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Located in central Italy, both along the west coast and inland, Tuscany is one of the most picturesque regions in the world. Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is renowned for its historically large influence on the arts as well as scientific progression.
The Tuscany region has a total population of around 3.8 million people, and includes cities such as Florence and Pisa. There is a plethora of scenic sites to take photographs, as well as a variety of activities and restaurants for every type of traveller.
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There is almost infinite activities in Tuscany, ranging from visiting historic city centres to tasting wine in the countryside. Florence is the main city in the region, and is known as one of the world’s most scenic cities, making it a top spot to visit. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is touristic, but well worth the trip, and visiting the Tuscan countryside for hiking and wine tours should be an essential part of your trip.
Florence is where the Renaissance movement came to life in the middle ages, and was ruled by the historically powerful Medici family for years. Top sites are mostly affiliated with history and the arts. Make sure to visit Piazzale Michelangelo, a square with charming views of the city dedicated to the Renaissance's most famous sculptor. Another top spot in the city is Piazza del Duomo, a square offering magnificent photo opportunities of the Florence Cathedral, Baptistery and Canonici Palace. If you are interested in art, visit Uffizi Gallery, which displays works by renowned renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Another way to spend your time in Florence is just by roaming the streets and capturing its astounding beauty, both in your memory and on your camera.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous attractions worldwide. A freestanding tower built in the 12th century, the “Leaning” Tower started tipping to the side because of its inadequate foundation and construction on soft ground. Today visitors can climb to the top of the tower and gain wonderful views of the surrounding city of Pisa.
Tuscany is known for its rolling hills and idyllic countryside, making it perfect for hiking enthusiasts. There is a variety of hikes throughout the area, ranging from challenging day hikes, to short wanderings through the hills. This countryside is also the perfect place to grow grapes, making the region well known worldwide for its wine. You can visit one of the many wineries spread throughout Tuscany, and sample world renowned Tuscan wines where they are created.
The summer months consist of the high season, which means that there will be tourists everywhere. For the sake of your sanity, and your Italian experience, it may be better to visit in the winter or shoulder season. If you do decide to visit in the summer make sure to bring sunscreen and wear cool clothes because it gets incredibly hot. It’s easy to hop on a tour or take public transport around the region as it is quite well connected. Safe travels!