Travellers from all over the world come to Tuscany to visit its museums, admire the priceless works of art, learn more about the region’s cultural heritage and its mark in world’s history.
If you don’t know where to start, check out this primer of ours, which includes options for all ages. It may come in handy on a rainy day!
Not really into stuffy museums? We’ve got you covered too.
6 Must-see famous museums in Tuscany
- The Uffizi gallery, Florence. Arguably one of the most famous museums in the entire world, it houses some of the most important works of art of the Renaissance period, including paintings and sculptures from Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and Leonardo da Vinci. Explore it with one of our licensed tour guides on a private Uffizi tour.
- The Accademia gallery, Florence. Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of the most famous sculpture ever produced, can be admired here.
- The Duomo in Florence. A triumph of green, rose and carrara marble, Florence cathedral is a sight not to miss. A museum ticket includes a visit to the church’s dome, from which you can admire Florence from above.
- The Duomo and leaning tower in Pisa. Only 1-hour by train from Florence, the picturesque town of Pisa is home to one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the leaning tower, originally meant as the bell tower for the nearby cathedral. The museum ticket includes access to the cathedral, the baptistery, and the tower itself as well as a museum containing the cathedral’s riches.
- The Cathedral in Siena. An intricate, stripe design of black and white marble, makes this cathedral a one-of-a-kind. Pair a visit to Siena with one of nearby San Gimignano on our private guided tour.
- Museo civico in Siena. Those interested in medieval history should not skip a visit to the Sala del Nove frescoes, housed in the beautiful Palazzo del Popolo. Illustrating the effects of a bad and a good government, the frescoes are an incredible testimony of daily life in the middle ages.
7 Museums for families
- Art museum for children, Siena. Part of the Santa Maria della Scala museum, it organizes daily activities and tours specifically designed for children and teens.
- Paleontological museum, Montevarchi. Can you imagine that eons ago the region around Florence used to be a savanna, with animals such as elephants, hippos and tigers running around? This museum in the town of Montevarchi is proof of this, with plenty of fossils, skeletons and more, which will keep your kiddos entertained for hours.
- Museum of Natural History, Geology and Paleontology section, Florence. Similarly to the Montevarchi museum, this section of the Natural History Museum in Florence abounds with testimonies of prehistoric life.
- Little Museum of the Diary, Pieve Santo Stefano. A big, interactive installation will let you listen to the stories of Italians that kept diaries. A fascinating insight into life during and before the 20th-century wars.
- Museum of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. What used to be the town hall and later the palace of the Medici ducal family is, of course, full of history and delights for the little ones. Daily tours and activities for children will liven up your visit.
- The Leonardo da Vinci museum, Vinci. His genius is still admired today – he created incredible machines and imagined a life beyond the limits of the Renaissance period. A museum in his native town of Vinci celebrates its life and showcases his most brilliant works.
- The Stibbert museum, Florence. Armouries and medieval galore at this less-known museum in what used to be the private residence of a middle ages enthusiast. His collection of medieval items is one of the biggest ones in Europe.
8 Museums for wine and food lovers
In a region with so many successful exports, it comes as no surprise that there are so many museums dedicated to wine, along with vineyards open for visits.
- Chianti Wine museum, Greve in Chianti
- Wine museum, Rufina
- Vernaccia Wine museum, San Gimignano
- Museo della vite del vino, Montespertoli
- Wine museum, Carmignano
- Sensory and Multimedia Wine Museum of Bolgheri and of Tuscany’s Coast
- Wine museum, Scansano
And of course, where there’s good wine there’s good food:
3 Museums for science-enthusiasts
- Galileo museum, Florence. The extraordinary astronomer from Pisa is here celebrated, with a showcase of historical scientific instruments from the Medici regency
- Natural history museum, Calci (Pisa). Skeletons, taxidermy and specimens, all in the enchanting setting of the Calci certosa, a beautiful historical building just outside of Pisa.
- La Specola museum, Florence. Thirty-four rooms subdivided into zoological and wax models sectors, this peculiar museum isn’t for the fainthearted.
3 Museums for fashionistas
- Ferragamo museum, Florence. An iconic brand, designer to the stars (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn just to name a few), has an interesting museum with temporary exhibitions.
- Textiles museum, Prato. Intertwined with the area’s history, this is the largest Italian center dedicated to the history and art of textiles. In fact, Prato is one of Italy’s centers for textile production, import and export.
- Fashion gallery, Palazzo Pitti museum, Florence. This section of the larger Palazzo Pitti museum includes temporary exhibitions and showcases costumes dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, theatre costumes and accessories.
10 Homes of illustrious Italians
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthplace, Anchiano
- Boccaccio’s House, Certaldo
- Giacomo Puccini’s Birthplace and Museum, Lucca
- Vasari’s Home, Arezzo
- Napoleon’s Summer Home, Elba island
- Giotto’s House, Vespignano
- Machiavelli’s House, Sant’Andrea in Percussina
- Casa Buonarroti – home of Michelangelo, Florence
- Dante’s House, Florence
- Amedeo Modigliani’s Home, Livorno