Florence - home of classical Italian and of the Renaissance, is situated in the heart of Tuscany. It is the centre of a magnificent history and culture, examples of which adorn the city even today. It was here that artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked, as did poets such as Dante and Boccaccio. As a cultural heritage from these times, Florence possesses a wealth of monuments and works of art, which make every stay in the city an unforgettable experience.
The world of tourism that gravitates around Florence obviously finds its major pole of attraction in the region's capital city. Indeed so much that it is no easy task to showcase the many attractions and points of interest in the surrounding territory. And yet, the surroundings of Florence offer an infinite series of thematically articulated itineraries and of the highest level, whether they express cultural, environmental or natural values. From the cultural and artistic viewpoint, in addition to various Etruscan and Roman traces, visitors will discover works by Beato Angelico, Della Robbia, Botticelli, Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippo Lippi, Donatello, Rossellino, Mino da Fiesole, etc. every step of the way in the churches and small museums of the minor centres, as they will also find examples of great architecture by Michelozzo, Giuliano da Sangallo, Leon Battista Alberti.
Various localities in the surroundings of Florence are known because birthplaces or residences of famous figures: Giotto and Beato Angelico were born in Vicchio del Mugello, Boccaccio in Certaldo, Leonardo in Vinci which hosts the family house and a museum, Petrarch in Incisa Valdarno, humanist and philosopher Marsilius Ficinus in Figline, Macchiavelli wrote "The Prince" at the "Albergaccio" in Sant`Andrea in Percussina.
Another theme can be that of the Medici Villas and their gardens; as for parks, let's not forget, the one at Villa Demidoff in Pratolino with its gigantic statue of the Apennines by Giambologna. Many localities conserve old and valuable handicraft traditions: ceramics and glass in Montelupo, terracotta in Impruneta, wrought iron in Scarperia. Another reference indissolubly bound to Tuscany and also to Florence and its territory is the prestigious Chianti area with its typically hilly countryside, where different layouts of perfectly aligned rows of grapevines create different effects of colour and luminosity. Vineyards alternate with olive-groves and, here and there, cypress trees, castles, farmhouses, old parish churches, villas and garden. Every year, important events are held at the most famous locations to celebrate the most noble product of this land: Chianti Classico. As for the landscape and environmental aspects that characterise all of Florentine territory, we must not neglect to mention the mountains: Vallombrosa, surrounded by centuries-old fir-wood forests (958 m) and Consuma on national highway no. 70 (S.S. 70) in the Casentino (about 1000 m.) air max丨Replica Watches