10 World Records of Tuscany

Summer is the ideal time to address lighter topics and have a laugh, perhaps under the umbrella on a beautiful Tuscan beach or on top of a mountain. We have put together some quirky, fun facts about Tuscany. We’re asking you to contribute to the post! Just read it through and find out how to get involved at the end! Enjoy your summer in Tuscany!
  1. Italy, with 49 UNESCO sites, is the country with the largest number of World Heritage Sites. Tuscany makes a massive contribution with the biggest number of sites: seven. They are the historic centre of Florence (1982), the historic centre of San Gimignano (1990), the historic centre of Siena (1995), the historic centre of Pienza (1996), Piazza del Duomo in Pisa (1987), Val d’Orcia (2004), and the Medici Villas and Gardens (2013).
    Florence
    Florence
  2. Brunelleschi’s famous dome covers the cross plan of Florence’s Duomo. It was the largest dome in the world and remains the largest masonry dome ever built (longest diagonal of the inner dome 45 meters, outer dome 54).
  3. A 2000-metre-long dining table and about 2,000 people sat at it to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the construction of the walls of Lucca. The aim of this ambitious project, called Aggiungi un posto a tavola, was a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was organized on June 27, 2014. 
    Aggiungi un posto a tavola in Lucca [Photo Credits: www.lagazzettadilucca.it]
    Aggiungi un posto a tavola in Lucca [Photo Credits: www.lagazzettadilucca.it]
  4. The Ponte Sospeso over the river Lima, covering 220 meters and with its highest point of 40 meters, is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. It is made with steel cables anchored to rocks by heavy chains, with side tie rods that make it more secure and it is just less than a meter wide. 
    Ponte sospeso [Photo Credits: Patrizio Boschi]
    Ponte sospeso [Photo Credits: Patrizio Boschi]
  5. On May 2014, Florence entered the Guinness Book of Records with the largest hug in the world around Palazzo Vecchio, the first UNESCO heritage monument to be "embraced by a crowd of citizens." 1,186 people, who stayed hand in hand along the entire perimeter of the old town hall, took part in the fun initiative.
  6. Tuscany also holds the record for the longest pizza in the world: it was baked on the seafront in Cinquale (Massa Carrara province) on July 22, 2012 and it was 1,172 meters long. 
    Longest pizza! [Photo Credits: www.lanazione.it]
    Longest pizza! [Photo Credits: www.lanazione.it]
  7. The Teatrino di Vetriano is located in the village of Vetriano in the municipality of Pescaglia, near Lucca. Built in the late nineteenth century, in 1997 it got into the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest historic theatre in the world. After a long period of abandon, reduced to poor conditions, it was purchased by the FAI (Italian Environment Foundation), which brought it back to its former glory. The Teatrino measures only 70 square meters! 
    Teatrino di Vetriano [Photo Credits: www.photo-tuscany.com]
    Teatrino di Vetriano [Photo Credits: www.photo-tuscany.com]
  8. With over 44.93 meters the porchetta of Monte San Savino holds the record for world's longest porchetta! Established on June 13, 2010 in Piazza Gamurrini, the record has been established thanks to a roasted pig prepared by the four “porchetta masters” of Monte San Savino called Aldo Iacomoni, Walter Iacomoni, Giuliano Di Goro and Gino Mencuccini and thanks to 65 pigs, 950 meters of string used for tying, 130 kilograms of salt, pepper and spices, 250 bundles of heather brooms and 3 tons of wood to cook it!
    The longest porchetta
    The longest porchetta
  9. The longest game of volleyball in history took place in Tuscany, in Empoli for accuracy. It lasted 86 hours, 17 minutes, 53 seconds and 36 hundredths, and involved 24 players.
    The longest volleyball play
    The longest volleyball play
  10. The Grand Duchy of Tuscany has been the 1° state in the world to abolish death penalty: The Feast of Tuscany yearly commemorates the anniversary of the penal reform introduced on November 30, 1786 by the Grand-duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine.
The family of Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine by Wilhelm Berczy (1782)
The family of Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine by Wilhelm Berczy (1782)
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