ITALYTours & Travel • Central Italy

Central Italy Tours, Travel & Activities

Central Italy is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. Tuscany is regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some many influential people in the history of arts and science …

Magical Journeys to Central Italy


Popular Destinations: Arezzo Chianti Florence Livorno Lucca
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• Rome

Rome Tours, Travel & Activities

Rome has earned its ancient nickname of The Eternal City - no matter how many places in Italy vie for our attention, there's no city that can compare to Rome. Here you can walk the same streets that Caesar once walked, set foot in the smallest independent nation on earth, and see the handiwork of some of the world's greatest artists. Then you can turn a corner to see how modern Romans live alongside all that historic splendor. …

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• Arezzo

Arezzo Tours, Travel & Activities

The Piazza Grande is the most noteworthy medieval square in Arezzo, opening behind the 13th century Romanesque apse of Santa Maria della Pieve. Once the main marketplace of the city, it is currently the site of the Giostra del Saracino ("Joust of the Saracen"). In this, "knights" on horseback representing different areas of the town charge at a wooden target attached to a carving of a Saracen king and score points according to accuracy. Virtually all the town's people dress up in medieval costume and enthusiastically cheer on the competitors …

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• Chianti

Chianti Tours, Travel & Activities

The history of Chianti dates back to at least the 13th century with the earliest incarnations of Chianti as a white wine. In the Middle Ages, the villages of Gaiole, Castellina and Radda located near Florence formed as a Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti) creating an area that would become the spiritual and historical "heart" of the Chianti region. As the wines of Chianti grew in popularity other villages in Tuscany wanted their lands to be called Chianti. The boundaries of the region have seen many expansions and sub-divisions over the centuries …

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• Florence

Florence Tours, Travel & Activities

In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of the Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. The art galleries and museums of Florence are renowned throughout the world and holiday makers flock to admire the superb David of Michaelangelo, the Venus of Botticelli or the stunning Duomo with its marble facade which glows in the golden sunlight …

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• Livorno

Livorno Tours, Travel & Activities

The city and port of Livorno is an important destination for travelers and tourists attracted to its historic buildings and setting. The port processes thousands of cruise-ship passengers. The origin of Livorno is dubious, although the place was inhabited since the Neolithic as shown by worked bones, pieces of copper and ceramic found on the Livorno Hills in a cave between Ardenza and Montenero …

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• Lucca

Lucca Tours, Travel & Activities

Lucca was founded by the Etruscans (there are traces of a pre-existing Ligurian settlement) and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical centre preserves the Roman street plan, and the Piazza San Michele occupies the site of the ancient forum. Traces of the amphitheatre can still be seen in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. At the Lucca Conference, in 56 BC, Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus reaffirmed their political alliance known as the First Triumvirate …

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• Pisa

Pisa Tours, Travel & Activities

Once, if briefly, a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong: its Leaning Tower. But the city offers quite a deal more. Indeed, the tower is only one element of the trio of Romanesque beauties around the green carpet of the Campo dei Miracoli - along with Piazza San Marco in Venice, one of Italy's most memorable sights …

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• Siena

Siena Tours, Travel & Activities

Siena as first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900-400 BC) and, located in the Italian region of Tuscany, is renowned for its cuisine, art, museums, winding streets, majestic, medieval buildings and the Palio horse race. Siena's later Roman influence is responsible for the town's emblem, a she-wolf suckling infants Romulus and Remus …

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• Versilia

Versilia Tours, Travel & Activities

The Versilia is a part of Tuscany in the north-western province of Lucca, and is named after the Versilia river. Known for fashionable Riviera resorts, it consists of numerous clubs that are frequented by local celebrities. The most famous and populated part of this area is Pietrasanta, which extends along the coastline and is at the foot of the Apuan Alps, traveling from South to North, beginning at Stazzema and up to Marina di Massa …

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• Orvieto

Orvieto Tours, Travel & Activities

Orvieto, sitting on its impregnable rock controlling the road between Florence and Rome where it crossed the Chiana, was a large town: its population numbered about 30,000 at the end of the 13th century. The city became one of the major cultural centers of its time when Thomas Aquinas taught at the studium there. The city of Orvieto has long kept the secret of its labyrinth of caves and tunnels that lie beneath the surface. Dug deep into the volcanic rock these secret hidden tunnels are now open to view through guided tours …

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• Perugia

Perugia Tours, Travel & Activities

The history of Perugia goes back to the Etruscan period. Perugia was one of the main Etruscan cities. The city is also known as the universities town, with the University of Perugia founded in 1308 (about 34,000 students), the University for Foreigners (5,000 students), and some smaller colleges such the Academy of Fine Arts "Pietro Vannucci" public athenaeum founded on 1573, the Perugia University Institute of Linguistic Mediation for translators and interpreters, the Music Conservatory of Perugia, founded on 1788, and others Institutes …

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Central Italy is a major cultural and touristic centre, being the home of the oldest university in the Western World, containing numerous Renaissance cities, being a major centre for food and automobile production and having a lively and colourful coastline, with numerous tourist resorts …

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Central Italy includes the regions of Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, and Umbria. The towns and villages of Central Italy offer a wonderful variety of art treasures and none more so than magical Florence. Be sure also to visit the trasures of Siena, Lucca and Pisa and the beautiful mountain resort towns …

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