Tuscany is a wonderful region in the centre of Italy with an area of around twenty-three thousand square kilometres and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. Being renowned for its landscapes, history and artistic foundation, it is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It also boasts a strong linguistic and cultural identity. In this article we discuss different reasons why you should visit this pearl in Italy.
The majestic Florence
If you would like to enjoy a compelling bird’s eye view of the capital city of Tuscany, Florence, climb up the steps of the Duomo. We warn you that this is no easy feat since there is a total of four hundred and sixty-three steps to climb, however the energy invested will surely seep right back in when you enjoy this majestic view. Exploring Florence by foot is immensely rewarding, as you can enjoy the Uffizi gallery, where you can feast your eyes on masterpieces by Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Whilst visiting the different museums, make sure you do not miss out on the Accademia Gallery where you can see Michelangelo’s David. Also, if you enjoyed the previous bout of step climbing, you can climb four hundred and fourteen steps to the top of Giotto’s Tower to check out the panoramic view of the previously mentioned Duomo.
You will most likely never indulge in something quite like Tuscany’s finest food and wine. A tour such as the Casentino Taste Trail allows you to experience culinary delights first hand. Such include the Proscuitto del Casentino, which is made from wild pigs and Red Cetica potatoes.
Free roaming the Tuscan hills
Take up some cycling routes to enjoy the natural element that surrounds Tuscany. If you are into cycling, you may consider L’Eroica route, where an annual race takes place every October. You will find several good cycling places such as Mugello and Val d’Orcia to explore these remarkable views.
Visiting Tuscany merits a trip to Pisa and a selfie with the infamous leaning tower. Don’t forget to take a shot with your hand positioning as if you are adjusting the tower as well! Take the opportunity to the visit the Parco di San Rossore for an afternoon picnic, where you can enjoy some of the food delights that Tuscany has to offer in a tranquil setting.
Villas of the Medici
The name probably rings a bell from an old history lesson back in primary school. These residences and enchanting gardens are marvellous, and if you are fan of bespoke architecture, this is most definitely worth your time.
How about that trip to Tuscany?