What more can we ask for in a region such as Tuscany in Italy? It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Located here, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace are world famous museums. It is the originator of the Chianti wine, a universally acclaimed product of the Tuscany region. Leonardo da Vinci was born here and became famous as the ‘Universal Genius.’ Its legacy in art, history, traditions, natural landscapes and scintillating coast line is found nowhere else in the world.
The region boasts quaint towns led by Florence and Fiesole, Pisa, Arezzo and Siena. A visit to these five towns gives you glimpse of Tuscany at its best.
While Florence is Tuscany’s largest city showcasing stupendous art collections, frescoes and sculptures, Fiesole encapsulates the soul of Tuscany in its location on the Tuscan Hills. Besides Florence, Siena and Arezzo epitomize the beauty of classical architecture – the pride of Italy. Pisa is an entry in any tourist’s itinerary simply because of the imposing presence of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Lest you think that Tuscany is only about Renaissance, art and sculpture, you should not miss the other great traditions in Tuscany especially the phenomenal cuisine comprising Ribollita, bruschetta, pasta, and of course the pizza and gelato. No visit to Tuscany is complete without making a pilgrimage to the land which produces Chianti, a wine famous since 1716 although it probably first appeared in the 13th century.
Tuscany is a haven for sea farers and lovers of the countryside as it effortlessly melds the innumerable hills and valleys with a magnificent coastline.
To cap it, Tuscany holds 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Florence, the Cradle of Renaissance
- The Piazza dei Miracoli, the site of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- The medieval towers of San Gimignano
- The historical center of Siena
- Pienza – the ideal city for man or the ideal city of the Renaissance
- The Orcia Valley in Valdorcia
- The Medici Villas and Gardens comprising 12 villas and 2 gardens
Your visit to Tuscany region can end with the ritual of souvenir hunting as the region offers some wonderful shopping experiences wherever you go.
One thing is clear when you visit Tuscany.
There is a lot to learn about the land, history, culture, food, wine and people.
No wonder the region attracts tourists by the millions from all over the world.