In perfect harmony with the countryside surrounding them, the Tuscan art cities offer an exceptional heritage of history and art.
All the artistic beauty of Tuscany is a reminder not only of the glorious past of our region but also the stories and events that made Tuscany the cradle of Italian civilization and culture.
Florence, universally renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, enchants its visitors with its wonderful Renaissance architecture; Siena, the city of the Palio, whose historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site, has wonderful examples of medieval architecture.
And then Pisa with its Leaning Tower, Lucca with his sixteen-century walls, Arezzo and its goldsmith tradition.
In the hills nearby you can find medieval villages, ancient fortified towns and little pearls of history which are still here thanks to care and passion with which they have been maintained over time. We are talking about the towers in San Gimignano, the tufa soil of Volterra and its alabaster quarries, just to name a few.
Certaldo, the city of Boccaccio, Massa Marittima, and San Galgano and the sword in the stone.
Tuscany has seven UNESCO sites and some are a short distance from Monteriggioni.
Among the larger cities we recommend Siena (20 km / 12 mi) and Florence (50 km / 31 mi) which are considered open-air museums, as well as the Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa (100 km / 62 mi).
Also a UNESCO site is San Gimignano (25 km / 15 mi) with its medieval towers, Val d’Orcia (40 km / 25 mi) with its postcard landscapes and Pienza (85 km / 50 mi).
A short walk away is Monteriggioni (1,5 km / 0.9 mi) , which is a small fortified medieval village: characterized by its walls, also mentioned by Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy: "... come in su la cerchia tonda Monteriggion di torri si corona". A walk along the walls will allow you to admire the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Still in the municipality of Monteriggioni, but outside the walls, you’ll find Abbadia Isola (3,5 km / 2 mi), where you can find a perfect example of a Romanesque church with three naves and three apses, which date back to 1001.
Colle di Val d’Elsa (10 km / 6 mi)can be reached in ten minutes by car. The parking lot is in the lower part of town and an elevator leads to the upper part. Here you will find the historic centre with its unique beauty and which is untouched by mass-tourism.
Another route not to be missed is that of Chianti. The main places to visit are Castellina in Chianti (15 km / 9 mi), Radda in Chianti (25 km / 15 mi) and Greve in Chianti (34 km / 21 mi). Just looking at the vineyards is worth the trip, as well as the many churches and castles dotted throughout the area.
We also recommend visiting the Etruscan city of Volterra (38 km / 23 mi) and the Abbey of San Galgano (39 km / 24 mi), where you can learn about the legend of the sword in the stone.
If you have planned a trip to Pienza, we also recommend heading to Montepulciano (78 km / 48 mi), which features a developed historical centre, rich in history and famous for the production of the nobile wine of Montepulciano.
In the province of Siena we suggest Montalcino (55 km / 34 mi), home of the famous Brunello wine.
Another interesting place is Arezzo (88 km / 55 mi), where, among other things, you can admire the frescos of Piero della Francesca, and Cortona (88 km / 55 mi), a hilltop village overlooking Lake Trasimeno.
Another nice city, close to Pisa, is Lucca (100 km / 62 mi), with a large historical centre. You can discover the surrounding city walls by bicycle.
For a day of absolute relaxation we recommend a dip in the thermal waters of Rapolano Terme (45 km / 28 mi).