Places of Interest in Tuscany

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Tuscany...

Tuscany has hundreds of museums, monuments of ancient history and sites of historical interest, including medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches and gardens of historical, design or botanic interest. In Florence (Firenze) alone there are over 70 museums.

Visiting Florence

Florence has a museum access pass, the Firenze Card. This card is valid for 72 hours and provides admission to more than 30 museums, villas and historical gardens in Florence. The card permits immediate access to venues without reservation or queuing, and also allows access to special exhibitions and activities at participating museums. ATAF&Linea buses and trams can be used free.

The card is activated the first time it is used (to enter a museum or use the public transport) and remains valid for three consecutive days. It may only be used once per venue during the 72 hour period.

  • The Firenze Card can be bought online: Click here
  • It is sold at the following outlets in the city: Click here
  • For a full list of museums the card gives access to: Click here

The Duomo: The Florence cathedral is a vast Gothic structure built over 140 years. Recognisable by its dome or cupola, the Duomo has become the symbol of the city. The cathedral of Florence was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV on 25 March 1436. The Dome is open 08:30-19:00 Monday to Friday and 08:30-17:40 some Saturdays. The Dome is open 08:30-17:00 on May 1.

  • Cattedrale di S. Maria del Fiore
    At
    : At Piazza Duomo 17, 50122 Florence (FI)
    Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-17:00. Thursday 10:00-16:45, Saturday 10:00-16:45 and Sunday 13:30-16:45
    Tel: 055 215 380
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The Uffizi Museum: The most visited museum in Florence, the Uffizi museum houses a collection of artwork from the Renaissance period. Artists include Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and other German, Spanish and Dutch artists. The museum is organised in chronological order from the 13th to the 18th centuries. It is recommended that visitors reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased via the website.

  • The Uffizi
    At
    : Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence (FI)
    Open: 08:15-18:50 Tuesday to Sunday
    Tel: 055 238 8651
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The Leonardo Museum

Housed in the Castello dei Conti Guidi, the museum houses collections of machines and models designed by the Tuscan artist, scientist and inventor. The museum takes the visitor through 128 thematic points covering Da Vinci's life. It is also possible to visit the house where he was born a few kilometres outside Vinci.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Situated in the Campo dei Miracoli, the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was designed as the bell tower for the neighbouring cathedral. Building work began in 1173 and took 200 years to complete. The tower began leaning shortly after construction began due to the instability of its foundation. Recently extensive engineering works were carried out to stabilise the tower and it is now possible for visitors (accompanied by a guide) to climb to the top.

  • La Torre di Pisa
    Open: Seasonal opening hours apply. Open 08:30-20:30 in summer.

The Giacomo Puccini House Museum

Established in 1973 by the Puccini foundation, this is the house where the composer Giacomo Puccini was born. Located in the centre of Lucca, it is now a museum dedicated to the man and his works.

Puccini Villa Museum: On his return from Milan in 1891, Puccini resided in Torre del Lago. The house, situated on the western shore of Lake Massaciuccoli, is now a museum dedicated to Puccini.

  • Museo Villa Puccini
    At
    : Torre de Lago, Lucca (LU)
    Open: Seasonal opening times apply. Closed Mondays and for the month of November.
    Tel: 0584 341 445
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Elba

The largest island in the Tuscan archipelago, Elba is famous as the place where Napoleon was exiled. Boats leave hourly from the mainland and take approximately 90 minutes to reach the 86 square mile island. The island is protected as part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago and from Elba, it is possible to take trips to the neighbouring islands of Capraia, Pianosa and Gorgonia. The ferries leave from Piombino all year round and Livorno in the summer time. Various smaller companies operate on the route; however there are two principle large companies: Torremar and Moby.

  • To access tourist information from the Tuscan Islands APT: Click here

The Chianti Wine Route

The Chianti wine region located between Florence and Siena covers an area of 65 square miles. There are many wineries along the route and it is sometimes possible to reserve a visit in advance. The two main towns in the area are Castellina in Chianti and Greve in Chianti.

The Bolgheri wine route: Also known as The Estruscan Coast Wine Route, the Bolgheri area is home to recognised wineries including Sassicaia and Ornellaia. It starts in Bolgheri and heads south, parallel with the Etruscan coast passing Castegneto Carducci (birthplace of the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci), Campiglia and Sureveto.