Tuscany Explained……

Italy, Travel, Tuscany

Tempting us with the tastes of their simple culinary cuisine, mouth watering wines and Tuscan truffles. Then offering up beautiful beaches, lush green countryside and historic citys filled with art. Its no wonder this region is attracting millions of tourists each year.

Located on the west coast of Italy just above the knee, Tuscany (Toscana) has a rich history which dates back before the Romans and some of the Italy’s most iconic buildings. The regions capital, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and full of stunning monuments, detailed churches and glorious museums filled with world famous art.

Northern Tuscany is where hikers and the mountains climb up into Lunigiana and Garfagnana region. The mountainous area north of Lucca, is famous for its stunning natural beauty and porcini mushrooms. The Apuan Alps are well known for the marble that Michelangelo used for his masterpieces. The cities of Massa and Carra form the backdrop to a line of blue flag beaches running down the Versilia coast. Further inland the river Arno Runs under the famous bridges of Florence, through Empolli and Pisa before flowing into the Tyrrhenian sea.

Central Tuscany reaches down from Florence to Siena, This area is is covered with gentle hills, fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages and the famous wines of the Chianti regian. Between Chianti and the hills of Umbria are the truly enchanting hilltop towns of Cortona, Montepulciano, Chianciano Terme and Chiusi.

The Golden wheat fields and avenues of cypresses join the isolated towns in Southern Tuscany, The less crowded area of the Val d’Orcia is he most photographed part of Tuscany. Taking its name from the river which runs through the region, the winding roads run through the landscape to and meet up with the unspoilt coast line of the Maremma Regian. South of the the industrial city of Livorno, Off the coast is the Island of Elba.

Which part of Tuscany is your favourite or which area are you planning to visit?

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