Tuscany, Italy Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Tuscany, Italy

Sipping local wines and dipping bread into just-pressed smooth olive oils is one of the main things to do in this Italian region. Luckily, there are numerous wineries where you can to do this, such as Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona in Montalcino and Castello del Trebbio in Florence. And speaking of Tuscan towns, there are a handful of little cities worth exploring — Siena and Lucca to name a couple. Lastly, if you want to get a funny photo, a trip to the little town of Pisa with its tilting torre is a must. 

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    Florence
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    Firenze, Tuscany's capital city, is known for its Renaissance art and architecture. You can climb to the top of theDuomo, gaze at Botticellis at theUffizi Gallery, tour theGalleria dell'Accademia and stroll through theBoboli Gardensfor a taste of the 13th through 16th centuries.

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    Siena
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    Siena vies withFlorencefor the title of the most charming city in Tuscany. While Firenze is known for its Renaissance influence, Siena exemplifies the Gothic era, and you'll find that near-pristine Gothic architecture fills the city. One of Siena's main attractions is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The breathtaking Piazza

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    Cinque Terre
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    Cinque Terre is a group ofcinque(five) villages — Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Corniglia — strung along cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea. Since it became both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park in the past couple of decades, the area has been saved from the commercialism that

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    Lucca
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    Located in northwest Tuscany and less than 20 miles from Pisa, this town is famous for its 16th-century walls — recent travelers recommend riding a bike atop them to get the best views. Or consider climbing to the top of the Guinigi Tower where you can overlook the entire city. There's also

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    Sovestro in Poggio Winery
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    Sovestro in Poggio Winery is a farming estate filled with fields of grapes and olives. The estate produces wines like the Tribolo and Chianti, as well as its own extra virgin olive oil called Bagatto. Like many of the estate wineries, Sovestro in Poggio also contains overnight accommodations. Recent visitors are

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    Castello di Verrazzano
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    Visitors to the Castello di Verrazzano say its mix of warm hospitality, scenic beauty and delicious wine that is absolutely divine. Dating back to the 14th century, the estate also produces olive oil, honey, grappa and balsamic vinegar. So if you want to bring back a few souvenirs, Castello di

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    Castello del Trebbio
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    Castello del Trebbio hosts everything from a winery to a restaurant (and cooking classes) to accommodations. It's hard to pin down just what visitors like most about the experience. Some say its the family-run winery with simply tasty wine and olive oil. Others say the 12th-century castle's ambiance is the coolest,

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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona produces wines, grappas and olive oils in a beautiful swath of southern Tuscany. The estate itself dates back to the 17th century, making it a great stop for historians as well as gourmands.

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    Castello di Volpaia
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    Castello di Volpaia is much more than a winery — it's an entire village, and a 11th-century one at that. The former churches, homes and underground passages have been converted into wine cellars, bottling plants, tasting bars, olive presses and even an underground wineduct. Visitors can even do some hiking

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    The Leaning Tower of Pisa
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    Oh, the Leaning Tower of Pisa — so touristy and yet so fun. Each day, hordes of visitors come to the small northwestern Tuscan town of Pisa to take pictures "propping up" its tower. Some do it with their entire bodyweight while others hold it with a finger. Even just

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