15 days in Tuscany & Castiglione del Lago Itinerary

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Florence
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Lucca
— 1 night
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Pisa
— 2 nights
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Pienza
— 2 nights
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Montepulciano
— 1 night
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Castiglione del Lago
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Gaiole in Chianti
— 1 night
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Siena
— 2 nights
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Monteriggioni
— 1 night
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San Gimignano
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Volterra
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Florence
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Florence — 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure, then admire the masterpieces at Basilica di San Lorenzo, then see the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, stop by Goccia Shoes, examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, then admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Florence is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Florence. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in March: high temperatures in Florence hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucca.
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Lucca — 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Florence to Lucca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will leave for Pisa on the 27th (Mon).
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Pisa — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Opera del Duomo Pisa, get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Staffetta Tap Room, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Dante, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Sisto in Cortevecchia. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Martiri della Liberta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, tee off at Golf Club Tirrenia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Caterina da Siena, and finally stop by Papaveri.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pisa online trip itinerary builder.

Pisa is just a stone's throw from Lucca. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pienza.
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Pienza — 2 nights

Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Artemisia Gallery, view the masterpieces at Art Studio di Adelina Quadri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve dei Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo, then identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Lucciolabella, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Spedaletto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): do a tasting at Casanuova delle Cerbaie, explore the historical opulence of Castello Romitorio, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Comunale di Pienza, then stop by La Taverna del Pecorino, and finally learn about winemaking at Enoteca Di Ghino.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pienza travel route site.

You can drive from Pisa to Pienza in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.
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Montepulciano — 1 night

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Civico, then examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Concattedrale di San Secondiano, and finally look for gifts at Porta della Cavina.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montepulciano trip itinerary planning tool.

Montepulciano is just a stone's throw from Pienza. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Castiglione del Lago.
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Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago is a town in the Province of Perugia of Umbria (central Italy), on the southwest corner of Lake Trasimeno. To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Castiglione del Lago online holiday planner.

Castiglione del Lago is just a short distance from Montepulciano. In April, daily temperatures in Castiglione del Lago can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Gaiole in Chianti on the 1st (Sat).
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Gaiole in Chianti — 1 night

Gaiole in Chianti is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 40km southeast of Florence and about 15km northeast of Siena. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Rampini Ceramics, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Chianti Brew Fighters, then learn about winemaking at Podere Ciona, and finally learn about winemaking at La Casa di Bricciano - Azienda Agricola Biologica - Organic winery.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gaiole in Chianti road trip planning app.

You can drive from Castiglione del Lago to Gaiole in Chianti in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Siena.
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Siena — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di Santa Caterina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella di Piazza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, then examine the collection at Synagogue and Jewish Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi Saracini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Loggia della Mercanzia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, stop by Centopercento Camicie, then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola La Lastra, and finally admire the masterpieces at Parco Sculture Del Chianti.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siena driving holiday app.

Drive from Gaiole in Chianti to Siena in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Siena are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteriggioni.
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Monteriggioni — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, indulge your senses at Wine Tour Adventure, explore the historical opulence of La Rocca di Staggia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Abbadia Isola, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Porta Franca. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, see the interesting displays at Museo Delle Armature, then stroll through Sentierelsa, then step into the grandiose world of Porta Volterrana, and finally savor the flavors at Cantinetta di Monteriggioni.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteriggioni trip itinerary planner.

Monteriggioni is just a stone's throw from Siena. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Gimignano.
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San Gimignano

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Studio d'Arte Santagostino and then get a taste of the local shopping with Oibo Re-Design.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Gimignano vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteriggioni to San Gimignano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Volterra.
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Volterra — 1 night

Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): ponder the design of Fonte e porta san Felice, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Lino, then view the masterpieces at Societa Cooperativa Artieri Alabastro, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kalpa Art Living, and finally view the masterpieces at L'Istrice.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Volterra online sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Gimignano to Volterra by car takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence — 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Certosa Di Firenze, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica della Santissima Annunziata - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala, and then browse the collection at Accademia di Belle Arti.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Volterra to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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