“Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making…” –Discover Tuscany 2014
Imagine yourself surrounded by the finest paintings, sculptures and architectural masterpieces of all time. Tuscany holds the most breathtaking sites in all of Italy. Whether it be fine art or the extraordinary countryside, the wonderful cuisine and wine, Tuscany is visited by many from all over the world.
There are 10 provinces within Tuscany; Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa and Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. A population of 3,749,813, with Italians making up 93% of the total population, the region attracted a large flux of immigrants, particularly from China.
Capturing the history of Italy, Tuscany hosts innumerable astonishing attractions, many of which are also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Florence, which is renowned across the world, is the home of many immeasurable monuments, including the Duomo with Giotto’s Bell Tower; Santa Maria Novella; Palazzo Vecchio; and the Uffizi Gallery, with exclusive work of art. Another astonishing province is Siena, with its Medieval town which is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Not to mention the famous Tower of Pisa, in Pisa which makes up part of an incredibly-valuable artistic area that is protected by UNESCO also.
Food, glorious food! Tuscany is known for its simple cuisine. With the use of legumes, bread, cheese, vegetables, mushrooms and fresh fruit. The region is made up of quality olive oil and olives and is the home of the treasured ‘white truffles’ from San Miniato which appear in October and November. Cantucci is a typical twice baked bread originating from the province of Prato. The biscuits are oblong shaped made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking. Vin Santo, a sweet and liqueur-like wine, is paired with cantucci . Tuscany is also known for its production of the finest selection of Chianti. The more you come to know the region, the more astonishing Tuscany appears!