From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.
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.
There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany. Certainly most should start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa within an hour distance from Florence). Other cities of art are Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant'Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Tasting the culinary tradition of Tuscany Chianti Classico
The Chianti Classico district lies between Florence and Siena, the two cities that fought over it for centuries. It is hilly country, rich in woodlands and dotted with little towns, castles, ancient churches and farmhouses.