Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence.

It’s almost a cliché to talk about the beauty of a Tuscan landscape, the warmth of the Italian sun shining on rolling hills dotted with ancient villas. But this region’s allure is more than skin-deep. Along with a hearty helping of bucolic pasturelands, rocky coastline, and delightful villages comes a rich history of some of humankind’s greatest artistic achievements. For one thing, the Italian Renaissance began in Florence, Tuscany’s regional capital, proving that a place can not only be pretty, but also profound.