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Welcome to Tuscany

Home to architectural gems such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Renaissance masterpieces including Michelangelo’s “David,” and some of the world’s finest wine, Tuscany is one of the world’s most visited regions—for good reason. The capital of Florence, also known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, boasts two of the world’s most significant (and busiest) art museums: Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia). You can spend hours lining up outside, but in-the-know travelers get ahead of the crowd with skip-the-line tickets and early-access or after-hour tours. In Pisa, beat the timed-entry system for the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a tour, or see beyond the sights of Piazza dei Miracoli on a guided bike ride. Head to San Gimignano and Siena, both popular stops on day trips from Florence, and lose yourself in the charming historic centers for which they are famed. For a true taste of Tuscany, head for the region’s top gastronomic destinations and enjoy a cooking class in Lucca or Arezzo, paired with wine tasting in Chianti, Montepulciano, or Montalcino. Tuscany wine tours include samples of local vintages and allow you to hop from winery to winery without worrying about transportation or choosing where to go.

Top 15 things to do in Tuscany

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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.More
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Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

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The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.More
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Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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No matter where you walk in Florence, chances are you will spot its famous Duomo—a defining element of the city’s history, geography, and identity—towering above. Beneath its red-tiled dome lies Florence’s largest church, officially known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori. Together with the Museum of the Duomo, an opera museum, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo complex has become the city’s most famous landmark.More
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Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

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Home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria is the most important public square in Florence. The political heart of the city for centuries, today the square is also a vibrant social hub, where locals and tourists gather at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak up the elegant atmosphere.More
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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

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The historic Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Florence after Brunelleschi’s soaring red dome topping the Duomo. The three lower arches of this 14th-century bridge span the Arno River at its narrowest point between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, and a stretch of the famous Vasari Corridor runs along its top. Situated on street level, the Ponte Vecchio is lined with pocket-sized jewelry shops and packed with locals and tourists taking a stroll or snapping photos of the colorful palazzi lining the river bank.More
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Livorno Aquarium (Acquario di Livorno)

Livorno Aquarium (Acquario di Livorno)

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Livorno, one of Italy’s most important seaports, is also home to an excellent aquarium. Kids and adults can enjoy watching marine creatures like zebra and blacktip sharks, Napoleon and angel fish, rays, seahorses, tortoises, and other species of marine wildlife in tanks, tunnels, and touch pools.More
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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Perhaps one of the world's most beloved architectural mistakes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa's inimitable tilt has made the UNESCO World Heritage site an Italian icon. Travelers flock to snap photos of themselves “holding up” the tilted tower—originally intended as a bell tower for Pisa Cathedral—although you can also ascend the 294-step spiral staircase for stunning views over Pisa.More
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Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

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The most famous scenic overlook in Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo is beloved for its breathtaking views over the city’s rooftops. From this 19th-century square set on a hillside in the Oltrarno neighborhood, panoramic views stretch over the Rose Garden, Ponte Vecchio spanning the river Arno, the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's iconic Duomo and bell tower, and the Tuscan hills beyond.More
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Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di San Gimignano)

Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di San Gimignano)

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San Gimignano’s Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, known simply as the Duomo, is one of the most impressive sights in this Tuscan hill town’s UNESCO-listed historic center. The church’s plain façade belies the beauty of its exquisite 14th- and 15th-century frescoes inside, remarkable for their bold colors and painstaking details.More
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Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

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The Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is one Tuscany’s most beautiful churches, second perhaps only to Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent Gothic and Romanesque structure is hard to miss thanks to its tall spires, bold white-and-green stripes, and ornate facade. Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive with works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.More
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Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

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Art enthusiasts are drawn to the Lucca Cathedral for its paintings by masters like Ghirlandaio and Tintoretto; architecture aficionados appreciate the church’s unique mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles. But the Duomo di Lucca is revered by locals primarily as home to the city’s most precious relic: the Holy Face of Lucca (Volto Santo.More
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Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)

Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)

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This glorious Renaissance church is set below the hill town of Montepulciano, and its soaring dome and pyramid-topped bell tower turn heads from miles away. Designed in the 16th century by Antonio da Sangallo (Sangallo il Vecchio, the Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio has an elegant travertine exterior and airy pastel interior.More
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Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

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Siena’s central Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful and famous squares in Tuscany. This sweeping, shell-shaped space is anchored by the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico (home to the Museo Civico) and soaring Torre del Mangia tower, and hosts the historic Palio di Siena festival each July and August.More
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Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

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With its lively piazzas, Gothic monuments, and well-preserved city walls, the Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico) is one of Italy’s most impressive medieval cityscapes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the old town is an open-air museum of striking historical architecture, including the Piazza del Campo and the Gothic cathedral.More
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Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

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The 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of this Renaissance capital’s political power for more than seven centuries. With its imposing crenellated roofline and defensive tower, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and is home to the luxurious chambers of the Medici family. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio for a peek into Renaissance Florence is a rite of passage for visitors.More

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Top activities in Tuscany

Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
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Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
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David & Accademia Gallery Tour - Florence (Reserved Entrance)
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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide
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Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
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Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
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Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tuscany

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Absolutely wonderful! Tuscan highlights!
Emyrald_S, Aug 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Such a great way to see many highlights of Tuscany without having to drive.
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Amazing excursion!
Amanda_S, Aug 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit Tuscany in a short time.
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The best tour ever! The...
LOURDES_G, Aug 2022
Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
This tour was fun and you get to see Tuscany in half a day👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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A Touch of Tuscany
Deb_F, Aug 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
Now we know where want to visit when we return!
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Best way to explore
Sofia_G, Jul 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
The best way to fill your day with fun and activities to taste Tuscany and enjoy every minute!
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Tuscany in One day. (5 🤩)
Baher_J, Jul 2022
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch & Wine Tasting
Highly recommend to see the beauty Tuscany
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Fantastic day out
Jarryd_W, Aug 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Fantastic way to see all of Tuscany if you have limited time.
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Amazing experience to see Tuscany from above
Robin_K, Jul 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena
It was one of the best experiences we had in Tuscany and a great way to see the beautiful landscape of San Casciano in Val di Pesa (near Florence).
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Incredible Vespa Tour’
ROBERT_A, Jul 2022
Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
So much of Tuscany you would be unable to see but on this excursion you are treated to an incredible ride , beautiful scenery, excellent food!
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Amazing!!!!
Sarah_C, Jul 2022
Tuscany Vespa Wine Tour
It was a fantastic way to see some of the Tuscan countryside and San Gimingano where we had the most amazing gelato.
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Fiat meets Tuscany
Trimone_W, Jul 2022
Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Wine Experience
If you are looking for a unique way to see Tuscany this is it !
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A complete view of Florence
Glenn_W, Jul 2022
Electric Bike Night Tour of Florence with amazing view from Michelangelo Square
Beautiful day to see all of Florence and Tuscany.
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LOVED IT!!!!
Marcellino_P, Jul 2022
Private tour from Florence THE BEST OF TUSCANY
I can't wait to return to Tuscany again some day to visit our new friend Aldo.
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Exceptional tour!
Rebecca_B, Jul 2022
Private Tuscany tour: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti. Day Trip from Florence
Both towns were amazing to visit-the age & history of each was incredible.
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Wonderful half day Tuscan winery trip
Leigh_O, Jun 2022
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
This was a wonderful way to see Tuscany in a half day.
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Great!
Maddy_P, Jun 2022
Sunset Siena and Chianti Wine Tour with Dinner from Florence
Beautiful way to see Tuscany!
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Good experience in Florence
Stephen_N, Jun 2022
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
This was a great way to see the countryside and vineyards of Tuscany.
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Great experience
Natasa_T, Jun 2022
Private Tour of Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano from Florence
He introduced some places that we didn't think to visit and without him, we’d miss them on our Tuscany tour.
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Fast but overall good.
Eric_B, Jul 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
However really nice and beautiful places if you just want to put a check mark on places to visit.
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Tuscany Excursion
Julia_C, Jun 2022
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
Beautiful views of Tuscany and awesome to see medieval towns.
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All about Tuscany

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian

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What is Tuscany best known for?

That iconic photo of Italy you’ve seen—the one of a cypress-lined country lane zigzagging its way toward a hilltop villa through vineyards, olive trees, and sunflower fields—was snapped in Tuscany. This region is known for its postcard-perfect landscapes sprinkled with medieval villages, storied wineries, and Renaissance estates.

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How many days should I spend in Tuscany?

Tuscany is a sprawling region, home to both Florence and Pisa. Spend at least three days to touch on the most famous towns and villages of Chianti and Val d’Orcia. To take in Florence’s Renaissance treasures and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you’ll need at least two more days.

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What wine is Tuscany known for?

Vineyards cover much of Tuscany, and the region produces a number of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Headliners include Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, nobile di Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano produced in the hills of Chianti and the Val d’Orcia, as well as the coastal Bolgheri reds.

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Is Tuscany expensive to visit?

Not necessarily. Agriturismo (farm holiday) stays, casual trattoria meals, and tours of the smaller hill towns are ideal for budget travelers who are keeping their eye on the bottom line. Those looking to splurge can choose luxury wine estates, Michelin-starred restaurants, and the elegant city of Florence for sightseeing.

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What is the prettiest town in Tuscany?

Tuscany has a collection of delightful hilltop towns to visit, all of which offer historic cityscapes and scenic views. Top options include San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Pitigliano, Arezzo, and Cortona; the larger towns of Siena and Lucca are also known for their elegant historic centers.

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What is the best town to stay in Tuscany?

Siena is the best option for a small town that offers A-list sights, dining, and shopping—plus convenient train connections. For a village atmosphere, Pienza is a great choice, though its lack of a train station makes getting around a challenge. City slickers should opt for Florence, Tuscany’s capital and transport hub.

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