Tuscany Things to Do

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Tuscany Things to Do

  • Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    Florence Things to Do

    The Duomo is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately compared to what occupied its spot before. A flight of stairs near the entrance leads down to the scavi of Santa Reparata; an early Christian/Medieval church which stood here from somewhere around the 4th century until the new cathedral was constructed over the top. The old basilica had in turn been built...

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  • The Tower

    Pisa Things to Do

    Everyone knows The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the tower is a freestanding bell tower , or Campanile , which like the Duomo in the Campo dei Miracoli , the wonders of the field Designer of the tower was probably Diotisalvi, the original intention was to build a vertical tower but shortly after the start of construction in 1173, the building began to...

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  • City walls

    Lucca Things to Do

    You can jog, walk our cycle it, However you decide to do, make it top of your list. The best way to see the city is to do a circut of these perfectly intact medieval walls. Its Ideal for families with children as the ramparts are dotted with picnic spots and playparks and the tree-lined promenades are pefect to people watch during the eveing...

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  • Piazza del Campo

    Siena Things to Do

    This fountain - a pool with water pouring into it from a pipe - looks a very useful Piazza addition for the pigeons....but people always like a water feature so heres a rather elegant one for people to come and admire or sit near and listen to the relaxing sound of trickling water. (there are toilets handy lol)

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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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  • Terrazza Mascagni

    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 & Arno River

    Florence Things to Do

    Ponte Vecchio was a tremendous experience. The abundant amount of tourists serve as a reminder that you're on a piece of history that is very alluring. The archways are beatuiful featuring breath taking views of the north and south views of the majestic Arno's reach. The high end jewelry and pottery shops are captivating and awe inspiring. The...

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  • The Duomo - Cathedral

    Pisa Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Pisa is located in the center of the Campo dei Miracoli . The medieval Cathedral has the shape of a basilica five arches and is dedicated to Mary The construction began in 1064, under the supervision of the architect Buscheto, his tomb is built into the leftmost arch of the facade, after the death of Buscheto , Rainaldo took over...

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  • Tower Guinigi

    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

    Several years after our five week tour of Italy, Nancy and I still remember the cathedral at Siena as the one with the elaborate floor. It is a beautiful building in many aspects, but its inlaid marble mosaic floor is so unique as to make it memorable. The massive task of enlaying the floor panels took place between the 14th and 16 centuries, with...

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  • Piazza della Cisterna

    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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  • 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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  • Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens

    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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  • 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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  • Duomo di San Martino

    Lucca Things to Do

    The facade of of San Martino Cathedral could be described as "interesting" - a euphemism for many things. Rick Steves' invaluable guidebook describes it as "... an entertaining mix of architectural and artistic styles." It is eye-catching. If you take time to look carefully at the facade, especially the upper levels, you will see numerous animals,...

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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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  • Palazzo del Popolo

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    The Palazzo del Popolo (or Nuovo Podesta) is on the south side of the Piazza Duomo almost touching the church. Its right edge is almost touching the Torre Grossa. The left edge leads to a double arched loggia. The new Podesta is most usually called the Communale and was built in 1288. Beyond the main building is an internal courtyard built in 1323...

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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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  • The Uffizi Gallery

    Florence Things to Do

    This is one of world’s great art museums and a must-do for visitors to Florence. It is also one of the busiest attractions so pre-ordered tickets (see the website) or passes are HIGHLY recommended during the summer and shoulder seasons. Housed largely on the top floor of a 16th-century administrative palace built by Cosimo I, the collection...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Things to Do

    We prefer to approach the site from Piazza Manin on the west side of the Field of Miracles (Campo dei Miracoli) so that we remember that the Medici became rulers of Pisa in 1405 while Pisa declined as a Mediterranean power. As soon as one enters through the west wall, one sees on the left the four buildings of the complex . Equally one sees on the...

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  • Palazzo Pfanner

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • David Statue

    Florence Things to Do

    Moved from its original position in the Piazza della Signoria, Michelangelo's "David" is on display at the Galleria della Accademia. This is one of the best known museums in Florence. Also found in the "Galleria" are Michelangelo's "The four prisoners" and the "Pieta of Palestina". There are also many paintings collected by the Grand Duke Peter...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Piazza della Signoria

    Florence Things to Do

    That this piazza has its own website is a pretty good indication of its importance to the Florentine story - although it was never originally intended to be a piazza at all. Way back in the 13th century, Florence was nearly decimated during a conflict between two opposing factions who, depending on which side had the upper hand at any given time,...

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  • Santa Maria della Spina Church

    Pisa Things to Do

    When I was at the VT meeting in Cascais earlier this year I had breakfast one day with member white_smallstar who told me that when I visited Pisa I must be sure to see the church of Santa Maria della Spina because, in her words, “it is a little gem”. So I went, and she was right – it is indeed a gem. Thank you Nico. The church was built in 1230...

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  • San Michele in Foro

    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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  • 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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  • Piazalle Michelangelo

    Florence Things to Do

    We were in Florence at the begining of January and we have not been too lucky weatherwise, we decided to take the bus and see Piazzale Michelangelo anyway as it sounded like a nice trip. Bus 12 (shorter route) and 13 (much longer route) will take you to the top of the hill to this big parking area, The view from up above is spectacular, even in a...

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  • Cavalieri Square

    Pisa Things to Do

    This was the secular heart of Pisa as contrasted by the Spiritual center at Piazza de Miracoli. The Knights Square is named after the crusading order of Knights of St. Stephen who once had there headquarters here. Today the city hall and the gates to the University of Pisa are here.

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  • San Frediano Church

    Lucca Things to Do

    This Romanesque Church of San Fredianoh was consecrated by the pope in the 12th century and many reconstructions took place until the 16th century. The upper part of the facade is decorated with a famous golden mosaic. Directions: The Church of San Frediano is located at the Piazza San Frediano in the northern part of Lucca's old town.

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  • Loggia della Mercanzia

    Siena Things to Do

    Located on via di Città, the commercial heart of Siena in mediaeval times, la Loggia della Mercanzia was the merchants' entrepôt. It was built in the first half of the 15th century at a transition point in architecture from Gothic to Renaissance styles, as evidenced in the use of rounded arches with vaulted ceilings. The edifice consists of a...

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  • Porta San Giovanni

    San Gimignano Things to Do

    Walk down the main street of the town to its south end and come to the Port San Giovanni and beyond it to the bus stop and perhaps a place to park. Since on our last trip we stayed at the Bianco Bianco which allowed us to drive into the covered garage next door rghy on the Piazza del Cisterna.

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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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  • Galleria dell'Accademia

    Florence Things to Do

    They come here in hordes; in droves; in mutlitudes. Thousands and thousands of tourists mob the doors of the Accademia every year to see what is possibly the world’s most famous sculpture. Michelangelo’s ‘David’ was carved from a enormous block of white marble from the alps of the Tuscan town of Carrara. If you take the train that runs between Pisa...

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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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