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Plan Your Tuscany Vacation

Midway down the Italian peninsula, Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) is distinguished by rolling hills, snowcapped mountains, dramatic cypress trees, and miles of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea—which all adds up to gorgeous views at practically every turn. The beauty of the landscape proves a perfect foil for the region's abundance of superlative art and architecture. It also produces some of Italy's finest wines and olive oils. The combination of unforgettable art, sumptuous landscapes, and eminently drinkable wines that pair beautifully with its simple food makes a trip to Tuscany something beyond special.

Many of Tuscany's cities and towns have retained the same fundamental character over the past 500 years. Civic rivalries that led to bloody battles centuries ago have given way to soccer rivalries. Renaissance pomp lives on in the celebration of local feast days and centuries-old traditions such as the Palio in Siena and the Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen) in Arezzo. Often, present-day Tuscans look as though they might have served as models for paintings produced hundreds of years ago. In many ways, the Renaissance still lives on in Tuscany.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Piazza del Campo, Siena Sip a cappuccino or enjoy some gelato as you take in this spectacular shell-shape piazza.
  2. Piero della Francesca's True Cross frescoes, Arezzo If your Holy Grail is great Renaissance art, seek out these 12 enigmatic scenes in Arezzo's Basilica di San Francesco.
  3. San Gimignano Grab a spot at sunset on the steps of the Collegiata as flocks of swallows swoop in and out of the famous medieval towers.
  4. Wine tasting in Chianti Sample the fruits of the region's gorgeous vineyards, either at the wineries themselves or in the wine bars found in the towns.
  5. Leaning Tower of Pisa It may be touristy, but it’s still a whole lot of fun to climb to the top and admire the view.

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