20 Breathtaking Places From Tuscany, Italy

Map of Tuscany, Italy
Update: see more photos from Tuscany – «Part II – Breathtaking Photos From Tuscany» here.
Known as the «Art Palace of Italy», Tuscany — is a Central Italian region, one which is filled with natural beauty and a long standing history. The Tuscan region comprises of its capital – Florence (Firenze), the Wine region of Chianti, Siena, making Tuscany a popular tourist destination that attracts millions(about 14mil. /year) of tourists every year. Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy (Florence Duomo, Uffizi, Uffizi gallery, Florence, etc.)  and its permanent influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, Tuscany is also famous for its wines.
Top tourist attractions in Tuscany
Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Cortona,  San Gimignano, Chianti Classico Wine Region, Montepulciano, Pienza and Val D’Orcia, Montecatini Terme, Uffizi Gallery(Florence), Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio(Florence), David(Michelangelo), Pallazo Pitti(Florence), Siena Cathedral, Medici Chapel(Florence).
Famous people from Tuscany
Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Roberto Cavalli, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, House/Dynasty of Medici.
Films shot in Tuscany
Under the Tuscan Sun(2003), The English Patient(1996), My House in Umbria(2003).
Interesting facts about Tuscany

  1. Tuscany gave birth to the Italian language 2. Tuscany has more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than Argentina, Australia or South Africa, and just one fewer than Egypt 3. While many associate the Pinocchio character with Disney’s 1940 animated film, the original story – The Adventures of Pinocchio – was penned by Carlo Collodi, who was born in Florence in 1826 4. The name ‘Pisa’ was based on a Greek word meaning ‘marshy land’ 5. 1944 – on August 4, Germans blow up all the bridges in Florence except Ponte Vecchio 6. The oldest olive tree in Italy, in Umbria is reportedly over 1700 yrs old 7. Sixty percent of the world’s art treasures are in Italy 8. Opera was created in Italy 9. Italy has over 3, 000 museums 10. The piano hails from Italy
    Average temperatures in Tuscany: The warmest months are generally July and August, while June and September offer both nice warm weather in general without it being too hot. The coolest months are December and January, with January being a bit cooler. Temperatures tend to be about 45 °F (7 °C) along the coast and from 38 to 42 °F (3. 5 °C to 5. 5 °C) inland. Temperatures in the mountains are below freezing, where snowfall attracts skiiers.
    The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are «fewer» tourists.
    Places near Tuscany: Milan(186miles/300km), Cinque Terre(31miles/50km), Rome(186miles/300km), Venice(161miles/260km), Capri Island(310miles/500km), Paris(720miles/1100km).

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