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Tuscany

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Top 10 things to do in Tuscany

Tuscany is a lot more than just sipping wine and dipping homemade bread into delicious olive oil. Experience the region’s incredible nexus of country and culture with these 10 sights.

  • Abbey of Sant'Antimo

    1. Abbey of Sant'Antimo

    Along your hike in the classic Tuscan countryside, you might seek out this peaceful Romanesque abbey—hear Gregorian chanting echoing its chambers.

  • Piazza dei Miracoli

    2. Piazza dei Miracoli

    One of the most significant architectural multiplexes in the world - here you'll find Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Bapistry, the Tower of Pisa and the Camposanto Monumentale.

  • Tower of Pisa

    3. Tower of Pisa

    An icon of Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa got its infamous tilt during construction, as the ground was a bit softer on one side than the other.

  • Florence Cathedral

    4. Florence Cathedral

    The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, complete with a gigantic Gothic dome that remains the largest brick dome ever made.

  • Palazzo Vecchio

    5. Palazzo Vecchio

    Florence’s massive town hall could more accurately be described as a fortress-palace. The giant estate features an ornate entrance, three courtyards and countless grand rooms.

  • Ponte Vecchio

    6. Ponte Vecchio

    Crossing the Arno River, it is Florence’s most iconic stone arch bridge, known for the butchers’ shops built along it. Today you’ll find jewelry boutiques and art dealers instead.

  • San Gimignano

    7. San Gimignano

    Located in Siena, you could call San Gimignano the first ‘skyline’ with its 15 medieval towers. Come for the town’s charming pastoral setting and tangible history.

  • Biblioteca Piccolomini

    8. Biblioteca Piccolomini

    Located in the Siena Duomo, it’s easy to forget about the incredible collection of texts here when faced with the vibrant frescos and illuminated manuscripts.

  • Uffizi Gallery

    9. Uffizi Gallery

    Regarded globally as one of the greatest museums, the Uffizi Gallery houses all the masters of the Italian Renaissance—Botticelli, Michelangelo, Titian and da Vinci.

  • Palazzo Comunale Siena

    10. Palazzo Comunale Siena

    A prime example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences, this palace in Siena is known for its soaring bell tower and stunning frescos in each room.

Frequently asked questions about Tuscany

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Tuscany?

    Tuscany is not a region to visit for the weekend. Plan to spend 1-3 days in Florence, Siena and Pisa each, then drive to the coast and take a ferry to one of the islands for the beaches. After 10 days in Tuscany, you’ll really be feeling la dolce vita.

  • What to wear?

    Wear layers, as the sun is hot during the day and it can get quite cool in the evenings. You should be comfortable and casual; this is the countryside after all. Pack light—one formal dress or shirt is enough.

  • How to get around Tuscany?

    Only renting a car will give you the full ability to explore the natural beauty and historic quality of the region, from vineyards to palaces. Be sure to request an automatic if you’re used to driving it, as most Italians drive stick shift. Of course, bike tours through Tuscany are a lovely alternative.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Early fall and late spring tend to be the best times to avoid crowds and still enjoy pleasant temperatures.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 51,960 reviews

The museum is very interesting to do it with a guide And the climb to the dome if they explain it to you much better The baptistery in my opinion is less worth it The cathedral is seen when you climb the dome, it is very empty. Worth the activity

A very enjoyable tour. The wine was delicious, the tour guide was charming and kind. You WILL end up buying bottles of wine to ship home, just because of the convenience, but it's worth the money.

This museum is amazing- not just to learn about the life and work of Da Vinci but to touch and interact with all of the exhibits. Truly something we would recommend to anyone coming to Florence.

Well planned programme. Both Chris & Gabriel were careful on the time planning to ensure that all participants are attended to.

Un tur minunat alaturi de un ghid senzational! Multumim, Cris!