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 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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  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Battistero

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This lovely Gothic baptistery, which stands across from the Duomo's facade, is best known for the pulpit carved by Nicola Pisano (circa 1220...Read More

  • 7. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 15th-century cathedral was built by the architect Rossellino under the influence of Alberti. The travertine facade is divided in three...Read More

  • 8. Duomo

    Building/Architectural Site

    Sovana extends from the Rocca Aldobrandesca at the eastern end of town to the imposing cathedral, built between the 10th and 14th centuries...Read More

  • 9. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Pisa's cathedral brilliantly utilizes the horizontal marble-stripe motif (borrowed from Moorish architecture) that became common to Tuscan cathedrals...Read More

  • 10. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Behind the textbook 13th-century Pisan–Romanesque facade is proof that Volterra counted for something during the Renaissance, when many important...Read More

  • 11. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The blind arches on the cathedral's facade are a fine example of the rigorously ordered Pisan Romanesque style, in this case happily enlivened...Read More

  • 12. Palazzo Chigi

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    Near the Collegiata stands this splendid town palace, named after the family to whom the Medici bestowed San Quirico in 1667. Small art exhibitions...Read More

  • 13. Palazzo dei Priori

    Building/Architectural Site

    Tuscany's first town hall was built between 1208 and 1254, with a no-nonsense facade, fortresslike crenellations, and a five-sided tower. It...Read More

  • 14. Palazzo Piccolomini

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In 1459 Pius II commissioned Rossellino to design the perfect palazzo for his papal court. The architect took Florence's Palazzo Rucellai by...Read More

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  • 15. San Leolino

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Ancient even by Chianti standards, this hilltop church probably dates from the 10th century, but was completely rebuilt in the Romanesque style...Read More

  • 16. Terme Tettuccio

    Building/Architectural Site

    The most attractive Art Nouveau structure in town, Terme Tettuccio, has lovely colonnades. Here fountains set up on marble counters dispense...Read More

  • 17. Torre delle Ore

    Building/Architectural Site

    The highest spot in Lucca is the top of this tower, which had its first mechanical clock in 1390. It's since contained several clocks over the...Read More

  • 18. Torre di Federico II

    Building/Architectural Site

    Dating from the time of Frederick II (1194–1250), the Torre di Federico II was destroyed during World War II. A point of civic pride for San...Read More

  • 19. Torre Guinigi

    Building/Architectural Site

    The tower of the medieval Palazzo Guinigi contains one of the city's most curious sights: a grove of ilex trees has grown at the top of the...Read More