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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
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Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
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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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Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
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Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tickets
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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence
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Skip the Line: Florence's Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Ticket
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Recent reviews from experiences in 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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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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A beautiful day in Tuscany!
Alexandra_E, Jun 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
We got to see all of the beautiful cities in Tuscany and also had time on our own to explore them.
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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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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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A highlight of the trip!
Tara_C, Jun 2022
Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight
The experience was beautiful, an absolutely stunning way to see Tuscany, crew was very professional and efficient, morning post flight pastries were delicious too!
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Amazing!
Sarah_P, Jun 2022
Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Wine Experience
Such a fun way to see Tuscany.
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Wonderful experience!
Gary_S, Jun 2022
Private Tour of Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano from Florence
Christian was awesome, dropping us off right in the middle of each city and next to the main attractions to maximize time spent in these wonderful places.
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Our FAVORITE Italy experience!
david_m, Jun 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Truffle Hunting in Tuscany with Lunch
A beautiful way to see Tuscany!
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Perfect Day Trip through Tuscany
Jessi_B, Jun 2022
Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Wine Experience
This was such a wonderful way to see the Tuscany wine region!
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AMazing experience and...
sftkin, Jun 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena
the Only way to see Tuscany
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Great tour
Summer_P, Jun 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
A great way to see the highlights of Tuscany.
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Passionate guides
Jennifer_W, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tuscany By Vespa
Made us fall in love with Tuscany and appreciate the art and traditionof their wine and olive oils.
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Pisa, Tuscany, Sienna and San Magnano whole day tour
Franco_F, Jun 2022
Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa & Lunch in a Winery
Whole day tour of Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Tuscany wine and San Magnano are all beautiful to see while in Italy
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A perfect day!
Amanda_M, May 2022
PRIVATE Full-Day Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti from Florence
I recommend taking this tour to see the amazing country side and small towns of Tuscany.
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10/10 Amazing
Adam, May 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
What an amazing trip, the amount you get to see and do is incredible.
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Wine time
sherry_l, May 2022
Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence
Great time getting out of the city to see the country side.
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Great Tour in the Heart of Tuscany
Tracy_G, May 2022
From Florence:Val d'Orcia Wine tour,Brunello Montalcino,Pienza and Montepulciano
Great tour to see key towns in the Heart of Tuscany (Montepulciano, Pienza & Montalcino) made personal by the small group size (only 4 people) and the wonderful driver, Luca.
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Do it!
Micaela_M, Apr 2022
Chianti Wine Tour with Lunch, Visit S.Gimignano, Organic Wineries and much more
We have pictures and memories to last a lifetime 😊 Such a fun and easy way to see the beauty of Tuscany
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All about Tuscany

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

People Also Ask

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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