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  • Athenaeum Personal Hotel Florence

    The Athenaeum enjoys a privileged location in the downtown historical centre of Florence. We are situated within walking distance from the most important monuments, from the principal museums, from the main shopping areas as well as from the fairgrounds...

  • Hotel Savoy Florence

    Just steps away from the main Florence fashion houses, the Hotel Savoy is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city. Styled by Olga Polizzi, the hotel's elegant décor is contemporary Italian in style with...

  • Hotel Le Fontanelle Siena

    The origins of this marvellous hotel can be traced back to the 13th century, thanks to the discovery of original internal stonework, which is still visible in the hotel today. The hotel's name 'Le Fontanelle' derives from the pre-existing water fountains...

  • Relais Locanda Palazzone Umbria

    Country House Palazzone was built in medieval times and is located not far from Rocca Ripesena in the area northwest of Orvieto, in Umbria. This building is an exceptional example of a country residence: it possesses all the characteristics of a town...

  • Private Tour in Italy

    With over 15 years of experience in rental car with driver, Private Tour in Italy provides its customers professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, safety and comfort. Private Tour in Italy is your personal driver in Italy: our team will best satisfy all...

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Modern Italian was born in Tuscany, from the great literature of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Can there be a deeper bond, a greater and more noble debt owed by a nation to one of its regions, than that of the common language? But the whole of Europe is in debt to Tuscany for its extraordinary contribution to European culture. It was in Tuscany between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries that the great era of humanism and the Renaissance was born and developed, movements which radically renewed the culture and art of the time, leaving a profound and indelible mark on the common civilisation of Europe. Of that extraordinary period of history, Tuscany, starting from the regional capital Florence, bears the greatest witness. Great works of civic and religious architecture, sculpture and paintings of extraordinary artistic value, testify to the creative genius of great artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Filippo Brunelleschi. But Tuscany is not just Florence. There is Siena too, with its Piazza del Campo, the theatre each summer for its famous Palio. In the province of Siena (also famous for its great wines, such as Chianti and Brunello) Montepulciano and Pienza stand out, extraordinary gems of renaissance art, and San Gimignano, with its famous towers and turreted houses. Then there is Pisa with its world-famous leaning tower; Carrara, with its Duomo clad in the precious marble that takes the name of the city; and also Lucca, Pistoia, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, and Prato, that all boast churches and other monuments of great architectural and artistic value. The beauties of the Tuscan countryside are innumerable. Above all, its landscape: the typical, unique, gentle and warm Tuscan countryside.

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