Michelangelo painting in the Uffizi. Photo by Jessica Spiegel.

Saving Time With a Skip-the-Line Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Some museums can be visited without a guide or tour, and others are almost not worth it if you don’t have someone on hand to explain what you’re seeing. The enormous Uffizi Gallery in Florence is in the latter category.

Beyond having someone to point out what’s important (and why), however, the other reason to book a tour to the Uffizi is the sheer number of people who visit the museum in a given day; the line outside the entrance is often several hours long. So you’ll do yourself a favor by booking a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery .

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May 4, 2016 by
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Complete Guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tuscany

Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world — a total of 51. Of all the regions in Italy, Tuscany has the most UNESCO sites, with the seventh site added in 2013. Here’s a complete guide to Tuscany’s seven UNESCO sites.

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February 16, 2016 by
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How to Hike the Cinque Terre Trails on a Day Trip From Florence

Cinque Terre trail in one of the towns

A hiking trip in the Cinque Terre is one of the most popular outdoor things to do in Italy, but if you don’t plan to stay overnight in one of the five little Ligurian villages it may seem as if the hike is out of the question. You can, however, make a day trip of the Cinque Terre hike from Florence, if you’re well-organized and prepared for a long day.

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February 8, 2016 by
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Winter Desserts in Florence (When It’s Too Cold for Gelato)

Spicy panpepato in a pastry shop window

Gelato is one of the best things you can eat in Italy, and by many accounts it’s best in Florence. During the winter, however, you may not want to dig into a frozen treat. Here are some winter desserts to choose from in Florence.

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January 6, 2016 by
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Getting Out of Florence: Taking the Bus in Tuscany

Coach-style buses take passengers all over Tuscany

When you’re ready to take a day trip outside Florence to explore Tuscany further, you have a few options for getting around. The easiest is usually the train, but there are plenty of places in the region that don’t have train stations. That’s when it’s time to consider taking the bus in Tuscany.

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December 2, 2015 by
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Olive Oil Festivals in Tuscany

Different olive oils have different colors and flavors

Most people — and certainly all food-loving travelers — are familiar with the idea of sampling wine while visiting Tuscany, especially if you’re lucky enough to go during wine festival season in the fall. But there’s another big crop being harvested in the autumn in Tuscany, and it’s got its own slate of festivals: olive oil.

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November 4, 2015 by
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Wine Tasting in the Val d’Orcia

Vineyards on the hills of the Val d'Orcia region

The UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia region in Italy is exceptionally beautiful and worth visiting for lots of reasons – not least is to go wine tasting to sample some of those famous Tuscan wines.

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October 7, 2015 by
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Chapel of the Princes in Basilica di San Lorenzo

The Chapel of the Princes is inside that dome in the Basilica di San Lorenzo

Inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are one of the main attractions. Most of the focus is usually on the New Sacristy, where Michelangelo sculptures sit atop Medici tombs, but the Chapel of the Princes is another part of the Medici Chapels – and it’s far flashier.

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September 9, 2015 by
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How to Go Hiking in Tuscany

The Chapel of the Princes is inside that dome in the Basilica di San Lorenzo

There are few better ways to spend a nice day in the Tuscan countryside than by hiking over its hills and through its vineyards. There are plenty of places to hike, but when you don’t know the area well it’s always a good idea to join an organized hiking tour.

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September 2, 2015 by
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Picturesque Piazzas in Florence

Florence's multi-colored Duomo & Baptistery in the Piazza del Duomo

Florence is pretty as a picture, and nearly everywhere you turn there’s something photogenic. Public squares in the city abound, but here are some of Florence’s most picturesque piazzas.

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August 19, 2015 by
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