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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 attractions in Tuscany

Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

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

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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

Florence Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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

Ponte Vecchio

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

Piazza della Signoria

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

Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

Situated just west of the Duomo Cathedral, the Florence Baptistery of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni) is one of the oldest structures in Florence. Its iconic octagonal structure dates back to ancient Rome, while its 16th-century bronze doors—sculpted by Lorenzo Ghiberti—were dubbed the Gates of Paradise by Michelangelo himself.More

Palazzo Vecchio

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

Livorno Aquarium (Acquario di Livorno)

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

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de' Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence's largest museum complex.More

Arno River

Stretching 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Mount Falterona to the Ligurian Sea, the Arno River is Tuscany’s largest body of water. While the Arno runs through Casentino and Pisa, it is most often visited in Florence, where it divides the city in two. Florence’s bridges—including the iconic Ponte Vecchio—are renowned for their River Arno views.More

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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

Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)

After Brunelleschi’s soaring dome, Giotto’s elegant bell tower (Campanile di Giotto) is perhaps the most recognized landmark emerging above the rooftops of Florence. Admire the intricate polychrome marble covering the entire 270-foot (82-meter) height, and climb the more than 400 steps to the top for one of the best views over Florence.More

Piazzale Michelangelo

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

Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

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

Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di San Gimignano)

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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How to Spend 1 Week in Tuscany

How to Spend 1 Week in Tuscany

Top activities in Tuscany

Skip the line: Uffizi and Accademia Small Group Hidden Highlights Walking Tour
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Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class at a Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
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Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
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Pastamania - Pasta making class

Pastamania - Pasta making class

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour
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David & Accademia Gallery Tour - Florence (Tickets are included)
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Siena and San Gimignano: Small-Group Tour with Lunch from Florence
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Uffizi + David & Accademia Tour Exclusive
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tuscany

Great trip with great guide
ErickAquino, Mar 2023
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
I would recommend to anyone looking to see Tuscany in a day
10/10- would do again!
Savannah_M, Mar 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
We were able to see so much of Tuscany in one day!
Very nice trip
Austin_H, Mar 2023
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
It was nice to see the Tuscany region and the lunch/wine tasting was good wished there was more time in Pisa.
Perfect tour to see Tuscany
Diane_D, Mar 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
A perfect day trip to see what Tuscany has to offer.
Just a beautiful experience .
Frances_P, Nov 2022
Private Tour in Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Day Trip from Florence
What a wonderful way to see the beautiful nooks and crannies of Tuscany .
Best view in the city.
Tom_M, Nov 2022
Skip the line: Duomo Skywalk - Florence Heaven
Walking out of the cupola to see the skyline view of Florence and Tuscany.
Emily_R, Mar 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
We were able to see so much of beautiful Tuscany in such a limited amount of time.
Beautiful Tuscany
chiew_h, Nov 2022
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
Recommend to those who want to see the actual typical Tuscany views you normally seen in posters and puzzles.
Perfect Day in Tuscany!
Susan_H, Oct 2022
Livorno Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano
Great way to see Tuscany!
Excellent tour ! Highly recommend !
Uljana_G, Oct 2022
Chianti and Castle small group Tour from Siena with Wine Tasting
I am very thankful for opportunity to visit wineries in Tuscany and to try different wines and also to spent time with such an amazing people !
Highly recommend this wonderful day trip. day trip.
Colleen_B, Mar 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
This was a perfect way to see a little bit more of Tuscany.
Just laughing and...
Jeanine_V, Oct 2022
Pizza and Gelato Class in Florence
we had to visit ..
Lynora_H, Oct 2022
Private tour from Florence THE BEST OF TUSCANY
Going to Tuscany and having a wine tasting/lunch was high on our list of things to do in Italy.
Really fun day!
Barbara_M, Oct 2022
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch & Wine Tasting
The tour was more than we expected, well organized and just the right mix of activities and driving through Tuscany.
A great tour
Colleen_M, Oct 2022
Horseback ride, visit to S.Gimignano, tuscan lunch, wine tasting, Chianti winery
We had a lovely time and it was a great way to see Tuscany when short on time in the region
Lovely day, lots to see and taste
Andrea_G, Sep 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
Fun day out to see about of Tuscany.
Informative and fun
Karlie_M, Sep 2022
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
We had the best time and got to see so much of Tuscany.
Tuscany tour.
liz, Sep 2022
Siena and San Gimignano and Chianti wine Small-Group Tour from Lucca
This tour was great if you only have a little time and want to see a few parts of Tuscany.
The charm of Tuscany in a day
Michelle_K, Feb 2023
Tuscany Day Trip from Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lunch at a Winery
We were able to see all the highlights and enjoyed a wonderful lunch and wine.