Getting to Know Tuscany
Tuscany is everyone's romantic image of village Italy: manicured fields, rustic farms and towns clinging to nearly every hill. At its heart is the Renaissance city of Florence, which many consider to be Europe's cultural capital. It's an unbeatable combination of scenic and cultural wonders for any traveler. Want to learn more? Here's a collection of Rick Steves' articles, radio interviews and TV clips that almost make Tuscany come to life...until you complete the picture with your next visit!
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Rick's articles give you the nitty gritty on what's most important to experience in Tuscany.
- Florence: The Cultural Capital of Europe
- Florence's Accademia: Temple of David
- Tuscany: Full-Bodied Italy
- Tuscan Hilltowns
- Siena? I Luuuuv Siena
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Rick's radio interviews include well-known authors' personal stories and insights into Tuscany.
- Michelangelo in Florence (19 min.)
- Salman Rushdie's Florence (30 min.)
- Frances Mayes' Tuscany (42 min.)
- Ferenc Máté in Tuscany (35 min.)
- Cortona: Tuscan Sun (18 min.)
These clips from Rick's TV series preview what you may see and do on your next trip to Tuscany.
- Florence, Italy: Brunelleschi's Dome (2 min.)
- Florence, Italy: Uffizi Gallery (3˝ min.)
- Tuscany, Italy: Farmhouse Dolce Vita (3 min.)
- Tuscany, Italy: The First Tuscans (2˝ min.)
- Tuscany, Italy: Rustic Slow Food (4 min.)
A great tour guide can help make the history, food and culture of Tuscany more meaningful — and fun!