Tuscan towns and villages have maintained their rich identity over the centuries and many of them are under UNESCO protection. Renaissance energy is kept alive and is celebrated on holy days. The region offers incredible landscapes, stunning beaches, lush vineyards, olive groves and majestic cypresses. The gastronomy and the wines are delicious, and some of the finest pieces of art and architecture can be found in Florence, hometown of the Renaissance, in the village of Montepulciano or in the Pisa tower. Driving through the winding roads of the region is an experience in itself as Tuscany is, like other parts of Italy, a journey into romanticism.
Tuscany's cities and towns have retained their rich identity through the centuries and many of them are under UNESCO protection. The Renaissance energy is alive and is celebrated in local feast days and centuries-old medieval traditions such as tournaments and colorful rituals. Many present-day Tuscans resemble their Renaissance ancestors, they look as though they are models for paintings produced hundreds of years ago! The name originated from Etruschi, or Tuschi - Etruscans - who formed the principal sociocultural force arising in the 9th-8th century B.C. in the region which is now Tuscany.