As the regional capital of Florence, Tuscany has attracted a lot of attention over the years. Located in the center of Italy, the city has a population of almost 3.8 million inhabitants. It’s landscapes and history have enchanted people for years. Today it is a popular destination for travelers who want to visit the birth place of the Italian Renaissance. The fact that it is also the birthplace of man influential figures in the world of art and history is also an added draw. Some tourists come to just enjoy the culture and the natural beauty that the city has to offer.
The Dumo-Santa Maria del Fiore gives you a birds eye view of the vast expanse of the city and all that the city has to offer. In addition to this the cathedral itself is a heritage site. It is said that the cathedral is the fourth largest in the world! The Lucca City walls will take you back to the 1500’s. The medieval walls are still intact and a path of trees will take you to the very top of the walls. Keep your camera ready as you will find the view breathtaking.
The Piazza del Campo, the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, Ponte Vecchio and the Tower Guinigi should also be on a tourist’s checklist. For those who love history, the museums such as the Uffizi and Pitti Palace are a must see. They give you an insight into the world that has gone by.
The art of Michelangelo is well known the world over. That is precisely why it is important not to miss the replica of Michelangelo’s David statue. This statue is located at the Piazzale Michelangelo. In addition to the statue, the Piazzale gives you a great vantage point to look down at the city. It is highly recommended that you visit the spot once in the day and once in the night. The experience is totally different!
If you are in Tuscany then it is wise to set aside some time to take in the colors and tastes of the city. A number of food shops and artisan shops are scattered across the city. It isn’t hard to find a place to indulge in an authentic Tuscan meal. Indulge in the famous Lampredotto. The Lampredotto is famed as one of the most popular street foods in Tuscany. The Crostini Toscani and Panazella are both dishes made out of bread and are exceedingly tasty. A perfect way to start the day! Meat lovers should definitely try out the Lardo di Colonnata. It’s a pork dish which is popularly served as a started. It’s guaranteed to pleasure your taste buds!
Tuscany is also famous for the wines that are produced in the area. So if you are passing through, then don’t forget to catch a wine tour. It will definitely help you in selecting the perfect wine to take back home with you!
Tuscany has something for everyone. The culture and heritage for those who love history, the scenery and landscape for those who love nature and the food and the wine for those who love to eat. It’s perfect in more ways than one. It’s the perfect stop for a vacation and some people are privileged to live there. Either way… Tuscany never disappoints!
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