Tuscany is the largest region in Italy, and there are many reasons to visit this part of the world. It might be that you are searching for fine art, or just visiting to explore the extraordinary countryside. It is a region steeped in history with locations like Florence, Siena and Lucca providing their visitors with a unique experience. Let’s not forget about the spectacular landscapes which surround the traditional towns and cities and make the perfect location for wine tasting or just simply admiring the view.
Of course, Tuscany is famous for all of the above, but there are in fact some interesting facts about Tuscany that you may not have known:
1) Tuscany was where the Italian language was created
The Italian language which is spoken today is actually based on the Tuscan dialect, dating back to the Renaissance period.
2) Pinocchio is from Tuscany
The original story was about a puppet who just wanted to be a real boy. It was written by Carlo Collodi, who was born in Florence in 1826.
3) Tuscany have more UNESCO World Heritage sites than Australia, South Africa and Argentina
Tuscany is packed full of culture, from the historic city of Florence to the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa.
4) The Leaning Tower of Pisa isn’t the only leaning tower
The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans because it was built on unstable marshland and it weighs nearly 15,000 tonnes. However, there are other towers that lean in the area, including the bell towers at the church of St. Nicola and the church of St. Michele dei Scalzi, which are both worth a visit.
5) There is no drinking age
In Italy there is no legal drinking age, meaning a person of any age can legally consume alcohol. However, you must be at least 16 years old to be served in a restaurant or bar.
6) Tuscany is known as a Nation within a Nation
Because of its unique cultural and linguistic identity, it differs from the other regions of Italy.
7) It is home to some of the most precious artwork in the world
Famous paintings such as ‘The Birth of Venus’ is housed in the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David can be found in Florence.
8) It was the birthplace of the western musical tradition
In Florence in the mid-16th century, the Florentine Camerata got together and started experimenting with putting ancient Greek myths to music on the stage. This was the origin of the very first operas.
9) It was the first European city to adopt pavements
In 1339, the city of Florence became the first to pave their streets in Europe.
10) Marble Arch is of Tuscan origin
You may well be familiar with the huge arch in London that marks the corners of Park Lane and Oxford Street, but did you know almost all of the marble that was used in its construction was shipped over from Tuscany?
With a place so rich in history and culture, it is definitely a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Why not book a stay in one of our spectacular luxury Tuscany villas? How many of these facts did you know? Let us know using our social media platforms!
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