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Siena vies with Florence for 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 del Campo is a city square that sits at the base of three majestic hills. While you're there, climb to the top of Torre del Mangia (a part of the Palazzo Pubblico) for an awe-inspiring view of Siena.

As for museums, visitors find the Museale di Santa Maria della Scala and the Museo Archeologico are each worth a few hours of their time. And when it comes to churches, recent travelers recommend visiting several: the Siena Cathedral (or Il Duomo) for its beauty; the Cathedral of the Assunta for the surrounding landscape; and the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore for its wine cellar. 

And if you need a break from the city, head to any of Siena's termes. Often overlooked, Siena has numerous thermal hot springs and baths dating back to the time of the Etruscans and Romans. The Termes di Siena are said to have therapeutic and natural healing properties and are surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes.  

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#1 Florence

Firenze, Tuscany's capital city, is known for its Renaissance art and architecture. You can climb to the top of the Duomo, gaze at Botticellis at the Uffizi Gallery, tour ...

Read more » Alan Piper / Flickr

#2 Siena Siena vies with Florence for 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 ... Read more » Marco Angelo Vazzana / EyeEm / Getty Images

#3 Cinque Terre Cinque Terre is a group of cinque (five) villages — Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Corniglia — strung along cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea. Since it became both a UNESCO World ... Read more » ThierryHennet / Getty Images

#4 Lucca

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 ...

Read more » Gerard Puigmal / Getty Images

#5 Sovestro in Poggio Winery

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 ...

Read more » Elyse / Flickr

#6 Castello di Verrazzano

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 ...

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#7 Castello del Trebbio

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 ...

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#8 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona

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 ...

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#9 Castello di Volpaia

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 ...

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#10 The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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 ...

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Florence is the center piece of Tuscany and home to incredible restaurants, breathtaking views and historical sites.  Alan Piper / Flickr

Whereas Florence is known for the Renaissance era, Siena is known for its Gothic influence.  Marco Angelo Vazzana / EyeEm / Getty Images

Cinque Terre is made up of five towns — Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore — where you can spend the day hiking from town to town, relaxing on the beach or enjoying some seaside margaritas. ThierryHennet / Getty Images

Walking or cycling along Lucca's centuries-old city walls is a great way to see the city. Gerard Puigmal / Getty Images

Delicious Italian food, wine and accommodations are all found at the Poggio Winery Elyse / Flickr

These 14th century vineyard and olive groves are a great place to enjoy wine and delicious food in a historic castle.  Harpers470 / Flickr

Some say Trebbio has the best wine restaurant in the world.  Rachel Titiriga / Flickr

The estate houses three wine cellars stocked with giant barrels like these that are used to store wine and grappa.  Nicole Hanusek / Flickr

Discover this 11th-century town's rich history with a glass of wine in hand.  Visit Tuscany / Flickr

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