What I Loved AboutTuscany Part one

Tuscany or Toscana is one of the most famous regions in Italy. Since Frances Mayes wrote “Under The Tuscan Sun” tourism in this region has increased immensely. Also property values have increased also. Toscana comprises a very large area. Plan on a week or more to visit the many wonderful sights. The food, climate and sights are exhilarating.  Hills and valleys, morning fog that burns off quickly in the sun. So much to see and feel. 

. NewImage  The movie with Diane Lane helped increase it’s popularity with visions of sunflowers and rustic homes.   There are many towns, cities, and regions the compromise Toscana.  Florence is a good place to start. Florence or Firenze is the capital of to Toscana.  It is a pedestrian city and cars are restricted from the city center.  

IMG 5186Florence viewed from Piazzale  Michangealo. It is worth the walk across the Arno river and the climb up to view the setting sun. At this time people flock from all over the city to view it.   You and have a glass of wine, or a café from any of the numerous bars nearby. I hurried to make sunset and see the spectacular vistas from this perch. 

 

DSC03421The Duomo, Firenze

 

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Am artist on the Arno river.

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Ponte Vecchio Firenze, night time is a great time to walk the city. 

 

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An artist work to restore a sculpture at the Uffizi which is a must see. Purchase your tickets in advance with an arrival time and skip the lines. Use the web for tickets. 

https://www.uffizi.it/en/pages/how-to-book-tickets

 

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Below, beefsteak Florentine 

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Start with a good piece of meat

 

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Served medium rare with a side of veggies. 

If you can visit Trattoria Pandemonio, Firenze. You will not be disappointed. 

http://www.trattoriapandemonio.it

BIKING THE HILLS OF TUSCANY

In October of 2015 I did a bike tour of the Tuscan hills. Besides being a physical challenge, it was one of my best trips to Italy. Watch the video, words can not do the trip justice. Vermont Bike Tours provided great guides and wonderful accomodations. Some of the many photos I took are

If you like Italy and Toscana, plus some great food, this makes for a wonderful trip.

Here is the link to the video

https://youtu.be/0yhwOCtQebg

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