TUSCANY: A BRIDGE INTO THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF ITALY
Imagine sipping on a glass of cool, crisp wine and traveling back in time to the birth of the Renaissance. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, rich foods, colorful history, adorning landscape, and gorgeous culture, Tuscany is the epicenter of the Italian holiday. Tuscany is a region of land in the middle of Italy known for its unique and rich history. A place where culture and traditions of old come to life and walk amongst the modern, Tuscany is sure to provide any vacationer with an authentic Italian experience to tickle all fancies and delight the senses.
For the traveler looking for a uniquely regional and richly cultured trip, Florence gives a beautifully, authentic, local experience. Full of art, culture, and museums, the capital city of the Tuscany region offers travelers many experiences to teach, entertain, and enjoy. The beautifully designed churches and cathedrals as well as the museums and art exhibits will transport you back in time to walk among the greats of the Renaissance period. Teeming with historical life, the city of Florence wraps you up in the rebirth experience as you walk the very paths that Michelangelo and Leonardo DeVinci trod. Some boast that Florence is the main artistic and cultural epicenter of the region, even in all of Italy. Travelers will be delighted by the richness of the treasures that lie around every corner. Many museums offer specials for younger travelers to accompany their guardians on an educational adventure. Florence offers a rich walk through history, art, and culture, in the heart of Tuscany.
Travelers who would like to dive into the medieval history and culture of Italy can visit the lovely cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Siena boasts a famous place for the James Bond movie: Quantum of Solace. It is also famous for an annual horse race called the Palio which happens twice in the summer. Much of the art in Siena focuses on the Medieval period and the founders of Rome. Travelers may take tours of several palaces and tours littered throughout the city. Siena is a wonderful place to travel with children as it is known for its beautiful city parks.
For more Medieval architecture, vacationers may make the trip over to San Gimignano and view many beautiful structures. There are plenty of delicious wine tastings in the city of San Gimignano all made with local crops. It is a smaller city with an impressive history and amount of architectural ruins to visit. Step back in time to a more simple age and visit the gloriously medieval cities of Siena and San Gimignano.
A must-see for explorers of the Tuscany region is the world-famous Leaning Tower in the city of Pisa. People travel from all over the world to see its magnificent structure, and lucky visitors even make the trip up the inside of the tower for an amazing view from the top. There is also a palace, a cemetery, and a museum to visit for more art, culture, and history. Pisa boasts of its famous recipe, cecina. A thin, flat bread made from chickpea flour, the cecina is sure to delight traveler’s taste buds. In June, Pisa holds a festival paying tribute to the city’s patron saint, San Ranieri. If vacationers happen to be so lucky to visit during this time, the festival will give insight to another rich Italian tradition.
Other beloved must-visit cities include Lucca and Versilia, which have a beautiful white-sand beach, delicious food, Roman ruins, and a rich military history. Casentino has castles for families to explore. Poppi has a fantastic kid-friendly zoo. All in all, the beautiful Tuscany countryside is a wonderland of rich Italian culture, history, beauty, and fun. People of all ages can find countless things to experience and have an unforgettable time.
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