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Things to SEE in Tuscany

The first time anyone goes somewhere new, the most enjoyable part of being in a new place is going out and SEEING the sights, be they places, buildings, monuments, squares, bridges, museums with art and sculptures, churches...? Yes, churches! Especially in Italy, where many pieces of art were commissioned to adorn a chapel or altar and churches merit visits for their works of art as well as architecture.

So we have deemed it most appropriate to separate and dedicate this section to the many "things to see" in Tuscany from the "things to do". Here you will find more detailed information on the places we recommend you visit during your vacation in Tuscany and the reasons why we recommend a visit. This section is still growing so come back soon to view more recommendations.

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3 Towers with a Superb View of Florence

Have you seen or want to see Florence from way up on high? If you want to enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama, we highly recommend you follow our advice and go climb these ancient city towers for the best views in town!

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The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Exploring the beautiful area of Crete Senesi in the Eastern part of Siena countryside and a visit at the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with its great Renaissance fresco cycle. It is situated in a beautiful position immersed in a forest of cypresses.

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The Abbey of San Galgano

The Abbey of San Galgano is located in a beautiful setting, where old legends, misteries and stories of yesteryear reign supreme and patiently await to be discovered.

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A Journey through Tuscany's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

From 1982 to 2013, UNESCO has added 7 places in Tuscany to the World Heritage Sites List: follow along with us on a journey through the amazing art, culture and natural landscape of Tuscany to the discover the rich heritage Tuscany holds for all of us.

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Current Exhibits in Tuscany

An interesting overview on the main current art exhibitions taking place all over Tuscany at the moment.

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Duomo of San Gimignano

No matter how short your visit in San Gimignano might be, you must visit the cathedral to admire the marvelous cycle of frescoes that recount stories from the New and Old Testaments painted by illustrious artists of the 14th-century Sienese school and the extraordinary Renaissance jewel, the Chapel of Santa Fina. Then head to the Museum of Sacred Art next door to admire the exquisite "Madonna of the Rose".

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Civic Museums in San Gimignano

Must-sees during your visit to San Gimignano are the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa, the tallest tower in the city from which you can enjoy a unique 360° view over all of San Gimignano. If you have time, also visit the Archeological Museum where the second floor houses the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, a mix of the ancient past and more relatively recent past.

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Siena's Cathedral - The Duomo in Siena

Siena's Gothic cathedral is full of treasures, including its marble pavement, Piccolomini library frescoes and incredibly ornate interiors. We highly recommend a visit into this wonder of Siena's past!

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The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Uffizi is one of the world's top museums, with some of the most important works from the Renaissance inside. Admire magnificent works of art and sculpture, from Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Spring to the only example of Michelangelo's painting on panel to splendid works by Raphael and Titian.

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The Bargello Museum

Primarily a sculpture museum, you'll be treated to early Michelangelo marbles and Giambologna bronzes and Cellini works then on to a room full of famous works by Donatello, considered by many the greatest sculptor since antiquity. The museum houses more than sculpture, it is definitely a museum worth exploring!

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Discovering Chianti and its Beauty

The Chianti region offers visitors a large selection of activities. Medieval villages, castles and walled towns to be explored in the area between Florence and Siena. It also offers unforgettable flavors, delicious food and typical products to be enjoyed with a glass of Chianti wine.

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Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci in Anchiano

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Anchiano, a small village just outside the center of Vinci. Here in a stone house immersed in a breathtaking tuscan landscape you can make a journey through the life of one of the greatest genius in the world! Then visit the Leonardo Museum in the centre of Vinci.

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Discover the Wild Beauty of Maremma

Maremma is a large region of Tuscany that goes from Cecina to Tarquina in Lazio. Clear seas, long narrow beaches with black stone accents, round hills, thick woods and mountains are just a few of the beauties that await you in Maremma.

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Cerreto Guidi, a charming village near Florence

Located atop a hill in Chianti, Cerreto Guidi is one of the most beautiful Renaissance villages in Florence’s surroundings. Close to Vinci and the Padule di Fucecchio, it is the perfect destination to enjoy the peace of the Tuscan countryside or for a day trip in Chianti.

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The Pinocchio Park in Collodi - Not Just for Kids

The Pinocchio Park in Collodi is for families and for anyone wishing to return to the carefree days of childhood. Here the most famous wooden puppet in the world, along with Cat and Fox and other characters from the famous novel, lead you to discover one of the greatest tales in the world, a tale born in Tuscany.

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Discover the Antro del Corchia in Tuscany's Alps

Did you know that in Tuscany you can visit a world of mostly unexplored underground caverns? They are within the Antro del Corchia, in the Upper Versilia within the Park of the Apuan Alps. Discover with us its secrets!

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The Grotta del Vento or Wind Cave under the Apuan Alps

The Grotta del Vento, or Wind Cave, offers the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of underground caverns and the increadible creations made by water droplets in thousands of years.

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Poppi Zoo Park for European Fauna

Visit this one of a kind zoological park that allows you to see local Tuscan and European creatures up close, all just as beautiful or more so than the exotic species found in most zoos. See the lynx, the timid badger, wolves and eagles.

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Certaldo: A Genuine Tuscan Hilltop Town

The towering position on the steep hilltop in Tuscany makes it easy to see why Certaldo attracts tourists all year long. Hike the hill top and browse the small shops, the delicious restaurants & charming museums.

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