Tuscany (Italy)

Tuscany is an Italian region known across the world for its glorious past. You have probably heard of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Masaccio, Giotto and Michelangelo. Well, all of these artists of genius happen to have learnt the art of sculpting, paintings, drawing and colouring in Tuscany, which, in the past, boasted the presence of two great schools: Verrocchio and Ghirlandaio.

The regional capital city is Florence, a city dotted with important museums and art galleries, such as Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Chianciano Museum of Art.

Moreover, Tuscany is the birthplace of many famous poets and writers, including Dante Alighieri, Boccaccio (from whom Geoffrey Chaucer had the inspiration to compose The Canterbury Tales), Guido Guinizzelli, Petrarch, Brunetto Latini and many others that have greatly contributed to shaping the world we live in, in terms of culture and literature. Many of them were significant representatives of the Italian Renaissance.

Because of the local cuisine and excellent wines, such as Chianti and Montepulciano, Tuscany is visited by thousands of tourists every year, which is why services and structures have been organized in such a way to welcome visitors and assure them a pleasant stay.

Tuscany’s western coast overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and boasts a magnificent coastline dotted with tourist attractions and places of interest, such as Bibbona, Capoliveri, Castiglione della Pescaia, Monte Argentario, Pietrasanta, Piombino, Populonia, Capalbio, Portoferraio, Rio Marina, Rio nell’Elba, Torre Del Lago Puccini, Viareggio, Cecina, Follonica, Forte dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore, Marciana Marina, Marina Di Carrara, Marina di Grosseto, Marina di Massa and Orbetello.

Forte dei Marmi, in particular, belongs to the Province of Lucca and boasts the presence of a beautiful fortress, “Fortino di forte dei Marmi” and is named after the marble that was extracted from the Alps and sold to merchants from all over the world.

Orbetello, in the Province of Grosseto, is another important town known for its natural and architectural beauty, as well as its sea and nightlife. Its coastline hosts the so-called Macchia Mediterranea (Maquis), consisting of typically Mediterranean evergreen shrubs, such as oaks, junipers, tree heaths and holms, holly oaks and many other beautiful species.

Massa Carrara is also noteworthy, bordering Emilia Romagna to the North, known all over the world for its stunning, top quality marble creations. It features a few kilometers of pure sandy beach and it is the combination of sea and mountains that allows the locals to benefit from pleasant and mild weather.

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