Tuscany: the heart and soul of Italy where the five senses are piqued
Tuscany was essentially the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and its artistic heritage includes architecture, painting and sculpture, collected in dozens of museums, the best-known of which is the Uffizi in Florence.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence (the Region Capital) – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism
The most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches and beautiful abbeys. Tuscany is also quite well known for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, and Brunello di Montalcino) and has 120 protected regions (nature reserves).
Considering that Tuscany is full of wonderful hidden gems, it’s not easy to pick just a few places up; beside Florence, Siena, Arezzo, these fascinating hamlets are only a very small sample on what to expect: Val d’Orcia, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Cortona and Monteriggioni (the wedding cake).