Art, culture, history… in Tuscany we’re all set! So much so that we had no problem filling all the letters of the alphabet, from A to Z. A fun exercise that you can do with us. A - Archaeology From Roman amphitheaters, still used for concerts and shows, to archaeological sites by the sea, from museums to ancient roads…It’s no coincidence that 2015 in Tuscany was declared “The Year of Archeology” to promote this fascinating heritage. B - Brunelleschi... but also Botticelli! If, like us, you don’t know how to choose between the father of the largest masonry dome in the world or the father of the Birth of Venus... just come to Florence, and enjoy the masterpieces of both! C - Contemporary Art As we like to say, it’s not all about the Renaissance! Tuscany has a lot to offer when it comes to modern and contemporary art: museums, large-scale outdoor installations, sculpture parks, photography exhibitions, street art. D - David, what else? It seems that we can’t get enough of him (and of Michelangelo in general!). So, here are some facts you might not know about Michelangelo’s masterpiece. E - Etruscans Tuscany was once part of a land called Etruria. The people of Etruria are called Etruscans. Do we need to say more? Here are the top 5 museums to learn everything about the Etruscans in Tuscany. F – Francigena The Via Francigena is the general name of an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome. The part of the Via Francigena which runs through Tuscany, 380 km, is the best (and still slow) way to enjoy history, culture and traditions, immersed in an exciting landscape. G - Giotto Yes, the one that was able to draw a perfect “O” without a compass. Yes, he was from Tuscany too. Oh wait, there is also Galileo Galilei! H – Heritage More precisely, UNESCO World Heritage Properties. Tuscany holds a world record: it’s the region with the densest concentration of UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world. I – Inspiration Almost every corner is a great source of inspiration. Poems, books, songs… and movies, movies, movies! J - Just when you think there’s nothing left to discover... … you stumble on another hidden gem! K - Keith Haring In 1989, the famous American graffiti artist painted a spectacular mural in Pisa: Tuttomondo, 30 figures, painted like a puzzle, covering 180 square meters of wall on the convent of St. Anthony. It was Haring’s last major work before he died. L – Leonardo da Vinci [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B929I6vkR9s[/youtube] M – Medici family The history of Tuscany is also the history of the Medici Family: bankers, politicians, royals, patrons of the arts, and champions of the birth of the Italian Renaissance. Lords of Florence from 1434, then Grand Dukes of Tuscany from 1569), the Medici ruled this territory almost continuously until 1737. N – Nature Here you can walk in a park and at the same time be surrounded by works of art! O - Original museums There is a Tuscany that goes beyond the Uffizi or the other famous museums and attractions. The original and unusual museums are there to take you off the usual routes. P - Piero della Francesca One of the leading exponents of the early Renaissance. From his home town near Arezzo, Sansepolcro, he brought up the name of Tuscan art worldwide. Q – Quintessence R - Renaissance Oh well. S - Stendhal (Syndrome) "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence... Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul." (Stendhal, 1817, visiting Santa Croce) T - Tower (the leaning one) The symbol of Pisa. One of the most photographed places in Tuscany (and yes, usually we are all portrayed in strange poses!). One of the most famous towers in the world, due to its tiny, imperceptible construction problem! U – Uffizi Gallery In 2014, it was yet again the most visited museum in Italy and by relating the total number of visitors to the museum area, this is probably the most densely visited museum in the world. We only have one word for you: BOOK! V – Vasari Painter (the interior of the dome of Florence Cathedral), architect (the Vasari Corridor and the Salone dei 500 in Palazzo Vecchio), writer and historian (his The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects invented the genre of the encyclopaedia of artistic biographies). W - Wandering (the streets…) Because here art is everywhere! X - XX Century There is also a twentieth-century Tuscany to be discovered. Y - You tell us! What are we leaving out? Help us. Z – Zero … the minutes you should wait to book your next trip to Tuscany.