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What you need to know about Tuscany and Florence


The home of the Italian Renaissance

Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in Italy. From being the home of the Italian Renaissance, to the birth place of Italian language, dipped in its fascinating hills, there is much to discover about this region. Each city and village have something unique to offer and cannot be missed.
From the capital, Florence, land of cathedrals, churches and museums crammed full of Renaissance art; to the nearby and less-crowded Siena, a little jewel to discover, without forgetting Pisa, with the world most famous leaning tower. But it is challenging not to fall in love with also the nearby Volterra, one of the most charming walled Tuscan towns. Best-known for its Etruscan and Roman remains, extraordinary medieval ramparts and alabaster artefacts. 
Despite the stunning locations, most people associate hiking in Tuscany with gentle walks in the Chianti hills. As a matter of fact, wine is very much part of Tuscany’s cultural identity with the Chianti Classico, which is one of the best-known wines of the region and in the south of the region, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino that are icons of the wine world. As if art-filled cities, glorious countryside and mountains weren’t enough, Tuscany is also blessed with beautiful beaches and coasts.
All the region is packed with beautiful sceneries, historical architecture and luscious vineyards which make the travel an all-round experience focused in only one region.
The main towns and cities in Tuscany include: Florence, Pisa, Siena, Grosseto, Arezzo which all deserve at least one day to visit, in addition to the smaller hilltowns like San Gimignano, Cortona and Volterra also vying for attention. But don’t let art distract visitors from the landscape: the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, the Carrara marble quarries north of Lucca, or the wild Maremma coastal strip are all must-sees. With this embarrassment of riches, it is difficult not to fall under the spell of Tuscany, not surprisingly one of the most visited cities in Italy.
All this is Tuscany: walking through the beauty of Florence, sipping a good glass of wine in the Chianti Valleys, enjoying the famous Palio in Siena, taking a fun picture in front of the towel of Pisa, visiting Lucca, Arezzo, Volterra or Cortona and pretending to be in another age, passing through the alleys and admiring the shops. This is only a small part of what makes the region so special, a taste of Italy that tourists can have the luck to visit.

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Florence is an Italy’s architecturally stunning Renaissance jewel. A City full of history and culture when you can breathe the essence of the dolce vita in every street, stone and statue. A real open-air museum which offers some of the world’s top art galleries and art masterpieces.

As the capital of Tuscany, is mainly visited for its history, fashion boutiques, its tasty Florentine cuisine, and for living unforgettable experiences like watching the sunset over the Ponte Vecchio or admiring unique Renaissance artworks, like the sculpture of David.

As a matter of fact, this small cultural metropolis represents the birth place of the Renaissance and attract millions of tourists every year.

When you think about Florence, the main things that probably come to mind – and with good reason – are surely: Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Borghese, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, as well as, Santa Maria Del Fiore Cathedral, Santa Croce Basilica and Santa Maria Novella; all reachable with a few minutes-walk. It is hard to believe that one person can absorb so many masterpieces in only one day, but this is Florence, where everything is at your fingertips.

As part of the so-called Italy’s “Holy Trinity”, Florence is a must-seen destination with a compact historic centre still big enough to allow tourist to spread out and enjoy the small alleys, a place which leaves certainly very few reasons to be bored. With a reputation for arts, history, good food and good people, Florence doesn’t require as much work in order to fall in love with it.