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- Region: Toscana
- Region Center: Firenze
- Zona: Central Italy, on the Mediterranean Sea
- Provinces: 10 - Arezzo, Firenze, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena
- Municipalities: 287
- Surface: 22 994 km ²
- Population: 3 734 355 (by 31/03/2010)
- Web site: Official Web Site
Everybody will let you know that Toscana is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, rich of history, culture and many beautiful places to see. Surely you could have one entire holiday and the time will not be enough. And the landscapes that offers Toscana everywhere are simple unforgettable and unique.
Tuscany offers its visitors the great art cities such as Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena. Small historic towns like Volterra, San Gimignano, Pienza and Cortona alternate with beautiful natural scenery from Chianti to the Riviera della Versilia, to the spas of Montecatini, Chianciano Terme, Saturnia.
Due to its history and its strong cultural and linguistic unit Toscana is also one of the Italian regions with the oldest and defined identity. The name is ancient and derives from Greek and Latin dall'etnonimo used to define the land inhabited by the Etruscans, "Etruria", then evolved into "Tuscia" and then "Tuscany". Even today the borders of Tuscany, in principle, correspond to those ancient Etruria, which included parts of present regions of Lazio and Umbria to the Tiber.
Having a central position in Italy Toscana is bordered on the north-west with Liguria to the north with the Emilia-Romagna, on the east by the Marche and Umbria, on the south by Lazio. On the west part of Toscana you will find many of its beautiful beaches.
The regional capital of Toscana is Firenze (Florence), at about 370,580 inhabitants and it is the main fulcrum historical, artistic, economic and administrative center. The other provincial capitals are: Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena.
In the territory of Toscana are included also the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, in addition to a small enclave located within the boundaries of the Emilia-Romagna, which are located in some localities of the town of Badia Tedalda.
What to see in Toscana?
Choice the places to see in Toscana here or from the menu on the left:
- San Gimignano
How to go to Toscana?
Toscana is very easy reachable by Airplane, Train, Bus, Car, Ship or Boat.
For more information take a look at the main city you would like to visit.
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Map of Toscana