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Places, cities, history: Chianti, Florence, Pisa, Siena,Montalcino,san gemignano, Lying on Italy's west coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is one of Italy's most popular destinations, and not without reason. It was the starting point of the Renaissance and offers a beautiful hilly landscape, often covered in grape vines, olive groves or sunflowers. It also produces Italy's most famous wine, Chianti . The most popular destinations in this region are lucca ,Pisa,Florence and Siena,and both brimful with art and culture.

Regional culinary specialities include bistecca alla fiorentina (thick t-bone steak), minestrone alla fiorentina (vegetable soup) and Siena's panforte (rich fruit bread). Arguably Italy's finest olive oil is produced here and liberally used in food. A common starter is bruschetta , bread rubbed in garlic and dipped in olive oil. The region's wines are amongst Italy's most well-known. These include Chianti , Vernacchia , Brunello di Montalcino , Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the dessert wine Vin Santo .

The regional capital, Florence (Firenze), boasts a wealth of Renaissance art and architecture. Visitors flock from all over the world to see Michelangelo's David and the city's magnificent Duomo, to name two of a plethora of attractions. The city's allure does not, however, only lie in its artistic achievements but also in the charm of its position: situated on tAhe banks of the Arno River, at the foot of wooded hills. Florence is host to many music festivals throughout the year and an international film festival in December. The patron saint of the city, St John the Baptist, is honoured on 24 June with a celebration of spectacular fireworks.

The beautiful city of Siena has a number of monuments and museums worth visiting, noteworthy of which is its black and white marble cathedral built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles. It is also famous for its annual medieval Palios , bareback horse races, which take place on 2 July and 16 August. These are fiercely competitive contests between the different local teams which are accompanied by large processions and all sorts of other festivities.

Pisa was once a great maritime city and port, and its claim to fame is its leaning tower. The tower, the Piazza del Duomo and the Camposanto cemetery all survived intensive bombing during World War II. Other towns worth a visit are Lucca , famous for its Renaissance city walls and its churches; San Gimignano , whose towers dominate the Elsa valley in which it is located and leading to its name: the 'city of fine towers'; and Cortona , a medieval town providing excellent views of the Tuscan countryside.

Spas can be found at Montecatini Terme and Chianciano Terme (located in the hills of the southern Valdichiana).

The Tuscan Archipelago is made up of a group of islands scattered between Tuscany and Corsica. Elba is the main island in the group and was made famous as Napoleon's place of exile before his final defeat at Waterloo. It is a mountainous, volcanic island with popular beach resorts. Sailing and diving are among the many outdoor activities offered on the island offers.
 

Florence - Tuscany

Florence - Information about Florence the cities with fascination Florence is glorified for its ancient and noble past, full of history, culture and monuments and an atmosphere that fascinate all visitors. One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, preserves so many monuments and wonderful works of architecture and art to fill up pages just to mention a few. The most known and important ones are the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizzi Gallery, the Arno River banks. APT Florence Official web site Comune di Firenze.
APT Florence
Municipality of Firenze - Official WEB site

Pisa - Tuscany

Pisa preserves a considerable amount of cultural and artistic heritage especially from Renaissance times when Pisa, one of the most powerful Marine Republic, dominated the Tirrenian sea. Numerous are the architectural sites. The Cathedral Square, better known Pisa- information about Pisa embankment of Arno as Piazza dei Miracoli which includes the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the monumental Churchyard, The River Banks and its charming church Santa Maria della Spina, Piazza dei Cavalieri. Many are the folkloristic and religious events taking place in Pisa, especially in June in honour of Saint Ranieri, the town patron Saint. One example is the Gioco del Ponte (game of the bridge) which consists of two teams, one from each side of the river, pushing a trolley on rails towards the opposite bank. The luminara, where hundreds of flickering lights slowly float down the river towards the sea. The historical Regatta, a competition in the river Arno performed in beautiful 16th century costumes and decorated boats.

Official web site Comune di Pisa

The leaning tower The leaning tower, thought to have been planned by Bonanno Pisano, is the cathedral bell tower. The building of the tower started in August 1173 but ceased when the third storey was reached as it was sinking in the ground. Pisa - Mircacle square It was completed after an interruption of 90 years according to the original plan. In the past it was thought that the lean of the tower was part of the intentional plan. We now know that the ground in the area is made of silt (once the site of the ancient port of Pisa) and confirmed by the fact that other buildings and monuments in the area sink slightly into the ground. Web site: Opera Primaziale di Pisa
WEB site of tower of Pisa
Opera primarziale of Pisa

Lucca - Tuscany

Lucca citie of Lucca, one of the cities to see in Tuscany Only a few miles from the ocean, by the Apuan Alps and the Monte Pisano, Lucca is enclosed within Renaissance walls. The town, one of the most charming in Tuscany, is cosy enough to be one of the favourites to visitors as its centre is closed to traffic and offers a great variety of traditional and modern shops. Best time of the year to visit is late summer/early autumn when the town offers some of its events, (including a magnificent procession) its open market displays local produce, one of which is the world known olive oil.
Monuments: The walls Lucca is the only town in Europe still preserving its city walls intact. These, the third set of walls (the first Romans, the second Middle Ages) were built between 1504 and 1645. Roman Amphitheatre, now a picturesque oval square, was built during the first and second century. The square has, among other uses, been a site to a prison and later a market square. Palazzo Mansi, the Palace of one of the ruling family of Lucca, was built in the 17th century and interior design of the 18th century. Porta S. Pietro, one of the entrance door to town, rebuilt in 1556. Palazzo Pretorio built in 1492 was later enlarged. It boasts a 17th century clock on its façade. Palazzo Ducale, the residence of the Grand Duke of Lucca has a courtyard planned by Ammannati. Museums: Capitolare Feliniana Library, Museum Opera del DuomoA and Others.

Siena - Tuscany

Siena , cities of siena, monuments of siena, the cathidral Founded by the Etruscans, became a Roman colony under Emperor Augusto’s reign. It became the sit of the Bishop after the invasion of the Longobards but in the 11th century declared itself a laic community. Florence and Siena fought against one another for centuries. Florence was defeated in 1260 at Montasperti. After being ruled by several noble families, the town fell under the imperial authority .and became part of the Medici State., then under the Lorena Family until 1859 when became part of the Reign of Italy.
Monuments: Spedale di S. Maria della Scala, founded between the 10th and 11th century decorated by frescoes of different periods, the 16th century Medici Fortress and several other palaces. Siena is mostly known for the Palio, a horse race celebrated in costume twice a year in the magnificent Piazza del Campo.
Info www.siena.turismo.toscana.it

Montalcino - Tuscany

Montalcino Montalcino The little town, like others in the Tuscany country side, is at the top of a hill (about 661m over the sea level). It can be reached by Poggio Civitella, an Etruscan archaeological site. Montalcino is renowned for the Tordo festival, held the last Sunday in October. The local people of the four districts of town, Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga e Travaglio, parade along the town streets in historical costumes, dancing the ” Trescone “ a folk Medieval dance and challenge one another in the bow and harrow shooting competition to recall the bore hunting of the late-gothic period.
Municipality of Montalcino - Official WEB site

San Gimignano - Tuscany

San Gimignano San Gimignano is known for the silhouette of its towers on the hill dominating Val d’Elsa. At first an Etruscan settlement of the Hellenistic period (third and second century b.C.) it later began its history in the tenth century acquiring the name of the Bishop of Modena, San Gimignano, reputed to have saved the village from the barbaric invasion. The town started to prosper during the Middle Ages thanks to the Via Francigena, for centuries the preferred transit route between Rome and the lands beyond the Alps. The works of art adorning the churches, monasteries and convents of San Gimignano, belong to this period. San Gimignano In 1199 it was declared a free town after fighting against the Bishop of Volterra and nearby towns, it then endured internal conflict and was divided into: the guelfi (Ardinguelli) who supported the Pope, and the ghibellini (Salvucci) supporting the emperor. The 8th of May 1300, San Gimignano was visited by Dante Alighieri, then the ambassador of the Guelfi League. The terrible pestilence and therefore depopulation hit hard on San Gimignano. The town had to submit to the domination of Florence. San Gimignano recovered from the state of neglect the town suffered during the following centuries, only when its beauty, its cultural importance, and its original agricultural identity, were again appreciated.
Municipality of San Gimignano - Official WEB site

 


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