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Amazing Tuscany – Italy

Tuscany is a region in Central Italy. It has an area of 22990 square kilometres (8880 sq mi) and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence. Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci and Puccini. Due to this, the region has several museums, most of which (such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace) are found in Florence, but others in towns and smaller villages. Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino). Six Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982), the historical centre of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990), the historical centre of Pienza (1996) and the Val d’Orcia (2004). Furthermore, Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves. This makes Tuscany and its capital city Florence very popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of tourists every year. Florence itself receives an average of 10 million tourists a year by placing the
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Tuscany, Italy: Rustic Slow Food

When travel dreams take people to Italy, Tuscany is often their first stop. There’s something almost seductively charming about this region and its rustic good living. Today we’ll experience two classic examples of “la dolce vita” (the sweet life): joining an early-morning truffle hunt through an oak forest, and tasting the bounty of a small-town artichoke festival. For more information on the Rick Steves’ Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano Surrounded by a double wall that dates back to medieval times and amid the gentle undulating hills of Tuscany is the town of San Gimignano with its striking15 towers that were built by competing aristocratic families. The towers were considered to be of great prestige and also provided a means of defence.Competition to construct the tallest tower became increasingly fierce until a special decree curtailed the mindless indulgence of the local aristocracy. The town’s prosperity came

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Free Italy Travel Guides Available on

(PRWEB) July 7, 2010

History and Palace Hotels offers a selection of Italian hotels and mansions rich in cultural and historical features. The charme and elegance of these old mansions combined with the courtesy of the staff are the distinguishing features of these little gems embedded in the most famous art cities or in small towns rich in history.

To allow users to dig deeper into history, culture and traditions in Italy, Histlory and Palace Hotels is now offering a series of free guides about major destinations such as Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany.

The Rome Travel Guide includes articles about the Colosseo and Piazza Navona, Città del Vaticano and Domus Aurea, without forgetting the ruins of Ostia Antica and the XIX century architecture in EUR.

The Venice Travel Guide includes articles about Piazza San Marco and the Ponte dei Sospiri, Murano, Burano and Torcello islands, as well as Venice’s Giudecca and Arsenale.

The Florence Travel Guide includes articles about all the wonders of Piazza della Signoria and Michelangelo’s David, the breathtaking panorama in Fiesole, the masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery.

The Tuscany Travel Guide includes articles about the medioeval towers in San Gimignano, the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, without forgetting the wonderful walk on the walls in Lucca.

To receive further information and download the free travel guides, please visit the official website of History and Palace Hotels:


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San Gimignano Italy

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in Tuscany, Italy, about a 35-minute drive northwest of Siena or southwest of Florence. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several miles outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.
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Tuscany Writers Conference to be Held in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

(PRWEB) January 23, 2008

The Tuscany Writers Conference ( will help writers develop their craft while offering priceless insight into how talented writers become published authors. Join us June 7 – 14 at an extraordinary writing event on a breathtaking 15th century estate near the romantic town of Lucca, Italy.

The conference faculty boasts outstanding presenters including best-selling author Phil Doran (The Reluctant Tuscan), respected literary agents, and Managing Editor Allan Fallow of AARP Books.

Exclusive access to first class publishing experts at networking events and private one-on-one sessions make this event an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Daily workshops by award-winning experts help jumpstart the creative process and give valuable insight into the publishing world; then you can enjoy uninterrupted time to write surrounded by the natural beauty of the grounds. Social events, excursions, cooking lessons and an on-site Writer’s Café are a memorable part of the event.

The Basic Package begins at 1,950 Euro. It includes premium accommodation, ground transportation, all meals, welcome and farewell gala dinners, daily writing workshops and presentations, one-on-one access to presenters, a trip to the estate shepherdess for pecorino and ricotta cheese making, plus you will learn to make your own limoncello from the luscious estate lemon trees. A 500 Euro single supplement will apply.

For 2,450 Euro, the premium Taste of Tuscany package includes all of the above, plus a cooking class with our local, grandmother-trained gourmet Tuscan chef, a “Slow Food” tour of the Garfagnana Mountains, a guided tour of Lucca, a Puccini concert and a wine-tasting tour. A 500 Euro single supplement will apply.

Day passes are also available for 900 Euro, and include a full week of workshops, lunches, plus our welcome and farewell gala dinners.

This event will radiate creativity, relaxation and inspiration. After all, magnificent Tuscany is noted as the birthplace of Puccini, Dante and da Vinci. We invite you to take advantage of this superb writer’s getaway!

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The phone number in Italy is 011-39-346-314-9809; in the U.S. 1-877-847-7852

Tuscany Writers Conference

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

June 7-14, 2008

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Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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Italy Tour Transfers | Italy Private transfer with Guided Italy Tour

Nancy Aiello Tours introduces its new private Italy transfer tours to maximize Italian visitors and tourists time in Italy and get the best out of any private door to door transfer in Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours is proud to offer top quality custom Italy tour transfers with English speaking drivers across Italy designed for families touring Italy with children, senior travelers and Italy cruise passengers, independent Italy travelers. When in Rome, Florence or Venice explore Italy’s countryside and off the beaten path villages by transforming a transfer into a top quality Italy day tour! We customize your transfers in Italy with stops along the way to enjoy a memorable Italy tour for you and your family or group of friends.
Nancy Aiello Tours of Italy provides an exclusive way of touring Italy to include sightseeing stops on the way based any schedule as well as personal preferences. Based on an extensive knowledge and experience these custom transfer tours across Italy offer the opportunity to enjoy the best Italy lifestyle has to offer in the comfort of new Mercedes Benz limos and vans.
Italy visitors traveling to/from Tuscany to Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Lake Como, Sicily and other main Italian cities, towns and villages have now a memorable and cost effective alternative to basic Italy transfers.

Nancy Aiello Private Sightseeing Transfers in Italy include:

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Rome to/from Florence via Montepulciano or Montalcino

Rome to/from Florence via Prada outlet and/or The Mall for luxury Italy shopping

Rome to/from Florence with Wine Tasting or Winery Visit in Montepulciano or Montalcino

Rome to/from Naples via Pompeii

Rome to/from Sorrento via Amalfi

Florence to/from Naples/Amalfi Coast via Orvieto or Pompeii

Venice to/from Florence via Bologna

Venice to/from Florence via Padua

Venice to/from Florence via Verona

Venice to/from Florence via Ferrara

Garda Lake to/from Florence via Modena (Ferrari Museum)

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These private sightseeing Italy tours are always personalized to accommodate the needs and pace of independent travelers, disabled cruise passengers, families cruising Italy with children, Italy food lovers and senior travelers on a pre Italy cruise or post cruise Italy vacation.

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided tours of Italy designed for the independent travelers visiting Italy. Based in Rome Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy VIP concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Contact Nancy Aiello Tours for your memorable Italy vacation.

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On my May 2008 trip to Italy – here’s my 3km trip down a gravel road to the hill town of San Gimignano. It’s known as the Manhattan of Italy because of it’s towers – 15 of the original 72 remain.
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Italy – Experience The Flavour Of Europe

If a holiday for you means more than just visiting a place where you can sit back and relax, it means coming out of your routine life and exploring new places and forgetting yourself in the rich culture, beauty, history and art of the destination, then you are an avid vacationer at heart. Though there are many places around the world that offer a great blend of a gorgeous settings, rich and tasteful culture, glorious history with interesting art and architecture and modern facilities, Italy is one of the places that have made people absolutely awestruck. Anyone who has visited Italy wishes to return again to explore the country which has so much to offer.

It is not without any reason that Italy is the fifth country to receive the highest number of visitors every year. While ravishing coastline and beaches, mountains and treasured monuments, make it a beautiful location, the art, history, fashion and cuisine give it the charm it possesses that entices people to visit Italy. Rome and Milan are two of the most visited cities in the country. A number of churches and museums adorn the city of Rome which is the capital of Rome. Some of the most visited sights are the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, Piazza Navona, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, Castle Sant’Angelo among several other sights.

Milan is another popular city, that is known for its fashion and is called The Fashion Capital of the country. There are many other great cities and many locations in the country.

While Bologna is known for its rich history, culture, and technology, Florence, which has important ties with the Renaissance, has rich architecture and art. Michelangelo’s famous statue of David is also in Florence and it is home to a number of great museums. Naples, located near the famous volcano Vesuvius is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Located near to the city are the ruins of ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Ercolano. it was one of the most important medieval maritime republic. Genoa is another important city that is very rich and diverse. Pisa is a significant city that has gained worldwide recognition for its Leaning Tower of Pisa, which remains an architectural wonder till today. Venice is a beautiful and romantic city, that is famous for its history, art and world famous canals. Turin, which was the first capital of Italy is an important industrial city where the company FIAT is based giving it an important industrial base.

The Roman Empire, middle ages and renaissance have left deep cultural impacts on many of these cities in their art and architecture. In fact, UNESCO has declared forty four of the sites in Italy as World Heritage Sites, which is more than the number of sites in any other country. It includes many entire cities like Sienna, Verona, Vicenza, San Gimignano, Ferrara and Urbino. The cuisine and fashion of Italy, are popular worldwide. With so much to see, experience and explore, there will not be a moment that you would regret your decision to choose to travel Italy for your holiday. You are going to fall in love with this beautiful, rich country.

This article has been written by an expert, working with, a leading travel site offering packages for tourism Italy.

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