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Tuscany Guide Travel

Where is Tuscany located?

Tuscany is the largest region in Central Italy, bordering Emilia-Romagna to the north and northeast, Umbria to the east, and Lazio to the south. It rose to global fame for its picture-perfect landscape, with rolling hills descending from the Tuscan-Emilian apennine and Alpi Apuane towards the Thyrrenian sea in the south and Mar Ligure in the North.

What to see in Tuscany?

  • Florence: the cradle of Italian renaissance, housing landmark monuments like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the churches of Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce and San Lorenzo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and Palazzo Pitti.
  • Siena: a beautiful medieval city, housing Piazza del Campo, a large medieval Cathedral, and hosting the famous Palio (horse race).
  • Pisa: housing the world-famous leaning tower, a medieval Cathedral, and a Baptistery.
  • Lucca: Wall-enclosed old town, and the Cathedral of San Martino.
  • San Gimignano: Italy’s most famous medieval town.
  • Monteriggioni: the walled city.
  • Val d’Orcia: Rolling hills shaping a unique landscape.
  • Montepulciano: charming medieval town with the renowned Piazza Grande, starred in many famous movies.
  • Pienza: the ideal renaissance town in Val d’Orcia.
  • Mount Amiata: wildlife and hiking.
  • Chianti: One of the world’s most ancient and best-preserved wine districts.
  • Arezzo: Piazza Grande and the Church of San Francesco with spectacular frescoes by Piero della Francesca.
  • Maremma Natural Park: Coastal natural reserve.
  • Argentario Peninsula: breathtaking coastal landscapes and crystal-clear waters.
  • Isola d’ Elba: the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago.
  • Forte dei Marmi: upscale beach clubs and luxury villas.

What are the typical dishes of Tuscany?

When in Florence, Fiorentina t-bone steak, pappa al pomodoro (bread dipped in tomato sauce with garlic and dried herbs), peposo (spiced meat stew) and ribollita (vegetables and legumes soup) are the must-try dishes. Locals and tourists also line up in front of shops selling warm schiacciata (thin and crunchy focaccia) stuffed with Finocchiona (fennel-flavored) salami or Tuscan ham.

Moving to the coast, cacciucco is the signature dish of the city of Livorno, consisting of a flavorful fish soup with tomato sauce. Tordelli pasta stuffed with meat and sweet chard are served with a veil of Parmigiano and tomato sauce in Lucca. In the province of Siena, you will find free-range Cinta Senese pork meat – including delicious ham – and Pecorino di Pienza cheese. Pappardelle pasta with wild boar is Maremma’s signature dish.

Make sure to end the meal with the traditional cantucci (dry biscuits) and a glass of Vin Santo.


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