Discover Italy - Tuscany and Florence

Discover Italy

Tuscany and Florence

A region of unparalleled beauty, Tuscany has been attracting visitors and artists for centuries. Beautiful landscapes, medieval villages, the warmth of the Tuscan people and the excellence of its wines and cuisine, are the wonders this magnificent region has to offer.
Here you can escape into a timeless way of life and get inspired by art and nature.

Florence

Florence is the Italian capital of culture par excellence. During the Renaissance this city was the place where everything was happening. Geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Donatello all left their indelible footprints here. Even though Florence has a very rich concentration of art, it is a small continuum of piazzas, picturesque streets, and alleys. Florence is not only a paradise for the art-lover; it is a city of fine culinary traditions and an important center for fashion. The best way to explore the city is walking through its streets where you will absorb its beauty and enjoy the gifts it has to offer.

Siena & Chianti

Famous for the "Palio" one of most exciting cultural events in Italy, Siena is a medieval town behind walls that has retained its original charm.
At its center is the scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio. This famous medieval bareback horse race takes place on July 2nd and August 16th. 10 horses are drawn from 17 of the town's contrade (neighborhoods) to take part in the event that sees the winner claim the Palio, an embroidered banner. Siena's Cathedral and the Palazzo Pubblico, together with Piazza del Campo, are the main symbols of the city and two of the purest examples of Italian Gothic architecture.
South of Siena lies the Chianti region with its hills lined with vineyards, outstanding wineries, and cypress trees leading to beautiful farm houses. Since the 1700's the area has drawn tourists, especially from Northern Europe. Visitors are attracted to Chianti not only by its beauty, but by its full-bodied wines and hearty cuisine.

Pisa

During a Tuscan holiday a visit to Pisa is a must. In this historic city you can see the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its celebrated leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the old Cemetery with its magnificent frescos, and the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art built between the 11th and 12th centuries.

Montalcino, Pienza & the Crete Senesi

The highlight of traveling through the Val D'Orcia region is discovering its magnificent medieval towns. Montepulciano is famous for its old red wine tradition "Nobile di Montepulciano". Pienza, a rare example of a Renaissance town, is famous for its cheese. Montalcino, notable for its old fortress, is the home of the world famous Brunello red wine.
Not far from Montalcino, the mystic atmosphere of the Middle Ages can be found in the Monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the church of Sant'Antimo.

San Gimignano

Situated on a hilltop, this small walled town once hosted 70 towers, symbols of status, power and prosperity.   Only 15 remain today. In addition to a breathtaking skyline, Italy's best-preserved medieval town offers other art treasures. They include the Duomo, one of the most comprehensively frescoed churches in Tuscany. During the month of August, the city hosts the San Gimignano Opera Festival with incredible performances of Italian Opera classics such as Verdi and Puccini.

 
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