Tuscany City Breaks
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Mention Tuscany, and southern Tuscany is the region that readily comes to mind, filled with the classic landscapes of olive groves, vineyards, cypress-topped hills and poppy-filled fields, and scattered with elegant villa, pretty farmhouses and countless sun-hazed hill towns.
Siena CathedralThis magnificent Gothic cathedral has one of Italy's loveliest façades and an interior bursting with outstanding works of art. Completed in 1376, it is home to Donatello's bronze floor tomb of Bishop Pecci and Pisano's pulpit masterpiece.
San BiagioA celebrated Renaissance church on the edge of Montepulciano that you simply cannot miss. Created with creamy travertine, its stunning façade matches its lovely interior, with soft pastel coloured marble throughout.
Palazzo PubblicoErected in 1297 as civic offices, this town hall's medieval outline dominates the Campo's southern flank. From its courtyard, take the 360 steps up to the summit of the Torre del Mangia for breath-taking views across Siena.
San GimignanoTuscanys most famous village is a picture of medieval perfection, its famous towers rising above orange-tiled houses. Two superb churches, swathed with frescoes, add to its charm and there are museums aplenty including the Museo Civico.
San DomenicoThis vast Gothic church, also known as Basillica Caterinana, is associated with St. Catherine of Siena, Italy's joint patron saint. The Capella delle Volte features a contemporary portrait of her, and her skull is kept in the chapel's altar tabernacle.
Brolio CastleIn the heart of the Chianti region, this 12th century fortress is now a winery, producing two of the finest wines in Italy. It has been owned by the Ricasoli family since 1141 and you can take organised wine sampling tours around the grounds.