|Image from Maciej Stronski|
If someone was to mention Tuscany to you your thoughts might immediately turn to rolling hills bathed in sun and glistening seas in front of breath-taking backdrops but there is so much for which this Italian region is famous. Year after year tourists return to their Tuscan villas on holiday; happy to retreat once again to a place that has given them so much to enjoy in the past.
So let’s celebrate everything that Tuscany has given us because sun isn’t the only thing that drenches this landscape. History, culture and beauty can all be found in abundance in a region that really is at the heart of Italy.
Art –Tuscany is sure to be on any art lover’s list of places to go and the chances are that it’s somewhere near the top. With museums that showcase the work of such greats as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli; it’s literally a paradise for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life. Perhaps two of the most famous galleries in the world, let alone Tuscany, are the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery where you can find Michelangelo’s David; both of which are situated in Florence.
Wine –Whilst other areas of Italy might be famous for their acidic, dry whites such as Pinot Grigio; Tuscany is where your will find fruity, full bodied reds like the iconic Chianti. This type of wine is grown all over central Tuscany and there are plenty of vineyards that will be happy to open their doors to let you sample the fruits of their labours. Another great wine from the Tuscan region is the lesser known Montepulciano which is wonderfully intense and lively and definitely worth a try.
Architecture –If buildings were humans then Tuscany would have the most attractive locals in the world. It’s impossible to avoid the architecture which graces the towns and cities that really does offer an intriguing insight into the history of such a culturally rich region. A medieval feel runs through most of the area and infamous structures such as the leaning tower of Pisa and Siena Duomo are complemented by less known (but equally as beautiful) fountains, churches and abbeys.
Food –You only have to look into the long list of food festivals to see how much of a big part food plays in Tuscany. There are events dedicated to gelato, pizza and cheese and that’s before you even get to the ones that encompass everything. Pecorino cheese is widely produced as well as some of the best tasting olive oil and cured meats that you’ll ever enjoy. History isn’t just found in the buildings and art galleries that populate the cities but in the food that the local people eat too. There is sure to be no shortage of opportunity to experience a real taste of Tuscany.