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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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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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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 imitable tilt has made the UNESCO World Heritage site an icon of Tuscany and all of Italy. Travelers flock to take the must-have photo in which they pose as if holding up the famous leaning tower, which was originally intended as a bell tower for Pisa Cathedral. If you're up to the challenge of ascending the leaning tower's 294-step spiral staircase, you'll be rewarded with stunning views over Pisa. And you won't have to worry about toppling over—thanks to expert engineering using cables and counterweights, the tower is completely stable.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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Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)

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Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is home to one of the world’s most impressive works of art: Michelangelo’s “David.” At 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall, the famous statue of the biblical hero is an overwhelming sight and a masterpiece of Renaissance art. 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. The Accademia was once Europe’s oldest drawing school; today it is Florence’s second-most visited museum, after the Uffizi Gallery.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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Tuscany

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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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Excellent Day
Stephanie_M, Sep 2020
Tuscany Vespa Tour
Super way to see Tuscany.
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Tuscan day trip with Sarah
Jawwad, Sep 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
We managed to see quite a lot in one day, without getting too tired.
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Amazing trip through the Tuscan countryside
Nichole, Sep 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Such a good day travelling through Tuscany - our guide Olivia was brilliant, giving us loads of info along the way and recommendations too :) Siena and San Gimignano were beautiful cities and it was great to see the tower of Pisa up close too.
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Wonderful trip
Safari826935, Dec 2019
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
Best to see highlights of Tuscany region.
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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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XLNT Tour
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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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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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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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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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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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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BEST DAY OF OUR TRIP!!
ncar2020, Jan 2020
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Between Siena, the Chianti wine farm for lunch, San Gimignano, and Pisa (especially climbing the tower), this tour truly allowed us to see and experience the best of Tuscany.
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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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A must in Florence!!
Quest65874841837, Apr 2019
Florence to Greve in Chianti Tour with Wine Tasting Experience
Very organized and plenty of time to see the Tuscany Valley.
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Day trip to Tuscany
Quest07947372708, Apr 2019
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch & Wine Tasting
Plenty of time at each location to see the local sights.
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Amazing tour with knowledgeable and friendly guides!
JC1346, Feb 2019
Semi Private Small Group Best of Chianti Landscapes and Wine Tour from Florence
This is a must do if you want to see a bit of Tuscany when visiting Florence.

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