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  • Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    Florence Things to Do

    Here you can visit the cathedral; S. Maria del Fiore. It was built over the church of Santa Reparata between 1296 and 1436. It is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. Beside it there is the bell tower; designed by Giotto in 1334. After his death the work was carried on by Andrea Pisano and later completed in 1359 by Francesco Talenti. It is...

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  • The Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    The ticket price is rather expensive but I think definitely worth it! To climb the tower is €15. It's actually more expensive to buy your tickets online. And, they have timed visits. We arrived fairly early in the morning, so there was no lines. The views from the top are phenomenal! And, the staircase is not so narrow that people can pass by if...

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  • City walls

    Lucca Things to Do

    Lucca’s medieval city walls, which date from the early 1500s, are still in very good condition, which is rare for this part of Italy. A large pathway surrounded by lots of trees and greenery runs around the top of the walls and provides excellent viewing points of Lucca and its beautiful architecture. Within some parts of the walls, there are...

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  • Piazza del Campo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Siena Things to Do

    I know I'm not the first person to write a tip on the Piazza and I'm not sure I can add anything more to make this a worthwhile tip to read than what you may have already read from the other VTers. First of all, if you go to Siena, you have to go to the Piazza del Campo. It is larger than life! You can look at all the photos you possibly can but to...

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  • Piazza della Cisterna

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    At the edge of the Piazza della Cisterna, when you enter from its northeast point along the right (north) wall of the piazza are the two Torre of the Aringhelli family leading members of the Guelphs here. The left one is the shorter one. After a few more buildings the square turns southwest and after several further bulldings on this side one...

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  • Terrazza Mascagni

    4 out of 5 stars

    Livorno Things to Do

    Further along the coast from the Scoglio della Regina and a modern day "beach" complex, the Terrazza Mascagni sprouts out from a patch of wasteground, and at first seems underwhelming. But, as it turns the corner, the checkboard terrace suddenly becomes impressive. Behind it, there is a park with various monuments like a bandstand, and the Grand...

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  • Ponte Vecchio

    4 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    "Ponte" is the Italian word for "Bridge", and "Vecchio" is the Italian word for "old". The Ponte Vecchio, or the Old Bridge was for a long time, until 1218, the only bridge which crossed the Arno River. But there are now six bridges in Firenze (Florence). None of the other bridges have the fame of the Ponte Vecchio. A devastating flood in 1345...

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    This is the amazing cathedral next to the leaning tower of Pisa. The interior is spectacular with frescoes and detailed architecture. Even the bronze doors are beautiful. Next to the cathedral is a smaller round Romanesque building. That is the Baptistery, dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. A "must see" if...

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  • Tower Guinigi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucca Things to Do

    Torre Guinigi rises above the narrow streets below and although its pretty crowded once you reach the top, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the old town and surrounding mountains under the shade of the huge oak trees that make this tower the symbol of Lucca. Admission is only 3 or 4 euros, and if you also wish to climb Torre delle Ore you can...

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  • Duomo

    Siena Things to Do

    The Duomo di Siena or Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (Dutch: Siena's Duomo, or Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption) is the cathedral of Siena in Italy, whose façade was completed in 1380. The construction of the cathedral was begun in the 12th century. It is one of the great examples of Italian Gothic architecture. The Duomo has an ornate...

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta - Il...

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    In the 15C the Collegiata was extended and among the additions was a special chapel to its local Santa Fina (who died in 1253).The chapel has two paintings of her deathbed and her funeral painted by Ghirlandaio. Inn the central part of the church there are also several works by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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  • Antignano Beach

    Livorno Things to Do

    This is a rocky beach where i sometimes go to eat a sandwich in the evening during the summer or spring it's pretty relaxing, there are paths all along these little bays where u can walk or run, it's just 5 minutes from downtown and 5 from where i live, so pretty good location.

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  • Uffizi Gallery - Galleria Degli Uffizi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    I know there are lots and lots of tips written about this museum. Hopefully, my tip will add some value. It's a good idea to buy your tickets in advance. The lines to buy them at the museum are extremely long and will take up a lot of time. The museum is now allotting time slots for reservations. I found two websites where you can buy your tickets...

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  • The Baptistery

    Pisa Things to Do

    The largest baptistery in the world , is located on the Campo dei Miracoli . Its construction started in 1152 , almost a century after it was the construction of the Duomo began The huge building has a circumference of 107 meters , a height of 55 meters , and is lined with Carrara marble, in the lower part return again the blind arches back , known...

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  • Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

    Lucca Things to Do

    The oval Piazza Anfiteatro used to be a Roman amphitheater. During medieval times, houses were built on the Roman remains; later from 1830 the area was used as a marketplace. Nowadays it is a nice meeting point with cafes and restaurants for both locals and tourists. Directions: The Piazza Anfiteatro is located near the northern end of the main...

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  • Surroundings

    Siena Things to Do

    Take the stairs up to the top of the Duomo and enjoy the stunning views!...beautiful Siena buildings, rooftops, the Cathedral - and then scout around the gorgeous Tuscany landscape that surrounds this famed Italian town. Worth every bit of huffing and puffing! I think i was up here for an hour just taking in the gorgeousness! The countryside was...

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  • Torre Grossa

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    There is a view fem the top of the Torre Grossa that is 360 degrees that oin cludes a;]ll of the hills as wek a all of the small town below. Be sure to see the Piazza della Cisterna below with an empty situation.

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  • Fortezza Nuova

    Livorno Things to Do

    Once a grand fort with its impressive red brick walls surrounded by canals, is now little more than an overgrown park. Free to enter, the place is now overrun with cats...and like most cat colonies around the world, this one has its own eccentric cat lady who shuffles in to feed them. Aside from cats, there is a dilapidated children's playground,...

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  • Piazzale Michelangelo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    The Piazzale Michelangelo is where you go to get that fantastic view of the city of Florence with views of the Cathedral. It is near the top of the hill on the other side of the Arno River. You can get there by public transportation – look for the #12 or #13 bus which can be picked up by the train station. You can also walk it if you are feeling...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Things to Do

    Campo dei Miracoli is the most popular place in Pisa since it contains the Leaning Tower among other things. Next to the tower are the Pisa Duomo, which dates from the 11th century, the Baptistry, and Campo Santo. The influence brought home by the city’s thriving international trade is evidenced on all these structures, which are architecturally...

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  • Duomo di San Martino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucca Things to Do

    The Duomo of San Martino (or the Cathedral) was founded in the VI century. It was rebuilt around 1060 and renewed between the XII and the XIII centuries. The interior was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. One of the hilglights of this curch is Civitali' s Tempietto; built in 1482. It houses the Volto Santo (Holy Face). A large wooden...

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  • Museo Civico

    Siena Things to Do

    Of all the sights I saw and visited in Siena, the museum inside Palazzo Pubblico left one of the biggest impressions on me. Yes, even more than the duomo or the famous campo. But these are other stories.... The palazzo was built from end of 13th century on and was subsequently expanded over the years. It was and still is seat of the city council,...

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  • Via San Giovanni

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    Right after Porta San Giovanni there is the ancient cobbled street of San Giovanni, the main street of San Gimignano. San Giovanni street is flanked by imposing buildings, some of which still have their tower. The street itself is a real beauty of the medieval architecture. Most of the buildings are notable example of both Romanesque and Gothic...

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  • Sonnino

    Livorno Things to Do

    sonnino beach is another place where young people go to relax, party and enjoy life.. i'm sure u know what I mean it's OVER CROWDED during the summer.. if u wanna do something like locals do, don't miss Sonnino beach then!

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  • David Statue

    Florence Things to Do

    I know he is naked but hey, he is a hero! In this time, artists freely celebrated the beauty of the human form and didn’t think about prudeness. The statue is in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence where it was moved to in 1873 and, as you can see on the pictures, is back at its original location as a replica. It is 5.17 metres high (17 feet)....

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  • The Cemetery

    Pisa Things to Do

    This is the first medieval depiction of the "Triumph of Death" as a fresco. It is presently believed to have been created by Bonamico Buffalmacco between 1336-41at the time of the death of Giotto. Examples of variations on the subject increase in number during the next two centuries.

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  • Palazzo Pfanner

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lucca Things to Do

    Palazzo Pfanner turned out to be my favourite museum in Lucca. For 5.50 Euros, you can have access to the palazzo and its beautiful gardens. Dating back to the 1660s, the palazzo is named after Felix Pfanner, an Austrian brewer who was invited to Lucca in 1846 to teach people how to brew beer. At first, Pfanner only rented a few rooms in the...

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  • the PALIO

    Siena Things to Do

    Two times a year, at the beginning of july and at mid august, Siena celebrates the Palio. Don't even think that the Palio is something arranged for tourists or a staged manifestation. People in Siena "live" the Palio. Everyone in Siena grows up with a sharp feeling of belonging to a "contrada" that is a city ward. There are 17 of them in Siena...

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  • Piazza del Duomo

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    The first Palazzo del Podesta was built on the east side of the Duomo Square in 1239, later called the vecchia. In 1288 a Nuovo Podesta was built on the south side of the square. This carries other names such as Popolo or Communale. The older palace eventually became a prison and then a theater. Immediately to the left of the old Podesta is another...

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  • Fortezza Vecchia

    Livorno Things to Do

    Livorno's harbourfront is a picturesque place, with all the posh yachts at one end, and the smaller dowdier fishing boats shoved up by the old fort. Along the waterfront is a large monument called the Quattro Mori, with a statue of a Grand Duke surrounded by four prisoners in chains.

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  • Basilica Di Santa Croce

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    I'm a big fan of the film "A Room with a View" and this is where I first learned of Santa Croce. Many Firenze luminaries are buried here including Michelangelo who also created his own tomb statuary (please see photo). On the floor, you see a spot for Dante Alighieri, the famous Florentine medieval writer of "The Divine Comedy" (a beautiful work)....

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  • Santa Maria della Spina

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pisa Things to Do

    This tiny, pale Gothic church on the bank of the river Arno is quite a contrast in scale compared with the huge cathedral in the nearby Campo dei Miracoli . The pinnacles and spires are richly decorated with ornate statues and intricate details. Originally built in 1230, it was moved and re-built piece by piece in 1871 to prevent water damage by...

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  • San Michele in Foro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucca Things to Do

    This famous San Michele in Foro Church was built between the 11th and 14th century. The columns in the facade are all different and the wings of the angel statue on top of the facade are flexible to survive the winds. The church nave is smaller than the facade as during construction there wasn't enough money left to raise it as high as the...

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  • Museo dell'opera del duomo

    Siena Things to Do

    Jutting out from the side of the Cathedral of Siena, this most unusual structure at first seems like an old ruined cathedral. Except it is not a ruin, but an unfinished structure. It is all that is left from the grandest of ambitions of the ephemeral Republic of Siena, which ended with the Plague of the 14th century. During the zenith of wealth and...

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  • Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    Go inside the church and look at the many paintings by Gozzoli about the life of Saint Augustine which were created about 1461. These pictures were made after hours when a study was being made by special persons on the main modern window while we were allowed inside.

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  • Piazza della Repubblica

    Livorno Things to Do

    The most impressive square in Livorno is actually a sort of bridge over the main canal. It seems far too large for a place like Livorno, far too grand...and very empty. Two larger than life statues face off each other across the length of this huge piazza, but I forget who they are... One one side, a busy road separates the piazza from the canal...

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  • Pitti Palace - Palazzo Pitti

    Florence Things to Do

    This place had me cross-eyed after a couple of hours. The largest museum complex in Florence, Palazzo Pitti comprises at least five different galleries and two gardens. All of them are either in or around a sprawling, 15th-century palace built by Florentine banker Luca Pitti, and occupied successively and for varying lengths of time by members of...

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  • Cavalieri Square

    Pisa Things to Do

    The Knights’ Square is the second main square in the city and was the political centre of medieval Pisa. The main building on the square is the palace of the Knights of St. Stephen which is now part of the University of Pisa. In front is a large statue of Cosimo I de Medici and a weathered stone fountain by Pietro Francavilla.

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  • San Frediano Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucca Things to Do

    The Church of San Frediano is very large and looks unique compared to most other Italian churches. The mosaic at the top of the church’s exterior is called The Ascension of Christ the Saviour and dates from the 1200s. Inside you can view some nice artwork, chapels, sculptures, and 16th century frescoes. Some of these were done by notable artists...

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  • wine and cellars

    Siena Things to Do

    The Enoteca Italiana is located within the walls of the 16th century Fortezza Medicea, and the primary objective of this government-owned institution is to promote Italian wines. Over 1,500 bottles of wine are on display in the cellars, and every day different wines can be sampled in the tasting room. Full-blown tastings can be organized for...

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  • Rocca di Montestaffoli

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    Standing in ruins, the Rocca di Montestaffoli is a castle located at the western edge of San Gimignano. It was built in 1353 by the Florentines, who by then had taken control of San Gimignano. The castle was used to defend the town for the next two centuries, but when Siena took over from Florence, the castle was ordered destroyed. Today, only the...

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  • Scoglio della Regina

    Livorno Things to Do

    Walking towards the seafront, the first place you come to is the Scoglio della Regina, the Queen's bathhouse, a dilapidated old building hanging over the sea at the end of a pier. I suppose these bathhouses must have been popular at some point, allowing bathers to dip in privacy, but unfortunately things change and Scoglio della Regina looks as if...

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  • Galleria dell'Accademia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Florence Things to Do

    It is indeed wonderful to be in the Galleria di Accademia and a unique experience to see and admire David with our own eyes But once there, there are other extraordinary creations worth of our attention and admiration for the artwork, the history, the timeless quality and the way they influence our world and lives... exhibited side by side "the...

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  • Arno River

    Pisa Things to Do

    The River Arno flows through the middle of Pisa, coming in from the West and on to the sea less than 10 km away. On our last trip to Pisa we arrived by car staying for two nights at the Hotel Victoria (Lungarno Pacinotti 12) and had a room which looked out on the river.

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  • Torre delle Ore

    Lucca Things to Do

    Besides the Torre Guinigi, the Torre delle Ore (Clock Tower) is the second tower in Lucca which offers scenic views of the city. Its history dates back to the 14th century. Since the Middle Ages it is equipped with a big clock. The present clockwork is swiss, but surprisingly the clock was about 2 minutes slow when I was there. But that's just...

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