*Travel Wish List: Tuscany

Sunday, June 03, 2018
Image from James Appleton Photography via Pinterest
I've been lucky enough to visit quite a few cities within Italy and my favourites have to include Venice and Florence, the latter is within Tuscany, one of the most beautiful and vibrant regions of Italy! You can read my cruise photo diary post all about Florence to get my thoughts from 2014 which seems like a lifetime ago. Despite having visited numerous cities within Italy, I'd still love to visit more, especially Florence again as it was such a beautiful city and as my birthday is a religious day (feast of the assumption - 15th August), a fair few places were closed so I couldn't explore as much of the city as I would have liked.

I adore history and one of my life long regrets will be that I was pushed to take chemistry at college rather than ancient history which is what I wanted to do so to curb my need of history knowledge, I do watch quite a lot of documentaries (I always have them playing in the background while I edit photos or catch up on emails). One period of history that I love to learn about is the Italian renaissance and the time of Machiavelli, the infamous Borgias and famous artists of that time and Florence was one of the epicentres of that time period.

Florence is an incredibly beautiful city and at it's heart is the Duomo which is an astounding architectural marvel but sadly we didn't have time to explore so if I do visit Florence again, I'd love to go inside the Duomo as well as the Santa Croce. Additionally, Florence is also home to the world famous Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio bridge which we crossed back in 2014. I cannot recommend visiting Florence enough as it's such a historically important and architecturally beautiful city.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a hillside town on the outskirts of Florence and is enveloped by it's 13th century city walls. This Medieval town is known as the 'town of fine towers' due to the fourteen towers which encircle the town; it's skyline of medieval towers looks truly stunning and I would absolutely love to visit so it's no wonder it was recognised as a world heritage site since 1990.

Along with Florence and Pisa, Siena is one of the most recognisable tuscan cities due to it's medieval brick buildings, romanesque-gothic cathedral and world heritage site status. Siena boasts the claim to house one of the worlds biggest medieval squares or piazzas but it also contains a breathtakingly beautiful cathedral and holds work by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo.
Val d’Orcia hills and Podere Belvedere - image from Google 
Volterra which is a walled city within the southwest of Florence in the province of Pisa. Volterra is home to the oldest town hall in Tusancy, Palazzo dei Priori but it isn't the only impressive structure within the city as it's also home to roman ruins including a roman theatre!

Val d’Orcia
Lastly, not a city but a stunning region of Tuscany. The Val d’Orcia landscape is an endless horizon of rich rolling hills, fertile valleys and vineyards and is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The region is known for wine making, olive oil, chestnuts, truffles and more and it's one of the reasons I'd love to visit as Italian food has to be the best in the world!

Tuscany is a region of Italy I've visited briefly as part of a cruise to Florence and Pisa but I would absolutely love to visit agin as there's so much more to see in one of the most beautiful and culturally vibrant regions of Italy! For more information about Tuscany, visit To Tuscany.

Have you visited Tuscany? If not, do you want to and where do you want to visit? 


  1. Italy isn’t somewhere on my to-go list really. I’m not a fan of the heat.


  2. Florence is gorgeous! I have been and it is a stunning place to go!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  3. I would absolutely LOVE to travel to all of these gorgeous places!!

  4. Oh wow it just looks incredible! I would love to go! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. I've never visited Tuscany but I'd absolutely love to go to Florence.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

  6. I have visited all the places you mentioned except for val d'orcia and they are worth visiting. If you want to get relaxed there are some natural therms in the rocks in Saturnia that are amazing.

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  7. I've always wanted to visit Tuscany as it looks so beautiful x

  8. I would love to travel there, it looks so gorgeous!

  9. Oh wow, this looks incredible. I’d love to visit Italy.


  10. I have so many different places on my Travel wish list, but I've never considered Tuscany before this post! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

  11. It would be an absolute dream to visit Florence one day.

  12. Oh I would love to go to Florence x

  13. I’d love to travel to these places!

    Ayse x

  14. So many people recommend Tuscany as a destination, I’ve never been but it looks beautiful x

  15. This post just gave me serious wanderlust. Italy is my favourite country in the whole world and I can't wait to go back!

  16. These places sound magical! Really want to travel x


  17. Traveling to Italy has been on my wish list for the longest time! Honestly I just want to travel everywhere!
    xxx Lauren

  18. it looks like such a beautiful place to visit

  19. It honestly looks so gorgeous! Never even thought of Tuscany as a place to visit but I think its beautiful x

  20. I haven't been to Tuscany but I would like to go there sometime. I've been to Italy before and styed in Lake Garda and I toured around the Dolomites, Verona and Venice. I hadn't heard of the cities that you mentioned but I would definitely like to go back and visit some of the cities you mentioned. Lovely photos too!

  21. I've been to Florence and absolutely loved it! Such a beautiful place. We went there after being in Pisa for a few days - if you haven't been there before, I'd highly recommend that too!

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

  22. I'm absolutely dying to visit Italy! Really wanted to go this year but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to. It's really nice reading about other parts of Italy other than Rome and Venice xx

  23. I would SO love to visit Florence! My friend has been and she loved it xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk


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