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Museums & More Unmissable Sights

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Best Open-Air Museums in Tuscany & Umbria

Italy is a country of art — visit any museum from Turin to Palermo and you are bound to find some of the greatest masterpieces of all time. Italy is also a country of naturalistic wonders — undulating hills lined with olive groves and vineyards, rocky cliffs and quiet coves on the Medietterranean Sea, and emerald lakes at the foothills of the Alps. Take a closer look at the link between nature and art: we’ve collected a list of our favourite open-air museums and art gardens where you can spend the day enjoying the best of both worlds.

Walking Tour of Florence

There is no better way to discover a city if not by foot. On this walking tour of Florence, we suggest an itinerary off the beaten path surrounding the theme of love. Enjoy a romantic day with your dear ones, or simply experience the city through another lense. Our curated Itinerary: Love & Lust, will reveal the romantic, as well as the more mundane and mschievous side of the city.

One Day in Pisa: An Insider’s Guide Beyond the Leaning Tower

Pisa — the first thing that comes to mind is the Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. While no trip to Pisa is complete without a visit to these two historical attractions, this city along the river Arno, has many other hidden gems worth a visit. From our favourite month to visit, to the best places to enjoy an aperitif or meal, our insider's guide will help you plunge yourself into the spirit of this radiant Italian city.

The Sights of Siena’s Campo

“Il Campo” is one of Italy’s most beautiful squares. Students, schoolchildren, picnickers, tourists and Sienese relax in its burnt-sienna glow, as Gothic shadows move slowly across the paving stones. The Campo is also the epicentre of this city's sights: art, architecture and more.

5 Hidden Art Exhibits in Tuscany

In Tuscany, even the not-so-famous artworks are masterpieces in their own right. Here, Dr. David Saunders from the British Museum picks five of his personal, less-known favourites from five Tuscan cities: Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia and Siena.

Get the Best from the Uffizi Gallery

Everything you have heard about the Uffizi is true: this Florence museum is the planet’s greatest collection of Renaissance art. There’s so much inside, it’s impossible to see everything on a single trip. Fancy some insider knowledge before you go, including how to skip the epic line outside?

Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tuscany

Gary Arndt has visited over 330 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on travels that have taken him all over the world. In an interview with TN&M, he selects his favourites from among Tuscany's seven sites, and explains what he loves best about them.

Visiting the Medici Villas

Like all self-respecting Renaissance bigwigs, Florence’s Medici family kept a place or two in the country. Being the Medici, however, they built more and grander villas than anyone else. Our short guide covers the best of them — including some grisly history.

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