For lovers of art and history, there is no more special place to visit than Florence's Uffizi Gallery. Open to the public since 1765, this former magistrate's office on the banks of the Arno welcomes some two million tourists a year. The Uffizi's collection is laid out in chronological order from the 13th up to the 17th century, so visitors get to experience the evolution of Italian art, from the introduction of realism and perspective of Cimabue and Giotto up to to the High Renaissance of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and finally to the Baroque chiaroscuro of Caravaggio. A visit to the Uffizi is a unique chance to commune with the protagonists of the Italian Renaissance. When planning a trip here, always remember that the Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays.
Visitors to Florence's Accademia Gallery invariably come for one reason – to see Michelangelo's magnificent statue of _David_. David has been on display here since 1873 along with the artist's S_laves and St. Matthew_. On a trip to the Accademia – originally founded in the 1780s – you'll also be able to take in an important collection of Renaissance paintings by the likes of Botticelli and _Ghirlandaio_, see the remarkable original plaster cast of Giambologna's _Rape of the Sabine Women_, and the charming Museum of Musical Instruments.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous attractions in Italy, known for its iconic diagonal tilt. Constructed over the course of 199 years, the tower originally dates back to 1173 when it was built during an especially prosperous period in Pisa's history. Drawing over one million visitors per year, the tower was off-limits to guests between 1990 and 2001 for safety reasons. Following a decade of corrective reconstruction, it is now once again able to hold visitors for centuries to come.
Since it was opened to the public in 1436, Florence's most famous landmark, the Duomo (or _Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore_) is a must-see city landmark. In fact, its towering size means you can't miss it. Filippo Brunelleschi's red-tiled dome is a wonder all on its own, but the architecture is as impressive inside as it is on the outside. Climbing to the top of this stunning cathedral affords great views of the city.
The Duomo in Siena is ideally located in a piazza above the Piazza del Campo, easy to reach on foot and by public transport. This Gothic building houses treasures by the likes of Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo, as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.
Santa Maria Novella is a 15th-century Dominican church in the center of Florence. Built shortly after the first Dominican friars arrived in the city, it showcases some of the greatest art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Marvel at two marble monuments; the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral
The greatest Renaissance art collection with eight rooms dedicated to Caravaggio
Home of priceless masterpieces including Michelangelo's David and much more!
Visit the home of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany
A lush sculpture park with views of Tuscan countryside