Tuscany was named after the Etruskans, who were called ‘Tusci’ by the Romans. The kingdom was eventually divided into independent dukedoms and from 1531, the Medici ruled, a family of businessmen and bankers.
The capital of Tuscany is Florence, a city of art and joie de vivre and past residences of important artists and sculptors such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, plus the writers Dante and Boccaccio, not to mention the scientist, Galileo Galilei.
Lucca, one of Tuscany’s most important historical towns, rises from the lower reaches of the Serchio river, on a former swamp. Dating from the Middle Ages, it is surrounded by a massive 4.2 kilometre long brick wall which helped the town retain its independence and protected it from the floodwaters of the Serchio.
The precarious imperfection of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is in stark contrast to the grandiose palaces and religious buildings of the Medici family. The natural contours of the hills and mountains of this European nirvana complete the connection between art and nature. Tuscany satisfies all the senses!