Tuscany - The
Italian region of Tuscany is a sheer delight to the senses.
Celebrated for its natural and historic beauty – its pretty hilltop
towns, vineyards, cuisine and culture make it one of the world’s
most sought-after destinations and a magical destination for all
There are six locations in Tuscany, which are on
UNESCO ’s list of World Heritage sites
Florence’s historic centre,
Siena’s historic centre, Pisa’s cathedral square,
San Gimignano’s historic centre,
Pienza’s historic centre and the entire Val d’Orcia.
Tuscany’s capital city of Florence is considered to be the
birthplace of the Renaissance. However, the rest of this beautiful
region can easily equal its most famous city. Towns which can trace
their origins to pre-Roman times where you can relax and enjoy
Italian country life, modern amenities, regional foods and culture.
A place full of history and beauty – (it is where Leonardo da
Vinci's Mona Lisa was born!).
Perhaps you have already experienced something of Tuscany at home.
Foods like the fresh porcini mushrooms or the black and white
truffles that can make some simple pasta into mouth-watering feasts.
The exclusive extra virgin olive oils are world-renowned. The
spectacular wines from Brunello,
Montepulciano and Chianti. Or maybe its fashion from the
likes of Prada or Gucci. Or films like La Dolce Vita (Life is
Beautiful) or the more recent
Tuscan Sun. These are all mere glimpses of what Tuscany has
An example of Tuscany’s famed hill towns is
Cortona. Cortona is the Tuscan hill town made famous by
Francis Mayes in her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Cortona is
surrounded by 3000-year-old Etruscan walls, and the town has a
multitude of interesting medieval architecture, beautiful views
restaurants and bars. During August, Cortona hosts the famous Tuscan
Sun Festival. The 2008 festival was opened by Hollywood legend
Robert Redford. This beautiful Tuscan hill town is usually a quiet
place, but during the first weeks of August Cortona is transformed
into an international stage for music, wine tasting, cooking and
more. The Festival lasts for about 10 days. A truly stunning setting
for a magical event.
Besides Cortona, Tuscany offers many festivals and fairs throughout
Arezzo has one of the worlds largest antique markets every
month, Siena and
Castiglion Fiorentino are home to Tuscany’s famous Palios,
Pienza has its cheese festival,
Valdarno truffles, There is usually something going on every
week – even out of season there are specialist food festivals such
as the Chestnut festival of Montechio (is there anything you can’t
make out of a chestnut!) and the numerous cinghiale festivals of the
Val di Chio, olive harvesting almost everywhere in November and
early December – not forgetting wine tasting at many of the
independent and internationally acclaimed wineries of Tuscany as
well as numerous cooking classes offering a mere taste of Tuscany’s
Some of Tuscany's wineries include:
Just a few .......