If you're a newly wed couple planning for a vacation, Tuscany will be the answer to your dream honeymoon destination. Vacationers love to spend time in this beautiful province of northern central Italy, situated on the Mediterranean sea. Tuscany boasts of being the vibrant home to the revolutionary renaissance art period. The romantic atmosphere that prevails in the 23,000 sq. km (approx) region of Tuscany is heightened due to the presence of the most romantic and artistically magnificent city, Florence, or Firenze, in this region. Added to that, the tropical landscape, lush green fields, hills, borders of Tyrrhenian Sea and Apennine mountains impart Tuscany, a distinct beauty and elegance.
Tuscany- A Fabulous Country
Tuscany is blessed with the nature's beauty and is inhabited by nearly 3,600,000 people. It is located in central Italy and the Tyrrhenian sea borders it and the Tuscan archipelago, in the west. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and most of the intellectual and artistic life in Tuscany, emerged in this city. Tuscany is a prosperous province and mining, farming, textiles and tourism are some of the strong sectors that boost the Tuscany economy. Although farming forms the main occupation of people in Tuscany, major manufacturers are included in the metal products, machinery and refined petroleum. Tourism is also one of the most vital industries that supports the Tuscany economy.
The Grandeur that is Tuscany
There are many beautiful cities in Tuscany that a tourist must not miss to visit. The most famous town is Pisa, that is widely known for being home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a wonder of the modern world. Located in Piazza dei Miracoli, the Leaning Tower of Pisa along with the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Camposanto forms some of the must visit places in Pisa. Florence, another remarkable city in Tuscany houses architecture of the renaissance period that is bound to leave you spell bound. Santa Maria del Fiore, Arezzo, Siena and San Gimignano are some other towns to visit in Tuscany. Tuscany is certainly one of the most picturesque destinations in Italy and a trip to this city is worth the efforts!
Arts, Renaissance and Tuscany
European renaissance found its birthplace in the mystic province of Tuscany in Italy. To know all the details of renaissance in Tuscany and how it shaped the Italy history, tourists can visit many galleries in Tuscany for detailed knowledge. The Uffizi Gallery, one of the internationally acclaimed art museums in Italy, with 1.5 million visitors each year, will expose you to some of the world's best paintings, arts and architecture. Similarly, the other art galleries namely, Accademia Gallery, The Bargello Museum, Pitti Palace and Alabaster Museum in Volterra are some of the must see arts museums in Tuscany. By visiting these museums, you are sure to have a walk through the past Roman culture and history.
Did You Know?
➝ Florence is one of the hottest vacation spots in the world. Nearly 10 million tourists visit this capital city of Tuscany every year, making it one of the most visited cities in the world.
➝ Nearly two-thirds of the Tuscany area comprises hills and one-fourth of the total area is made up of mountains!
➝ Following places in Tuscany have been included in the world heritage sites: the historical center of Florence, the historical center of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical center of San Gimignano, the historical center of Pienza and the Val d'Orcia.
➝ Petrarch, Dante, Luca Pacioli, Puccini, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei and Amerigo Vespucci - Tuscany was a home to all these geniuses.
➝ Tuscany is believed to be the only province in Italy with remarkable collection of Italian architecture and arts. Some of the world's most precious arts works have been preserved in museums and galleries in Tuscany.
➝ Chianti district, known as the 'heart of Tuscany', in South Florence area is known for production of internationally acclaimed Chianti wines.
➝ As per estimates of the UNESCO, Tuscany accounts for 10% of the world's heritage site! This is one of the lesser known Tuscany facts and it is an example of the grandeur of this amazing city.
Tuscany combines the beauty of ancient history with the present day growth. It is a vacation destination for people of all ages. If you are planning for a romantic escapade with your partner, it can be an ideal choice for you. If you are thinking of a family vacation, Tuscany has a lot to offer!