There are many ways to travel. We know this isn’t the time for suitcases, trains and planes, but nothing can stop us from exploring Tuscany together while staying at home. Through music or a short story, sipping a glass of wine or perhaps cooking something special for the family. While we wait to go back outside, this time at home is also an opportunity to look around us, it’s a time to learn and reflect, to be better prepared when everything begins again. Here are a few online resources to bring Tuscany to your home.
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There are all sorts of digital initiatives these days and ways in which we can share and admire Italy’s beauty. Here are some such examples from Tuscany’s museums and galleries.
The Uffizi Galleries have several tools to explore the masterpieces in their collections via the HyperVisions section.
Florence’s Galileo Museum has a vast section that hosts "Virtual Exhibitions", which provide interesting insight into the life and scientific discoveries (and more) about some of the greatest figures of the past, including Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci.
While it’s not a bricks and mortar museum, the Via Francigena will leave you amazed. The way to Rome travelled by the pilgrims of the past and present unites history and culture, beauty, and food and wine. Google Street View takes you on a virtual journey for a preview of this historic way.
Film buffs might like to take a look at our page dedicated to films set in Tuscany (there are dozens of them!), from James Ivory’s A Room with a View to Ron Howard’s recent blockbuster, Inferno, Stealing Beauty by Bernardo Bertolucci and Roberto Benigni’s masterpiece, Life is Beautiful. Here you’ll find a selection of films that we’ve prepared for you.
We're never tired of tv series, as well, so what about the Medici series? Also Money Heist ("La casa de papel") on Netflix features a couple of scenes in Florence, too. In particular, the Professor and Berlin meet in Piazza Duomo and reach Piazzale Michelangelo to talk about their plans.
Fancy bringing the aromas and flavours of Tuscany to your kitchen? There’s only one way to do it: by making some traditional dishes. How about making some pici? Or a sweet treat like cantuccini? You’ll find plenty of inspiration on our recipes page! Check out the Tuscanycious playlist on our YouTube channel and throw yourself into our recipe vids!
Wine lovers will enjoy the 12 tutorial episodes on Visit Tuscany Tuscan Wine for Beginners: 12 videos to find out more about Tuscan wine with sommelier Andrea Gori.
Video gamers can explore Tuscany through adventures on smartphones. If you like playing quiz, you can learn something about Tuscany playing the game of Toscana Ovunque Bella.
We also suggest that you fill in the blanks of our crosswords to test yourself with Tuscan typical products, art history and also pop culture.
Here are a few apps, for adults and children, which dive into the history and places loved by the Etruscans and Medici: The Medici Game, Murder at Palazzo Pitti takes you on a tour of the Pitti Palace to solve a long series of enigmas and secrets down the centuries in the Medici residence. Beyond our lives takes you on a treasure hunt around Cortona, Volterra, Populonia and Vetulonia. Mi Rasna - Io sono etrusco is a strategy video game that accompanies users on an exploration of Ancient Etruscan civilization, while Time Tales - gli Etruschi is a fun and educational adventure for children, which takes players back in time, to the Etruscan heyday.
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