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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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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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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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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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Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence
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Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
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Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour with Guide
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Florence to Chianti wine region with 2 wine tastings and vineyards escape
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour
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Duomo Dome Skip the Line Tour

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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb
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Tuscany Wine Tour
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Tuscany Wine Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tuscany

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Great way to see Tuscany
Joel_W, May 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
It’s great to see these historical towns and the lunch stop at the winery is amazing.
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A must do!
sara_L, May 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
You really get to see so many parts of Tuscany.
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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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Beautiful Val d’Orcia
Stefanie_S, Apr 2022
Montalcino, Orcia Valley, Pienza, and Montepulciano: Wine- and Cheese-Tasting Guided Tour from Florence
Highly recommend this tour to see a beautiful part of Tuscany especially if you are not visiting Italy for long.
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Awsome
Alina_C, Apr 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
Strongly recommend to all travelers who have a little time to spend in Tuscany, but want to see the essentials
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Great way to see Tuscan countryside!
Blair_L, Apr 2022
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
This was a great way to see multiple towns throughout Tuscany.
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Whistle stop tour of Tuscany
Debra_S, Apr 2022
Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch
A brilliant way to see the highlights of Tuscany .
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Tuscany in One Day
Brent_P, May 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Great way to see Tuscany quickly and in one day.
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So much fun!!
Gregerson_S, Apr 2022
Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine
We learned a lot about Tuscany and it was really fun to see things outside of Florence.
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Fantastic Day Trip!
Blair_L, Apr 2022
Tuscan Food and Wine Tour of Val d'Orcia from Florence
We were able to see multiple unique towns in the Val d'Orcia and try delicious wine and food.
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Great tour guide and...
kelleymulfinger, Apr 2022
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
Wonderful way to see Tuscany if you're short on time.
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Enjoyable day trip
Andreas_M, Mar 2022
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence
When in Siena, make sure you take the opportunity to visit the inside of the Duomo!
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Best wine tasting ever!
Jasmine_U, Feb 2022
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside
This was such a great way to see Tuscany and try wines from local, family vineyards.
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You won’t regret it!
Kathy_M, May 2022
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence
Was hesitant to get a tour but wanted to see Tuscany on my short stay in Florence and did not regret it!
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Bellissimo!
Lisa_F, May 2022
Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence
This was a fantastic option if you are short on time and want to see a bit of Tuscany and experience some fabulous food and wine.
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Outstanding wine experience
Colleen_T, May 2022
Essence of Chianti Small Group Tour with Lunch and Tastings from Florence
This was a special experience to visit three premier wineries in the Chianti Classico region.
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Exploring Chianti by Vespa
David_N, May 2022
Vespa Tour Including Lunch at a Chianti Winery from Siena
There is no better way to see this part of Tuscany than from a Vespa!
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Beautiful Tuscany Wine Tour!
John_K, May 2022
Off-Road Wine Tour in Chianti from Florence
This was a wonderful addition to our trip and a great way to see the country side.
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