In the center of Italy is the beautiful region of Tuscany, a place which offers quintessential Italian style culture and passion and a place which many tourists fall in love with the moment that they set eyes on it. This region of Italy offers miles of countryside an farmlands and when it comes to food and culture, it is the land itself that inspires most. Farmer Kitchen-style food here can be found throughout the region and if you want succulent red wine and tasty cured meats then there are few places to go in Italy that will thrill you quite like Tuscany.
As with all places in the World, there are always some must see attractions and Tuscany is no different, if you can visit this stunning part of Italy then here are some things that you cannot afford to miss out on.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The freestanding, 14th Century bell tower in the town of Pisa has gained fame around the World thanks to its lean which came as a result of poor construction. The mistake that were made during the building of the foundations of the bell tower have ended up creating one of Italy’s most iconic structures and if you are in Tuscany, you cannot afford to miss out on a visit here.
The capital of Tuscany, Florence, holds the single biggest collection of classical and renaissance art anywhere in the World. The art can be seen in the many museums and also in the outstanding architecture that can be found in the city. The main attraction her in Florence is by far and away the cathedral that sits in the heart of the city. It was built in the Gothic style in the middle of the 15th Century and to this day it remains as the main church in Florence, one of its most popular tourist attraction and one of the most breathtaking buildings across the nation.
The largest and one of the best known art museums in the World is the Uffizi Gallery, it is where Italy holds its most precious pieces and it offers one of the largest collections of renaissance art that can be seen anywhere on the planet. The museum is set in the center of Tuscany and is open all year round, occasionally offering various themed exhibits and wowing crowds with its collection on a daily basis.
Around 10 kilometers off the coast of Italy lies the quaint Mediterranean island of Elba, Italy’s third largest island behind Sardinia and Sicily. This glorious part of Tuscany offers a real Mediterranean treat with higher temperatures than the mainland, jaw dropping vistas of the sea and the coastline and plenty of activities from diving to snorkeling. If you want to get away from the World for a little while whilst you are in Italy then Elba is the place to do so. Quiet, relaxing and aesthetically stunning.