Depending on your interests in history, art or sculpture - Tuscany has it all, spanning across time, styles and periods.
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Below, a list of the top museums in Tuscany that you should not miss!
Must-sees during your visit to San Gimignano are the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa, the tallest tower in the city from which you can enjoy a unique 360° view over all of San Gimignano. If you have time, also visit the Archeological Museum where the second floor houses the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, a mix of the ancient past and more relatively recent past.
The Accademia Gallery museum houses the David, Michelangelo's most famous sculpture. Gaze in admiration but don't forget to admire the other works by Michelangelo and other artists in the famous museum, including works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Allori.
Siena's Gothic cathedral is full of treasures, including its marble pavement, Piccolomini library frescoes and incredibly ornate interiors. We highly recommend a visit into this wonder of Siena's past!
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No matter how short your visit in San Gimignano might be, you must visit the cathedral to admire the marvelous cycle of frescoes that recount stories from the New and Old Testaments painted by illustrious artists of the 14th-century Sienese school and the extraordinary Renaissance jewel, the Chapel of Santa Fina. Then head to the Museum of Sacred Art next door to admire the exquisite "Madonna of the Rose"
Primarily a sculpture museum, you'll be treated to early Michelangelo marbles and Giambolognabronzes and Cellini works then on to a room full of famous works by Donatello, considered by many the greatest sculptor since antiquity. The museum houses more than sculpture, it is definitely a museum worth exploring!
The Pitti Palace houses important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain, silver and period costumes. The rooms contain works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others. The beautiful Boboli Gardens, grand example of Italian Renaissance gardens, are on the hill behind the palace.
Get your fix of art, culture and history for free on the first Sunday of the month, when Italian State museums open their doors to everyone! Here's the list of State museums across all of Tuscany, to be used on those first Sundays as well as the rest of the month (with opening hours).