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The Toscana Region of Italy

Firenze

 

The city of Firenze (Florence) is considered the jewel of Italy, the embodiment of the Renaissance with a brilliant

history full of renowned names and places. You will find works by early Renaissance masters like Massacio and Duccio as well as Giotto, not to mention the masters of the high Renaissance: Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Botticelli.

and many more. Visiting Firenze, you must see the Uffizi Gallery, The David (the symbol of Firenze) by Michelangelo housed in the Academia di Belli Arte (founded by Lorenzo di Medici in 1562), the Ponte Vecchio across the Arno River, the Church of Santa Croce (housing the tombs of

Michelangelo Buonarroti and Machiavelli) , Santa Maria del Fiore (the cathedral called il Duomo), Santa Maria Novella, Orsanmiguel, the Bargello (one of the finest and best preserved Medieval buildings in Florence), Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise" (the doors to the Baptistery of the Duomo), Michelangelo's Last Pieta in the Duomo, the Medici Chapel with the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano di Medici by Michelangelo, the Museum of San Marco with the Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, the Loggia with the Perseus holding the head of Medusa by Cellini, and other sculptures including the Rape of the Sabine Women by Gianbologna, and Menelaus carrying the Body of Patroclus, a Roman copy of a Greek original. There are so many things to see in Firenze; history and art are on every corner and it would take a life time to adequately visit this most fascinating city. Most of the cities' museums and galleries require reservations which can be obtained in advance on the internet.

 

Montecatini

 

Tettuccio Spa

 

Montecatini has been described as a treasure chest rich with fascination and culture at a stone’s throw from the main Tuscan art cities. This charming town reconfirms its role as the capital of thermal treatments and spas, where a vacation can be spent in total relaxation to recover one's full well-being.

Flourishing green parks, thermal establishments fully equipped with state-of-the-art technological facilities, a long-dated hotel tradition: a whole set of win-win solutions able to guarantee visitors a most pleasant stay. Those who are keen on the magical atmosphere of the belle époque can visit historical socialite locales, such as the Caffè delle Terme, the Locanda Maggiore, the Gambrinus arcades, and the thermal establishments frescoed and decorated after the Art Nouveau style. Those who wish to ‘take a break’ can turn to the several sports facilities, the hippodrome, the many elegant boutiques, premises devoted to leisure time and amusement, special events and festivals where high quality music plays a key role, in accordance with the tradition of a town that hosted the great Giuseppe Verdi.

And then, an array of excursions around the neighborhood, such as Montecatini Alto, where the town hall had its seat until 1905. Just reaching this historic old town aboard the oldest funicular in the world is a thrilling experience not to be missed (note middle photo-the medieval burg of Montecatini). Likewise, you will be astonished once you reach the top as a spectacular view of downtown and the entire Valdinievole valley opens up before your eyes.

Viareggio

 

Viareggio is one of the most famous and traditional seaside resorts in Tuscany. The wide, endless beaches, the excellent cuisine and the exciting night-life with its well-known "Versilian" discos -all contribute to make Viareggio a favorite holiday resort. A visit to Viareggio means meeting young Italians and enjoying the seafood specialties of Tuscany. During the tourist season a range of activities are offered by the local tourist office. Viareggio is the ideal holiday resort for all who love sunshine, the sea and enjoying themselves. Viareggio is also famous for its liberty period architecture.

Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the biggest carnival festivals in Italy with its papier-mâché floats, which (since 1925), parade along the promenade known as "Passeggiata a mare", in the weeks preceding Easter. Viareggio is the center of the northern Tuscan rivera known as the Versilia, and the second largest city of the province of Lucca.

 

 

 



The Official Toscana Region Site


The Official City of Firenze (Florence) Site


The Official City of Montecatini Site


The Official City of Viareggio Site
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