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.
Most of us have read or heard about Tuscany for so long that we think we know what to expect there. Besides the Renaissance art, medieval villages, and rolling hills, however, there are some weird attractions in Tuscany that you might want to add to your itinerary for just a little extra travel spice.
While each town in Tuscany will get into the Christmas spirit to some degree, shopping aficionados will want to make sure to visit the cities and towns that include good Christmas markets in their celebrations. There are several Christmas markets in Tuscany, so you shouldn’t have to travel too far to find one close to where you’ll be. And if you plan your days right, you could visit quite a few of them.