We all know about Italy’s most famous tilting tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but that doesn’t mean the tower doesn’t still hold a few secrets. In fact, some of the tower’s mysteries weren’t revealed until the 21st century. How many of these secrets of the Leaning Tower of Pisa do you know?
Siena is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the very-popular Italian region of Tuscany, so you might think you’ve heard of everything to do and see there already. The pretty medieval city center is an excellent spot for aimless wandering, and if the usual items on a Siena to-do list aren’t interesting enough there are a few weird attractions in Siena you might want to check out.
Pisa is the kind of place that’s on many an Italy itinerary, and about which people think they know everything they already need to know – there’s a tower there, and it leans, and it’s something to see. End of story, right? Wrong. There are many other reasons to visit Pisa, plenty more interesting tidbits about the city that don’t have anything to do with its famously off-kilter tower. Here are 8 things you probably didn’t know about Pisa.
One of the best-known things about the Tuscan city of Siena is its famous bareback horse race, the Palio, which is held twice each summer. The square that serves as the racetrack, the Piazza del Campo, is Siena’s focal point year-round, whether there’s a medieval horse race going on or not.
Italy has long been at the top of the list for countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and in Tuscany alone there were six that made UNESCO’s list. Six, that is, until 2013 – a seventh UNESCO World Heritage Site was added in Tuscany in 2013, making Tuscany the Italian region with the most UNESCO sites.
The Umbrian town of Orvieto sits atop a hill made of volcanic rock, and is a popular destination for day-trippers from Rome. But if you’re spending enough time in Tuscany and want to add another Italian region to your itinerary, then Orvieto makes a great day trip from many parts of Tuscany, too.