Glorious landscapes, historic cities, mouth-watering cuisine, world-class wine and the artistic legacy of Italy’s Renaissance combine in Tuscany, one of Europe’s most enchanting regions.
This captivating corner on Italy’s west coast has two very diverse aspects - the historic art cities of Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca and the small towns and villages such as San Gimignano nestled amidst the lush rolling countryside that symbolises the Tuscan idyll.
It is this blend of rural perfection, side by side with significant art treasures, that makes Tuscany one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. And it is on the larger global stage that this small area has had such enormous impact, spawning the likes of Galileo Galilei, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Dante and Puccini to name but a few of Tuscany’s famous sons.
The incredible influence of these Renaissance giants can be seen in the breathtaking array of sculptures, paintings, frescos, churches and cathedrals that populate the celebrated towns and cities of the region. With many noted as World Heritage sites, a visit to Tuscany is to discover the link between the middle Ages and the modern era.
A visit to Tuscany is also a journey through a culinary tradition that has inspired chefs for generations. The fertile, rocky soil of the rolling landscape not only produces some of the finest grapes and olives for wine and oil, but a glorious variety of fresh, vibrant ingredients that are at the heart of this simple but tasty cuisine.