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Tuscany

Picturesque vineyards, cypresses trees, and olive groves surround the historic towns of this Italian region.

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Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

1. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

3. Florence: Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket

Discover masterpieces of art at one of Italy (and the world’s) greatest art museums, and enjoy priority entrance at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marvel at Italian Renaissance art by some of the greatest artists of all times. See paintings by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and others. Go to the gallery’s most renowned room to see the stunning collection by Botticelli. Admire his “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. Escape the hassle and hurry of organized group tours, and explore at your own pace. You are free to stay inside the museum for as long as you like.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

4. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

5. Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

Be introduced to the Church of San Giovanni, the old Church of the Templars, in Lucca that hides the splendid Roman Spa, which can be visited. 2 professional singers (usually a soprano and tenor) accompanied by a pianist will perform the program of music. Every evening the festival sports varied professional performers and program. The same concert is performed only once in 365 days.  On Thursday, the theme is Puccini and Verdi, with arias, duets, and intermezzos from the masterworks of the two great opera composers.  On Friday, the theme is Puccini Opera Gala, with arias and duets from the masterworks of the maestro.  On Saturday, the theme is A Night at the Opera, with pieces from the opera repertoire from Handel to Puccini including all the major opera composers.  On Sunday, the theme is Puccini and the traditional Neapolitan songs, with arias from Puccini's operas and the Neapolitan melodies composed when Puccini was alive.

Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

6. Florence: Ticket to Brunelleschi's Dome with Panoramic Views

Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century, the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is an architecture and engineering masterpiece. This Dome is one of the biggest in Europe but thanks to Brunelleschi's ingenuity is also the first one to be built without wooden base. Just be carefull when you climbing up in a certain point you will come across Vasari's Last Judgement fresco, also be aware that those steps are 463 all worthed to be done. Once you have reached the top of the Dome, get ready for a stunning view of Florence

Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

7. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

Discover world-famous paintings, sculptures, and tapestries with this timed entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. See iconic pieces by Michelangelo like 'the Prisoners', 'St. Matthew' and the statue of David. View works by other famous masters like Bartolini.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

8. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Chianciano Terme: Theia Thermal Pools Entrance Ticket

9. Chianciano Terme: Theia Thermal Pools Entrance Ticket

Visit the Theia Thermal Baths, fed by the natural spring at Sillene. Explore the many connected outdoor and indoor pools, with temperatures between 33 and 36 degrees celsius. The baths are fed in a continuous cycle from thermal water, whose beneficial properties were known even from the Etruscan and Roman periods. They are the ideal destination for families with children from zero to 12 years old. The pools offer the only place in Italy where children can enjoy a wellness experience in a dry cave, in a wet cave, and in pools dedicated for them. Discover water jets and whirlpools, and make use of the Wi-Fi network when relaxing on a sun longer. If you're hungry, stop by the restaurant offering a wide variety of cold and hot dishes, inspired by the typical cuisine of Tuscany. For the adults, there is also a wellness center with sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area, at additional cost.

Chianciano Terme: Sensory Spa Admission Ticket

10. Chianciano Terme: Sensory Spa Admission Ticket

Treat yourself to some time to relax with a ticket to the Sensory Spa. Regenerate your body and mind with the thermal waters of Chianciano Terme. Enjoy 3-hours of access to the spa's twenty facilities, including a steam room, saltwater pool, whirlpools, an energy pyramid, two saunas, a Turkish bath, emotional showers, aromatherapy, chromotherapy, music therapy, and a relaxation room. Marvel at the source of the Acqua Santa, a suggestive, evocative sculpture of the spring found in the surrounding park. Unwind completely in the beautiful outdoor garden. For additional fees, you can also indulge in a facial or body treatment or eat local food at the Salone del Gusto.

Frequently asked questions about Tuscany

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Tuscany?

    Tuscany is not a region to visit for the weekend. Plan to spend 1-3 days in Florence, Siena and Pisa each, then drive to the coast and take a ferry to one of the islands for the beaches. After 10 days in Tuscany, you’ll really be feeling la dolce vita.

  • What to wear?

    Wear layers, as the sun is hot during the day and it can get quite cool in the evenings. You should be comfortable and casual; this is the countryside after all. Pack light—one formal dress or shirt is enough.

  • How to get around Tuscany?

    Only renting a car will give you the full ability to explore the natural beauty and historic quality of the region, from vineyards to palaces. Be sure to request an automatic if you’re used to driving it, as most Italians drive stick shift. Of course, bike tours through Tuscany are a lovely alternative.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Early fall and late spring tend to be the best times to avoid crowds and still enjoy pleasant temperatures.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 67,904 reviews

Our guide, an art history major, provided a fun, instructive afternoon. She explained the history of Sienna on our walk while sharing details about the culture and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the Duomo so much more with the extra details she provided. Such a great day and excellent value. Thanks!!

Our guide Ale from Walkabout Florence was amazing! Spent the time to talk to each of us, and was more than happy to answer questions and give us suggestions about the places we went to!

Francesca was so passionate about the topic it came through in spades and made it much more enjoyable. The trip to the top of the dome is not to be missed!

Half day trip- very relaxing and interesting. We’ll organized. Local guide joined us in Pisa. She was excellent!!

Ticket had to be exchanged. Unfortunately quite a long wait. Museum wonderful!