A Search for the tradition of good food and art and style in Tuscany
A tour around Tuscany means a trip to fascinating and quaint towns, dining on food that makes the world sigh, and visiting museums, churches and Tuscan villas filled with unforgettable masterpieces. But it also means admiring a tradition of skilled craftsmen who were the driving force behind the economic growth in this area. Those who learned the trade of their fathers and their fathers fathers in the family workshop, those who know how to take a simple raw material and elaborate it until it is the image of excellence.
Visiting the real Tuscany, means being able to watch as these artisans wield their craft. Starting with the many vineyards and olive groves in Montalcino, Chianti or Lucca where one can not only tour the cantinas but also taste the finished product. The wine industry in Tuscany is a driving force not only for world wide tourism – but even for the Italians themselves. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a glass of wine with a delicious Italian meal?
Pierotucci’s Italian Leather Workshop is a corner of Tuscany that demonstrates how antique traditions are still used today. With a reservation, one can tour for free the workshop and watch as the artisans craft bags and wallets using the same techniques as those so many years before them.
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Florence - The most famous city to visit in Tuscany
Due to its enormous quantity of monuments and museums and it’s role of The cradle of the Renaissance. Just to mention The city’s Cathedral with its majestic Brunelleschi Dome and one of the richest galleries in the world The Uffizi as well as the world renowned Michelangelo’s David. Florence attractions are endless and even if you have already visited main touristic places, Florence is always able to offer you something new.
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For a long time Leaning Tower of Pisa has been a symbol of Italy, and you would hardly find a tourist who visited Pisa and had not purchased a magnet with its image. Once Galileo Galilei himself conducted experiments on gravity throwing a metal sphere from Tower of Pisa. Beside the Tower the whole complex of the Cathedral square is definitely one of the best things to see in Pisa considering it represents a graceful gothic style with it distinct character.
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This is a typical medieval city with its straight streets situated on three heels. Once it was a principal rival of the Florence ultimately conquered by Grand Duke Cosimo I of the Medici family. In the early middle ages Sienese art was highly influenced by French culture. The most popular places to visit in Siena are the Town Hall with the adjacent square in the form of conch as well as the Main Cathedral with its sumptuous interior decoration created by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.
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This small city on the south-east of Tuscany is famous for being the home of the first Franciscan church, decorated by Giotto, an revolutionary artist of Italian paintings. So if you want to take a closer look at Italian art and raise their cultural level, Assisi is definitely one of the best cities to visit in Tuscany.
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Another picturesque medieval city, that was once a powerful center as it was an important trade route from France to Rome. Lucca is the only city which never was under the Florence governance until 1861 when it joined United Kingdom of Italy. It is considered one of the best places to see on the east coast Tuscany as the old center still keeps its ancient atmosphere.
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As well as stopping in the major Tuscan cities of arts, it is also advisable to visit small medieval villages. Most of these villages, called “Borghi”, were constructed as medieval fortresses, so they are situated on the top of the Tuscan heels offering a magnificent panoramic views. San Gimignano one of the classical example, also known as ancient Manhattan due to the numerous tower-houses, built in order to save space and to be more protected.
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Pitigliano is a small town in the south-west of Tuscany, almost literally grown out of the rock and has retained its original appearance. The quaint old town is known as the little Jerusalem, for the historical presence of a Jewish community that has always been well integrated into the social context. Piligliano is one of the best place to visit during a trip to southern corner of Tuscany.
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