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How to Spend 1 Week in Tuscany

How to Spend 1 Week in Tuscany

Tuscany is a picturesque paradise of medieval hill towns and rolling vineyards and home to the Renaissance capital of Florence. With seven days, you can explore the city’s sublime art and architecture as well as the region’s captivating countryside. Here’s how to enjoy a week in Tuscany.

Days 1-3: Florence

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the world’s most important repositories of art and architecture. Start your trip with an overview of the city’s style with a guided tour, then take in the city’s most notable works of art: Visit Michelangelo’s David, head to the Uffizi to enjoy works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, and climb the Duomo. These popular spots are very crowded, so early access tours and skip-the-line packages are imperative if you want to see as much as possible in a limited time.

When you’re not immersing yourself in art, head to one of the city’s many gardens to escape the crowds for a quiet stroll; be sure to visit Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset for the best views of Florence’s rooftops and Brunelleschi’s dome from above. Lastly, no visit to Florence is complete without an evening enjoying its traditional cuisine. Choose a food and wine tour, or join a cooking class to get intimate with local dishes.

Days 4-5: Siena and Chianti

After Florence, move on to the highlights of Siena, with its perfectly-preserved historic center and Gothic cathedral, and the Tuscan countryside. Siena’s highlights can be seen quickly with a skip-the-line tour, leaving you time to enjoy the beautiful regions of Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia. You can enjoy views of the countryside from the air with a hot-air balloon flight or explore on the ground with a guided hike or horseback ride. Gourmands can also choose to take in the vistas during a truffle hunt.

Next, explore the winemaking region of Chianti with a tour through the area’s hilltowns or a countryside cooking class. Before leaving the region, make sure to spend at least a couple hours in beautiful San Gimignano to stroll through the medieval old town and enjoy local restaurants.

Day 6-7: Pisa and Lucca

End your week by exploring Pisa and the delightful town of Lucca. Pisa’s most popular sights—the Duomo and the Leaning Tower—are crowded in the mornings, so it’s best to opt for a tour of the historic center first, then visit the Piazza dei Miracoli and the UNESCO-listed Duomo complex (including the Leaning Tower) later in the day with skip-the-line tickets. Be sure to stop back in Piazza dei Miracoli after sundown to take in the Duomo and bell tower dramatically lit at night.

End your week by dedicating your final day to historic Lucca with a walking or bike tour of the walled old town. Take in the Cathedral of San Martino, with its mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture and decorations by Tintoretto and Ghirlandaio, and stop in the adjacent museum to admire Renaissance treasures. Photographers can capture spectacular views of the city from the Guinigi Tower, the Torre delle Ore, or the tree-lined promenade topping the city’s medieval walls. Music lovers can visit the Puccini Museum and attend an evening concert at the year-round Puccini E La Sua Lucca music festival. End your week with an evening stroll along lively Via Fillungo and through Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, both crowded with locals out for the traditional passeggiata.

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Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

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Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this skip-the-line entrance ticket and tour. Follow your guide through the cathedral for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline.
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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb
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David and Duomo Tour: Early Accademia and Skip-the-Line Dome Climb

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Explore Florence art and architecture on a tour that gets you skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo. See Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the uncrowded, morning hours, then get an in-depth tour of the Duomo, including the Duomo Museum, the Duomo Terraces, without waiting in line. This tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Step inside one of Italy’s most famous art museums on this guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Avoid the crowds with early access and skip-the-line entrance, then learn more about the museum’s highlights with the help of an art historian guide. Prepare to be impressed as you spot works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and view iconic paintings like Titian's ‘Venus of Urbino’ and Botticelli's ‘Primavera’. Best of all: your ticket is still valid after the tour ends, so you can continue exploring for as long as you want.
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

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Indulge in one of Italy's most beautiful cities, Siena, during this sightseeing tour. An expert guide gives you an insider's view of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. Linger for a while in Piazza del Campo, the superlative square that is home to the Palio, a wild horse race that takes place every July and August. Stroll the streets with your guide learning about the history of the place. Visit the Duomo, Siena's stunning cathedral, and stroll right in thanks to your skip-the-line ticket. 
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  • 2 hours
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Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Siena: Tuscan Hills and Winery Lunch

Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Siena: Tuscan Hills and Winery Lunch

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See Tuscany in classic Italian style by exploring the rustic region via a vintage Fiat 500, the classic, beloved and diminutive Italian automobile. Get picked up at your hotel in Siena and then ride to the stunning hilltop town of Monteriggioni, cruising through the rolling hills of Chianti along the way. Stop at a local vineyard and sample some delicious Italian wines with a hearty lunch of local fare. Follow the guide in a caravan. The number of participants on this small-group tour is limited to just ten, so you’re sure to get plenty of personalized attention from the guide.
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  • 8 hours
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Skip-the-line Leaning Tower of Pisa Guided Small-Group Tour

Skip-the-line Leaning Tower of Pisa Guided Small-Group Tour

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Italy’s most famous landmarks, so it’s no surprise that queues can be long. This 1-hour skip-the-line tour ensures you don’t waste any time, with a guided walking tour of the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli, followed by priority access to climb the Leaning Tower.
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Tuscany Hiking Tour from Siena Including Wine Tasting

Tuscany Hiking Tour from Siena Including Wine Tasting

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Become a pilgrim of sorts and take a scenic hike on the historic Via Francigena, an old pilgrimage route that stretched from Canterbury in England to Rome. The rural route takes you through villages, vineyards, and some of the most scenic countryside in Tuscany. Best of all, once you get to the medieval village of Monteriggioni you're rewarded with a wine tasting. At the end, head back to Siena via train.
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  • 4 hours
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Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca

Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca

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Explore the traditional Tuscan town of Lucca on a walking tour of the historic center. Stroll the cobblestone streets, bustling piazzas and old Renaissance walls; trace the city’s Roman past along Via San Paolino and Piazza San Michele; and see the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Keep your camera poised as you admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside San Frediano church and visit landmarks like the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore.
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Wine Tasting at a Private Medieval Winery in Chianti - Tuscany

Wine Tasting at a Private Medieval Winery in Chianti - Tuscany

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Discover the long winemaking conditions of Tuscany on this half-day tasting tour from Florence. Travel to a privately owned 12th-century winery in Chianti for a tour of the estate, vineyards, and family cellars. Learn about the region's distinctive and famous varietals from expert guides, and then savor the excellence for yourself with a guided tasting of estate wines, paired with a delicious Tuscan lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour

Best of Florence: Renaissance and Medieval City Walking Tour

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Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a guided walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops.
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2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path

2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path

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Discover Pisa’s star attractions and get under the skin of the city on a 2-hour walking tour. Explore hidden lanes and secret gems, seek out the highlights of the city’s four main districts, and learn about Pisan history and culture. Stop to view the Piazza dei Cavalieri, River Arno, and other famous spots, and finish by admiring Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. This leisurely paced tour is limited to a maximum of 15 people.
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Small Group E-Bike Tour from Siena with Wine Tasting and Lunch
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Small Group E-Bike Tour from Siena with Wine Tasting and Lunch

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Get up close and personal with Tuscany’s ineffable scenery, and explore with ease, on a full-day tour by electric bike. Meet your guide in Siena and travel by van into the Chianti hills, where you’ll receive your bike and helmet and will get familiar with the gear. With just a small group for company, set off on a tour of the countryside, visit a restored monastery, and head to a local winery, where you can enjoy a traditional meal and generous wine tasting.
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  • 6 hours
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CSTRents - Pisa Segway PT Authorized Tour

CSTRents - Pisa Segway PT Authorized Tour

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Explore Pisa on this comprehensive 3-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, glide through the Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Duomo, Baptistery and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Check out where Galileo once studied at the Sapienza Palace and hear the history behind the Scuola Normale as you pass through Knights’ Square. Numbers are limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Horseback Riding tour with lunch and Wine Tasting

Horseback Riding tour with lunch and Wine Tasting

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Saddle up to explore the stunning countryside of the Chianti wine region on this private half-day horseback riding tour from Castellina. Suitable for all abilities, you’ll ride through scenic vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages, and stop along the way for a typical Tuscan lunch and wine and olive oil tastings.
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  • 5 hours
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VESPA Tour in Tuscany

VESPA Tour in Tuscany

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Experience the Tuscan countryside from a perspective rare to visitors on a private Vespa tour with round–trip transport from your Siena hotel. In addition to navigating for you, your guide ensures the best views and stops for photo opportunities along the way. The day includes a Tuscan–style lunch and complimentary wine tasting with vineyard views.
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  • 5 hours
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$265.20
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Brunello E-Bike Tour

Brunello E-Bike Tour

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Pedal through the Tuscan countryside during this half-day e-bike tour through Brunello. Bike along unpaved roads with ease on your electric bike towards local Tuscan vineyards. Enjoy a wine tasting at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo and learn about the ancient winemaking process. Sample three glasses of wines, including the Brunello di Montalcino, before heading to the medieval town of Montalcino to explore.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Pisa Guided Walking Tour in Miracoli Square

Pisa Guided Walking Tour in Miracoli Square

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Discover the sights of Pisa on an hour-long walking tour, and stop at the key sights to learn about their history. Check out the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as grandiose landmarks like the cathedral at Pisa and Campo Santo — the city’s monumental cemetery. Your informative guide will take you on a thorough guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments which are called “miracles” because of their incredible beauty and uniqueness.
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  • 1 hour
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San Gimignano Private Walking Tour

San Gimignano Private Walking Tour

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Explore the historic hill town of San Gimignano with this 2-hour walking tour. Learn about the many Medieval towers that give the town such a distinctive skyline.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Vintage 500 Fiat tour in Tuscany

Private Vintage 500 Fiat tour in Tuscany

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Discover the Tuscan countryside behind the wheel of a classic Fiat 500 on a private six-hour tour. Starting from Florence, hit the open road with your guide.  Along the drive, you’ll visit three historic villages, stopping whenever you like.  Later, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch with wine tasting  at a 19th century villa.
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  • 6 hours
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$311.32
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Tuscan Hills Horseback Riding Tour from Siena

Tuscan Hills Horseback Riding Tour from Siena

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Giddy up! Traverse the hills of Tuscany via a unique mode of transportation with this guided horseback tour from Siena. Roam the rolling hills, some clad in grapevines, others blanketed with olive groves, as you and your horse calmly explore the region. Pass through rustic villages, all while learning about the history of the place from your guide. See stunning scenery that you would not have had the chance to encounter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$80.71