Tuscany

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tuscany - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tuscany's most-visited abbey sits in an oasis of olive and cypress trees amid the harsh landscape of Le Crete. It was founded in 1313 by Giovanni...Read More

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  • 2. Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's well worth your while to go out of your way to visit this 12th-century Romanesque abbey, as it's a gem of pale stone in the silvery green...Read More

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  • 3. Antiquarium Poggio Civitate

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing bishop's palace holds this unique museum of Etruscan relics. Although there are many beautiful pieces displayed in an intelligent...Read More

  • 4. Antiquarium Poggio Civitate

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing bishop's palace holds this unique museum of Etruscan objects. Although there are many beautiful pieces displayed in an intelligent...Read More

  • 5. Basilica di San Francesco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The famous Piero della Francesca frescoes depicting The Legend of the True Cross (1452–66) were executed on the three walls of the Capella...Read More

  • 6. Castello di Brolio

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    If you have time for only one castle in Tuscany, this is it. At the end of the 12th century, when Florence conquered southern Chianti, Brolio...Read More

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  • 7. Collegiata

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's main church is not officially a duomo (cathedral), because San Gimignano has no bishop. But behind the simple facade of the Romanesque...Read More

  • 8. Cripta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After it had lain unseen for possibly 700 years, a crypt was rediscovered under the grand pavimento (floor) of the Duomo during routine excavation...Read More

  • 9. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Siena's cathedral is beyond question one of the finest Gothic churches in Italy. The multicolor marbles and painted decoration are typical of...Read More

  • 10. Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente)

    Building/Architectural Site

    Legend holds that Galileo conducted an experiment on the nature of gravity by dropping metal balls from the top of the 187-foot-high Leaning...Read More

  • 11. Museo d'Arte Sacra

    Museum/Gallery

    Today quiet Buonconvento is worth a stop for a look at its tiny museum, a two-room picture gallery with more than its fair share of works by...Read More

  • 12. Museo d'Arte Sacra e Archeologico

    Museum/Gallery

    Palazzo Corboli, a magnificent palace dating from the 12th century, has been refurbished and houses the Museo d'Arte Sacra e Archeologico. The...Read More

  • 13. Museo dell'Opera

    Museum/Gallery

    Part of the unfinished nave of what was to have been a new cathedral, the museum contains the Duomo's treasury and some of the original decoration...Read More

  • 14. Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

    Museum/Gallery

    An extraordinarily large and unique collection of Etruscan relics is made all the more interesting by clear explanations in English. The bulk...Read More

  • 15. Passeggiata delle Mura

    Park/Playground

    Any time of day when the weather is nice, you can find the citizens of Lucca cycling, jogging, strolling, or kicking a soccer ball in this green...Read More

  • 16. Piazza del Campo

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The fan-shape Piazza del Campo, known simply as il Campo (The Field), is one of the finest squares in Italy. Constructed toward the end of the...Read More

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  • 17. San Biagio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Designed by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio, and considered his masterpiece, this church sits on the hillside below the town walls and is a model...Read More

  • 18. Santa Maria della Scala

    Museum/Gallery

    For more than 1,000 years, this complex across from the Duomo was home to Siena's hospital, but now it serves as a museum to display some terrific...Read More

  • 19. Abbadia San Salvatore

    Town/Village

    This thousand-year-old village is worth a stop—skip the nondescript new town and head straight to the centro storico to explore winding stone...Read More

  • 20. Accademia di Belle Arti

    Educational Institution

    During the 19th and 20th centuries Carrara became a hotbed for anarchism, and during World War II it put up fierce resistance to the Nazis....Read More