Tuscany (Toscana)

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 one of the richest and most rewarding regions in Italy. It is home to the art of Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the wines of the Chianti.

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.

Places in Tuscany

A view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangiolo (Photo by Shane Lin)

A guide to help you plan the perfect vacation in Florence, Italy, hometown of the Renaissance

Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Pubblico (Photo by Ryan Taylor)

A gorgeous, Gothic Tuscan hilltown

The Baptistery, Duomo, and Campanile (Leaning Tower) on Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli (Photo by Alessio Facchin)

A vacation guide to Pisa—the Leaning Tower, the Field of Miracles, and more


More about Tuscany

All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Florence


A brief history of Florence and Tuscany, from prehistoric times to the 21C


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