Got a minute? Good, well here’s 20 of the very best experiences Tuscany has to offer. The stuff you just can’t afford to miss. Trust us, we know.

Tuscany What To See and Do – Quick tips for your trip

Florence and its grand museums. See Botticelli and Da Vinci at the Uffizi and meet the David at the Accademia Gallery in Florence.

Have breakfast like a Florentine. Grab a cappuccino and a fresh brioche with the locals at one of the ciy’s top bar pasticcerie. Try Robiglio or Scudieri, or Paskoski in Piazza della Repubblica.

Take pictures from Piazzale MichelangeloThe best views of Florence and a top photo opportunity. Go late afternoon. Pack an extra battery for your camera.

See how the Medici family lived. Visit the Medici Palaces and see the majestic tombs designed by Michelangelo in the Medici Chapels in Florence.

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Florence seen from Piazzale Michelangelo

Wonder how the Leaning Tower in Pisa is still standing. Yes, it’s well worth the trip if you’re in Tuscany. Best in the evening with fewer tourists around. You can climb to the top too.

Step back time in Piazza del Campo in SienaForget the 21st century. Welcome to the middle ages. This is one of the top Medieval squares in the whole of Italy. Prepare to be amazed.

Climb a Medieval tower in San Gimignano. You know those 14 towers that make the famous skyline of San Gimignano? People used to live in them. Climb up and revel in the atmosphere.

Walk the green city walls in Lucca. Lucca‘s ramparts are today the city’s green belt. Ride it, walk it, or just sit there and contemplate this beautiful, relaxing town.

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Piazza del Campo, Siena

Try all the wine you can find. The Chianti region in Tuscany offers unlimited occasions for wine tasting, wine buying and general wine worshipping.

Visit a modern cantina.  Where modern architecture meet traditional wine production. Try the famed Cantina Antinori, a few kilometres south of Florence.

Gaze at the most beautiful frescoes of all time. See one of the Florentine Churches with works by Masaccio and Ghirlandaio. Or head to Arezzo to see the magnificent fresco series by Piero della Francesca.

Drive in the Val d’Orcia for “those views”. You know that enchanting postcard of Tuscany with a hill lined with cypress tree? That’s Val d’Orcia. A UNESCO heritage site that’s even more impressive in real life. One of the most breathtaking of all Tuscany landscapes.

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Vitaleta Chapel in the Val d’Orcia

Eat your heart out in one of the traditional trattorie. Big appetite? You’re in the right place. Try the bistecca alla Fiorentina or cinghiale (wild boar) sauce with artisan pasta called ‘pici‘. Grab yourself a bit of pecorino cheese to take home the taste of Tuscany with you. Buon appetito!

Romantic evening in Pienza. There are lots of romantic small towns in Tuscany, but Pienza has something extra special. Maybe it’s the street called “Via dell’amore” or the enchanting views of the Val d’Orcia.

Visit the quarries on the Apuan Alps. This is where Michelangelo got his marble from. Reason enough to go there. The mountain quarries have an otherworldly beauty to them.

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Marble cave in the Apuan Alps

Vintage Vespa tour around the countryside. The Vespa was born in Tuscany. What better way to scoot around the winding roads of the countryside? If you dare.

Tufa towns in the Maremma. On the southern tip of Tuscany, you’ll find one of its most bewitching sites. Pitigliano and its little sisters Sovana and Sorano seems to grow out the Tufa rock itself. You’ll find plenty of reasons to fall in love with the Maremma.

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Pitigliano at sunset

Meet the Etruscans in Volterra or CortonaSee the remains of ancient Etruria in these two magnificent hilltop towns.

Montepulciano and Montalcino wine. Want to try the best wine in Tuscany? Go to where they are from. These are two charming towns with an ancient and noble traditions of winemaking.

The beaches of the Maremma and Elba Island. If you want kilometres of unspoiled beaches, Maremma is the place to go. The water is clear and there’s a nature reserve too. The Elba Island wins hands-down for sea lovers.

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For more ideas for your trip, check out our suggested itineraries in Tuscany.

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Elba Island, Marciana Marina

 

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