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Things to do in Tuscany

As a region, Tuscany has inspired thousands of years of artwork and innovation, and the landmarks that remain make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World. No matter your interests, the possibilities for things to do in Tuscany are endless.

Credited as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany gets much of its color from the iconic masterpieces that call it home. A list of things to do in Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Florence and its many galleries and museums, including the Uffizi, Pitti Palace and more. In the course of an afternoon, art lovers can take in works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci and more.

Much of Tuscany’s cultural identity is tied to Christianity, and its hillsides are dotted with quaint stone villages, each with their own cathedrals. Hike or bike between these hamlets to take in fresh air and rural landscapes, or take your outdoor adventuring to Tuscany’s picturesque coastline.

Picks for what to do in Tuscany also revolve around the area’s rich culinary tradition. Dig into hearty fare at one of its top-notch restaurants, or tour one of its many resident vineyards and sample its famous wines straight from the barrel.

If your list of what to do in Tuscany includes ample time for relaxation, make sure to book a day at one of the region’s full-service spas, or take a soak in an ancient Roman thermal bath.

  • Alab’Arte

    Carved horse heads and Roman gods crowd the studio’s shelves. But collector-worthy contemporary pieces, such as transparent spiral candleholders an... More
  • Antica Drogheria Manganelli

    Brother and sister Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri launched the chocolate company Amedei in La Rotta 18 years ago. Alessio sources the cocoa beans, wh... More
  • Arezzo Cathedral (the Duomo)

  • Arte e Moda

    The town’s mayor, Fabio Tinti, loves the area’s Casentino wool overcoats, sold here. More
  • Avignonesi's Fattoria Le Capezzine

    Sniff out a whole world—licorice, citrus, tobacco—in slow twirlings of fabled Avignonesi vin santo on the winery’s property overlooking the Sienese... More
  • Botanical Garden, Lucca

  • Busatti

    Beneath the vaulted showrooms of Busatti sit the original looms that the Busatti-Sassolinis have used to make linens since 1842. Traditional stripe... More
  • Caffé della Posta

    Stop in at Caffé della Posta, on the main square, to try one of Bolgheri’s reds: first produced in the 1980’s, these wines now rival French Bordeau... More
  • Carli

    The jewelry shop is divine with a 17th-century safe, bright frescoes, and its outstanding collection of silver, watches, and unusual objects such a... More
  • Carlo Fagiani

    Carlo Fagiani's leather workshop, specialising in shoes, handbags, belts, wallets and jackets, is one of the best in Tuscany. He makes shoes to m... More
  • Castello di Poppiano

  • Church of San Francesco

  • Clare Seyer

    Years as agent: 21. Other specialty: Italian countryside. Consulting fee: From $300. clareseyer@yahoo.com More
  • De Bondt Chocolate Workshop

    De Bondt concocts award-winning chocolates with everything from rose oil to fennel plus gives tasting tours. More
  • E Lucevan le Stelle

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