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Tuscany is a legendary region in central Italy that stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the west coast, meandering through endless vineyards, medieval towns and the impossibly beautiful cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa.
In today’s modern world, defined by alarm clocks, deadlines and traffic jams, Tuscany lures travelers with the promise of a warmer, gentler way of living.
Here, high art mingles deliciously with warm sunshine and fragrant wine. History seeps through the cobblestones and small occasions are transformed into the greatest of pleasures.
Around six hundred years ago, Tuscany changed the world forever when economic, cultural and political forces collided, sparking the Renaissance. It was a new way of thought in which art and education were highly prized and the search for happiness, a noble goal.
Although the world has changed much since then, Tuscany’s values hold firm and visitors to this region can happily spend days and weeks slowly rediscovering them.
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10 Best Places to Visit in Tuscany: Florence, Chianti Wine Region, Arezzo, Elba, Lucca, Montepulciano, Pisa, San Gimignano, Val d'Orcia, Siena
5 Best & Worst Things About Tuscany, Italy - Florence, Siena and Pisa
There are SO many great things about traveling in Italy, but also a few negative things - and some things that are great to keep in mind before you go there. After being in Tuscany for about a month, I'm sharing my 5 best & worst things about Tuscany.
I hope you can get a few tips and tricks to enjoy your stay there even more. My favorite things include - amongst other things - taking a cooking class and seeing the inside of the leaning tower in Pisa, and some of the worst things - in my opinion - are traffic and siesta.
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Italy is a wonderful country to visit with great regional differences, from food to culture. This video is for travelers thinking of visiting Tuscany, Toscana in Italian and Central Italy in general.
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Top 10 what to do in Tuscany
Top 10 what to do in Tuscany
1) Val d'Orcia
The beautiful and untouched landscape is the absolute protagonist in Val D'orcia.
It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance
Chianti is as varied in its scenery as it is in its wines
Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower
5) San Gimignano
San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture and its towers
The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site
7) Terme di Saturnia (Hot Springs)
The main thermal waterfalls are the Mill Falls
It is well known for its Etruscan origins and for the many remains belonging to this era
9) Apuan Alps National Park
Tuscany is not just hills
10) Elba Island
Famous and renowned are its clear and blue sea
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Being for centuries at the center of Italian history explains why this beautiful region has so many Unesco world heritage sights and iron-strong traditions.
Rustic farms, manicured fields, cypress driveways and roman-medieval-renaissance citadels overlooking vast green landscapes from hill tops.
San Gimignano is a small medieval hill town in the province of Siena. Famous for its medieval architecture, preserved tall tower houses and encircling walls located on the top of a hill. Also known for it's San Gimignano wine, Vernaccia.
2)Agriturismo dell'Arnano (Agriturismo is a luxurious farm stay away from the city)
We chose to book a Farm stay away from the city noise and stress.
15 km from Siena, in the town of Sovicille
This agriturismo cost us 324 euros for 3 guests for 7 nights for a total of 15.5 Euros pp per night. That's insane!
3)Siena and it's Palio horse race
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy.
The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio Horse race.
According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named.
Supposedly after their father's assassination by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town.
The Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards.
Monteriggioni is a comune in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany. The town hosts several piazzas and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Strategically positioned outpost later fortified to be the first line of defense against the enemy neighbor Florence.
5)La Speranza Restaurant
By far my favorite restaurant for its price and it's quality. Few tourists know about this place, mainly attended by local farmers, hunters, police officers, fire brigade, etc.
6)Castles around our farm stay ( Str. della Villa, 7, 53035 Monteriggioni Loc. La Villa SI, Italy)
If you go to Tuscany you'll find castles scattered all over the place just like these ones. This one is B&B “la torre della signoria”. Within walking distance is another castle called Castello della Chiocciola, named after it's spiral staircase.
7)Castellina in Chianti
Castellina in Chianti is a municipality of 2,800 inhabitants, located about 15 kilometres northwest of Siena. It is part of the Chianti Hills.
The first settlements date from the Etruscan age.
The city has roman and medieval details.
8)Cecchi Wine Tour
Pay a visit and enjoy:
-A wine tour of the vineyards and line of production executed by a professional master sommelier
-Wine tasting of 2 flagship wines and 3 premium signature wines
-Coupling of wine with food (aperitivo with locally cured meat and bruschetta)
-Olive oil tasting
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Visiting Italy is an amazing experience whether you are seeing the Roman ruins throughout the country in places like Rome or Naples, but for all the amazing things you should do in Italy (visit Venice, Florence, Rome, Ravenna, Amalfi Coast, eat until you explode) there are things you DON'T DO when you come to Italy & Here are our 12 things NOT TO DO in Italy when you are traveling Italy.
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The Don'ts of Italy
1. Don't expect to get discount prices on fancy Italian luxury brands.
2. Don't eat near tourist sights. You will be ripped off and not get as good of Italian food as you would away from the tourist sights.
3. Don't Tip. They already charge you for service.
4. You Don't have to scream louder to get people to understand you.
5. Don't worry about overdressing, the Italians will always look better than you.
6. Don't just visit Rome and Venice, there is so much more to Italy.
7. Don't share your pizza and make sure you do eat it with your fork and knife.
8. Don't use the fast trains for short distances, they are not worth the significantly higher prices.
9. Don't expect to see spaghetti and meatballs on the menu TOGETHER. They will be there separately, but not together.
10. Don't expect a big breakfast in Italy. Just coffee and a cookie.
11. Don't overpack. You will be limited on space when traveling in Italy so pack accordingly.
12. Don't expect to be served food in a restaurant between 3pm and 7pm.
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Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art and medieval history, others to explore the extraordinary countryside and its rolling hills. Food lovers visit Tuscany to enjoy the wonderful cuisine and famous wines. Summer vacationers the beautiful beaches and islands. Students come to learn the Italian language and culture. Whatever the reason, the best places to visit in Tuscany offer something for everyone. Let's see five place to visit in Tuscany, Italy.
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Today, I decided it was time to try something new. I went on a guided tour to 3 different cities/towns in the region of Tuscany. We visited San Gimignano, Chianti, and Siena. We did some walking, sightseeing, and even some wine tasting! I must say, all 3 places are filled with architectural beauty and I recommend anyone to pay them a visit! Enjoy :)
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TOP 10 Things To Do in ITALY | Italy Travel Guide 2019
In this video, we’ll show you 10 best things to do in Italy.
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#10 0:15 SICILY
It offers an array of cultural, historic, art and natural marvels. Visit Mount Etna, Valle dei Templi, Taormina, Syracuse, Marsala, Palermo, Savoca (filming locations of The Godfather), San Vito lo Capo, Gole Dell'Alcantara, Lipari, etc.
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#9 1:38 ALBEROBELLO
It is a unique village located in Apulia famous for its traditional small stone huts with a conical roof, called trullo. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
#8 2:36 AMALFI COAST
It is a picturesque Italian coastline located one-hour drive from Naples. Visit Positano, Amalfi’s most picturesque town, take a boat ride along the coast, and hike to the Footpath of the Gods, a panoramic ridge above Positano.
#7 3:30 POMPEII AND MOUNT VESUVIUS
The ancient Roman city of Pompei, located just outside Naples, was buried under volcanic ash in the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Pompeii was rediscovered as a result of the excavations in 1748.
#6 4:39 ROME
Just walking in the city center, you can enjoy the ancient ruins of Roman Forum, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, or Pantheon, a former Roman temple and now a Church, etc. Don’t miss also Trevi Fountain, Altare della Patria, or Spanish Steps and Vatican City.
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#5 5:39 CIVITA DI BAGNOREGGIO
Sometimes it is also referred to as the dying city, is an ancient town, located about 75 miles from Rome and founded by Etruscans over 2,500 years ago. The town is located on top of a plateau consisting of volcanic tuff and is in constant danger of erosion.
#4 6:26 TUSCANY
It is known for its beautiful landscapes, wine, history, and art mostly belonging to the Italian Renaissance. Driving through Tuscany you can experience several important historic towns and cities such as Florence, Sienna, Pisa, San Giminiano, Radda in Chianti, etc.
#3 7:20 CINQUE TERRE
Cinque Terre, or in English Five Lands, is a portion of the Italian coast on the Italian Riviera consisting of five picturesque fishing villages. The entire area of Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#2 8:16 LAKE GARDA
It is the largest lake in Italy, located on the edge of the Dolomite mountains. Don’t miss Sirmione with beautiful beachfront and Grotte di Catullo or Gardaland (one of the top amusement parks).
#1 9:04 VENICE
It is built on over 100 small islands separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges. Venice is also known for its glass and glass products (island of Murano). It is also home to several prominent international events such as Venice Film Festival or the Venice Biennale of Architecture and world-famous annual Venetian Carnival.
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Here is a look at some of the best places for a vacation in Italy. Our travel video presents Florence's tourist attractions and guides you through the best places in Tuscany. Visit Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Ravenna in just 4 minutes. Start your holiday in Florence, then travel around in Tuscany, visit Siena and Pisa and enjoy the Italian wine, cuisine, architecture and art!
Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations for a holiday in Europe. In this video you can see many of the most notable tourist attractions of the area, 7 of them are inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Ravenna is renowned for its Early Christian monuments. The city is considered the worldwide capital of mosaic art. Basilica of San Vitale, with its beautiful mosaic decoration, is just one example.
When you visit the best places in Tuscany, you should visit Florence, the Birthplace of Renaissance, Pisa with the Leaning Tower and Siena, the home of The Palio, a horse race held in the city centre.
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Lucca is a city of some 90,000 people in Tuscany. Its long history goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times, and the city retains pieces of ancient architecture. Lucca's heyday was in the Gothic era just before the Renaissance, and the city contains much marvelous architecture from that era.
Cortona is a town in the Province of Arezzo, Tuscany. It was one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League. At 600 metres elevation, it has magnificent panoramas to every point of the compass. It is not far from Arezzo.
Chianti is an area of Tuscany, Italy made famous by the red wine of the same name. It has much to offer for a visitor interested in wine, food and natural beauty. Many of the wineries are open for a tour and a tasting, and some offer accommodation services as well.
7. Siena's Campo & Palazzo Pubblico
The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's City Hall for almost 800 years, contains (among many other things) the famous frescos on good and bad government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, frescoes by Simone Martini and Duccio, and access to the Torre del Mangia, from whose top you can view a beautiful panorama of the Sienese countryside.
6. Siena's Duomo
Siena's magnificent black and white Italian Romanesque cathedral including the Libreria Piccolomini, Baptistery, and an attached Museo dell'Opera del Duomo which includes the famous Maestà by Duccio. Also marvel at the inlaid floors; even as they are sometimes covered for protection, a section is always left visible.
5. Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa
The Piazza dei Miracoli is a wide walled area located in Pisa, recognized as an important center of European medieval art and one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. Considered a sacred area by its owner, the Catholic Church, the square is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Camposanto Monumentale.
4. San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a pretty medieval walled city in Tuscany, famous for its historic centre with beautiful towers (inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List) and great art. It is small enough to be effectively visited as a day trip from nearby cities like Siena and Florence, but it has a different atmosphere at night that many travelers find it worthwhile to experience.
3. Pitti Palace
The Palazzo Pitti is a vast mainly Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker.
2. The Duomo Group
Brunelleschi's noble dome, Giotto's slender belltower, Ghiberti's robust gates, Michelangelo's tortured Pieta and two panoramic terraces, all wrapped in red, white and green marble
1. The Uffizi
One of the world's most famous fine art museums with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Included is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli. A veritable who's who of the greatest Renaissance masters installed in the former offices (uffizi) of the ruling Medici family.
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Lucca was founded by the Etruscans (there are traces of an earlier Ligurian settlement) and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical centre preserves the Roman street plan, and the Piazza San Michele occupies the site of the ancient forum. Traces of the amphitheatre still may be seen in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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