Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) is one of the most famous regions of Italy appreciated for its lush nature, rich history, and mouth-watering wine. It occupies the central-west part of Italy and prides itself on its capital interwoven with Renaissance influences, Florence. Its name, Tuscany, derives from an Etruscan Tuscia tribe which settled in the area around 1000 BC; Though the name only became official under the rule of Roman Empire in the 3rd century.
Tuscan landscape is a mix of rolling hills, formidable mountains, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs. Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Apuan Alps border the region to the north and northeast; Ligurian Sea Tyrrhenian Seas stretch along its western coastline. Unsurprisingly, rolling hills make up almost two-thirds of the region and the mountains make up further 25%; Whereas the lowest and flattest areas center around the banks of Arno River.
Tuscan provinces include Massa-Carrara, Prato, Lucca, Pistoia, Firenze, Arezzo, Livorno, Pisa, Siena, and Grosseto. All those places, be it big cities or tiny forgotten villages, hide ancient reminders of the Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance heritage in forms of ruins, monuments or art. Hence, people from around the world visit Tuscany to admire some of the most imposing works of art ever created.
Besides flourishing tourism, Tuscany is one of the most thriving agricultural regions of Italy. It specializes in the production of cereals (wheat especially), olives and olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese, and wines. In particular, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Morellino di Scansano are the best wines Tuscany can offer. Furthermore, its mineral natural resources include iron, zinc, copper as well as Carrara marble; It’s is one of the most famous and expensive marbles in the world.
Whichever corner of the region you visit, you will encounter an array of landmarks, natural allures, and activities to explore. For instance, you can admire the untouched nature of the Apuan Alps, marvel at the picturesque cliffs of Cinque Terre, explore Medieval and Renaissance heritage in Florence, Siena, and Pisa, or savor a Chianti wine tasting. Scroll below to discover more exciting things to do in Tuscany!
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