A One of Kind Destination – Things That Tuscany Is Famous For
Posted by Ruth (29/06/2017)
Tuscany is famous for quite a few things, which is pretty impressive considering it’s region, and not a country. Until you visit Tuscany, you won’t truly understand just why it’s so well known for certain things. You need to cast your eyes up the magical views, experience the medieval hilltop towns for yourself and treat your taste buds to Tuscany’s culinary delights. Here are some of the main things that Tuscany is famous for.
Of course we have to start with wine, because it’s perhaps what Tuscany is most famous for. Wine lovers and connoisseurs from around the world travel to Tuscany to enjoy the wine. Chianti is the most well-known wine producing region, it’s home to the infamous Chianti Classico wine, with the Riserva being the most sought after.
And then there’s the rather pricey Brunello di Montalcino, it bagged the Gold Decanter World Wine Award in 2015. Vineyards are synonymous with Tuscany’s landscapes, and there are plenty of vineyards and farms that offer authentic wine tasting experiences.
The olive oil
Olive oil is as much a part of the culture here as the wine. Tuscan people see it as a key ingredient to pretty much every meal, they use it in cooking and as a dressing for salads and bread. The olive oil has a slightly different taste depending on what part of Tuscany you are in, but perhaps the most prestigious oil is the limited single estate extra virgin oil from the Chianti region.
Many people return from Tuscany and really miss the food. Why? Because it’s so satisfying and delicious. The food here is made mainly from fresh local ingredients, and meals are created depending on what’s in season.
The food is packed full of flavour, yet you won’t find any extravagant sauces. The Tuscan people pride themselves on the quality and flavour of their fresh and often locally grown ingredients. Some of Tuscany’s best known dishes include Ribollita Tuscan soup, Pappardelle pasta, truffles, Cacciucco and Bistecca Fiorentina.
The hilltop towns
There’s nowhere else on earth with towns like those found in and around Tuscany. The hilltop towns are most definitely a major part of Tuscany’s fame. They are steeped in history, authentic, and packed full of character.
Plus, many of them are set high up in the hills with the most spectacular views of the countryside and beyond. San Gimignano, Pienza, Lucca, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Arezzo are some of the most well-known and impressive hilltop towns. We’ve got a handy guide to some of the towns and villages in Tuscany, check it out here.
Florence and Siena
Florence and Siena are two cities that are on many travellers to do lists. They attract tourists from around the world, and are a huge part of Tuscany’s fame. Florence is perhaps the more famous of the two, but both are most definitely worth a visit. The architecture in both cities is a wonder to behold, with awe-inspiring buildings and incredible artwork.
Tuscany’s rolling hills take centre stage on many postcards, paintings and photographs. The countryside is a huge reason why so many people flock to this part of Italy. It’s quite simply breathtaking. The countryside is filled with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and vibrant colours, and it’s the perfect place to get away from it all and relax.
Tuscany, and in particular, Florence is a magnet for art enthusiasts. There’s a huge selection of magnificent art collections in galleries across the region, some of which are home to work by Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit the galleries in Florence such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia where you can admire Michelangelo’s David.