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The art and architecture of beautiful Tuscany in Italy

Renowned for its unique cities and beautiful natural landscape, Tuscany offers the best in Renaissance art and architecture, mountainous scenery, rolling hills, beaches, olive groves and vineyards. Each city is unique offering delicious cuisine and remarkable architecture, as well as its own individual culture.
Tuscany, Italy
When booking an Italian tour through Italy4Real, you can discover all the history, culture and cuisine of this wonderful region of Italy. The following is a brief introduction into the major cities on offer, their art and their architecture.

Florence

Capital of Tuscany, Florence is famous for its Renaissance masterpieces in the form of architecture and art. The iconic Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to give it its full name, stands out as one of the major landmarks of the city, with its beautiful terracotta tiled dome and elegant bell tower. The cathedral hosts a museum, as well as several pieces of Renaissance Art. Speaking of art, a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia is essential, where the famous Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture stands on display. Of equal importance, the Uffizi Gallery is a must-visit, where visitors can view da Vinci’s “Annunciation” and Botticelli’s famous “The Birth of Venus.” 
Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Siena

Siena is a medieval city, built over three hills, renowned for its Piazza del Campo, located on the spot where the Roman forum once stood and the heart of the city itself. Twice each summer, the city hosts the famous Il Palio horse race here, with its medieval pageantry. 
Piazza del Campo, Siena
Among other architecture in the city, the Palazzo Pubblico, or City Hall, has stood for nearly 800 years and is adorned with famous frescoes. Visitors can access the Torre del Mangia, a viewpoint giving a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Siena’s Duomo is a black and white Romanesque Cathedral and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo with its famous art. Il Facciatone, in the museum, also offers beautiful panoramic views.

Pisa

The city of Pisa is best known for its famous Leaning Tower, originally built as the Cathedral’s Bell Tower. Climbing to the top gives beautiful views across Pisa and the surrounding area. 
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
However, this is not the only building worth visiting in the city. The Duomo di Pisa is a beautiful cathedral, filled with artwork by Della Robbia, Giambologna and other articles. Built in the Romanesque style, the cathedral has an apse mosaic and a beautiful pulpit, built in the late Gothic and early Renaissance style. Anyone wishing to take a panorama of the city with the Leaning Tower included should head to the Battistero, or Baptistry. The building has a Romanesque dome, beautifully sculptured, and offers a spectacular view from the top, including the tower.

Elba

Elba, or to give its full name Isola d’Elba, is a Tuscan island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The island is famous for its excellent beaches, but is also known as being Napoleon’s place of exile. The National Museum of Napoleonic Residences is located in Portoferraio, in the north of the island where history of the French emperor is on view in his former homes. Meanwhile the island itself has far more history on display, including ancient stone villages, prehistoric caves and Etruscan forts to explore.

Elba - Portoferraio

Photo: Portoferraio, Elba via Wikimedia by Mihael Grmek/CC BY-SA 3.0

Enjoy the sheer beauty and history of Tuscany in its art, its architecture and culture, while dining out in style on the delicious local cuisine.

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