sure to stop at Panzano and Castellina, for some fascinating ancient architecture. Since Chianti is famous for the red wines it produces, make sure you set aside ample time to tour a local winery and vineyard. If you have some spare time, take a tour of some of the region’s olive groves.
Day 4: Siena
After your jaunt in Chianti, it’s time to head along to Siena. This medieval village is home to the unbelievably ornate Siena Cathedral. You’re welcome to photograph, so make sure you capture plenty of photos of the extensive artwork here.
Siena is also host to some real culinary gems, so don’t miss out on the local fare. This city is a great pick if you’re looking to go on a winery tour or book a tasting, and there are plenty of excellent tours you can choose from.
Day 5: Arezzo
Arezzo was featured in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and has gained some more fame as a result, but don’t overlook the rich and beautiful history up for offer here as well. You can visit the Basilica of Saint Francis that displays precious religious frescoes, and visit the other masterfully built churches and buildings in this city.
Arezzo also has a plentiful amount of museums and historical landmarks that are worth strolling around to see. You’ll also want to see some of the unique Etruscan exhibits, so take your time here.
Day 6: Bagni San Filippo
Thermal springs aren’t something you would typically associate with Tuscany, but this experience is worth every second. In Bagni San Filippo, you can easily walk around to see local sites and take a relaxing and idyllic stroll to the thermal baths. These thermal baths are entirely natural, and they’re the perfect way to pamper yourself after a few days of romping around Tuscany.
Helpful tip: The thermal baths are known to be hotter in warmer months, so if this is a staple of your visit, plan accordingly.
Day 7: Florence
Florence, with its undeniable allure and plethora of attractions, begs another day to enjoy, so you’ll want to catch anything you missed before you leave. While you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss Pisa with its famous leaning tower (and maybe take a few silly pictures while you’re at it). For a last-minute sight packed with history, check out the Santa Croce church where Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante, and Machiavelli are entombed.
After that, it’s sadly time to fly home.
Visiting Tuscany is the experience of a lifetime. Using our guide, you can make the most out of your 7 days exploring Tuscany. Take plenty of pictures, and don’t be afraid to take the laid-back route, as the Tuscans do.