Italy Travel Notes presents: ORSON JOHNSON
You might feel your breath virtually taken away by overwhelming awe for a number of times, while in Florence – the city brimming with breath taking beauties. Florence certainly is one of the most awesome beauties of the world. Surely, one of my favorite travel destinations, Florence is an exotic city strewn with many awe-inspiring sites and landscapes.
Famous for its marvelous art & architecture and beguiling scenic beauty, Florence is the city hemmed in by captivating sites. The city certainly has numerous charms, which are not only within the main city, but spread all over its surroundings and adjoining areas. So, whenever you are in Florence, don’t miss to take a trip outside the city, after relishing all major attractions within the city. Here are some of the worth visiting places outside Florence.
Fiesole – a fantastic town located 8 km (5 mi) north east, on famous scenic height above Florence. The place is packed with a number of tourist attractions. Some of the notable sites include Remnants of Etruscan walls, Roman baths, Roman theatre, Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), Cathedral (Il Duomo), Badia or ancient cathedral of St. Romulus, church of S. Alessandro, monastery of S. Francesco, Villa Medici in Fiesole, and Villa Le Balze.
Arezzo – an old city, located about 80 km (50 miles) south-east of Florence. It’s pretty worth visiting tourist attraction outside the city of Florence. Some of its attractions include Piazza Grande, Arezzo Cathedral (Duomo), Church of San Francesco, Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Museo del Duomo, Museo Archeologico “Gaio Cilnio Mecenate”, Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna, House-Museum of Ivan Bruschi, Casa del Petrarca, and La Vita è Bella.
Prato – a small city, located along the Bisenzio River, 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Florence. It is known for many churches, museums and other cultural monuments. Some of the attractions of Parto include Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo degli Alberti, Santa Maria delle Carceri (church), Sant’Agostino (church), San Domenico (church), San Francesco (church), San Fabiano (church), and Monastery of San Vincenzo.
Siena – a medieval city, located about 70 km (43 miles) south of Florence. The city is famous for a pageantry horse race, Il Palio. Some of the tourist attractions of Siena include Piazza del Campo (square), Palazzo Pubblico, Duomo (magnificent black and white Italian Romanesque cathedral), Pinacoteca, and Palazzo Salimbeni.
Greve in Chianti – an attractive town in Chianti region of Tuscany, located about 31 km south of Florence. You can relish the world-famous Chianti and “Super Tuscan” wines here. Some of the notable attractions include Franciscan Monastery, church of Santo Stefano (Montefioralle), Castle of Verrazzano, and Pieve of San Leolin (Panzano).
San Casciano in Val di Pesa – a commune in Chianti zone located about 15 km southwest of Florence. Its tourist attractions include Villa Poggio Torselli, Museum of Holy Arts, Church of Santa Maria al Prato or della Misericordia, Etruscan tomb of the Archer, Pieve of San Pancrazio, Pieve di Santo Stefano, Pieve di Santa Cecilia, Castle of Bibbione, Castle of Gabbiano, and Castles of Pergolato.
Radda in Chianti – a beautiful small town in the Chianti zone, located about 35 km southeast of Florence. It’s a popular tourist spot outside Florence. Some of its tourist attractions include the landscape from the promenade, the small town square, the town church, and farmers market.
Castellina in Chianti – a commune in wine region of Chianti, located some 35 km south of Florence. It is popular place for one day trippers. Its notable sites include Massive Rocca (castle), Palazzo Ugolini-Squarcialupi, Palazzo Bianciardi, Via delle Volte underground tunnel, Montecalvario Mound, and Poggino Necropolis.
Gaiole in Chianti – a beautiful small town located about 40 km southeast of Florence. It is fantastic place to enjoy food and wines. This is perfect place, if you love natural beauty.
Additionally, you can also visit Asciano, Bucine, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Cavriglia, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Lecchi, Monteriggioni, Monte San Savino, Montevarchi, Poggibonsi, Pergine Valdarno, Panzano, Rapolano Terme, and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in the Chianti region.
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