Tuscany

In the cradle of the renaissance

A cultural and seaside holiday in a region with an absolutely unique historical and artistic heritage. The cradle of the renaissance and an inexhaustible source of important figurative artists up to the 16th century, Tuscany is much more than a museum. The geographical area is largely mountainous and hilly, crossed by numerous rivers and secondary water courses which make the landscape varied and diverse. The territory stretches down from the impressive peaks of the Apuan Alps to the Tuscan tableland, situated between the Arno and the Ombrone, to finally reach the coast culminating in the Argentario promontory. However, the surprises do not finish here.

Not far from the coast we find the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, including Elba, the largest, and some smaller islands with a wealth of charm.

Tuscany offers the opportunity to enjoy very different kinds of holiday, suitable for all tastes. The beaches are equipped with every comfort and the hills are genuine sanctuaries of peace, where you can immerse yourself in the past, exploring the countryside, perhaps on horseback, and the typical flavours of times gone by.

Throughout the region art and nature come together harmoniously. The historical and artistic heritage of extraordinary importance conserved in famous cities such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca combines with a landscape which is famous all over the world.

Art here is not limited to an isolated monument or phenomenon and the countryside still reflects the peasant culture. In the magnificent city of Florence, resting on the banks of the River Arno, in just a few metres one can see genuine masterpieces by great artists of the calibre of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello and Michelangelo. Siena has been defined “the only living model of the medieval city”. It is divided into districts and situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Surrounded by walls, Lucca has a wealth of ancient buildings and churches, Livorno is an attractive seaside city, Grosseto fascinates visitors with the remains of the Etruscan civilisation. Then there are the cities of Massa and Carrara with their marble quarries, Arezzo and Pistoia. Tuscany offers more than just art. Here you can also find beautiful countryside, the sea, nature reserves and entertainment. Tourists can take advantage of first class accommodation facilities along the coast and visit the splendid islands not far away: Elba, Gorgona, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri.

 

La Torre di Pisa, famosa per la sua pendenza

PISA, A JOURNEY THROUGH ART

This Tuscan city is a genuine centre of art at international level, the beauty of the monuments in the Campo dei Miracoli standing out among the many artistic and monumental treasures.

Panorama della città

SIENA, THE CITY OF THE PALIO

The city is famous for the Palio, an event held twice annually, recalling long-standing traditions and customs. The territory around Siena is mostly made up of the Chianti area, famous all over the world for its enchanting landscape and hilly terrain.

Ponte Vecchio (www.zoomedia.it)

FLORENTIA “THE PROSPEROUS”

Of Roman origin, it has a wealth of monuments and works of art making it a unique destination in terms of international tourism.

La facciata del Duomo (www.toscany-charming.it)

PRATO, TRADING CITY

The city takes its name from the large meadow (prato in Italian) where the market took place. Today this has become the market place and a symbol of the entrepreneurial spirit which has characterised the town since ancient times.

Archivio Apt Arcipelago Toscano

THE BEACHES OF PORTOFERRAIO

Being almost 25 kilometres in length, the council of Portoferraio offers numerous bathing establishments and beaches, such as Biodola, 600 metres of fine sandy golden beaches; Scaglieri, 150 metres of fine sand that gently slopes to the sea and the Forno, a small segment of land.

Il Duomo di Lucca (www.amigosdelciclismo.com)

LUCCA, WALLED CITY

The ancient and imposing red walls envelop and protect this Tuscan city. The most famous places in the province are almost all situated along the Tyrrhenian coast and are renowned both for their artistic treasures and for the range of facilities and activities they offer.

La Costa Campese  (Regione Toscana)

GROSSETO, FROM SMALL FIEF TO MAJOR CITY

This history of the city is also characterised by the continuous conflict first with Siena and then with the Medici family.

Cecina

It is one of Italy’s most sought after tourist locations, not only because of the sea, but also for its historic content.

Le dolci forme della campagna toscana (foto Regione Toscana)

THE ANCIENT AND WEALTHY CITY OF PISTOIA

In the past there were many bankers in this Tuscan city, contributing towards the enrichment of Pistoia and leading to its expansion.

Un tratto di costa livornese

LIVORNO AND ITS HEART, PIAZZA GRANDE

Known as the headquarters of the naval academy and for its industrial development, Livorno is also an artistic city.

Il Duomo di Carrara (www.perso.wanadoo.fr)

MASSA CARRARA, THE CITY OF MARBLE

Known throughout the world for its famous white marble, the area offers much more to tourists. Originating from the merging of two towns, this young Tuscan province includes a coast with numerous well-equipped seaside resorts among its assets.

Arezzo, vista panoramica (www.europehotelink.com)

AREZZO, THE “HOMELAND” OF POETS AND ARTISTS

This Tuscan city and province is the birthplace of figures such as the painter and sculptor Michelangelo and the architect Vasari.