Tuscany is a region in central Italy that stretches along the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea from La Spezia to Orbetello in the south. Tuscany Italy is famous for its Medieval villages, hilltop walled towns and impressive castles plus all the delicious wine that originates from the region. It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and famous for the ancient feudal city states of Lucca, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Arezzo. Tuscany's wines are world renown Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Tuscany Italy is about a landscape that is dotted with the silver leaves of the olive tree and rustic farmhouses surrounded by acres upon acres of grape vineyards. Within Tuscany are the regions of Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi where the light seems to strike the Tuscan landscape with a sense of living in another world.

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Geography of Tuscany Vacations

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is a region situated in central Italy that borders the regions of Umbria, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Liguria. Tuscany extends from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Tuscany, Italy consists of ten provinces: Massa Carrara, Arezzo, Livorno, Prato, Grosseto, Lucca, Pistoia, Siena, Pisa and Florence, Tuscany’s capital. Siena, Pisa and Florence have been deemed the region’s “art cities” because of their breathtaking architecture, stunning museums and galleries filled with beautiful and unique works of art. Florence is also one of the most loved and most visited cities in the world, attracting more than ten million tourists to a vacation in Tuscany every year. Many of these people stay in Tuscany accommodations during their visit, including villas, farmhouses, apartment rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Visitors may even find a guest spa in the midst of a Tuscany accommodation. Florence, which has been voted a World Heritage Site by the United States Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, had almost two million visitors in 2007 and was declared the forty-sixth most visited city in the world. Located between Siena and Florence is the Chianti district, which is world-famous for its wine. Chianti is also a popular area where British and American expatriates have traveled to over the years. Quite a few renowned authors and poets are from Tuscany, Italy, including Dante Alighieri, who is well-known for The Divine Comedy; and Petrarch, who is remembered for his poetry, especially the Trionfi, or Triumphs in English, and the Canzoniere, or Songbook in English.

History and Culture of Tuscany Vacations

The region of Tuscany, Italy is recognized for its art, which can be displayed through its architecture and make Tuscany Italy so enjoyable. Some of the region’s architecture includes its historical churches, picturesque castles and renowned museums. The Signoria dei Medici, Tuscany’s center of art and culture, is a favorite place for locals and nonlocals to see. This museum encompasses a number of famous monuments, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Santa Maria Novella, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza del Duomo, which contains Galileo Galilei’s Bell Tower. The Bell Tower is more commonly known throughout the world as “the leaning tower of Pisa.” Galilei wanted to test the forces of gravity with his creation of the bell tower by building two hundred and ninety-four steps to the top of this tilted masterpiece. Tuscany, Italy is also known its fourteenth century monastery located in Florence: the Certosa di Galluzzo. The Certosa is completely inhibited by monks and can only be visited by a guide. Book your next vacation in Tuscany and you will be able to experience all of the historical and artistic sites that the region has to offer.