Florence’s fame didn’t end in the Medici days. Today, this former capital of Italy is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, a capital of high fashion and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
On the western coast of Italy sits the luxurious region of Tuscany. Beautiful landscapes, gorgeous villas and countless tourist sites make this a destination for those seeking the finer things in life. Travellers who enjoy renaissance art, high fashion and relaxing days and luxurious nights will find their own personal paradise waiting for them in the Tuscan region.
Languages: Italian, Tuscan dialect
Government: Under rule of Italian government
Did you know?
- Each year on May 25, the residents of the Tuscan town Pescia-Collodi celebrate the birthday of the fictional character Pinnocchio with a festival, complete with puppet-making contests and live shows.
- The region of Tuscany is home to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- Many of the world’s top fashion designers, including Gucci, Prada and Chanel, have headquarters in Florence, one of the largest cities in the Tuscan region.
- Renowned literary figure Dante, of Dante’s Inferno fame, was born in Florence.
The climate of Tuscany is, in general, very mild. Within the summer months, the average temperatures range from 25°C to 28°C, with very little rain, making it the warmest time to visit. Spring and autumn are also temperate, seeing little rainfall but still many sunny days. The winter in the region is relatively mild, ranging from 3°C to 7°C.
- Spring: April and May
- Summer: June, July, August, September
- Autumn: October and November
- Winter: December, January, February, March
Originally home to the Etruscans, the region of Tuscany fell under the rule of the Romans in 351 BCE and remained under their rule for centuries. In the late 18th century, it was conquered by Napoleonic France. Shortly after Napoleons’ fall, Tuscany became a part of modern Italy, and remains as such to this day.
LEANING TOWER OF PISA
No question about it, any trip to the Tuscan region has to include a visit to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Located in the city of Pisa itself, this tower is renowned for its almost four-degree lean, a result of poor foundation and unstable soil. Despite this construction flaw, the landmark is now stable due to restoration and structural strengthening, and each year, tourists from all around the world climb to the top of this 183-foot phenomenon.
The Accademia gallery houses what is probably the most famous sculpture in history: Michaelangelo’s David. Other attractions and exhibitions can be found here too, including works from such other renaissance artists as Giambologna, Botticelli, Uccello and more.
SATURNIA THERMAL BATHS
Located approximately two hours outside of Florence lies the small town of Saturnia, home to luxurious thermal baths and waterfalls. Come and enjoy the land like the Romans did, relaxing in 38°C water that will help you forget your troubles (as if anyone could have troubles in Tuscany!).
Books, movies and poetry glorify the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and inspired writer Veronica Leonard to follow her travel dreams to magnificent Florence and through the many narrow cobble-stoned streets and hilltop towns of rural Tuscany.