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Tuscan Vineyard
Tuscany
Italian wine corks in a glass
Italian Pasta
Tuscan Vineyard
Tuscany
Italian wine corks in a glass

Italy Information

Tuscany

Tuscany is a region in Central Italy. It has an area of 22,990 square kilometres (8,880 sq mi) and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence.

Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci and Puccini. Due to this, the region has several museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Chianciano Museum of Art).

Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).

Six Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence, the historical centre of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical centre of San Gimignano, the historical centre of Pienza  and the Val d'Orcia. Furthermore, Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves. This makes Tuscany and its capital city Florence very popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of tourists every year.

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Italy

This beautiful country is one of the single greatest repositories of sensorial pleasures on earth. From art to food, from stunning and varied countryside to flamboyant fashion, Italy has it all.

With 44 sites, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on earth. Its great cities of art, like Rome,Venice and Florence, have been attracting visitors for centuries.

Alongside Italy's art treasures, you'll find plenty to keep you busy in the countryside. You can ski in the Alps, hike the Dolomites or dive off Sardinia's golden coast.

But as much as all of this, a trip to Italy is about lapping up the lifestyle. It's about idling over a coffee at a streetside cafe or lingering over a long lunch in the hot Mediterranean sun.

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