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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Badia a Coltibuono

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    North of Gaiole a turnoff leads to this Romanesque abbey that has been owned by Lorenza de' Medici's family for more than a century and a half...Read More

  • 9. Badia a Passignano

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    The dining hall of the towering 11th-century Abbey of Passignano houses a stunningly massive, 21-foot-wide Last Supper (1476) by Domenico...Read More

  • 10. Battistero

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Duomo's 14th-century Gothic Baptistery was built to prop up the apse of the cathedral. There are frescoes throughout, but the highlight...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Carmignano

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Pontormo's Visitation is in this small village a short drive from Poggio a Caiano. The Franciscan church of San Michele, dedicated in 1211...Read More

  • 13. Chiesa di San Donato a Lamole

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The tiny village of Lamole contains this Romanesque church that was greatly modified in 1860; the only remnant of its earlier incarnation can...Read More

  • 14. Chiesa di Santa Caterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visit this 15th-century church to view the excellent stained-glass window in the apse, executed by Sebastiano Mainardi (circa 1460–1513), as...Read More

  • 15. Collegiata

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 13th-century Collegiata church has three majestic portals, one possibly the work of Giovanni Pisano (circa 1245/48–1318). Behind the high...Read More

  • 16. Convento di San Francesco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1211 St. Francis founded the Convento di San Francesco, which contains two cloisters and an ornate wooden choir. For a dose of monastic living...Read More

  • 17. Convento e Chiesa di Santi Jacopo e Lucia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Convento e Chiesa di Santi Jacopo e Lucia is also oddly known as the church of San Domenico, which refers to the fact that the Dominicans...Read More

  • 18. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the Piazza Grande the unfinished facade of Montepulciano's cathedral doesn't measure up to the beauty of its neighboring palaces. On the...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dedicated to St. Christopher, the Duomo is a Romanesque cathedral, made from elegant limestone (quarried from nearby caves), which saw four...Read More