Tuscany is the northernmost region of central Italy. It is bordered by Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Umbria, Lazio and by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east.
Florence is the Region Capital, while the other provinces are Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia and Siena.
Tuscany is often defined as “an epitome of Italy”. In fact, it recalls very well Italian lifestyle: art, history, nature, scenery, good wine and good food, seaside and holidays, mountains and forests, and, furthermore, Italian language spoken at its very best.
Each Tuscan city is famous for “something” that makes it unique.
Florence is one of the most visited cities by tourists from all around the world, it is a UNESCO site and it’s considered the cradle of the Renaissance. It is concentrate of art: the Duomo, Santa Croce Church, Uffizi museum, house of the Birth of Venus and Primavera by Botticelli, the Accademia Gallery, house of Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti are just some of the well-known symbols of Florence in the world.
Pisa is the city of the Leaning Tower and Miracle Square (named by Gabriele D’Annunzio). Starting from Pisa you can reach Volterra, famous for alabaster and the Guarnacci Museum, which houses one of the best collections of Etruscan manufacts in Italy.
The beautiful Siena, with its brick buildings, which heart is Piazza del Campo, dominated by Torre del Mangia. Siena is diveded into 17 districts (contrade) that compete twice a year in the famous Palio.
San Gimignano, it’s a medieval village considered a UNESCO World Heritage’s site.
Pienza was “invented” by Pope Pius II and it’s considered the finest example of rational urban design of the Renaissance.
Grosseto is the city of the Argentario, with the well-known villages Porto Ercole and Porto S. Stefano, very appreciated by Hollywood stars, and Capalbio, Ansedonia and Orbetello with its spectacular lagoon, that is part of a natural reserve.
From Arezzo, birthplace of the painter Giorgio Vasari and house of many of its works, is easy to reach the charming Cortona, built by the Etruscans, which today is a very active cultural center.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN TUSCANY
Historic Centre of Florence
Pisa: Piazza del Duomo
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Siena)
Historic Centre of Siena
Historic Centre of Pienza (Siena)
Val d’Orcia (Siena)
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
ART TOWNS IN TUSCANY
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF ITALY IN TUSCANY
In the Province of Arezzo:
In the Province of Grosseto:
In the Province of Lucca:
Castiglione di Garfagnana
In the Province of Siena:
San Casciano dei Bagni
In other provinces:
Montescudaio – in the Province of Pisa
Scarperia e San Pietro – in the Province of Florence
Suvereto – in the Province of Livorno
FAI PROPERTIES IN TUSCANY
Palazzo e Torre Campatelli (San Gimignano – SI – 2005)
Teatrino di Vetriano (Pescaglia – LU – 1997)
WHO’S WHO IN TUSCANY
Tuscany is the birthplace of many famous people, who have excelled in particular in the arts and culture. These include some of the greatest minds of all time: Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti. And then Decameron’s author Giovanni Boccaccio, politician and writer Nicolò Machiavelli, tutor of the Medici family Angelo Poliziano
– Poet Giosuè Carducci, Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio’s author
– Painters Giotto, Botticelli, Simone Martini, Donatello, Cimabue, Beato Angelico, Giorgio Vasari, Amedeo Modigliani
– The architect of the dome of the Florence Cathedral Filippo Brunelleschi
– The composer of Tosca and Turandot Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni, composer of the masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana
– The father of modern science, Galileo Galilei
– Explorers Giovanni da Verrazzano and Amerigo Vespucci
– The statesman Lorenzo de’ Medici – known as “the Magnificent” – who was a writer, patron and Lord of Florence and embodied the Renaissance man,
– astrophysics Margherita Hack
– actors and directors Giorgio Albertazzi, Roberto Benigni, Laura Morante;
– journalists Indro Montanelli and Oriana Fallaci,
– designer Enzo Mari and architect Andrea Branzi
– singers Andrea Bocelli, Gianna Nannini, Irene Grandi and Toto Cutugno
– road cyclist Gino Bartali, gymnast Juri Chechi
– Queen Paola of Belgium
– fashion designers Guccio Gucci and Roberto Cavalli