Places of Interest and Attractions in Tuscany

Tuscany is a region on Italy’s west coast, on the Tyrrhenian sea and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, renowned for is beautiful countryside, spectacular cities all packed full of arts and culture as well as for its cuisine and world-famous wines.

Tuscany lies in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea and therefore can offer beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs, breathtaking scenery, unparalleled museums and art treasures, architecture, fashion, folklore and festivals, food and wine and historical cities to the millions of visitors who come here each year.A visit to Tucany would not be complete without seeing the beautiful city of Florence with a wealth of art galleries, culture, churches and monuments. Florence itself receives an average of 10 million tourists a year by placing the city as one of the most visited in the world. Other cities of Tuscany famous for the history, art and architecture are Siena, Pisa and Lucca.

The Uffizi Gallery, situated in the city of Florence, Tuscany, Italy, is the oldest and most famous art gallery in the western world. The Uffizi Gallery houses some of the world’s most precious, beautiful and priceless paintings which draws crowds of visitors throughout the year from all over the globe. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name “uffizi” (“offices”)

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Piazzale Michelangelo is a square in the Oltarno district of Florence with fantastic panoramic views over the city. The Piazzale is a popular tourist destination, as visitors can get some of the best photographs over the city with its rooftops, Domes, church spires and the sparkling waters of the River Arno below. At night the scene is even more spectacular with the twinkling lights of Florence making the Piazzale a romantic destination for lovers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the Campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa and stands (or leans!) on the square which also contains the Cathedral and the Baptistery. The Tower is world-famous for it’s slant, and it is true that it makes you gasp in unbelief when you first catch sight of it. The Tower’s “lean” is due to the soft ground that it has been built on and it also affects the Cathedral building and the Baptistery, although to a lesser degree

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The Chianti Region of Tuscany covers an area of around 300 sq. kilometres and lies between Siena and Florence. The scenery is wonderful and instantly recognisable from the many paintings and photographs that have been reproduced over the years of “Tuscany’s landscapes”. Softly rolling hillsides covered with rows of grape vines, stony meadows, olive groves and groups of cypress trees all make up the beauty that is Tuscany and the Chianti region in particular

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The Wind Cave or Grotto del Vento are set in the wild and rugged beauty of the Apuan Alps Natural Park in Tuscany. The cave gets its name from the wind rushing out of one of the entrances of the cave. The temperature inside the cave is constant, at 10.7 degrees and in the summer the outside temperature is warmer thus causing the air to be sucked in from the top entrance and to rush out of the bottom,

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The lovely Villa Borbone was designed at the beginning of the 19th cent. by architect Lorenzo Nottolini as a hunting residence for Maria Luisa di Borbone, duchess of Lucca from 1817 to 1824.The villa, rising among the luxuriant greenery of the eastern pinewood allowed the noblewoman to reach the centre of Viareggio through the charming Viale dei Tigli, also commissioned by her

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Venue of pleasant scenic walks, it was built in 1877 for the shipping of marble from the Apuan Mountains, which was kept in the town’s ancient fort, hence the name “fort of the marbles”. As a matter of fact, the pier rose by the loading dock, the place where in ancient times the blocks of marble were taken to be transported to sea

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Colours, crowds, shouts of joy, a square covered with tufa, ten horses ridden bareback for a race that lasts a few seconds. This is the Palio for those who see it for the first time. For the Sienese it is life, passion, history. Siena‘s Palio has been held since time immemorial. At least as far back as the 11th century, “Palii alla lunga” (rectilinear races) started just outside the city walls, crossed through the town and terminated beside the ancient cathedral. The prize awarded to the winner was a “pallium”, a banner made of precious cloth which gave the race its name

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The Carnival of Viareggio was born in 1873 when there was the first parade of festively decorated carriages in the historic Via Regia, the heart of the old town. It was transferred to the Promenade at the beginning of the twentieth century and it has grown in size and popularity year after year

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SanGimignano1300, brings to life the City as it existed 700 years ago. The Museum’s main exhibit is the meticulous and scaled reconstruction of the City as it existed in 1300. Done entirely by hand this exhibit and a myriad of others bring to life the City’s architectural and artistic creativity together with its rich cultural traditions

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