Northwestern Tuscany attractions

Top Choice Tower in Pisa

Leaning Tower

One of Italy's signature sights, the Torre Pendente truly lives up to its name, leaning a startling 5.5 degrees off the vertical. The 58m-high tower, officially the Duomo's campanile (bell tower), took almost 200 ye…
Top Choice Cathedral in Pisa

Duomo

Pisa's magnificent Romanesque Duomo was begun in 1064 and consecrated in 1118. Its striking tiered exterior, with cladding of green-and-cream marble bands, gives onto a vast columned interior capped by a gold wooden…
Top Choice Cathedral in Lucca

Cattedrale di San Martino

Lucca's predominantly Romanesque cathedral dates from the 11th century. Its stunning facade was constructed in the prevailing Lucca-Pisan style and designed to accommodate the pre-existing campanile (bell tower). Th…
Top Choice Walls in Lucca

City Wall

Lucca’s monumental mura (wall) was built around the old city in the 16th and 17th centuries and remains in almost perfect condition. It superseded two previous walls, the first built from travertine stone blocks in …
Top Choice Palace in Lucca

Palazzo Pfanner

Fire the romantic in you with a stroll around this beautiful 17th-century palace where parts of Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich, were shot. Its baroque-styled garden – the only o…
Top Choice Museum in Pistoia

Museo dell'Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi

The bishops' palace, wedged next to the cathedral, provides a fascinating tour of Pistoia's urban history, ranging from touchable scale models of architectural gems such as the cathedral and the baptistry on the 1st…
Top Choice Christian Site in Pisa

Battistero

Pisa's unusual round baptistery has one dome piled on top of another, each roofed half in lead, half in tiles, and topped by a gilt bronze John the Baptist (1395). Construction began in 1152, but it was remodelled a…
Top Choice Cathedral in Pistoia

Cattedrale di San Zeno

This cathedral with beautiful Pisan-Romanesque facade safeguards a lunette of the Madonna and Child between two angels by Andrea della Robbia. Its other highlight, in the gated Cappella di San Jacopo off the north a…
Top Choice Tower in Lucca

Torre Guinigi

The bird's-eye view from the top of this medieval, 45m-tall red-brick tower adjoining 14th-century Palazzo Guinigi is predictably magnificent. But what impresses even more are the seven oak trees planted in a U-shap…
Top Choice Chapel in Pistoia

Cappella del Tau

Adjoining the Museo Marino Marini is this tiny 14th-century chapel, frescoed Gothic-style from top to bottom by the School of Giotto and a dramatic guardian to Marino Marini's monumental equestrian sculpture The Mir…