Culture And Life Style With Tradition
No other region in Italy offers art, culture and nature in such a pleasant way as Tuscany does.
Medieval fortresses and castles and venerable monasteries bear fierce witness of the region's long history, declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The first cultural evidence is of Etruscan origin. Archeological discoveries such as alabaster vessels, wall paintings and monumental tombs in particular give an idea of the Etruscan period.
The Romans, too, left their trace. The romantic Gothic period was followed by Renaissance, one of the most fertile periods of Tuscan architecture, and it was the city-state of Florence that gave the first impulse for a revival of the classical period at the beginning of the 15th Century.
The indissoluble connection between Renaissance and Pope Pius II is visible everywhere in Val d'Orcia as he is known as one of the major promoters of arts during that period.
The passion for arts and culture is still very present in Italy and many people consider it an expression of lifestyle and philosophy of life. The same is true for many Tuscan traditions, Tuscan cuisine and the strong family-based social structures. The meals, especially in company of several relatives and friends, are very important for Italian culture as is the pride of regional origins and of course of Italy ...