A search for traditional cuisine, famous art and fine artisanal fashion in Tuscany
A tour around Tuscany means a trip to fascinating and quaint towns, dining on exquisite food to be the envy of everyone, 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 in and around Montalcino, the Chianti region or Bolgheri where one can not only tour the wineries but also taste the finished product. The wine industry in Tuscany is a driving force not only for worldwide 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 in making leather products. With a reservation, you can tour the workshop and watch as the artisans craft all types of leather handbags and accessories using the same techniques as those so many years before them.
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Florence - Tuscany's most popular city to visit
Due to the enormous quantity of monuments and museums thanks to so many talented artists and architects of the time, Florence is known for how it reshaped Europe in the 15th century and is called "The cradle of the Renaissance." More than so, UNESCO has even declared Florence the "symbol of the Renaissance." Just to mention, the city’s Cathedral with its majestic Dome designed and realized by Brunelleschi, The Uffizi, one of the richest art galleries in the world, as well as the world renowned David by Michelangelo, are only a couple of the must-see Florence attractions to visit. Florence is one big museum where works of art are discovered around every corner of the city and even under foot. Endless attractions to see, even if you have already visited the main touristic places, Florence is always able to offer you something new.
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Pisa - perfect half day trip to pair with Lucca
For a long time the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been a symbol of Italy, and you will hardly find a tourist who visits Pisa and does not take a selfie picture having a good time posing with the Tower. Galileo Galilei himself conducted an experiment on gravity by dropping two metal spheres of different masses from the Tower of Pisa discovering that they fell with the same acceleration and disproving Aristotle's theory of gravity. Besides the Tower, the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) which houses the Cathedral complex, is definitely one of the best things to see in Pisa considering it represents one of the finest medieval architectural complexes in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
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Siena - a medieval jewel of Tuscany
Siena is a typical medieval city with a long history dating back to the Etruscan era and developed in the Middle Ages when art was highly influenced by the French culture. Siena was a long-time principal rival of Florence and ultimately conquered by Grand Duke Cosimo I of the Medici family. The most popular things to see in Siena are the conch shell shaped square, the Piazza del Campo, where you can also visit the city's town hall (Palazzo Comunale) and climb the 400+ steps of the Torre del Mangia. The impressive medieval Cathedral, or Duomo as it is known, is loaded with treasures: take special note of the mosaic decorated floor and the sumptuous frescoes created by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.
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Assisi - an excursion out of Tuscany
We must add Assisi, even though this small city is located in the region of Umbria, located south-east of Tuscany, because it is famous for being the home of the first Franciscan church, decorated by Giotto, a revolutionary artist who is considered the 'Father of the Renaissance'. So if you want to take a closer look at Italian art and see where the origins of Renaissance fresco painting and perspective all began, Assisi is definitely one of the best cities to visit in Umbria.
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Lucca - the city of churches
Another picturesque medieval city that still boasts its fortified walls which embrace the city, was once a powerful center as it was an important trade route from France to Rome. Lucca, also known as 'The City of 100 Churches', is one of the few cities in Tuscany that never fell under the Florence governance; a city that remained an independent until 1861 when it joined unified 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. The Cathedral of San Martino houses the 'Volto Santo' (Holy Face). A definite must-do is climbing to the top of the 14th century Torre Guinigi to see the roof garden; or take a lazy walk (you can also rent a bicycle!) on top of the medieval walls. Before heading to dine on Lucca's famous 'zuppa di farro' (spelt soup) and the traditional 'buccellato' - anise-flavored sweet bread - enjoy a quiet coffee or cocktail at one of the cafes in the Piazza Anfiteatro built on a Roman amphitheater.
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San Gimignano - a lovely late afternoon stop after Siena
As well as stopping in the major Tuscan cities of art, we highly recommend to get a taste of some of the charming medieval towns that are easily accessible from Pierotucci. Many of these towns, called 'borgo' meaning village, were constructed as medieval fortresses, are situated on the top of the Tuscan hills and offer magnificent panoramic views. San Gimignano is one classic example, as it is placed on a high hill in the Val d'Elsa. Of the original 72 medieval towers, today there are 16 remaining that are still well intact. San Gimignano is often called 'Manhattan of the Middle Ages'. Highly recommended is climbing to the top of Torre Grossa, the tallest of the towers and the only one open to the public. Being also an agricultural town, San Gimignano boasts a lovely crisp white wine with citrus notes, Vernaccia, which you can try at one of the wine bars that line the main street.
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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. Pitigliano is one of the best places to visit during a trip to the southern corner of Tuscany.
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