Tuscany is a treasure trove of architecture, history and culture unique in the world: it is rich in cities of art and small picturesque villages with an immense cultural heritage, but it is also extraordinary for its views, made up of wonderful countryside and rolling hills. Add to all this its magnificent islands and splendid coasts, its protected parks, the outdoor thermal waters that flow naturally warm in a wonderful landscape context and, last but not least, its cuisine, simple and with genuine flavors, and its wines, among the best in the world.
Begin from Florence, cradle of the Renaissance and of the Italian language, a real open-air museum that houses works of inestimable value. Continue on to Siena, one of the most fascinating medieval cities in Italy, known throughout the world for its historic Palio, to arrive in Pisa and its treasures of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. But Tuscany is infinite and has many treasures to discover. Go to San Gimignano which will surprise you with its high towers and suggestive alleys, a small jewel that keeps the medieval atmosphere intact. Discover the Val d’Orcia, wide and characterized by sinuous slopes dotted with cypresses and vineyards, the ideal place to immerse yourself in beauty. Visit Montalcino and Montepulciano, two wonderful villages famous for the wines that bear their name and for the architectural and cultural beauties they host. Admire the small villages and solitary abbeys of Chianti, relax and dedicate yourself to good food and good wine.
Do not miss the Maremma between wild countryside, spas, beaches and Etruscan testimonies, the Garfagnana near the Apuan Alps, between medieval fortresses and characteristic villages, the greenest and most unspoiled area of Tuscany, the Gulf of Baratti on the coastal stretch between Livorno and Grosseto, surrounded by a pine forest of unspoiled nature, with wonderful beaches and last but not least, the Island of Elba, enchanting beaches and crystal clear sea, which together with the other islands of the Tuscan Archipelago is a must for sea lovers . Trek along wonderful paths, from the Apuan Alps to the Maremma Park, from Garfagnana to Casentino, retrace the historic Via Francigena, among monasteries, panoramic views and picturesque villages and discover the Archaeological-Mining Park of San Silvestro, and then go on the trail of the quarrymen along the Marble Trail, in the Apuan Alps. Along the Tuscan coast you can practice sailing, diving or surfing, or rafting along the Arno and the course of the Serchia, in the province of Lucca, while, for even more adrenaline, you can embark on exciting hydrospeed descents along the Lima river, on the Pistoia Apennines and Bagni di Lucca, in the Garfagnana. Tuscany is also a very popular region for golfers: green enthusiasts find exciting courses in the countryside, near Florence, Prato, Pisa and Montecatini, but also on the coast, in Punta Ala, in Maremma, on the Argentario and in Versilia.
Tuscany is the destination par excellence for all lovers of food and good wine. Follow the wine and food routes of the Wine Roads, which wind throughout the region, from the Florentine Hills to Chianti passing through the Etruscan Coast. Along the way, stop for tastings in the farmhouses and cellars. Moreover, everywhere in the region, you can discover the tasty Tuscan cuisine and its traditional recipes by participating in cooking classes, because Tuscany boasts a strong culinary tradition made up of simple recipes and genuine flavors with many different specialties from area to area: every corner of the Tuscany is a gastronomic surprise! Taste the most famous Tuscan street food, the lampredotto, the porchetta sandwich, the scagliozzi, the cecina, the brigidini and in addition to the wine, the Negroni cocktail, born in Florence, in the historic Giacosa bar.
Enter the historic artisan shops of the region to buy entirely handmade products, such as Florentine leather, alabaster objects from Volterra, Casentino wool, ceramics from Montelupo Fiorentino and glass artefacts from Colle Val d’Elsa. And then there are the unmissable events, the Palio di Siena, the Viareggio Carnival with its famous papier-mâché floats, the Eroica, a non-competitive cycling event with vintage racing bicycles held in Chianti, the Scoppio del Carro, a popular tradition that is renewed every year on Easter Sunday in Florence. Lucca Comics & Games, an international trade fair dedicated to comics, takes place between October and November. In addition, in Arezzo, twice a year (in June and September), the Giostra del Saracino takes place, an equestrian tournament of medieval origin, while every first weekend of the month Piazza Grande and the streets of the historic center host the Antiques Fair of Arezzo, the oldest and largest in Italy.
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