Historic Places

A Travelers Guide to Arezzo, Tuscany

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Arezzo, a beautiful sun-drenched city on a Tuscan hill, was a wealthy Etruscan city, and then a wealthy Roman city before it became a satellite of Florence in 1384. Among Arezzo’s native sons was Petrarch, who invented the musical scale; Pietro Aretino, who was exiled because of his satirical writings against Papal Indulgences; and Giorgio Vasari, the artist and architect. It was also the home of the French born Guillaume de Marcillat, a glass stainer who came to live and work in Arezzo. His work was so well known that he was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II. Marcillat worked beside Raphael and Michelangelo. Arezzo, being in the interior of country, is hot and rainy in the summer and can get cold in the winter. One place to visit in Arezzo is St. Francis’...

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Pisa beyond The Leaning Tower

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Pisa offers much more than just the famous Leaning Tower. Aside the fact that in the Miracle Square the Tower is in the good company of the Cathedral, Cemetery and Baptistery, in town you will surely find much more for your eyes to gaze at in wonder. Pisa really is a little Italian treasure, even beyond the boundaries of “Piazza dei Miracoli”. Here artistic beauty is well matched by natural treasures. Starting with the coast, Pisa offers wild beaches such as the ones of Calambrone and Marina di Vecchiano. In San Rossore you will get to the nature park by the same name, while the city offers a very special botanical garden. The inland continues with a series of marvelous churches and historical buildings telling a long story of wars, hopes, hard work...

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Top Picks for Traveling The Tuscan Maremma

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An awesome guest article by Elisa from Maremma Tuscany! Even if you have never been to Tuscany, you can probably imagine its farmhouse villas and breathtaking countryside in an instant. But for most tourists, Tuscany is Florence, Siena and Pisa. Stop. Most don’t realise there is a whole other side to Tuscany. A side that is more wild and authentic. A side that still breathes laidback country days. A side that truly is Tuscany off-the-beaten track. It’s called the Maremma. To discover the Maremma, you have to leave the cities behind and plunge into magnificent Southern Tuscany. Just don’t look for any road signs. The Maremma is a centuries’ old name used by the locals to describe their beautiful surroundings. It’s more of a feeling...

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An Art Tour of Tuscany

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Tuscany, located in Central Italy, is absolutely overflowing with art, history and culture. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, which set off the Renaissance throughout all of Europe at the start of the 13th century, and as the home of many incredibly influential people in the areas of art and science, Tuscany has been a well known and highly regarded place for centuries. For people who enjoy art and history, Tuscany is a great vacation destination. Throughout the medieval times and the Renaissance, there were four main schools of Tuscan art that competed with each other. These schools were the Florentine, Sienese, Pisan and Lucchese schools. Today, examples of Florentine art can be found in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the church of Santa...

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Tuscany’s 6 World Heritage Sites

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Tuscany’s 6 World Heritage Sites The region of Tuscany is located in Central Italy. Tuscany is a famous region due to its beautiful landscapes, artistic legacy and wines. Tuscany is also a place filled with history – so much history that UNESCO has declared six Tuscan localities World Heritage Sites. In order for UNESCO to designate a place a cultural World Heritage Site, the place must fall within one of the following cultural criteria. One, it must represent the masterpiece of human creative genius. Two, it must exhibit an important interchange of human values. Three, it must bear testimony to a cultural tradition or civilization, whether long gone or still around. Four, it contains an outstanding example of architecture which illustrates a significant...

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Museums In and Around Arezzo

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Arezzo in Tuscany offers plenty of cultural initiatives, which are a fantastic occasion to learn more on the Tuscan land and enjoy the fun activities it also offers. Permanent museums and seasonal art exhibits in the territory of Arezzo create a dense network of cultural spots to visit in order to appreciate the history, and therefore the present, of the city and its province altogether with that of Italy. Those interested in restoration will treasure the occasion offered at the Public Palace of Arezzo. In occasion of the 500th year of the birth of Giorgio Vasari, the restoration rooms of the Public Palace will be exceptionally opened to the public until March 31st, 2011. The work of art being restored is a large altar-piece by Vasari titled...

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