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The Medici Legacy – Tuscan Villas

The Medici family built many villas in rural and city locations across Tuscany and in Rome between the 15th and 17th centuries. These complexes served many functions but most famously these were where they were able to demonstrate their power and rule over the lands. These were also the places where their owners built agricultural ...

Tuscany Revisited

With a population of about 4 million people, Tuscany is most famous for its landscapes, ancient traditions and history, and fine arts. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered “a nation within a nation”. Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical ...

High awards for Tuscan Beaches!

If you are one of the growing number of people who treasure our natural world and want to support the places who also work hard every day to protect our precious home, you will be glad to know that Tuscany is one of those places! The Foundation for Environmental Education has designated eighteen beaches in ...

What’s that on the pillar of the Porta della Mandorla? Bull or cow – Honor or shame?

There is a carving of a bull or maybe a cow atop the pillar on the Porta della Mandorla, located above the left door on the north side of Santa Maria del Fiore. This would seem a little out of place given the door’s astounding beauty that is decorated with religious and pagan themes- and ...

Basilica of Santa Croce’s Door Panel Stolen and Returned

Surveillance tapes from law enforcement in Florence revealed that a wooden door panel, wrapped in black cloth was left against a gate at the basilica. The panel was taken on Sunday June 15 from the Basilica of Santa Croce’s door in Florence. The tapes show a man leaning the panel against the museum’s gate around ...

Grosseto: The Heart of Tuscany

Grosseto may not be as world famous as some of the other cities in Tuscany, like Florence or Pisa but it is as beautiful and filled with Tuscan treasures as any other Etruscan or Roman city. It isn’t as old as some of the other cities in Tuscany either as it was formally founded in ...

Arcidosso: An Ancient City with Modern Appeal

Arcidosso is a municipality located in the Tuscan Province of Grosseto and at the foot of Monte Amiata. Strategically located about 100 kilometers south of Florence it is a place that has changed little from the time in the year 860 when it was founded as the Abbey of San Salvatore and thrived as such ...

Walking Arezzo

  The best way to take in all the hidden art treasures Arezzo has to offer is by walking the ancient paths of this Tuscan city: Begin at La Porta S. Lorentino, one of the four gates in town and also known as Fiorentina. This gate built was completed sometime around 1644. As you enter ...

Discover Lucca’s Treasures

Lucca is one of Tuscany’s art and history-filled treasures that all travelers should take the time to visit. To understand this ancient city and its origins a visit to the Domus Roman is the place to begin your tour. Here is where you will find Lucca’s development history. From here it’s just a short walk ...

Experience The Tuscan Way of Lucca, Montecarlo and Beyond!

Lucca is a city steeped in rich history, bordered by luminous hills is the provincial capital of an area born of tales of knights, kings, artists, and an age old culture. In this area of spectacular natural treasures of coastal plains, valleys, hills and ancient cities you will find the people who continue to nurture ...

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