Tuscany, home of Italian renaissance and fashion

Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in Italy, sitting in the centre of the Italian peninsula. The regional capital, Florence, has been a centre of high art and Italian fashion for decades.

The region is known for its history and landscapes and high culture and was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

Places to visit in Tuscany include the Uffizi Museum and Pitti Palace in Florence while there are several other World Heritage Sites all across the region including the city of Siena, the Cathedral of Pisa with its Leaning Tower, the historical centre of San Gimignano, Pienza, and the Medici Villas and Gardens.

The region is well-known for its wines with the Chianti being one of the most popular outside of the region.

Many of the largest and most famous cities in Tuscany sit on the banks of the region’s river the Arno including the cities of Florence, Pisa, and Empoli.

Among the most highly rated places to dine out include the Da Delfina near Carmignano which serves home style cooking and the Il Canto Del Maggio in Penna Alto in the Arno Valley.

Definite must tries when in Tuscany are the truffles, the ribollita, and the pappa al pamadoro.


Zuppa Toscana, Tuscan soup


When one thinks of Italian food pasta, pizza, and antipasto most readily come to mind. But Italian cuisine also includes an interesting array of soups. One such soup is the Zuppa Toscana.

As the name suggests, Zuppa Toscana is soup indigenous to the Italian region of Tuscany. To make this soup you will need 1 package smoked sausage, 2 potatoes, cut into small slices, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 6 slices bacon, 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 cups kale– shredded, 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder, 1 quart water, and 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream.

To prepare first preheat an oven to 300 degrees F, place the sausage on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Cut each in half, lengthwise.

Cook the onions and bacon in a large skillet over a medium flame until the onions are translucent. Crumble to bacon and add the garlic, to the onions and cook for another minute. Add the chicken base and water, potatoes, and simmer for around 15 minutes. Add the bacon, sausage, kale, and cream and cook for a further 4 minutes. Serve when hot.


Florence, history’s new birthplace


Florence is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region famous for being the fashion capital of the country as well as the heart of the Renaissance. The city is famous for its history and architecture and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Among the most famous museums in Florence are the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. Other sites which may interest tourists are the famous Santa Maria Fiore cathedral, the Campanilewhich sits nearby, and the Baptistery and the Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. ThePiazza della Signoria is in the city’s centre.

The city is on a basin near the Senese Clavey Hills and the Arno River. The city has a humid sub-tropical and Mediterranean climate and has hot humid summers and cool damps winters.

Food is very important in Italian culture and also in Florence as well as wine. The city sits in Italy’s Tuscany region famous for its wines. Not far from Florence is the Chianti region.

The Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapari is the most highly recommended restaurant in the city where reservations are mandatory. Food includes tripe and lampdredotto, antipasti, and salt less Tuscan bread. The city is served by the Amerigo Vespucci Airport and also has a city bus and tram and railway stations.