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Florence (235)
Florence (235)

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 km² and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace.

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Tuscany produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. Seven Tuscan localities have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Site: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical centre of Siena (1995); the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987); the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990); the historical centre of Pienza (1996); the Val d’Orcia (2004), and Medici Villas and Gardens (2013).

List of sights

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Alberese

Marina di Alberese (1)
Marina di Alberese (1)
42° 38′ 55″ N, 11° 2′ 6″ E

Alberese is a rural town in southern Tuscany. It is situated 20 km south-east of Grosseto, in the heart of the Natural Park of Maremma. The area includes the surrounding rural territories which begin with the first foot-hills of the hinterland and…

Arezzo

Arezzo (1)
Arezzo (1)
43° 27′ 53″ N, 11° 53′ 3″ E

Arezzo is a city in Central Italy, located in Tuscany. Arezzo is about 80 km south-east of Florence, at an elevation of 296 m above sea level. Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Arno River. In the upper part of the…

Artimino

Artimino (003)
Artimino (003)
43° 46′ 56″ N, 11° 2′ 35″ E

The Medicean Villa di Artimino, also called “La Ferdinanda” or “Villa dei cento Camini” (“Villa of the hundred chimneys”), is situated in the landscape of Artimino, part of the medieval town of Carmignano in province Prato. It now houses the…

Capalbio

Capalbio (1)
Capalbio (1)
42° 27′ 17″ N, 11° 25′ 11″ E

Capalbio is a village in Tuscany, located about 150 km south of Florence and about 45 km south-east of Grosseto. Capalbio is known for the first time in 805AD, when it was donated to the Abbey of the Tre Fontane, near Rome, by Charlemagne. The…

Castiglion Fiorentino

Castiglion Fiorentino (002)
Castiglion Fiorentino (002)
43° 20′ 29″ N, 11° 55′ 23″ E

Castiglion Fiorentino is a small, walled city in eastern Tuscany, between the cities of Arezzo and Cortona. It is well known for its annual festivals and Etruscan archaeological site. Castiglion Fiorentino lies at the centre of a triangle formed…

Collodi

Collodi (1)
Collodi (1)
43° 53′ 59″ N, 10° 39′ 12″ E

Collodi is a village in Tuscany that has become famous thanks to “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, the most famous and printed non-religious book of all times. Its writer was Carlo Lorenzini, who chose the pen name of “Collodi”. His mother was born…

Cortona

Cortona (1)
Cortona (1)
43° 16′ 30″ N, 11° 59′ 7″ E

Cortona is a town in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany. It is the main cultural and artistic centre of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo. The narrow streets medieval city of Cortona, was founded by the Etruscans and kept its importance during Roman…

Florence

Florence (1)
Florence (1)
43° 46′ 11″ N, 11° 15′ 19″ E

Florence (Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. Florence is famous for its history. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the Birthplace of the…

Garden of Tarot

Garden of Tarot (1)
Garden of Tarot (1)
42° 25′ 26″ N, 11° 28′ 11″ E

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi or The Garden of Tarot is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot created during the late 1970s by Niki de Saint Phalle in Garavicchio, province of Grosseto, Tuscany. Influenced by Gaudí’s Parc Güell in Barcelona,…

Isola del Giglio

Isola del Giglio (1)
Isola del Giglio (1)
42° 21′ 34″ N, 10° 55′ 15″ E

Isola del Giglio is an Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea (one of seven that form the Tuscan Archipelago, lying within the Arcipelago Toscano National Park), and is part of the province of Grosseto. The island is separated by a 16 km of sea from…

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni (1)
Monteriggioni (1)
43° 23′ 22″ N, 11° 13′ 28″ E

Monteriggioni is a municipality in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany. It borders on the communes of Casole d’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, Siena and Sovicille. The town is…

Pitigliano

Pitigliano (1)
Pitigliano (1)
42° 38′ 4″ N, 11° 40′ 4″ E

Pitigliano is a town located about 80 km south-east of Grosseto. The quaint old town is known as the little Jerusalem, for the historical presence of a Jewish community has always been well integrated into the social context that here had their…

Prato

Prato (1)
Prato (1)
43° 52′ 55″ N, 11° 5′ 50″ E

Prato is Tuscany’s second largest city after Florence and is a centre of the slow food movement, with many local specialities, including cantucci, a type of biscotti, sold by local speciality bakers.

San Galgano

San Galgano (1)
San Galgano (1)
43° 8′ 58″ N, 11° 9′ 21″ E

The abbey of Saint Galgano rise in the valley of the Merse River, between the medieval villages of Chiusdino and Monticiano, in the province of Siena. The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano (Galgano Guidotti…

San Gimignano

San Gimignano (1)
San Gimignano (1)
43° 28′ 4″ N, 11° 2′ 36″ E

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town. The town also is known for…

Sant’Antimo

Sant'Antimo (1)
Sant'Antimo (1)
42° 59′ 59″ N, 11° 30′ 55″ E

Sant Antimo Abbey (Abbazia di Sant’Antimo) is a former Benedictine monastery, now inhabited by Canons Regular, situated in the province of Siena, near Montalcino, Tuscany. Its name refers to Saint Anthimus of Rome, whose relics were moved here…

Siena

Siena (1)
Siena (1)
43° 19′ 7″ N, 11° 19′ 54″ E

Siena, in English also spelled Sienna, is a city in Tuscany. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (900-400 BC) when it was…

Sorano

Sorano (1)
Sorano (1)
42° 40′ 54″ N, 11° 42′ 50″ E

Sorano is a town in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany. It has an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River. Sorano was probably inhabited by Villanovan culture, but the first historical mentions are…

Sovana

Sovana (1)
Sovana (1)
42° 39′ 25″ N, 11° 38′ 45″ E

Sovana is a small town in southern Tuscany, in the province of Grosseto. Etruscan by origin, Sovana became a Roman municipium. Conquered by Lombards in 592-605, it was chosen as their administrative centre in the area. Later, when Roselle was…

Tuscan Landscapes

Tuscan Tuscany (1)
Tuscan Tuscany (1)
43° 4′ 44″ N, 11° 37′ 43″ E

Roughly triangular in shape, Tuscany borders the regions of Liguria to the north-west, Emilia-Romagna to the north and east, Umbria to the east and Lazio to the south-east. Tuscany has a western coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea, containing the…

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