Nearly four million people live in this region of nearly 9,000 square miles. The capital of the region of Tuscany is Florence, Italy.
History of Tuscany Area
The Etruscans were the original citizens in the Tuscany area until Rome conquered in during the 4th century. It was considered a grand duchy and it was governed by the Medicis between 1569 and1860. Eventually it was connected with Sardinia.
Six places in the Tuscany area are now considered World Heritage Sites: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, the Cathedral of Pisa, Pienza, and the Val d’Orcia. Millions of people take Italy trips ever year to see these marvelous and historic places. There are many things to see and visit from famous monuments and churches to art masterpieces and the vineyards that make the tasty wines, as well as much more.
Things to Do and See in Tuscany
Some of the top museums you can visit include :
If you love looking at artwork, then you won’t want to miss the Uffizi Gallery. It has much of the work from the Renaissance, such as paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo.
This art gallery has the famous statue by Michelangelo called “David.” Plus, it also houses other famous works like another Michelangelo work called the Prisoners, as well as artworks by Perugino, Botticelli and Giambologna.
This museum is for statues and sculptures. It has marble statues and bronze statues by people such as Michelangelo and Giambologna, as well as Donatello.
The Pitti Palace
The art gallery has not only paintings and statues, but also has silver, porcelain, and period clothing. It offers artwork by Raphael, Carabaggio and Titian to name a few.
This famous museum in Volterra has more than 300 pieces of art from the times of the original inhabitants in Tuscany, the Etruscans.
Modern Sightseeing in Tuscany
There is also Lucca, which is a preserved city of medieval times and even still has the unbreached walls of the time period still standing where tourists can see them. Siena is also a medieval city which lost its peoples several hundred years ago due to the tragic outbreaks of the Black Plaque that swept all over the world.
Near Siena you can visit Sam Gimignano (famous for its towers), or go to Montepulciano, Pienza of Cortona, as well as the lesser known cities of Pitigliano, and Massa Marittima or Volterra.
There is also a famous resort you can visit in the town of Viareggio, which was known during the Victorian era and now it is a quaint seaside city where you can get a bite to eat, enjoy the beach and if you come in February they have a carnival.
You might also enjoy seeing the place where Napoleon was once living and was defeated at: Elba. Or if you like animals, come see the famous Maremma cows and the butteri cowboys who take care of them in Maremma.
There are many other little towns that are too numerous to mention that make great sightseeing trips to Italy. All in all the area of Tuscany is a delight to behold and offers many chances of adventure, fine foods and historical information.