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Tuscany's History and Culture

Tuscany's History and Culture

Tuscany is one of twenty regions in Italy. The region is located in the central, western part of the country, north of Rome and south of Genoa. It is bounded by the Apennine Mountains to the North and East, the Apuan Alps on the northwest and by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the West. Its land area is about 9,000 square miles (23.300 square kilometers). Its major cities are Florence, Pisa, Siena and Arezzo Its major river, the Arno, begins in the Apennines and heads toward the coast - both Florence and Pisa sit astride the Arno river.

This section offers pieces of Tuscany's history and culture that should prove to be interesting to anyone wishing to learn more about what lies behind the Tuscan - and for that matter Florentine, Sienese and Pisan - personality and character. The identity of any Tuscan today is deeply tied to the territory's past and, as we glimpse and discover various aspects of that identity, we hope to be able to share it with you.

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The Preservation of the Tuscan Villa

The regulated restructuring of a typical Tuscan villa has preserved a part of the Italian heritage that can be appreciated not only by the inhabitants but those that rent vacation villas for their travels through Tuscany.

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The Battle of Anghiari

As you tour Tuscany, you are drawn into its history; the twists & turns that shaped its landscape, politics & personality.  Anghiari is the perfect example of a small town which left a large mark - large enough to be captured by artists like Leonardo da Vinci. Read here to discover the story.

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A Brief History of Florence

A brief overview of Florence's history, presented as a timeline of the major events which have shaped the course of the city's history and its present.

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Brief History of Tuscany

Interested in learning more about Tuscany? This brief introduction presents the major historical events that have shaped Tuscany into what it is today.

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