You’ve likely heard about the incredible beauty of Tuscany: its Renaissance-era architecture and art, and unique landscape. There are many different cities, towns, and villages throughout the area that are well worth a visit while you’re traveling around. Each region remains distinct from its neighbors and offers visitors a glimpse at its history, culture, traditions, and life. Below are the 10 best places to visit in Tuscany that are an absolute must when you’re in the area.
Lucca, the capital city of the province of Lucca (confusing, I know) in Tuscany, is best known for its Renaissance-era city walls that are still standing today while many other city walls throughout Tuscany have collapsed. Lucca is a great city to stay in while you do day trips to various parts of Tuscany since it’s in a relatively central location. Aside from Lucca’s ideal location, the city has so much to offer visitors in terms of history, culture, architecture, and (of course) food. Whether you plan to stay for a day or a week, here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Lucca.
Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, is one of the most visited cities in this region with its numerous iconic sights, fashion and art industry, and lovely architecture. While Florence does have a handful of things to do that are worth your while for a visit, 24 hours is enough time to see, do, and eat your way through this city. Below is a list of the top 8 things to do in Florence, Italy.
If you’re traveling throughout or have previously been to Italy, it’s likely you’ve seen your fair share of cathedrals; big, small, impressive, or otherwise. One cathedral that sets itself miles apart from the others in Italy is the Abbey of San Galgano, halfway between Siena and Massa Marittima in Tuscany. This breathtaking building has an interesting legend to go along with its history, but its the remains of San Galgano’s structure that will completely capture your attention the moment you set eyes on it. Both unsettling and mesmerizing, you’ll be talking about the Abbey of San Galgano many years after your visit.
Though not necessarily familiar by name, once you’ve been shown a picture of any of the five little towns along the Cinque Terre with their brightly colored old buildings densely packed along the coast, you’ll remember seeing a photo and telling yourself that that is one of the places you’d love to visit. If you haven’t been already, hopefully this article will convince you to visit one of the five towns of the Cinque Terre; they are a true hidden gem in Italy and an absolute must if you’re looking for a bit of adventure, a splash of bright colors, deep blue-green waters, delicious food, and picture-perfect surroundings.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most well-known landmarks in Italy, thus making the city of Pisa an incredibly popular tourist destination. If you’ve been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might have left asking yourself what exactly is so special about it? The answer is not much; at least not if you compare it to the other beautiful cities throughout Tuscany that have tonnes more to offer visitors than a leaning tower. If you’re on the fence about whether to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa or not, this article might help you with that decision.
Specializing in Cajun classics, Moonshine & The Po’Boys brings a spicy Southern flare to Hong Kong’s bustling dining scene. Sprouting from a passion for soul food while living in the south, Tim Lau gives these dishes an upmarket twist by sourcing high quality ingredients. Besides serving up homey comfort food and a range of quality Prohibition-era beverages, you’ll also get to fill your ears (if you show up on the right night) with live jazz and blues. What more could you ask for in a restaurant?!
Considering Import Beer Club HK has been around for less than a year, they are already making a mark in the city with regular beer tastings that showcase a variety of beers from around the world. Not only does Import Beer Club’s events give you a chance to try a handful of new beers, but they also give a bit of interesting history and background of each brewery. Coupled with a social and fun environment with fellow beer-lovers, these are some great events that you should check out.
Even if you haven’t heard of Alfresco Lane in TST East before, it’s very likely you’ve seen the area from across the harbour during the holiday season with its buildings (Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre) completely lit up with Christmas-themed lights. At the bottom of these buildings, lined up along the harbour, is where you’ll find Alfresco Lane; a row of great restaurants with outdoor seating. Besides offering diners a chance to eat outdoors, the restaurants are spacious and inviting (both of which we all know HK needs more of). Whether you’re looking for a new happy hour spot, the perfect place to see the light show and take in some views of the harbour, or are wanting to explore a side of the city you haven’t yet, Alfresco Lane has you covered.
The saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover” rings true to the unassuming exterior of SAAM, despite Chef Patrick creating fabulous fine dining dishes in the kitchen. Tucked away on Graham Street in Central, it’s likely you’ve passed by SAAM multiple times and didn’t think much about it. Having recently revamped the menu and concept of the restaurant, SAAM is ready to make a big splash in Hong Kong’s dining scene with well thought-out tasting menus. The newest venture, after SAAM’s successful “Back to School” menu, is a kaiseiki inspired winter tasting menu highlighting seasonal ingredients and using various methods of preparation for each course.