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An Introduction to Tuscany, Italy

By Rob Carlton
  Tuscany is the place where movies are filmed and fantasies run wild. Perhaps it's the cities of Florence, Pisa, or Livorno that invoke feelings of culture, art, or arouse the senses as do the smells and taste of the Chianti region. The fact is that Tuscany is home to some of the most famous tourist destinations in Italy. It is here that budding artists come to learn from the masters. It is here that the world of fashion takes it cues. And it is in Tuscany that romantics rekindle the flame and celebrate their love.
     Florence is one of the most famous cities in Tuscany. The Uffizi museum is home to such masterpieces as "The Birth of Venus." Originally built to house the Tuscan administrative offices, the top floor now houses masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio. Each visitor to Florence must also stop in and gaze at Michelangelo's "David," on display at the oldest art academy, the Galleria dell'Accademia. The Ponte Vecchio is a landmark that literally translated means "old bridge." It was built in the 1300s and has withstood floods and wars in order to continue to hawk some of the world's most wonderful 18 and 24 k gold products and leather goods.
     Chianti is known for its wines which are famous around the world. Tourists to Tuscany can enjoy the world's finest wines while enjoying the picturesque countryside.
     Siena, also located in the Chianti region houses a gothic cathedral and paintings by medieval masters, Duccio and Simone Martini. The Renaissance and Etruscan history are evident in each landmark of the region.
     Piza is best known for the Leaning Tower whose construction began in the 12th century, but started sinking into the ground after only 3 stories were completed. It stood this way for 90 years and was finally completed by the son of Andreo Pisano, Tommano Simone and Giovanni de Simone almost 200 years after it was started.
     Part of the beauty and mystique of Tuscany is its countryside. The rolling hills that slope down to the coast are dotted with vineyards and villas. There are working farms and vacation villas suitable for the most adventurous tourists or those demanding first class accommodations. Tuscany car rentals allow tourists to explore each tiny village at their own pace and on their own schedule.
     Emerging as a real business centre, Tuscany is home to thriving businesses in the furniture, leather, fashion, and manufacturing industries. These businesses keep the region in the 21st century while the people and culture keep one foot in the past.
     If romance, tradition and culture are your idea of an ideal vacation, then Tuscany is for you. On the other hand if shopping and the face pace of a thriving city are your style then you will also find it in the Tuscany region of Italy.
 

Robert Carlton produces publications on news associated to Tuscany tours and Tuscany car rental.

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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuscany,_Italy
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Tuscany

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