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Valentine’s Day: art and romance in Tuscany

What about spending your next Valentine's Day in Tuscany? Maybe you’d like to be in Tuscany. Maybe you’re already in Tuscany with the one you love and you're looking for some special spots to pick up.
Anyhow, here are many romantic places in Tuscany and here are some of them!

San Galgano abbey
The abbey of San Galgano stands in the valley of the Merse river, between the villages of Chiusdino and Monticiano, a few kilometers south of Siena. This Gothic cathedral is not only one of the most beautiful and striking buildings in Tuscany, with its roof of sky, clouds and stars. San Galgano is also the most romantic location that you could ever imagine for your wedding (yes, you can even get married here!).

[Photo Credits: Emanuele]
[Photo Credits: Emanuele]

 San Pietro a Romena church
The church of San Pietro a Romena is a Romanesque architectural jewel, surrounded by the beautiful Casentino countryside. It is dedicated to San Pietro Apostolo and is considered one of the most important churches in the area, with its beautiful architecture of the interior: three naves divided by decorated stone pillars and asymmetrical windows that create a special effect with the light that pours through them. ... and yes, you can get married here, too!

[Photo Credits: Vignaccia76]
[Photo Credits: Vignaccia76]

Lucignano and the Tree of Love
In Tuscany there is an actual "village of love": Lucignano, in the hills between Arezzo and Siena. A small walled medieval town, whose museum holds the only example in the world of a tree-shaped reliquary: the Golden Tree, also known as the Tree of Love. It’s a sculpture in gilded copper and silver, over two meters high and shaped like a tree, with gold leaves, crystals and corals falling from the branches. Tradition has it that in front of this masterpiece of the goldsmith, couples are to exchange vows of eternal love.

[Photo Credits: Around Tuscany]
[Photo Credits: Around Tuscany]

Historical gardens
If the rain does not ruin your plans, a walk in one of Tuscany’s historic gardens will grant you a good time as well as providing the perfect backdrop for your romantic photos. There is more to Tuscany than the Boboli and Bardini gardens in Florence. Check out Pratolino park, just outside Florence, with its artificial grottos, fountains and the colossal statues by Giambologna - the fountain of the Apennine - with a lake in front of them. And let's not forget the stunning parks and gardens belonging to some of the Medici villas: Castello - whose garden is considered the first example of an Italian-style garden, with geometric flowerbeds, fountains, grottos, fountains, and statues - or La Petraia. To help you choose your favorite “green spot”, we also created a map.

Medici Villa Petraia [Photo Credits: Giuseppe Moscato]
Medici Villa Petraia [Photo Credits: Giuseppe Moscato]

Florence’s bridges
Florence is a romantic city, by definition, with its medieval streets, art around every corner, the historic gardens and the scenic spots. But if you’re looking for the perfect setting to pop the question ... a bottle of wine, two glasses, a romantic sunset ... and one of the bridges that cross the River Arno. You just can’t say “no”!

[Photo Credits: Bruce Stokes]
[Photo Credits: Bruce Stokes]