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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore was founded in the early 14th century by wealthy merchants from Siena as a Benedictine retreat, this fascinating abbey is well worth a detour. Be prepared to walk since you must park your car and follow a long path through the forest to the abbey’s ... more

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Sergio Presbitero

Abbey Sant’Antimo is a superb romanesque abbey whose origins date back to the 9th century when it was founded as a Benedictine monastery. The abbey—a simple, pastel-pinkish stone church serenely set amongst fields of olive trees—makes a beautiful picture. Try to arrive at 11 am ... more

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Jindrich Shejbal

For sightseeing, there really isn’t much to see except the Badia a Passignano Abbey, founded by Benedictine monks in the 11th century. The abbey is set in a pocket of lush landscape and dominates the village, which is no more than a cluster of houses and a restaurant. However, a... more

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Your target is the Piazza del Duomo, a huge square studded by fabulous buildings, including Pisa’s landmark, its Leaning Tower. However, it is not only the Leaning Tower that makes the Piazza del Duomo such a winner, it is studded with many other magnificent buildings, all of wh... more

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Jim deStefano

Another nearby museum is the Baptistry, a small museum that, as its name implies, houses the baptismal font for the Duomo. In addition to its beautifully frescoed walls and vaulted ceiling, of prime interest is the 15th-century baptismal font, which is adorned by religious scenes cast... more

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Shari Henson

The Bapistry has beautiful mosaics and its bronze doors by Ghiberti were said by Michelangelo to be worthy of serving as the gates to paradise. The main door shows scenes from the life of John the Baptist, the north door shows the life of Jesus, and the east door shows stories from th... more

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Within Montepulciano there are many boutiques, restaurants, and cantinas selling wine. Our favorite wine shop here is an extremely special one, the very old Cantina del Redi, located just down the street from the Piazza Grande with its entrance next to the Palazzo Ricco. Once you ente... more

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Castello d'Albola, Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Castello d’Albola: The Castello d’Albola, a spectacular property just a short drive north of Radda on a gentle hill laced with grapes, is owned by the Zonin family, who have restored the entire medieval complex beautifully. This is an intimate, extremely pretty place to taste wine... more

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Ian Pletcher

 Castello di Brolio: If you visit only one winery, Castello di Brolio should be it since this is not only one of the oldest wineries the world, but also where Chianti wine was “born.” Although the production of wine in Tuscany dates back to Etruscan times, the enormou... more

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Andrea Redi

Another favorite destination for wine- tasting is the beautiful Castello di Meleto, which has an idyllic setting in the gentle hills near the town of Gaiole. Just across from the dramatic castle you find a pretty winetasting room and gift shop where fine wines and olive oils produced ... more

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Marco Farolfi

Castello di Volpaia: The 12th-century Castello di Volpaia, located on a narrow lane about 7 kilometers north of Radda, is one of our favorite places for winetasting. Plan to spend a day on this outing, with ample time to meander through the countryside en route, tour the winery, taste... more

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It was in Radda in 1924 that 33 producers gathered to create a consortium to protect a very special blend of wine that was known as Chianti Classico. Only vintners who maintain the standards of the consortium are allowed to proudly display its symbol of the black rooster... more

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Another of our favorite wineries, Dei, is just a few kilometers outside Montepulciano’s city walls. What is especially fun about this winery is that it is family-owned and managed by the lovely daughter, Maria Caterina Dei, who still lives in the beautiful family villa on the pr... more

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Gerhard Wickler

Duomo is the third largest cathedral in the world. There is no denying the beauty of the interior but best of all is the exterior, so take an elevator or the stairs to the roof where you can admire the view and examine at close hand the statues that adorn this lacework fantasy.... more

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Gerhard Wickler

You absolutely must not miss Siena’s 12th-century Duomo, facing the Piazza del Duomo. This is one of Italy’s most astounding cathedrals. Not only is its exterior breathtaking, but once you enter, you will be overwhelmed by its dramatic black-and-white, zebra-striped marble... more

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Marco Varisco

Leaving Castelnuovo dell’Abate, drive north on the road for Montalcino. In a few minutes you will see a sign to the Fattoria dei Barbi. Turn right and follow a small road up the hill to the Barbi winery, an excellent winery to visit. It is extremely pretty with many gardens and a ch... more

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This is a most lovely place. Large, beautiful views, it is a garden full of flowers and very well kept. The garden looks out over the Val D’Orcia and you can see a lake which was manmade by the Origo family, whose children now run the place. You can go on a tour of the garden gu... more

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Remy Overkempe

When you arrive in Florence take a taxi to your hotel. Be generous with your time and do not rush Florence—there is too much to see. You must, of course, pay a visit to Michelangelo’s fabulous David in the Galleria dell’Accademia located just off the Piazza San Marc... more

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Recommended by San Biagio Relais: The Island of Giglio, one of the seven of the Tuscan archipelago, is 18 km from the Tuscan coast of the spectacular promontory, Mount Argentario, and is reached by a 30-minute ferryboat transfer from Porto Santo Stefano. It includes a port, beache... more

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If you plan to visit the town of San Quirico D'Orcia, you must not miss its lovely garden, called Horti Leonini. An entrance about a block from the main square leads into a tranquil Renaissance garden, originally designed as a beautiful resting place for the pilgrims who stopped h... more

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Mara Rie

Recommended by La Guglielmina: Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden) is inspired by and based on the Guell Park by Gaudie and the Parco dei in Bomarzo. The park was constructed by Niki De Saint Phalle, a French-American artist (1930-2002) has represented all the magic of taro... more

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Tim Martin

Piazza del Duomo, a huge square studded by fabulous buildings, including Pisa’s landmark, its Leaning Tower.  Climb to the top of the Leaning Tower (which is once again open for visitors after being strengthened by massive cables). ... more

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Ken Lyon

For art lovers, the Museo Civico must not be missed. Here you will see stunning masterpieces by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Spinello Aretino, and Simone Martini. It is overwhelming to ponder how Italy could have produced so many geniuses. NOTE: There is a comprehensive ticket valid for ... more

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Recommended by Il Falconiere Relais e Ristorante:  Cortona, in the heart of ancient Etruria, the current home to one of the most fascinating archaeological park-museum systems in Italy, which hosts some extraordinary traveling exhibits.... more

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The Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana is worth a visit if for no other reason that to see the sublime Maestá by Duccio, painted in 1311. The central theme of the Virgin Mary is truly awesome. ... more

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Alessandra Elle

Museo Etrusco Guarancci, which has a fabulous collection of works of art, including sculptures and beautiful vases, displayed with great taste in a series of interlinking rooms that show the art to perfection. There is an adjacent shop selling many alabaster items. The whole town is a... more

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After visiting the Duomo, the following museums are just steps away. One of our favorites is the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala, located across from the entrance to the first glance, it is difficult to truly appreciate its wealth of things to see. The museum goes on and on—... more

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Dan Enrietti

If you get hungry while visiting San Quirico d' Orica , the Osteria del Leone makes a good choice for lunch.... more

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In Montepulciano, at the heart of the city is the Piazza Grande where you find the dramatic 13th century Palazzo Comunale. Also facing the square is the picturesque Palazzo Contucci, fronted by a charming Renaissance well decorated with the Medici coat of arms and highlighted by two s... more

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The heart of the city is the Piazza Grande where you find the dramatic 13th-century Palazzo Comunale accented by a stone tower. Also facing the square is the picturesque Palazzo Contucci, fronted by a charming Renaissance well decorated with the Medici coat of arms and highlighted by ... more

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Monopolizing one side of the Piazza del Campo is the 13th-century Gothic Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) whose graceful arches are embellished with Siena’s coat of arms. The Palazzo Pubblico is open as a museum where you can stroll through the governor’s living quarters. ... more

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Andrew Evdokimov

During your explorations of Florence, you will cross many times through the Piazza della Signoria, located in the heart of the old city. Facing this characterful medieval square is the 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio, a stern stone structure topped by a crenellated gallery and dominated ... more

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Ermes Vitali

Piazzo del Compo is where the colorful Palio delle Contrade (dating back to the 11th century) takes place twice a year, on July 2 and August 16. The horse race is only a part of a colorful spectacle of medieval costumes, impressive banners, and parades, and the festivities extend beyo... more

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Angus Haywood

Recommended by Casa Bolsinina: The Parco Sculture Del Chianti (Sculpture Park of Chianti) contains an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures from artists of five continents. The collection is located in a wooded parkk in the Chianti Region. The position of the sculptures... more

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Lynn Renaud

Volterra's main square, Piazza dei Priori, the heart of the town, is surrounded by fine examples of beautifully preserved medieval buildings and with its towers, splendid town hall (the oldest in Tuscany), and Romanesque church, it is considered by some to be one of the finest squ... more

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Klaus Leidorf

Once you arrive in Siena, strike off for the giant Piazza del Campo. This central piazza is immense and, instead of being square, is fan-shaped and slopes downward like a bowl. Eleven streets surrounding the square converge into it like spokes of a massive wheel. Like the Spanish Step... more

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The Piazza del Duomo is a huge square studded by fabulous buildings, including Pisa’s landmark, its Leaning Tower. However, it is not only the Leaning Tower that makes the Piazza del Duomo such a winner, it is studded with many other magnificent buildings, all of which are ... more

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Piazza della Repubblica is located in the heart of town, the main square, which has many narrow streets feeding into it. If you are up for walking, climb the twisting streets to the old fortress standing guard over the town. ... more

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During your explorations of Florence, you will cross many times through the Piazza della Signoria, located in the heart of the old city. ... more

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Charles Lansu

Located in the heart of the city is the Piazza Grande where you find the dramatic 13th-century Palazzo Comunale accented by a stone tower. Also facing the square is the picturesque Palazzo Contucci, fronted by a charming Renaissance well decorated with the Medici coat of arms and high... more

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Jacqueline Keven

This central piazza is immense and, instead of being square, is fan-shaped and slopes downward like a bowl. Eleven streets surrounding the square converge into it like spokes of a massive wheel. Like the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Piazza del Campo is a favorite for tourists who linger... more

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Also, be sure to see the Piccolomini Library. You need to buy a ticket to enter, but it is well worth it. This relatively small room is totally frescoed with gorgeous murals in still-vibrant colors portraying the life of Pope Pius II. The cathedral also has 59 fabulous inlaid-marble m... more

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Jeremy Joslin

Do not miss the Pitti Palace with its fabulous art collection, including paintings by Titian and Raphael. NOTE: In addition to regular hours, museums stay open during June, July, August, and September until 11 pm. Be sure to buy a guidebook and city map at one of the many magazine sta... more

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Giuseppe Marzagalli

Poggio Antico is another one of our favorite wineries. Excellent tours are offered and, of course, you can also sample the superb wines. For dining, the winery’s Ristorante Poggio Antico serves outstanding Tuscany cuisine. Reservations for the restaurant are also highly recomme... more

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Of course, you cannot miss one of Florence’s landmarks, the Ponte Vecchio. Spanning the Arno in the heart of Florence, this colorful bridge is lined with quaint shops just as it has been since the 14th century. ... more

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Stroll to visit one of the main gates, the Porta all’Arco, the origins of which date back to the 7th century B.C. During World War II, the loyal citizens of Volterra buried the stones of the gate to keep the Nazis from blowing it up.... more

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Another favorite, Ristorante Il Pino, offers mouthwatering homemade pastas—some of the best we have ever eaten. Located on Via Collolese, 8–10, just down the street from L’Antico Pozzo, tel: (0577) 94 04 15.... more

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PJ and Christy Perdaems

While visiting the Poggio Antico Winery dine at the winery’s Ristorante Poggio Antico which serves outstanding Tuscany cuisine. Reservations for the restaurant are highly recommended. ... more

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Working on top of the Crete Senesi Hills, sculptor Jean Paul Philippe has created an attraction, located amid open fields in the middle of nowhere, worth a visit. Installed in 1993 the site has become so popular that the name Site Transitoire has become synonymous with the ’hill bet... more

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Recommended by Bosco Della Spina Country Resort: It is a red wine of Tipic Geographic Indication, produced in the municipality of Murlo (Siena) in the Chianti Colli Senesi wine yard zone, under this denomination. The vicinity to Montalcino (7Km), the same Pliocene land, one of the... more

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A masterpiece you absolutely must not miss when visiting Montepulciano is the Temple of San Biagio, a stunning church located on the west edge of town. You can walk from town, but it is a long way down the hill and then back up again, so you might want to drive, especially in hot weat... more

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Michela

Recommended by Dimora Casa Eugenia: For those who are “fashion lovers”, the Prada, Armani, Gucci, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana etc. outlets are located in the surroundings.... more

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The Uffizi Museum (housed in a 16th-century palace) is undoubtedly one of the finest museums in the world. I would definitely recommend making advance reservations at the Uffizi Museum (tel: 055 23 88 651) or through their web site. ... more

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The area of Tuscany that lies south/southeast of Siena is famous for its superb wines. A great bonus is that these vineyards are in one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, filled with quaint villages and amazing abbeys, thus making your adventures even more enchanting. Whereas Chia... more

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