Top attractions in Tuscany
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
One of the best full day tours I have been on. A long day but worth it n value money for what is on offer. A guide throughout the day. First stop in Siena with a local guide to give a tour of the city including inside the main dumno. Then a tour of a Chanti farm the had vineyard, cattle n a beautiful outside restaurant. We had lunch of pasta bolognise, cheese n ham along with 4 different local produce wine. You had a panoramic view of the next destination of San Gimignano where we free time for about hour or so. The final destination was Pisa. It great day n highly recommended. Special mention to the guide friendly Elisa who gave a us insight to each place we visited.
The experience was overall amazing. Perfectly organized The tour was extremely interesting and while we were walking to the Uffizi with the guide we got to learn some of Florence history as well. I went we some friends and our kids and it was the perfect tour for them as well Thanks to the guide we were able to see the best of the Uffizi Gallery and learn a lot. The guide was very competent and pleasant to listen to. I absolutely enjoy it and recommend it. I look forward to go back and visit the Accademy which was still close during our visit Thanks you!!
This tour was one of the best events we experienced in 2020 properly. We been in Lucca in October and browsed through the options of guided tours. Instead of a usual walking tour, we decided to go with this special version as we are both music fans. It was a perfect mix of classical & modern musical explanations combined with a lot of insights into the city and its history. We will come again the next time we are around.
This class was amazing! Francesco is an amazing chef. He is multilingual and very good at explaining what to do - no matter if the student is experienced or inexperienced, adult or child. The different dishes including the desert turned out delicious and we had a lot of fun! Highly recommended!
We enjoyed very much our guided tour. Very professional! We took advantage of slow season. Uffizi was almost empty