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  • 1. Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

    Tuscany's most-visited abbey sits in an oasis of olive and cypress trees amid the harsh landscape of Le Crete. It was founded in 1313 by...Read More

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  • 2. Basilica di San Francesco

    The famous Piero della Francesca frescoes depicting The Legend of the True Cross (1452–66) were executed on the three walls of the Capella Bacci, the...Read More

  • 3. Castello di Verrazzano

    Tours here take you down to the cellars, through the gardens, and into the woods in search of wild boar....Read More

  • 4. Cripta


    Routine excavation work revealed this crypt, which had been hidden for centuries under the grand pavimento (floor) of the Duomo and was opened to the...Read More

  • 5. Duomo


    Siena's cathedral is one of the finest Gothic churches in Italy. The multicolor marbles and painted decoration are typical of the Italian approach to Gothic...Read More

  • 6. Passeggiata delle Mura

    On nice days, the citizens of Lucca cycle, jog, stroll, or kick a soccer ball in this green, beautiful, and very large circular park. It's...Read More

  • 7. Santa Maria della Scala


    For more than 1,000 years, this complex across from the Duomo was home to Siena's hospital, but it now serves as a museum containing, among...Read More

  • 8. Badia a Coltibuono

    This Romanesque abbey has been owned by internationally acclaimed cookbook author Lorenza de' Medici's family for more than a century and a half (the family...Read More

  • 9. Battistero


    The Duomo's 14th-century Gothic Baptistery was built to prop up the apse of the cathedral. There are frescoes throughout, but the highlight is a large...Read More

  • 10. Battistero

    This lovely Gothic baptistery, which stands across from the Duomo's facade, is best known for the pulpit carved by Nicola Pisano (circa 1220–84; father of...Read More

  • 11. Camposanto

    According to legend, the cemetery—a walled structure on the western side of the Piazza dei Miracoli—is filled with earth that returning Crusaders brought back from...Read More

  • 12. Casa di Giorgio Vasari

    Giorgio Vasari (1511–74), the region's leading Mannerist artist, architect, and art historian, designed and decorated this house after he bought it in 1540. He ended...Read More

  • 13. Casa di Santa Caterina


    Caterina Benincasa was born here in 1347. She had divine visions and received the stigmata, but is most famous for her words and her argumentative...Read More

  • 14. Casa Natale di Giacomo Puccini

    Lucca's most famous musical son was born in this house. It includes the piano on which Puccini composed Turandot, as well as scores of important...Read More

  • 15. Casa Natale di Leonardo

    No one knows the precise location of Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace, but this typical 15th-century Tuscan house is in the general vicinity and probably shares...Read More

  • 16. Castello

    This formidable structure, near Santa Maria delle Carceri, is an impressive sight. The (Sicilian) Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194–1250) built the seat of his...Read More

  • 17. Castello di Fonterutoli

    Three different wine tours are on offer here, including one that involves some very good food. In the capable hands of the Mazzei family since...Read More

  • 18. Castello di Meleto

    It's a pretty drive up winding and curving roads to this 13th-century fortress. Attached is an 18th-century villa; a wineshop serves tastes of the locally...Read More

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  • 19. Castello di Volpaia

    At this small enoteca on Piazza della Cisterna you can sample and purchase the fine wines, olive oil, and flavored vinegars made by Castello di...Read More

  • 20. Collegiata

    The 13th-century Collegiata church has three majestic portals, one possibly the work of Giovanni Pisano (circa 1245/48–1318). Behind the high altar are some fine examples...Read More

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