Immerse Yourself In The Art and Culture of Tuscany

26th May, 2017
The art and culture of Tuscany attracts thousands of visitors from around the world every year. All the cities, towns and villages have kept their individuality with pride and passion, meaning the region has created a strong originality and creativity. Michelangelo, one of Tuscany’s most famous artists, said his talent and skill came from the lightness of the air where he was born. So it is no surprise that many other creative souls felt a connection with this area. 

The art and culture of Tuscany have also stood the passing of time, with the cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca being home to several art galleries and world-famous monuments that house some of the most celebrated Italian art. When staying at our luxury Tuscany villas, we highly recommend heading out to explore as much of the art and culture of the region. 

An important aspect of the art culture in Tuscany is the variety of ages it brings together. Many areas have well preserved historical artefacts and Etruscan and Roman art, such as the necropolis of Populonia, up the dawn of Christianity in the country. The Francigena Way is an ancient walking trail for pilgrims passing through the region that connected Canterbury to Rome, and today is still considered a walking route of immeasurable value. 

The Middle Ages have characterised the art and culture found in Tuscan villages, where you can still see remnants of Romanesque city walls, towers, abbeys and churches. The town of Pisa, in particular, has a lot of this, so much that it has influenced other with its own ‘Pisan Romanesque’ style. 



At the beginning of the 13th century, Tuscan artists began to mainly specialise in sculpture, such as Nicola Pisano, Giovanni Pisano and Arnolfo di Cambio. What followed from those earlier artists represented the pinnacle of artistic grandeur and development of Renaissance architecture in Tuscany. Florence, in particular, is known worldwide to be the birthplace of Italian Renaissance, and when visiting the city, you are surrounded by monuments and buildings which take you to the time of the Medici and the great Tuscan artists. 

Tuscany Renaissance art also brought about the development of engineering and architecture. There were grand buildings, such as the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore by Brunelleschi. Paintings like no other also continued their journey up to the masterpieces from Botticelli, Donatello and Piero della Francesca. From this grew art workshops, artisans and merchants dealing in art throughout Europe. Nobles wanted to develop the city of Florence, so construction of religious buildings gardens began.

In the early 16th century, Tuscany could boast among its masters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Da Vinci is considered to be one of the most brilliant and talented artists of his time, from his artwork like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper fresco, and to his knowledge of science and engineering. Michelangelo was an artist famous for his work in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, his famous statue of David and other sculptures. Both of them were trained in workshops in Florence, and Michelangelo, in particular, travelled extensively, receiving commissioned throughout Italy. 

The following period, for art in Tuscany, and the wider Italy, was characterised by the Mannerist and Baroque style, up to the new reforms of modern times, followed by the Art Nouveau, which was very popular in the 20th century. Along with the Uffizi Gallery and Bargello National Museum with their extensive collection of Renaissance artwork, there are several contemporary art museums to visit in Florence, such as the Galleria360 Arte Contemporanea Firenze and Eduardo Secci Contemporary. 

Art and culture in Tuscany, from the rural countryside which inspired so many, to the towns and cities where you can see the masterpieces, leave those who visit with a sense of delight and charm, along with a calm provided by the unique beauty. Art and culture in Tuscany is a serious business, and we hope you enjoy discovering it during your holiday.