What makes Tuscany so special?

Friday, 20th July, 2012 by Anthony Strachan

Tuscany is known as the ‘Garden of Italy’, embracing the beauty of endless hills and framed by unique coastlines.


For many centuries Tuscany was the best kept secret in the Mediterranean Sea, and still today we think it’s the best location to live and enjoy life every day of the year but what really makes Tuscany so special?

Tuscany is located in the very centre of the Mediterranean, in the heart of Italy. The charm of Tuscany is based first on the beautiful coast with its unique and diverse coastlines and beaches. It’s strikingly hilly landscape never ceases to impress visitors, with backdrops littered with pine trees, olive trees, vineyards and cypresses, which continuously torment painters and photographers with their ever changing colors. Tuscany’s large nature reserves, the Uccellina, Montioni, Sterpaia feature exceptionally rare flora and fauna and beyond the gorgeous landscapes.

For some, it’s the Tuscan food and wine that make the region so exceptional, the most famous being Chianti, produced in the area between Florence and Siena. Among the most infamous Tuscan wines is the Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano known and valued all over the world, like so many others cultivated here in this wonderful, climatic unique area.

For others, it’s the historical impact of the region, and its important cultural cities such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Grosseto.

In the north of Piombino is Populonia. The origin of the name was given from the Etruscan God corresponded well in its essential aspects the Roman god Dionysus and Bacchus divinity of vine, celebrations and savoir vivre.

As early as the 8th Century Populonia was a center of the bronze industry, which can be seen from the numerous and magnificent grave goods, art objects made of bronze. Populonia was probably the only port city of the Etruscans. The town lies just off the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The port was located below the Acropolis. For foreign traders Populonia was particularly interesting because of its geographical location, the proximity to the beautiful Island of Elba.

Tuscany never lost its charm and importance as the eternal longing place for everybody even for many sovereigns, emperors and Kings. Towards the end of 1100 A.D in Montesiepi, the sword of St Galgano is said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight, bolstering Italy’s version of the Excalibur legend. For centuries the sword was assumed to be a fake, but research has dated its metal to the twelfth century.

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