The Traveller’s Bucket List: Tuscany and Umbria

Advertorial – The travel bucket list. Everyone has one and like many of you, mine keeps growing. The lost city of the Incas in Peru, the diverse ecosystems of Iceland, the Mekong River that stretches through Indochina, the list just goes on and on! Although my list has had numerous destinations added to it, one place has captured my attention more than any others. The beautiful regions of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy.

This region of Italy is famous for its strong ties to history and high culture. Widely known as the “Birthplace of the Renaissance”, the region is filled with many gems: baroque architecture, countless hand carved statues and museums displaying priceless works of art.

This wondrous region is quite large at approximately 23,000 square kilometres. It can be a daunting task to plan your trip to visit all the famous spots. No need to fret though, here’s my short guide on places to visit within the magnificent region of Tuscany.

Assisi – The humble countryside of Umbria houses the beautiful town of Assisi. Here is the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order. The town has many chapels and churches filled with frescoes, which illustrate St. Francis’s life. During your time here, appreciate these places of worship and take in a breath of fresh country air.

Montepulciano – A medieval and Renaissance town that is tucked away in the southern region of Tuscany. Montepulciano is one of the largest producers of food and drink, from pork, cheese and pici pasta, to its world famous wine. Connoisseurs flock from across the world to this culinary town to savour the flavours of Italy.

Florence – One could hardly forget about the cradle of the Renaissance. The “Historic Centre of Florence” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Filled with numerous art galleries and museums, Forbes ranks Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Art and architecture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss such a magnificent city.

Pisa – Situated in central Italy, this city is the famous home of The Leaning Tower of Pisa. During your stay, why not take a playful picture of yourself holding up the tower? The city has much to offer with over 20 other churches, medieval palaces and many lovely bridges over the Arno River. Be sure to take the time to explore the pedestrian only old city!

Rome – As the saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome” and what is a trip to Italy without visiting the capital city? You will fall under Rome’s charm with the many fountains, churches, palaces and villas. As a fan of history and architecture, there is no shortage here. From the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps, this city is an architectural paradise. “When in Rome!”

There’s much more that these regions have to offer, so don’t stop at reading! Take a trip to these glorious regions and witness the greatness of the cradle of the Renaissance for yourself. No need to go through the planning process of booking flights, hotels and cities to visit on your own. Let Craig Travel take care of that for you! Worry free and hassle free, just book and they’ll take care of the rest for you! Experience our World and begin your journey in Tuscany and Umbria this fall. Contact a Craig Travel Tour Specialist today. They will be more than delighted to assist you every step of the way!

That wraps up my short guide to the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Once you book, all that’s left to do is count the days until your trip, ciao!

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