by Michelle Jackson
Few places evoke beauty with such authenticity as Tuscany. Even the word Tuscany implies a magical place that will transport you to an untouchable world. Land of Eutruscan origin, Tuscany stretches from the Apennines to the west coast of Italy, passing through the beautiful cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa.
Here you will find all the ingredients to fill the senses in abundance, with art for the eyes, food for the lips and wine for the soul. For many it is the epitome of the perfect italian vacation destination.
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Visit Tuscany – The Heart of Authentic Italy
The renaissance of Europe flourished in this region from the 14th century. With Florence at its epicenter, the best of the Italian Renaissance can be slowly savored in a relaxing way once you know how to avoid the crowds and avoid the queues with trained guides who know every inch of this region’s capital. For centuries, powerful families such as the Medici have competed to build the most spectacular architecture and create the finest works of art in this magnificent city. They harvested the best artisans and brains, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Boticcelli and Michelangelo Buonarotti who sculpted the heart of Florence during their tenure, leaving Italy as one of the richest places in the world to enjoy art. .
With so much to see and do in Tuscany, Florence is where art lovers can soak up works such as Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus hanging on the gallery walls. of the Uffizi. The imposing figure of Michelangelo’s David can be seen in the Galleria dell ‘Accademia but an equally impressive copy can be found in Piazza Vecchio. The Duomo is just one of the many great buildings to savor in Florence. The Basilica of Santa Croce and too many churches to mention will be on your doorstep on a trip to Florence, making your day a walk through a living museum. Crossing the serpentine of the Arno, Ponte Vecchio, built in 1354 and once filled with butcher shops, will leave you trapped in time with wonderful jewelry stores to buy souvenirs.
For your guided holidays in Tuscanyyour base in Montecatini is perfectly perched between Florence and Pisa. It has the added advantage of being the largest spa town in Italy, with spring waters offering medicinal treatments. A full day can be devoted to leisure time enjoying the chic boutiques and the suave downtown area that woo Ferrari lovers. During the Belle Epoque of the 1800s, the city had musical guests such as Verdi, Puccini and Strauss. The sculptures you’ll see all over the place pay homage to the waters that flow through this picturesque town.
A golden trip through Tuscany must include Siena, which has its own authentic flair with the remarkable sloping square and the signature Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo. Here, wealthy Florentine families have branched out to invest in a new style to rival Florence. Twice a year the city explodes in a procession of colors with the spectacle of the Palio di Siena, a festival that ends with a horse race between competing regions of the city that takes place in Piazza del Campo. The Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most remarkable examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture in Europe. The best way to enjoy Siena is probably to take a slow stroll and soak up the charm and atmosphere of this medieval town with an ice cream in hand.
Tuscany, like much of Italy, is home to delicious cuisine and is home to some of the world’s most famous extra virgin olive oils. Expect to find bread in many local dishes such as the Lampredotto sandwich which is made from the fourth stomach of the cow cooked in broth, which may not sound appetizing, but it is the Florentine signature dish and the symbol. for their love of offal. Panzanella is a hearty salad dripping with olive oil, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, making clever use of day-old bread.
From Siena, visit the town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its beautiful towers. Do not leave without tasting the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from the grapes born from these hills. A drive to one of the towns of Tuscany is a joy in itself with natural beauty where nature has designed its own artistic palace. Patterns form in the rows of finely tended olive groves and vineyards that produce the Chianti that this region is famous for. The landscape is dotted with so many historic castles that it’s no wonder they appear on Chianti wine labels. The purest of pleasures is to soak up the beautiful hills and elegant cypress trees while sipping a glass of wine.
The Renaissance may be prescribed to history, but in Tuscany it is very much alive and the treasure of this golden age of human achievement is just waiting to be explored, drunk and feasted.
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