20 Must-Visit Attractions in Italy's Tuscany Region

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and historic regions of Italy
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and historic regions of Italy | © alexey turenkov / Unsplash
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24 August 2020

Tuscany is one of the most charming, romantic and beautiful regions of Italy. It is filled with fascinating historic cities and beautiful natural landscapes that include spectacular mountains and beaches. If Tuscany is on your bucket list, read our round-up of 20 must-visit attractions in the region before you go.

The historic centre of Florence

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Duomo Santa Maria del Flore
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A visit to Tuscany usually starts from its capital city, Florence. It is the most stunning city in the region with plenty of beautiful medieval and Renaissance buildings that deserve to be seen. Once in town, don’t miss the towering Duomo or the Uffizi Gallery, two hot spots in Florence – and despite its popularity, Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery is a definite must-see, just reserve tickets ahead of time.

Piazza del Campo, Siena

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This big square is known for hosting the Palio di Siena, a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, where all the wards of the city are represented and race against each other. The piazza is one of the largest and most beautiful medieval squares in Europe. Once here, climb to the top of Torre del Mangia to admire the square and the city from on high.

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Porto Azzurro in Elba Island, Tuscany.
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If you think the only islands that deserve to be seen in Italy are Sicily and Sardinia, you are very wrong. Just two hours by ferry from the city of Livorno and you can easily be in Elba, the third largest island in Italy, known for its beautiful beaches, with plenty of things to see and do.

Ski Resort
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ski slopes in val di luce, abetone, italy
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Did you know Tuscany has ski resorts? Okay, so they don’t look like the Dolomites or the Alps, but if you’re in the region in the winter months and want to ski, you only need to go to Abetone – a mountain destination close to the border with Emilia Romagna – to take your pick of ski-worthy slopes.
These recommendations were updated on August 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.