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Tuscany is a wonderful Italian destination! Not a wonder it has so many sites in the list of Heritage by the Unesco. Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature, and often by the combined efforts of both. Every inch of land has been sculpted, first by the elements and then by generations of inhabitants whose goals were always twofold: make the land produce as much as possible, make the land as beautiful as possible. Tuscany enchants us today because it holds together as a region, from the tiniest hamlet to Florence the Magnificent. Florence(Unesco Heritage) contains an exceptional artistic patrimony, glorious testimony to its secular civilization. Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli the universal geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo lived here. But Florence is just one of the jewels of this part of Italy; what about Lucca, Pisa, Siena? Lucca, is a small city still surrounded by its original defensive walls; Siena, (Unesco site) the Piazza del Campo is a beautiful square in the heart of the city, where each year rival neighborhoods complete in the “Palio”, the horserace around its perimeter. The province of Siena is famous for its great wines, such as Chianti and Brunello that yoy can taste also in the villages of Montepulciano(Unesco), and San Gimignano, (Unesco Heritage) perched high on a hill, with a forest of fantastic towers between with run medieval streets. The greatest delight is just to wander through these medieval streets, in the shadow of the towers, admiring this “ outdoor museum”. Pienza is a small town of the Sienese, and it’s a rare example of Renaissance town planning, declared world heritage by Unesco. Pienza is defined the “ideal town”, the “utopia town”, and it represents nowadays one of the most concrete method construction through which in Renaissance age they tried to realise a model of life and an ideal government on earth, working out an idea of town able to give concrete answers to the desire of civil, pacific and laborious coexistence between man. Montalcino in the beautiful valley Val d’Orciais part of the Unesco Heritage list and is a small town about twenty miles from Siena, some 1900 feet above sea-level and overlooking the valley of the Ombrone. Having arrived at the summit the eyes can behold the splendour of an ample and varied panorama from the Senese hills to the mountains of Amiata.In this area is produced the best italian red wine : rosso di montalcino. Pisa: the major tourist attraction in Pisa is of course the leaning Tower along with the Baptistery and the Camposanto, all of them built between the XI and the XII century and all declared Heritage by the Unesco. Elba Island: the sea, the beaches, the green of the countryside, the small fortress towns, archaeological treasures, chestnut woods and more, continue to exist for what seems like an eternity. Elba gives the sensation of so much in so little as in the small spaces of the island we travel over tourist attractions and natural landscapes of such contrast; areas dried out by sun and wind, others green with life, sandy or pebble stone beaches, rocky coastlines and cliffs. Napoleon would have had to consider him fortunate to have been exiled in such an attractive place!

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