Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is the fifth largest region of Italy with a total area of about 23,000 square kilometers and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence.
The birthplace of Renaissance
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, artistic heritage, traditions and stand-out cities which all makes it an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. The region is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Everywhere throughout the area you will find ancient chapels, hilltop castles, museums and palaces. You will find the abundance of exquisite architecture and natural beauty in Tuscany.
The region is one of Italy’s best wine-producing areas with Chianti and Montepulciano among its famous products. Wine production here is excellent for both variety and quality. Tuscany produces the finest wines in Italy including Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and many more.
The region was a center for the arts and learning. It was here that the Tuscan spoken language became the literary language of Italy after Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio used it instead of the traditional Latin. The schools of architecture, sculpture and painting developed here from the 11th century.
Tuscany offers a wide array of coastal experiences to every taste such as beaches, different coves for diving and spectacular nature for relaxing. The Etruscan coast is popular for its mild climate, clean sea, vast stretches of natural coast and well equipped bathing facilities.
Tuscany hosts numerous localities many oа which are also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Famous all over the world, the ancient Signoria dei Medici is the preeminent cradle of culture and art. It is a real museum under the sky containing countless monuments including the Duomo with Giotto’s Bell Tower, Santa Maria Novella and the Uffizi Gallery with all its unique masterpieces.
Location: Central Italy
Capital of the region: Florence
Sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Siena Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria
Cuisine: You should try: affettati misti, crostini di fegato, ribollita, Papa al pomodoro
Hotels: Portrait Firenze, Villa Cora, The St. Regis Florence
Shopping: There are lots of artisan shops in the area, just stick to larger towns and cities