Toscana is the heart of Italy, home to the art of Florence, the wines of the Chianti, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and countless medieval hilltowns
Tuscany is the birthplace of both the Renaissance and the modern Italian language.
Tuscany is a region where the restaurants serve marathon dinners and the churches in even a small city are stuffed with the kind of Renaissance art that would take pride of place in any major world museum.
The vine-striped valleys and ancient hill towns of Tuscany—San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Chiusi, Volterra—comprise a Italian fairytale landscape right out of a painting—perhaps one by local boy Leonardo da Vinci.
Tuscany's cultural heritage is unsurpassed. Even the short list of Tuscan luminaries reads like a who's-who of cultural giants: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Botticelli, Dante, Giotto, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Puccini...
If you had to pick just one region of Italy—outside of the major cities—to explore, by all means make it Tuscany.
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