Toscana is almost mythical when it comes to blending cultural richness and natural beauty.

Nested in such a favorable geography with Liguria and Emilia-Romagna to the north, Umbria to the east (and a small border with Marche), bounded on the south by Lazio, and the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea. To travel in Toscana in a sea of sunflowers is a glimpse of Paradiso (heaven); Dante would agree.

Dante, a native of Toscana, is carried forward in modern Italia as his great literary work, La Divina Commedia (the Divine Comedy), was written in the Tuscan dialect and became instrumental in Dante becoming known as the "father of the Italian language".

No less than 6 locations in Toscana are recognized by UNESCO, as World Heritage Sites: Firenze (Florence), Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Pienza and the Val d'Orcia.more World Heritage Sites in a single region than ninety of the world's countries.

Culturally enriched by the Etruscans who were absorbed into the Roman culture, Toscana would go forward to birth the Renaissance and retains much of the best painting, sculpture and architecture from that golden era. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Galileo and Botticelli were all native born Tuscans.

In Arezzo you are sure to find excellent shoe, clothing and gold craftsmen; there are hundreds of goldsmiths in Arezzo. Praised across time by voices such as Cicero and Michelangelo, Arezzo is appreciated today for its balance and quality of life.

 Lucca, surrounded by defensive ramparts, was once one of Europe’s most important silk manufacturing centers. Through time, those 16th C. walls have been transformed into charming parks and tree lined walkways. Via Fillungo, the center of Lucca’s shopping district, features converted palazzos and historic cafés like Di Simo; cafés that hosted Puccini (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly) and other famous sons of Lucca.

In Florence, you can enjoy pedestrian-only routes to discover the unique layers of this great city. Strolling with an eye for serendipity is a wonderful way to find La Academia (Michelangelo’s David), the Duomo (Brunelleschi’s dome), the Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens) and a thousand other Florentine jewels.