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SITES OF IMPORTANT ARTISTIC VALUE AND UNIQUE LANDSCAPES COMBINED WITH MAJESTIC HOTELS AND FASHIONABLE BED AND BREAKFASTS, SATISFY THE NEEDS OF EVERY TOURIST.

Regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany boasts an important cultural heritage inherited from a long Golden Age. One can choose to visit the many sites of historical art and architecture that decorate the cities of the area, whether it is the Uffizi art gallery of Florence, the Piazza del Duomo cathedral of Siena, or the world famous Leaning tower of Pisa to name but a few.
All of the cities of the region are rich with art exhibits, music and theatre events. Majestic hotels, fashionable bed and breakfasts and prestigious historical residences satisfy every tourist's needs. For those who wish to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, the green Tuscan hills offer the comfort of nature, where the pristine countryside shows the other side of Tuscan culture. In a vast expanse of vineyards and olive groves, visitors are able to stay over in these areas, perhaps in a Tuscan "agriturismo", enjoying an elegant yet traditional country ambience with all its natural resources. The area basks in its own traditions and cultural artistic supremacy with The Mall, in turn, embracing these customs to provide an exciting addition to your tour of Tuscany.
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FLORENCE

HERE HISTORY AND CULTURE HAVE PASSED THE TEST OF TIME WHERE PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES MELD IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND BARS AND RESTAURANTS HONOUR THE TRADITION OF ITALIAN CUISINE.

Rich with history and culture that have passed the test of time, Florence is a city of wonderful attractions. Founded in the first century BC, Florence has always been at the apex of culture and is considered as the cradle of the Renaissance. Important artistic works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Giotto are exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo's David can be admired at the Accademia Gallery, and the marvellous paintings of Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio are jealously guarded in the Pitti Palace. Lovers of architecture will not be disappointed: the city is considered an open air museum. Its squares, its palaces, and the Ponte Vecchio are renowned the world over for their incredible style.
Its churches combine art with architecture: each one with its own unique style, construction and decoration, illustrating architecture's harmonious evolution in time.
Paintings and sculptures meld in historic buildings becoming eternal testimony to the importance of art and religion in this city. Florence doesn't just represent a destination for those who love history: with its bars, restaurants and hotels, Florence also satisfies the needs of those who wish to immerse themselves in the local way of life.
With its historic, artistic and architectural patrimony, Florence offers its visitors holidays rich with endlessly interesting diversions.
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other areas

BEYOND FLORENCE, THE TUSCANY REGION HAS MANY MARVELLOUS CITIES TO VISIT LIKE SIENA, LUCCA AND AREZZO, AS WELL AS SPAS, GOLF COURSES AND THE FRESH MEDITERRANEAN SEA AIR.

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There are many marvellous places to visit in the Tuscany region. Whether it is natural beauty or the allure of architecture, even brief excursions outside of Florence offer unique experiences.
Visiting cities like Siena, Lucca, Arezzo or any one of the numerous enchanting towns scattered over the entire region (including nearby Reggello), as rich with natural as well as artistic beauty, will only increase the fascination with the area. With many natural hot springs and spa hotels, combined with a mild climate and incredible scenery, Tuscany is also very well-known for the richness of its wellness centres.
Their vicinity to Italy's major cultural sites make them the ideal base when organising a holiday.
Tuscany also boasts many golf courses throughout the region and is, indeed, considered a golfer's paradise.
With its pristine hills surrounded by woods, it represents the ideal place for exciting golfing challenges.
For those who desire the cool breeze of the Mediterranean, he Tuscan coast has a vast variety of sites and activities, with ports to explore and beaches to enjoy.
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local events

Florence: Pitti Imagine A/W collections

one of the worlds top fashion events, including Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Donna (women), Pitti Bimbo (children). (January, www.pittimmagine.com).

San Giuliano Terme: Verdi’s Ladies

(Villa Roncioni Settembre 7th 2013 – February 23rd 2014). In the year of Giuseppe Verdi’s Birth Bicentenary, through gowns made by famous couturiers like Zeffirelli, there will be an itinerary following titles of his works dedicated to the heroines of Verdi.

Siena: Steve McCurry - Journey around man-kind

(Santa Maria della Scala until January 2014). Steve McCurry, Photographer of which portraits capture a universe of experiences, stories, emotions, pain, terror, and faith.

Pisa: Andy Warhol – Image and Myth

(Palazzo Blu 11th October 2013 – 1st February 2014). Over 500 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, covering the whole creative life of the influential 20th century artist.

Florence Avant-garde Russia, Siberia and the East

(Strozzi Palace September 27th – January 19th 2014). The complex relationship between Russian and far East art and the Russian artist that influence the development of modern art.

Florence: The amazing shoemaker Fairy tales and myths of shoes and shoemakers

(Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, April 19th 2013 – march 31st 2014). Films for children and adults.

Florence:

(Pitti palace - Gallery of modern art and costumes until January 5th). 12 masterpieces from the Orsay Museum: Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissarro, Fantin Latour and a best piece of Paul Guigou.

Florence: “Florence – Paris Return”

(Villa Bardini 6th September – 31st December 2013). An exhibition of Florentine works of art from the Renaissance brought together from collections across the world.

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world (www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Christmas:

Numerous religious festivals, from the Immaculate Conception (December 8th) to Epiphany (January 6th), as well as Christmas Markets and New Year celebrations, fill the Christmas/New Year period.

Carnival:

there are versions in most towns and cities during the month of February; one the biggest in Europe with colourful parade of floats and masks is the one taking place in Viareggio (www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com).

Florence: Ponte Vecchio Golf Challenge,

a golf challenge taking place in the heart of Florence and involving international professional golfers. (December, www.pontevecchiochallenge.it).

Florence: Danza in Fiera,

The world’s largest celebration of dance, from ballet to hip hop, Latin-American to tap-dancing! (February, www.danzainfiera.it).

Florence: The amazing shoemaker Fairy tales and myths of shoes and shoemakers

(Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, April 19th 2013 – march 31st 2014). Films for children and adults.

Florence: Artour-o,

for a few days contemporary art invades Florence with various exhibitions spread throughout the city (March, www.artour-o.com).

Florence: Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino.

Diverging Paths of Mannerism (Palazzo Strozzi 8 March a 20 July www.palazzostrozzi.org) the two most original and unconventional painters of the new way of interpreting art in that season of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the 'modern manner'.

Florence: Getting reacquainted with Michelangelo.

Sculpture by Buonarroti in photographs and paintings (Accademia Gallery 18 February - 18 May www.unannoadarte.it). As part of the celebrations to commemorate the four-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Accademia presents an exhibition that deals with the complex theme of the renewed interest and admiration for the artist from the XIX century until today.

Florence: Aldo Fallai. From Giorgio Armani to the Renaissance.

Photographs from 1978 al 2013 (Villa Bardini 10 January - 16 March www.bardinipeyron.it) Aldo Fallai conquered the world of fashion at the end of the 1970s above all tank to his collaboration with Giorgio Armani, with whom he has created some of the most significant advertising campaigns of the last 40 years.

Florence: Baccio Bandinelli.

Sculptor and Master (1493-1560). (Bargello National Museum, 9 April - 13 July www.unannoadarte.it). Various works by Bandinelli who was considered, along with Michelangelo, as the greatest sculptor of the age.

Florence: Jackson Pollock and Michelangelo:

a comparison between two masters of art in Florence (21 March - 30 August, Palazzo Vecchio) Jackson Pollock, the undisputed master of action painting, arrives in Florence for a virtual contrast with the Renaissance genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Cortona: "Etruscan Seduction"

(21 March - 31 July, Palazzo Casali). 150 works of art, amongst which 40 pieces on loan from the British Museum in London, from the mysterious Tyrrhenian civilisation.

Florence: Notte Bianca 2014,

the White Night is a night of culture: from open theatre performances and art exhibitions to musical events, with the streets, historical buildings and squares coming alive until the early hours of the morning.

Florence: Notte Blu 2014.

The 4th edition of Florence’s Blue Night is an important dedicated to Europe, it’s cultures, traditions, diversities and flavours, forming a part of the Festival of Europe.

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world. (April– July www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Florence: Fabbrica Europa,

a multicultural festival involving dance, music and theatrical events exploring intercultural dialogue. (May, www.fabbricaeuropa.net).

Siena: "Giroliando 2014"

(07 February - 21 March www.sinalunga.it). From the collaboration between the consortiums for the protection of the Terre di Siena DOP olive oil and IGP Toscano, comes the Giroliando 2014, an event based around dining with high quality extra virgin olive oil.

Florence: Taste,

a highly prestigious event celebrating the best of Italy cuisine and dedicated to the study of the cultural and biological diversity of food, including tours, tastings, debates and presentations (March, www.pittimmagine.com, www.fuoriditaste.com).

Siena: Ciocoso

(Piazza del Campo 20 March - 22 March www.chocomoments.it). Tasty treats for all! Chocolate tasting together with with wine, grappa, coffee and artisan beers, chocolate making lessons for adults, and workshops for children at the Chocolate Factory and many more delicious options!

Florence: Festa del Grillo,

The celebration of the cricket originated from the pagan festival that celebrated the arrival of the Spring. A festa deriva dalle antiche festività pagane che celebravano l'arrivo della primavera. It developed into the “Calendimaggio”, celebrated during the month of May, Parco delle Cascine (giorno dell’Ascensione - www.firenzeturismo.it).

Florence: Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the cart),

a festival dating back to the time of the Crusades. A medieval cart is lit, starting an impressive firework display, thus distributing the “Holy Fire” and good luck to the city. (Easter Sunday).

 

Massa Marittima: Balestro del Grifalco,

historical festival including a parade, and a medieval crossbow competition (May, www.comune.massamarittima.gr.it)

Island of Elba: Maggio Napoleonico,

various events celebrating the arrival of Napoleon on Elba in 1814, including a re-enactment of the landing (May, www.aptelba.it)

Florence: Fortezza Antiquaria

search through the unique and the precious, from collectors items to antiques, every third weekend of the month until July. Fortezza da Basso (February - July).

Arezzo: OroArezzo (ArezzoGold) 2014

is an annual trade fair of great importance for the city of Arezzo, an exhibition of jewellery and precious metals of international renown. (April, www.oroarezzo.it).

Pisa: Antiques Market.

The city centre is brought to life by around 115 exhibitors with antiques of all types, every second Sunday of the month and preceding Saturday. (March - July).

Florence: Artigianato e Palazzo,

Giardino Corsini, artisans from across Italy display their skills and wares, including goldsmiths, silversmiths, clockmakers, glassworkers, etc. (May, www.artigianatoepalazzo.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair (held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday, www.fieraantiquaria.org).

Siena: Sport Siena Week

(1 March - 9 March www.comune.siena.it). A week of events celebrating sport in all its forms: exhibitions, conferences, races and lessons.


For further information visit www.turismo.intoscana.it, www.firenzeturismo.it

Florence: Pitti Imagine S/S collections,

one of the worlds top fashion events, including Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Donna (women), Pitti Bimbo (children). (June – July, www.pittimmagine.com).

Florence: The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the arts. 1400 -1460.

Florence is synonymous with the Renaissance the world over. The Springtime of the Renaissance is the new exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi that hopes to throw light on on the birth of a true artisctic miracle (23rd March – 18th August, Palazzo Strozzi, www.palazzostrozzi.org).

Florence: Samurai! Japanese Armour from the Stibbert collection.

Seventy works of art from Frederick Stibbert’s Japanese collection in an exciting exhibition that takes the visitor into the exotic world of the Samurai, brave warriors and refined collectors weapons and armour. (29th March – 3rd November 2013).

Florence: From the Fleur-de-lis to David. Civic art in the mediaeval age.

The works of art on display at the Accademia Gallery are exhibited in a new and original manner, covering art produced in the 14th Century for Florence’s council buildings. (14th May – 8th December).

Florence: The Renaissance dream.

The Palatina Gallery in the Palazzo Pitti for the first time offers a look at the multifaceted theme of the dream, which held a particular significance in ancient mythology and in the Renaissance culture. The discovery of a introverted world, governed by it’s own rule, often bizarre and improbable, has always presented artists with a challenge, to which they have responded in ways both varied and fascinating. (21st May – 15th September).

Lucca: 80 works by Antonio Ligabue.

The Centre fo Contemporary Art in Lucca is celebrating one of the most controversial and unpredictable artists of the 20th Century. The Antonio Ligabue exhibition, instinct, genius and madness, shows the works of an artist that created his greatest masterpieces whilst suffering from mental illness. (2nd March – 9th June).

Montepulciano: “Giorgio de Chirico. The portrait – form and figure”.

A display of paintings, sculptures and other works by the founder of the Metaphysical art movement. This unique event offers the possibility to delve into the classical themes of the portrait and the self portrait renewed in new forms by the “Pictor Optimus.” - Fortezza Poliziana (8th June – 30th September).

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world. (April – July, www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Lucca, Torre del Lago: Puccini Festival,

an open-air festival celebrating the operas by Giacomo Puccini, held in Torre del Lago, near Lucca, where he spent much of his life (July -August, www.puccinifestival.it).

Fiesole: Estate Fiesolana,

jazz, cinema and classical music events in the open air Roman theatre (June – July, www.estatefiesolana.it).

Pistoia: Pistoia Blues,

Italy’s premier blues event attracting a host of great international artists (July, www.pistoiablues.com).

Pisa: Festival Toscana di Musica Antica,

free festival celebrating music from the renaissance and baroque periods (June –July, www.ftma.it).

Siena: Sarteano Venti di Jazz,

three day Jazz festival (June, www.sarteanojazz.it).

Siena: Accademia delle Crete Senesi,

a week of classical music concerts set in several of the towns in the picturesque area of the Crete Senesi (July, www.accademiadellecrete.com).

Siena, Montepulciano: International Art Workshop,

a variety of classical music events (July, www.fondazionecantiere.it).

Lucca, Pietrasanta: La Versiliana Festival,

art and music events (July - August, www.laversilianafestival.com).

Capalbio: International Short Film Festival,

short film festival reserved for young and upcoming directors, (June -July, www.capalbiocinema.com).

Massa Marrittima: Lirica in Piazza,

opera festival (August, www.liricainpiazza.it).

Tuscany: Food Festivals.

During the Summer there are a vast number of food festivals in every corner Tuscany, where an array of delicacies, some rare and unusual, can be tasted and purchased.

Massa Marittima: Balestro del Grifalco,

historical festival including a parade, and a medieval crossbow competition (May, www.comune.massamarittima.gr.it).

Florence: Calcio Storico – Medieval Football,

the four most important “quartieri” (areas) of Florence compete every year at a medieval version of football in Piazza Santa Croce. The final is preceded by a parade through the centre of Florence, with the participants dressed according to 16th century etiquette. (June, www.calciostoricofiorentino.it).

Siena: Palio,

the world famous horse race is held in Siena’s main square, the Piazza del Campo (twice a year 2nd July, 16th August, www.ilpalio.siena.it).

Arezzo: Giostra del Saracino,

a medieval festival culminating in a joust, in full traditional dress (June, www.giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it).

Pisa: Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare,

an exhibition recalling the pomp of the four Italian mediaeval maritime republics, Pisa, Genova, Amalfi and Venice (June, www.comune.pisa.it).

Marradi: Night of the Witches 2013.

An historical reenactment takes place on a midsummer night with food stands and artistic performances in period costumes with witches, fairies, and knights celebrating the victory of good over evil.

Pisa: Gioco del Ponte/Luminara di San Ranieri.

Pisa celebrates it’s patron saint, San Ranieri, with a procession in medieval dress followed by a competition in which teams from the various zones of Pisa have to push the opposition back off a bridge and culminating in the Luminara in which thousands of lights and candles illuminate the buildings along the Arno and the river itself (16th June, www.comune.pisa.it).

Cortona: Cortona Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s oldest antiques markets (August–September, www.cortonantiquaria.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair (held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday www.arezzofieraantiquaria.org).

Florence: Autodromo del Mugello,

the world famous circuit at present hosts the Italian round of the motorbike World Championships (June) as well as being the testing circuit for the Ferrari F1 team (www.mugellocircuit.it).

Tuscany: Walking Festival.

The Walking Festival covers 6 nature reserves and hundreds of events, enabling the discovery on foot of some extraordinary places: the Tuscan Archipelago Natioanl Park, which consists of 7 beautiful isles surrounded by crystal clear waters, the Maremma Regional Park, with sandy beaches, rocky reefs, swamps, pine forests and rugged hills, the Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli Regional Park where one can stroll though the pine forest running all along the coast from Versilia to Pisa, and finally the Cornia Valley parks along the Etruscan Coast, offering not just the seaside but ancient mines and Etruscan archaeology. For information: www.tuscanywalkingfestival.it

Florence: Samurai! Japanese Armour from the Stibbert collection.

Seventy works of art from Frederick Stibbert’s Japanese collection in an exciting exhibition that takes the visitor into the exotic world of the Samurai, brave warriors and refined collectors weapons and armour. (29th March – 3rd November 2013).

Florence: From the Fleur-de-lis to David. Civic art in the mediaeval age.

The works of art on display at the Accademia Gallery are exhibited in a new and original manner, covering art produced in the 14th Century for Florence’s council buildings. (14th May – 8th December).

Montepulciano: “Giorgio de Chirico. The portrait – form and figure”.

A display of paintings, sculptures and other works by the founder of the Metaphysical art movement. This unique event offers the possibility to delve into the classical themes of the portrait and the self portrait renewed in new forms by the “Pictor Optimus.” - Fortezza Poliziana (8th June – 30th September).

Florence: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

returns to Florence, Thursday 12th September, an evening where fashions opens its doors to the public.

Florence: Joana Vasconcelos

(Gucci Museum 20th June – 15th December 2013). The love story between Florence and contemporary art continues tank to the exhibitions on show at the Gucci Museum.

Florence: The Grand Prince.

Ferdinando de’ Medici (1663-1713) Collector And Patron Of The Arts (Uffizi Gallery 25th June – 3rd November 2013). The exhibition showing his interests and choices that brought the great musicians, painters and sculptors of the era to Florence.

Florence: “Florence – Paris Return”

(Villa Bardini 6th September – 31st December 2013). An exhibition of Florentine works of art from the Renaissance brought together from collections across the world.

Lucca: Henri Cartier Bresson

(Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art 22nd June – 3rd November 2013). An exhibition that recounts the important moments that marked the artistic life of one of the world’s greatest photographers.

Pisa: Andy Warhol – Image and Myth

(Palazzo Blu 11th October 2013 – 1st February 2014). Over 500 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, covering the whole creative life of the influential 20th century artist.

Cecina: Kimono and Samurai

(Hermann Geiger Foundation 14th July – 15th September 2013). A trip through time in an introduction to Japanese culture, tradition and art.

Lucca: Lucca Comics & Game.

(31st October – 3rd November), Lucca’s International comic, game and illustration festival.

Arezzo: Guido d’Arezzo International Polyphonic Competition,

an international event dating back over 50 years, with choir and vocal ensemble competitons (September, www.polifonico.org).

Lucca, Viareggio: European Film Festival

(September).

Siena,Chianciano Terme: Corto Fiction,

international film festival (September, www.cortofiction.it).

Pisa: Anima Mundi,

international event celebrating the best of “sacred” classical music (September – October, www.opapisa.it).

Tuscany: Sagre (Town Festivals).

In autumn, after the grape and olive harvest, a variety of festivals take place in every corner of Tuscany, including the smallest villages, where the new wines and olive oils (as well as other local products such as cheese, honey, zolfini beans, chestnuts etc.) can be tasted and purchased. Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and it’s wines, including Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, are highly regarded for their excellent quality and exported around the world.

Florence: DeGustiBooks,

a free festival combining wine, food and books, including tasting sessions, music, discussions, cookery lessons, exhibitions and more! (October).

Pisa, San Miniato: Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco,

a market with stands from all over Italy focusing on the famous white truffle (November, www.cittadisanminiato.it).

Arezzo: Giostra del Saracino,

a medieval festival culminating in a joust, in full traditional dress (September, www.giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it)

Cortona: Cortona Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s oldest antiques markets (August–September, www.cortonantiquaria.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair, held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday (www.arezzofieraantiquaria.org).

Florence: Florence’s marathon,

with the course passing most of the main sights! (November, www.firenzemarathon.it).