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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 10 attractions in Tuscany

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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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Taking prize place beside the Town Hall on Piazza Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di San Gimignano) ranks among most impressive monuments of San Gimignano’s UNESCO-listed historic center.Behind its comparatively reserved façade, the church’s main claim to fame is its exquisite frescos, which date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, and remain remarkably unrestored. The bold colors and painstaking detail bring to life iconic biblical scenes including Cain and Abel, Noah’s Ark, the Garden of Eden and dramatic depictions of Heaven and Hell, with highlights including works by Bartolo di Fredi, Lippo Memmi, Benozzo Gozzoli and Taddeo di Bartolo.Adjoining the church, the small Museum of Sacred Art includes more works taken from the Duomo and other San Gimignano churches, including a Crucifix by Benedetto di Maiano and the ‘Madonna of the Rose’ by Bartolo di Fredi.More
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Arezzo Piazza Grande

Arezzo Piazza Grande

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The oldest square in the Tuscan city of Arezzo has the appropriate name of Piazza Grande. Dating back to the Medieval era, the piazza was once the site of the city's main market. Today, it plays host to the monthly antiques market that is one of the largest in Italy. It's also where the annual Joust of the Saracen is held.Notable buildings surrounding the Piazza Grande include the 14th-century Fraternita dei Laici palazzo, a loggia designed by Giogio Vasari, a 13th-century Episcopal Palace, and part of the 13th-century Romanesque Apse of Santa Maria della Pieve.More
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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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Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia

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If you’ve ever seen a picture of the Tuscan countryside—softly rolling hills, towering cypress trees, winding country roads, and quaint hill towns—chances are that you were looking at the Val d'Orcia. This unique landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered among the loveliest in Italy, and the wines produced here are among Italy’s best.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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Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

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The main church in Lucca is its cathedral, the Duomo di Lucca, built in the 11th century. The structure stands at one side of the Piazza San Martino, and inside, visitors will find the most revered relic in town: the Holy Face of Lucca (Volto Santo). This wooden cross is said to have been carved by Nicodemus, and although the one on display is a 13th-century copy, it's no less important to the church or town. There are two times each year when the Volto Santo is celebrated, dressed in special vestments in the cathedral. The church was rebuilt in the 14th century, although the campanile (bell tower) from the original structure remains, which is why one arch is quite a bit smaller than the other.Other points of interest inside the Duomo are paintings by Ghirlandaio and Tintoretto, as well as the 15th-century tomb of Ilaria del Carretto of the Guinigi family. There is a museum in the cathedral as well.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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Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)

Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)

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Just outside the old city wall of Montepulciano, on a Tuscan hill surrounded by trees, is the stately Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio), a 16th-century Renaissance church. Admired for its beauty, the church's picturesque, cream-colored travertine exterior gives way to an elegant and airy interior, with pastel-colored walls and a legendary, 14th-century fresco, said to have been the site of a miracle when the Madonna in the painting was witnessed moving her eyes in the 16th century. The church was then rebuilt in Renaissance Greek style.For many, the main appeal of the Temple of San Biagio is the view of the church from afar, when its marble facade catches the sunlight, setting the church aglow amid the surrounding forests and fields. For others, the view is even better with wine. Visit the church on a full-day, wine country tour from Florence, to pair your cultural experience with included wine-tastings and lunch.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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Carrara Marble Quarry

Carrara Marble Quarry

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The pure white marble from Carrara’s quarries has been used since Roman times for everything from landmarks like the Pantheon to Renaissance sculptures like Michelangelo’sDavid. Take a guided tour through the massive underground caverns and open-air quarries and see where this stone has been mined for centuries.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tuscany

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Tuscany in a day!
owen_R, Jul 2021
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
A great value to see so much of beautiful Tuscany in one day!
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Definitely do this tour :)
Aideen_O, Jul 2021
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
Got to see lots of Tuscany :)
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Breathtaking
Kaia_O, Jul 2021
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena
Getting to see Tuscany from a bird’s eye view is something we will never forget!
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Great experience
VK2, Jul 2021
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Would totally recommend this tour to everyone who wants to see Tuscany for the first time
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Excellent visit to the Tuscany hills
Hiwot_Z, Jul 2021
Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence
The only con, I was expecting to see a more posh vineyard as far as the property, but it was just okay.
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A Vespa tour in Tuscany
Susan_I, Jul 2021
Tuscany Vespa Tour
We loved touring on the Vespas up and down and around the roads to see the vineyards and olive trees.
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Awesome tour
Becky_R, Jun 2021
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
If you’re looking for a great way to see Tuscany and taste some wine without having to worry about driving, look no further!
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Excellent Day
Stephanie_M, Sep 2020
Tuscany Vespa Tour
Super way to see Tuscany.
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Amazing day trip!
Carissa, Apr 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
It was a long day, but we got to see a lot and all of our tour guides were great.
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A great day in Tuscany!
RobChariV, Dec 2019
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Olesia and colleagues, were great guides the knowledge and English was very good.
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A beautiful day
JulienneS60, Nov 2019
Florence Day Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
What a great way to see so much in so little time.
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ucanown2, Nov 2019
Florence Day Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
Best way to see the highlites of the Tuscany region.
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Siena and San Gimignano
rfmck1, Oct 2019
Siena and San Gimignano: Small-Group Tour with Lunch from Florence
of Siena and San Gimignano Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the city tours and who want to see some of Tuscany countryside.
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Fabulous experience
Barbara_G, Oct 2020
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
I was travelling alone and going on this trip helped me to see more of Tuscany.
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Fun adventure
Jamerkins, Oct 2019
Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Wine Experience
This was a fun way to see some of Tuscany region!
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Vintage Fiat 500m Tour - Fantastic
Companion00023843415, Oct 2019
Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Siena: Tuscan Hills and Winery Lunch
Book this tour to see Tuscany as the locals experience it.
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A well spent long day!
Joseph I, Sep 2019
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch & Wine Tasting
The best way to see some of the most wonderful sights in Tuscany.
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Excellent day trip.
LIQUIDINK, Jan 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Excellent day tour - great way to see Tuscany in one day!
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First vineryard visit for the family
kylesT6316DH, Jun 2019
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
This was absolutely fantastic to see what is "Tuscany" in my mind.
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Awesome experience
Climber05366921999, Jun 2019
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
You will get to see the beauty of Tuscany region.
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