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Beaches to rival Sardinia and mountains that link with the Alps—countryside to seaside, skyline to mountain range, Tuscany is a treasure trove of art, nature, and wonder. Yes, technically a trip to Florence will still take you to Tuscany, since Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region, but that’s being literal. As beautiful as it is, the city of Florence can’t deliver the famous countryside panoramas you find in postcards or scenes you’ve only seen in
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Everyone will tell you that Christmas in Italy is a magical time, and I would not hesitate to agree. Yuletide visitors get to enjoy the twinkling lights and tasteful city decorations that enhance the already charming historic centers. Italians extend their celebrations through the Feast of Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night), so those visitors who take a post-Christmas break can find themselves immersed in the festive spirit up to 6 January. Epiphany marks the
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How can you get the same unique travel experience that takes you away from the crowds and off-the-beaten-track, but still visits the must-see sites and places in Florence and around Tuscany? We all want to discover the best-kept secrets, but tourist attractions are usually things you can’t miss for a reason. Most of the time, they include historical monuments and UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you have the time, you do both. If you have
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Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture, is known by many to be among the world’s most beautiful destinations. If you’ve soaked in the fashion, fine dining, and ambiance of the city and discovered its ins and outs, you’re ready to branch out and explore the surrounding areas. From the nearby seaside, rolling hills, or hiking around the Chianti region, this list highlights nine perfect day trips from Florence that are definitely worth a visit.
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Andrea del Sarto “The faultless painter” One of Florence’s greatest Renaissance artists, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) is known as ‘the faultless painter’ for his technical abilities and near-perfect renderings. Del Sarto’s wife, Lucrezia del Fede, has become famous not just for being his muse, but for being a nagging and indiscreet woman who likely stopped Del Sarto from reaching the great heights of his contemporaries. Vasari described Lucrezia as being “faithless, jealous, and vixenish with
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