Tuscany is what many people around the world envision as a true representation of Italy.  Rolling hills. Stone farmhouses. Vineyards. Olive groves. It is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations and many travelers choose to rent a Tuscan villa and live like Italians for a week or two. Six areas in Tuscany are protected by UNESCO: the Val d’Orcia, the cathedral of Pisa, and the historic centers of Florence, San Gimignano, Pienza and Siena. The Etruscans were the first major civilization in this area and their imprint can be found throughout the region. Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and there is history around every corner.

Also see our section on Florence

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