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Tuscany and Umbria are blessed with emblematic Italian sceneries, well-know thanks to rich heritage of artistic representation, which include typical for the locality inhabitancies, medieval as well as modern rural houses and picturesque residences, vineyards, and lush nature with its cypresses and olive groves.Magnetism of that reputation has allured countless tourists.Shelley named Tuscany as a "paradise of exiles", and ever since then, people have compared the region with sunless, overcrowded home country, seeing it as a perfect getaway.The alien's viewpoint can be distorted,however the main districts - notably in Tuscany -surely the soul of Italy in many ways. The general speach originated from native Tuscan, a superiority ensured by Dante, the author of Divine Comedy in indegonous language of his country of origin. Different brilliant Tuscan authors from this period — Petrarch and Boccaccio — empowered its position, and during the XIX century Manzoni arrived to clear his speach of any faultsduring the writing of The Betrothed, the best known fiction in Italy.However the thing that constitutes to this places importance to the culture of Italy as well as the entirety of Europe is, of course, the Renaissancethe extremely inventive period which bears the name of another TuscanGiorgio Vasari, who created his works during the sixteenth century in the "rebirth" of artistry along Giotto and his inheritors' movement of humanism. Nowadays Tuscany and Umbrai are amidst the most prosperous areas of the current Italian community, a welfare established partialy by cultivation and touristry, however hugely upon their industrialized hubs that are extraordinarily evident in the valley of Arno. Nontheless, the pair of Tuscany and Umbria are mainly rustic, containing extensive expanses of grounds, which remain resembling the time five hundred years ago. Even as the hilltop townships climb to the top of the hills, the vine plateaus lead along the curves at the bottom and exposed farmlands span around the outlining basins, creating a unique harmony of nature's and human's worlds.

Country and People

Country and People


This region has witnessed the presence of Etruscan, Roman, Gothic, Byzantine and Holy Roman Empire, but the greatest glory came in the renaissance resulting in the numerous monuments that still stand today in cities like Florence, Pisa and Siena. One of the most relevant and important families in the Middle Ages and from the standpoint of economic and cultural viewpoints the Medici, a very influential family in both the social landscape and political and artistic areas. On the island of Elba is worth noting that Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned there until he escaped to fight his last battle at Waterloo.

Traditions and Culture

The Tuscan culture as well as being the result of many superstitions, celebrations and picnics. But wisdom and agricultural techniques have also played heavily on the development of their traditions and progress in knowledge and science. They have made this area more open-minded to changes and new customs. Still, the lower classes located in the rural areas remain entrenched in their applications and have been a little stagnant in the past. The inhabitants of this region of central Italy are open minded people to society. They are also proud people of their land and their customs and their vast artistic heritage, history and culture Like Michelangelo.

Getting around

Getting around

By car

Roads and highways in this region are also very well maintained and it is easy to navigate them. . The highways are marked with the letter A plus a number on a green background, the sections which are near large cities are usually toll roads.

By taxi

To get to Tuscany and the island of Elba or travel through the region there are many possibilities as far as transportation is concerned. The train and bus are the most used, the rail network has very good connections to major cities but the prices are very high. High-speed trains are a good choice when you do not have much time. To navigate in central cities you can take the metro, tram or bus, depending which city you are in. You can also travel to and from the Tuscan island of Elba by boat, the main ports of Ancona and Livorno, and even by plane. Travelling by taxi in Italy, as in the rest of Europe, it is not economical. It is better to go by taxi only when there is no other options, for example if there is no bus or tram or if you have a lot of luggage.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy


There are many places worth visiting, but the most important monuments of Tuscany are: - Florence: Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Cathedral and the Cupola and the Basilica of San Lorenzo. - Pisa: the Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, the Baptistery and the Campo Santo. - Siena: Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publico, the Cathedral and the Church of San Domenico. Other cities in the region are also places of interest are Lucca, Arezzo and San Gimignano. The island of Elba is a vast natural paradise and its coasts are greatly appreciated.


One of the most curious things in this region is the Feast of San Galgano, near Siena. In the abbey of the same name you can find a sword stuck in a rock in the San Galgiano s. XII. As in the legend of Excalibur, no one has managed so far to pull the sword from the stone. Every year in June a Medieval market takes place here. The lifestyle in Tuscany may be typical of rural towns and the countryside and the hectic pace of life led by residents of large cities.


The typical dishes of Tuscany and the island of Elba are more than just pizza and pasta. Their ingredients are varied such as bread, meat, fish, vegetable soups like minestrone, and wine. The dish in the summer is the Panzarella, a kind of cold soup made of bread, tomato, onion and sometimes anchovies and basil and always accompanied by olive oil. Other famous dishes are the "Bistecca", sirloin steak grilled with rosemary and olive oil, and "tagliata di Manzo, grilled beef tenderloin seasoned with pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar.

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