Historical Facts About Tuscany You Might Not Know
Posted by Dympna (08/06/2017)
Tuscany is located in Central Italy and is an idyllic place filled with stunning scenery and some of the world’s most beautiful and historic buildings. But there is more to Tuscany than meets the eye, as these 8 historical facts will prove.
It’s Pinocchio’s birthplace!
This famous character was created by Florentine writer; Carlo Collodi and upon visiting the town of Collodi, you will be able to stop off at the original Pinocchio Park, which was first opened in 1956. It certainly has an air of magic surrounding it.
Not many people are aware of the fact that pavements were first given legs by the capital city of Tuscany; Florence, in 1339. It became the first European city to do so and certainly led the way for all future paved roads.
Italy is indeed known for its fine wines but Tuscany is the true heart of this sophisticated tipple and in particular, the region of Chianti. So it comes as no surprise that Chianti Classico is one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.
Setting the scene (movies)
Some of the most iconic movies were filmed in this vast region, including the original 1968 film ‘Romeo and Juliet’, in which the main square of Pienza was used for the famous courtyard scene. The 1996 film ‘The English Patient’ was set partly in Tuscany and provided the perfect backdrop for the movies’ heart-warming story.
It’s all in the arts
Many believe Tuscany to play host to the world’s most significant and beautiful Italian architecture and arts. Both the Birth of Venus and Michelangelo’s David are held at various galleries and museums here.
With a charming and amorous air, it’s fitting that Tuscany laid the foundations of the Italian language. During the 14th century, and with its central location, it began to outweigh its other counterparts and set the tone for modern Italian as we know it today.
Changing The Law
Prior to the unification of Italy in 1860, capital punishment took place in near enough every Pre-Unitarian state. However, on November 30th in 1786, Tuscany became the very first modern European state in the world to completely abolish capital punishment and outlaw torture.This was under the reign of Grand Duke; Pietro Leopoldo who ruled during 1765-1790.
Tuscany is the proud home to seven UNESCO heritage sites. These particular places are of key historical significance within the world today and as such, are preserved to maintain this standing.
Added to the list in 1995, is Siena’s Historical Center. Known to most for its beauty, this particular site boasts a building structure that truly embodies the gothic and medieval architecture of Italy, which was acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. The cathedral is part of this magnificent structure and holds some of the key masterpieces of Tuscan artists today.