Tuscany in central Italy and is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces where are situated museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered “a nation within a nation”.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Here you can spot the origin of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino wines. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands.
Start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Lucca and village of Castiglione della Pescaia are all striking. And don’t forget to visit vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.