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untitled-24If you are spending several days in Florence, you should take some time to visit the countryside of Tuscany. Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its postcard like scenery where you will find Italian hill towns set among rolling hills, wineries, olive groves and 16th century farmhouses. The hill towns were built with thick stone and masonry walls on  the highest point of land so as to provide protection for their original inhabitants. Tuscany is also the home to the Sangiovese grape variety that is the base for some of some of Italy’s famous wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Continue reading »

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Overlooking Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence was founded as a Roman settlement but it wasn’t until the 14th century that it rose in prominence as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Fueled by trade and located on an important trade route between Venice and Rome, Florence had become a wealthy city and the emergence of the Medici family seeded this process. The Medici family were the bankers of Europe and made their fortune by loaning money to important clients, including the Church and the Popes, and became the most politically prominent family in Florence from 1350 to 1743 when the last family member died. Continue reading »

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