Tuscany is a region in the centre of Italy, bordering west the Tyrrhenian coast, east the regions of Marche and Umbria and south the region of Lazio.
It covers 23,000sqm of land, including 20 cities about and more than 350 municipal districts, where there is a great variety of artistic and architectonic beauties, offering an incredibly beautiful landscape.
It has a very diversified and mostly hilly land, surrounded by the Apennines, overlooking west about 400km of sea coast between Carrara and Viareggio, until the coasts of Livorno and Grosseto, where the wide land of Maremma starts.
Arno Valley is in the centre of Tuscany, where there are the well known cities of Arezzo, Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and Pisa, while Livorno and Grosseto lay on the coast and Siena is inland. On the sea coast there are popular seaside resorts such as the Versilia in the north, Livorno and its beautiful coastline.
Of all the famous and well known art cities of Tuscany, we wish to highlight our environment rich in history and outside of the mass tourism. Delightful Villages in a breathtaking scenery .
The hills of Montalbano
They offer a wide selection of themed tours. The historic routes for exploring the Medici villas of the Renaissance, and the routes of the wine and oil road , with production of high quality, DOP and IGP (protected Geographical Indication), and finally, the Chianti Montalbano, who has been awarded since 1984, the DOCG ( Designation of Origin and guarantee) This area is enriched by the commitment and techniques applied in the development of typical products labeled organic
It’s a village of the Middle Ages, lies in the Montalbano hills among a wide green landscape, inviting to visit the birthplace of the great Leonardo da Vinci and visit the Museum Leonardiano which is located in the Guidi Castle dated XI – XII centuries. The museum shows a collection of various samples of machines and models designed by the genius mind of Leonardo da Vinci.
The tradition of ceramic
Don’t lose the opportunity to visit the village Montelupo Fiorentino and its shops of the craftsmen of ceramics, as the Museum of Ceramics with 14 rooms and 3,000 pieces documenting the activity of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance Florentine up the modern age, as the glass museum inserted into the Tower of Frescobaldi XIV centuries, the Glass Tower traditionally associated with art of glass, plates and ancient art of taxidermy.
It’s located halfway between the cities of Florence and Siena,it is on a hill at 130 meters and is still surrounded by ancient walls dating from the XIII and XIV century. The houses are in red brick and tiles: the reddish color, which, to the sun, is soft, warm tones, is one of the characteristics of a center in what it would seem that the time has stopped. You can reach the upper side on foot in 10 min or by cable car from the main square. The old part of the town is incredibly well preserved offering monuments of great historical interest.
The position provides a splendid view stretching from the hills of the Val d’Elsa to San Gimignano.
Certaldo is also very famous for being the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, one of the greatest Italian poets and medieval men of letters, author of the notable novellas collection “Decameron” dated XIV century. It’s divided in an upper medieval town – called “Rione Castello” enclosed in medieval surroundings – and a lower more modern part.
It’s situated on the Francigena Road (the road that connected, in the Middle Age, with Rome and Northern Europe) at the intersection of Florence, Pisa and Siena .
Pretty mediaeval village preserving its historical centre set on the hill top with the Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Tower Fortress dominating all the surrounding Arno Valley.
San Miniato has a thirteenth century castle which was built under Frederick II, and a Romanesque cathedral dating from the twelfth century, whose facade is inlaid majolica. Varied landscape , well-kept land completed by the fertility of a soil rich of typical products such as wine, meat and white truffle. For that peculiarity it is a wonderful destination year-round, particularly in November when the annual truffle festival fills in the ancient streets with parades, concerts , artisans vendors and of course of the aroma of the most exclusive mushroom.
It is just a little jewel in Tuscany. The city is surrounded by fortified walls in an area of 4km is the ideal city for pedestrians to explore history through the streets, churches, towers and palaces without being disturbed by the cars except the people allowed. A free city after 1628 when democracy turns into oligarchy until the conquest by the French in 1799. Napoleon made it a principality for his sister Elisa Baciocchi A black panther symbol of freedom of the city. A paradise of cities in stones, red brick house, churches Carrara marble in different colors.
Lots of green outside the walls provide the opportunity for long walks.
As the birthplace of Puccini, the composer liked most of the world, they are organized concerts throughout the year and the Lyric Opera Puccini is represented during the summer in Torre del Lago Puccini, a charming and romantic Lake as the musical selections.
During the month of July big pop rock festival “Lucca Summerfestival” that lasts the entire month, with big names and international groups. Very popular.
During the winter festival Lucca Cartoon (Lucca Comics and Games) is considered the largest international gathering.