Tuscany's rolling hills of cypress trees, lush vines and olive groves, dotted with sleepy villages and medieval hill towns, stretch down to the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea. People work in the fields in much the same way their ancestors did before them, producing some of Italy's finest wines and olive oils. From this same landscape emerges a profusion of art and architecture that has fashioned Italy onto the cultural map. Tuscany was the birthplace of the Renaissance, a period of unprecedented innovation in art and architecture.
Florence is one of the most architecturally elegant cities in the world, full of art and architecture commissioned during the Medici family's reign.