A Look at Some of the Finest Cathedrals in Tuscany

Your Tuscan holiday can be spent in so many ways. It depends on what facet of Tuscany you’d like to focus on. Some people visit for the scenery, others for the food and many visit because of the abundance of incredible art works. A good way to spend your vacation other than going gaga over getting cosy at one of the Tuscany villas is to visit some cathedrals. Churches are a nice way to get to know about religion, art, culture, and history all at the same time.


Church of Saint Caterina

This church is located in Siena and was opened in 1226. This is among the oldest churches in town and is said to be the site of many visions of the patron saint of the city, Saint Caterina.

Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie

While it is most tempting to lock yourself in one of the relaxing Tuscany villas, your vacation is made more worthwhile when visiting some of the place’s notable houses of worship. Among these is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which was built in the fifteenth century. Its well-maintained lawn makes it a very relaxing place and a perfect stop for those looking for some peace and quiet.

Church of San Giovanni

A cathedral that can be found in Livorno, this is the oldest church in town and is home to some of Tuscany’s most breath taking paintings and sculptures. Among its treasures is a sixteenth century wooden cruxifix.

Church of San Paolo

For fans of gothic architecture, an interesting stop is the Church of San Paolo. Built in the twelfth century, this church underwent a renovation during the Baroque period, where altars and confessionals were added to the interior. In the year 1800 it underwent  another makeover, this time all but three altars were removed from the design in order that current Neo-Gothic architectural trends were accommodated.

Carmine Church

A work from 1675, this cathedral is located in Loris Giorgi and is a church worth visiting. It is the place where the famous painting, Madonna and Child can be found.

Church of Spirito Santo

Located in Pistoia, the Church of Spirito Santo is known for its solid facade, which is very typical of seventeenth century architectural works. The painter Dandini has one of his paintings here.

Tuscany is a place of interest among art lovers and those who love ancient structures and artefacts. A good way to make the most of your vacation is to take your pick from the best Tuscany villas that are suitable to your needs. Most of all, you need one that is located near the places of interest that you want to visit.