The popular tourist destination of Tuscany also otherwise known as Toscana, has an abundance of history, landscapes and legacies that make up its identity and therefore being the main draw for people wanting to visit Italy.
Did you know that the story of Pinocchio originated in Tuscany? In 1883, a Florence born man named Carlo Collodi had written the book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, long before the story was made into a hit Disney film. A local puppeteer decided to bring the character to life, and a wooden puppet version of Pinocchio was created.Legend has it, he did eventually turn into a real boy!
The most iconic leaning tower in the world is of course, The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Granted its name due to the poor decision to build this 15,000-ton structure on an unpredictable marshland, it is amazingly still standing today, and, well, still leaning! However, in the local area are several other towers that lean, although on a much smaller scale. Most of these consist of church bell towers.
We walk on stone pavements each and every day, but did you know that Tuscany was the trendsetter for pavements in Europe? In 1339 Tuscany made the decision to pave their roads, and this innovative measure was then taken all over Europe, making the cities more accessible and bringing an exciting new level of prestige to Europe.
Being the inspiration for many Renaissance painters, Tuscany is filled with stunning sights. In fact, it has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than South Africa, Australia and Argentina. Whether you decide to visit the green hills of Val d’Orcia, or the Piazza del Duomo in central Florence on your Italian holidays, you will be left in awe of how incredible the landscapes are.
Some of the most precious artwork has been created in Tuscany, and many others are housed in this amazing region. Just a few of the artists’ work you can expect to find in Tuscany include Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”. That’s not to mention the mighty architectural masterpieces that add to the cultural significance.
As with many Italian regions, Tuscany is well known for its fine wines. One of the wine regions in particular, Chianti, is incredibly popular with British tourists, so popular in fact that it has been given a very British nickname, Chiantishire!
Tuscan bread was traditionally made without salt, and the story behind this is quite childish. In 1497, when Florence and Pisa were at war with each other, the Pisans thought that if they blocked the salt shipment from Florence, they would have to surrender. Instead, the Florentines just adapted to life without salt in their bread!
The food in Tuscany has often been named as the best in the whole of Italy. The nutrient rich soil means that the produce thrives and grows with intense flavours that are reflected in their dishes. Their olive groves, cheeses and cured hams are just a few of their famed dishes, which you should certainly take fora taste test whilst on holiday in Tuscany!
Whether you are thinking of heading to Tuscany for the food, wine, lush hillside views or the history, there are several reasons why Tuscany is one of the most sought after destinations in Italy; although we can’t say for a fact which of these is the biggest draw, the combination makes for a simply perfect getaway.