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Tuscany Day Celebration on November 30

The "Festa della Toscana" is a celebration held every year on November 30 to commemorate the anniversary of the penal reform introduced on 30 November 1786 by the Grand-duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine.

As a result of this reform, Tuscany became the first state in the world to abolish the death penalty, one of the most uncivilized measures perpetuated up to this date by all world governments. November 30, therefore, opened a new chapter in the history of human civilisation from the eighteenth century onwards.

Along with the abolition of the death penalty, the Grand-duchy of Tuscany also put an end to the use of physical torture and mutilation. In order to celebrate this feast there are many initiatives spread in Tuscany. Here are some of them (in Italian).  

Tuscany Faces: a tribute to “Tuscanity”

Tuscany Faces is a tribute to Tuscany and to an imaginary DNA that is found in the landscape, architecture, food and so on. Tuscany is told through the faces and smiles of the Tuscans. The website collects the faces of Tuscan-born and Tuscan by choice, captured during their daily lives: