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25 Jul Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence

Tuscany – Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence

The Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze, or Academy of Beautiful Art of Florence, as it’s more formerly known, is just what the name states: a school of art. And it’s true that students do study art here. They have since the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopold, gathered several schools under one roof in 1784. […]

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23 Jul Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Things to Do in Lucca

Tuscany – Things to Do in Lucca

Once the capital of Tuscany, Lucca is the very picture of what a trip to this region of Italy brings to mind. With green, rolling hills, medieval cathedrals and even a cooking school, visitors will find an entire vacation’s worth of things to see and do here. The city itself offers walls built during the […]

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22 Jul Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

Tuscany – Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa may be the most famous landmark of this Tuscan city. But, there are many other stellar sights to see in the Piazza del Duomo where the tower is located. Scattered around lush green lawn lie some of the world’s finest architectural achievements. There’s the famed campanile, of course. But there […]

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20 Jul Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Medieval Torture Museum of San Gimignano

Tuscany – Medieval Torture Museum of San Gimignano

Tuscany is filled with both man-made and natural beauty from the Middle Ages. That makes it hard to conceive of some of the more grisly things that were common during the period. The Museo della Tortura in San Gimignano will provide visitors with a look into just what some of those were. Ironically, housed inside […]

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06 Apr Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Tuscany – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

After over a decade of being strapped in steel cables and inaccessible to tourists, La Torre di Pisa is open once again. Nearly $30 million was spent to prevent the tower from leaning any further to avoid total collapse. Now it is good for another 300 years. Begun in 1173 AD, the tower has been […]

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02 Apr Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Shopping in Florence Is An Art

Tuscany – Shopping in Florence Is An Art

Everything in Florence is art. Shopping for leather goods? Jewelry? Food? Here, such things aren’t merely utilitarian or even decorative personal items. In this major Tuscan city, shopping amounts to searching for a work of genius. And, in Florence, that’s not hard to find. Mercato Centrale Formed from a major urban project in the mid-19th […]

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31 Mar Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Things to See In Siena

Tuscany – Things to See In Siena

Siena is certainly less famous than its nearby cousins, Pisa and Florence. While not the equal of the latter magnificent city, it nevertheless holds sights that will delight any visitor to Tuscany. Not least of them are the Museo Civic, the famed Il Palio horse races and the deservedly highly praised Duomo or cathedral. Museo […]

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31 Mar Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Cortona, A View From the Top

Tuscany – Cortona, A View From the Top

Cortona is a Tuscan town once little known to travelers booking for Florence. After the publication of Under the Tuscan Sun (and the subsequent film and follow-up books) it garnered a place on every visitor’s agenda. Justifiably so. In this Italian hilltop town of 30,000 there are more sights than a visitor could see in […]

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29 Mar Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Fiesole, Ancient and Modern

Tuscany – Fiesole, Ancient and Modern

It will come as no surprise that much of the Roman character of Tuscany has been preserved. One special example of that fact is to be found in Fiesole. A superb respite from busy Florence below, Fiesole offers views of the city, the Arno and much more from atop its peak. The town itself far […]

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27 Mar Posted by in Tuscany | Comments

Tuscany – Tuscany is Living Art

Tuscany – Tuscany is Living Art

Tuscany may be the world’s only truly organic work of art. The region and all it contains is one enormous museum, both natural and man-made. Here, as in few other places, the beauty of nature and human creation are integrated into a harmonious whole. For centuries the region has been the site of olive groves, […]

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