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The typical Tuscan landscape most famous in the world is that of plains, gentle hills and ondulations. Vineyards and olives, cottages and small villages, cypress’ silhouettes as an icon of Tuscan countryside. But Tuscany is a region rich of many kinds of realities, connected one to the other which offer wonderful visual experiences, in every season. The cities of Florence and Siena with their surroundings give the visitor a feeling of harmony with nature and elegant beauty.
Tuscany is a region you’ll never finish to discover. (View Images of Tuscany)

Cities

-Florence: details about Florence...

-Siena- Main sights: The Duomo; Piazza del Campo, the main square, venue for famous Palio horse race, it houses the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia; Palazzo Salimbeni; the churches of: Basilica dell'Osservanza, Santa Maria dei Servi, San Domenico, San Francesco, Santo Spirito, San Martino, and the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. (photos of Siena... ). Events: Palio di Siena.
Main centers in the surroundings: Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, San Gimignano, Volterra, Certaldo, Colle Val d' Elsa, the main wine roads in the area.

-Chianti area- Main centers: Radda in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Montespertoli; wine roads in the area. ( photos of Chianti area).

-Pisa- Main sights: Piazza del Duomo, generally called Piazza dei Miracoli -- chief monumental complex in Pisa; Torre pendente; Church of San Zeno, probably dated 1000, built by the Benedictines; Bagni di Nerone (Nerones Baths ) are attributed to Roman ruins of ancient thermal baths; church of San Francesco dates back to 1211; Cairoli Square; Piazza dei Priori. ( photos of Pisa).
Day trips from Pisa.
In the surroundings: San Miniato, the Town of White Truffle.

-Lucca- Main sights: the walls encircling the historic city, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Michele, Duomo di San Martino, The Ducal Palace, The ancient Roman amphitheatre, Church of San Michele in Foro, Basilica di San Frediano, Torre delle ore, Museo Nazionale Guinigi.

-Arezzo- Main sights: the Piazza Grande, the Palace of the Lay Fraternity, Episcopal Palace, Vasari Loggia, Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolari, Cathedral of Saint Donatus and churches of: San Domenico, Santa Maria della Pieve, and Basilica of San Francesco.
In the surroundings: The nearby city of Cortona still has most of the Etruscan city wall dating to IV- V century B. C. which runs lengthways for about 3 kilometers.

-Argentario- Main centers: Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole, and Orbetello. Argentario is a peninsula in the Southern Tuscany, linked to the mainland by three dams which form two lagoons. Major centers of Argentario are. ( photos of Argentario).

Natural sights

Tuscany is not only hills and the typical Tuscan landscape famous in the world, but also mountains (Appenines chain), covered with centuries old woods and forests, a fine example is the area of Mount Amiata.
The Tuscan sea: the Versilia resorts (most famous is Viareggio) are among the most appreciated in Italy; the islands of archipelago famous for their fairytale landscape. Mount Argentario, known also simply as Argentario, a peninsula in the Southern Tuscany, linked to the mainland by three dams which form two lagoons. But Tuscany is much more...

Cultural, Gastronomic and more...

Architecture itineraries: numerous testimonies of Medieval castles and extremely ancient churches, Nobles's houses and examples of architectural organisation for the urban setting.
Art and artisan itineraries: until the 1400s there was no distinction made between the artist and the artisan, sculpture and architecture were detached from the artisan sphere. Even today the Tuscan artisans are among the most famous in the world for the manufacturing of valued goods: the jewels, the fabrics, the leather and all the other refined objects which reach the luxury markets throughout the world. Shopping is allowed in many craft-based factories provided of related factory-outlet.












 
 
 
 

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