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TUSCANY TOURISM: BEST OF TUSCANY

EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE OF TUSCANY

written by Eva Rice

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Tuscany is well known for its traditions, landscapes, history, influence on high culture and artistic legacy. It is considered home to many influential figures in the history of science and art and also a birthplace to the Italian Renaissance. 

The region has beautiful landscapes in which the green of the rolling hills, mix to the yellow of the ears and purple of the vineyards offers spectacular emotions for the sight. Tuscany hosts many special territories to enjoy your rural holidays. 

Discover Val d’Orcia: This region extends from the hills of Sienas’ south to the Monte Amiata. It has also been marked as a protected world heritage site. Visiting this region, you will be able to see charming farmhouses, sunny rolling hills, isolated rural homes, medieval castles, isolated hilltop towns, rows of vineyards, golden wheat fields, olive groves and avenues of cypresses. 
You will also see the suspended and surreal land that is home to the appreciated Italian wines of: Nobile di Montepulciano, the Rosso Orcia and the Brunello di Montalcino. 
Other interesting places include the museums of: ancient castles and abbeys; the thermal baths in Bagni di San Filippo , Bagno Vignoni. Another must see site is the suggestive and beautiful Sant' Antimo Abbey Romanesque the best example architecture of the medieval monastic. 

Discover Maremma: If you visit Maremma you will get the chance to see fishing areas, archeological parks, hills, Mount Amiata, tuff cities and natural parks. Some of the areas you would not wish away to visit in Maremma include: 
Talamone: It’s one of the charming villages of Maremma situated to the southern border of Uccellina mountain range. You will visit the Orbetello Archeological museum where you will see the 7 against Thebes and the beautiful Maremma’s Natural Park that is part of the park of Uccellina.
Saturnia: The town stands on top of a hill. Here you will see the famous thermal baths or springs; the medieval Santa Maria Maddalena church which has splendid artistic masterpieces Aldobrandeschi Fortress, Archeological Museum and the two outdoor waterfalls of Cascate del Gorello and Cascate del Mulino. 
Capalbio: here you will see long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, ancient tombs that date back to Bronze Age, tall stand tower of Aldobrandeschi fortress, the ancient palace of Collacchioni which displays piano that was used by Giacomo Puccini. Visiting the main square you will a chance to see ancient San Nicola church. The Tarot Cards garden with ancient sculptures made by the Sante Phalle Niki the French artist. 

Discover Chianti: This is a hilly landscape stretching about 20kms that is surrounded by art cities with its highest point being the San Michele mount. Visiting this countryside you will be able to see the view of the beautiful vineyards’ green geometry, the olive tree’s silver view, the tall green alignment of cypresses and borders of yellow broom woods gives a beautiful view like a painting will give you a thrilling experience. You will also have the opportunity to see the historical Brolio Castle, residence to Grand Baron Ricasoli inventor of wine making; the Badia Passignano the headquarter of Chianti league. 

Crete Senesi: This is the one of the best places with unique landscape characteristic that is formed by hills composed of eroded reliefs over the years. Here you will be able to see the museums of Buonconvento and the Museo d’arte; you will also see mansions, castles and palaces.

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