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Tuscany Treasures

Olive Oil

Art

Shopping

Red Wine

Truffles

Olive Oil

Tuscany is often defined as a true paradise on earth, a perfect balance between nature and art, where the hand of man seems not to have touched the landscapes of this wonderful region.

It is precisely from these lands that extra virgin olive oil (EVO) is born, a precious product that takes Tuscany around the world.

Art

 

Florence is called the capital of arts; 60% of the world's most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence.

The city is an active centre of art and culture, and organizes periodical exhibitions and art festivals.

The most famous museum in Florence is the Uffizi which houses works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Rubens. Other great art museums include the Pitti Palace, Galleria dell'Accademia and Palazzo Vecchio.

Shopping

Florence is as well known for its crafts and textiles as it is for its art scene, so it’s no surprise that this creativity leaks into its threads too.

It’s main shopping hub is made of two key streets that bridge the iconic Duomo and the main square of Piazza della Signoria. Over the river Arno, the Oltrarno district is famed for its artisan workshops.

Red Wine

 

The viticulture of Tuscany has a millenary history, deep and rooted throughout the region: it is said that as early as 500 BC. The ancient Etruscans produced wine in what is now the land of Tuscany.

Some widely used Tuscan wines are Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Ciliegiolo and Aleatico for red wines, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vermentino, Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano Toscano for white wines.

These are usually accompanied with platters of cold cuts, Tuscan bread and lots of fun. Wine tasting is highly recommended during your stay in Tuscany.

Truffle

Tuscany’s lush green hills, interlaced with vineyards, olive groves and pine forests, bears many culinary fruits. The most treasured of all is the truffle. There are six areas where you can find truffles in Tuscany: San Miniato , The Mugello area, the Crete Senesi, and the Casentino Valley, Maremma Grossetana and Val Tiberina.

A few popular Tuscan truffle dishes to look for specifically are: pasta with a simple butter sauce, risotto bianco made with only butter and Parmigiano, carpaccio and poached or gently fried eggs.

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