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Italy's Best Pictures: Pictures from the Most Beutiful Towns of Tuscany.

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Val_d'Orcia
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Siena
Prato,_Castello_dell'imperatore,_da_S-E
Prato
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Florence
Pisa
Pisa
Anfiteatro_Lucca
Lucca
San_Gimignano
San Gimignano
Cala_Grande_Argentario
Cala Grande Argentario
Sasso_Pisano_il_borgo_medievale_visto_da_Sud
Sasso Pisano
Castiglioncello
Castiglioncello
Serra_pistoiese
Serra Pistoiese
Viareggio,_excelsior_e_principe
Viareggio
Pisanino_da_Tambura
Pisanino da Tambura
Elba_Enfola
Elba Enfola
Leonardo_self
Leonardo da Vinci
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Tuscany_Coat_of_armsTuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi) and a population of about 3.75 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze).
Tuscany 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, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci, Luca Pacioli and Puccini. As a result of this, the region has several museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Chianciano Museum of Art). Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).

tuscany_mapSix Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982), the historical centre of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990), the historical centre of Pienza (1996) and the Val d'Orcia (2004). 

Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves. This makes Tuscany and its capital Florence popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of tourists every year. Florence receives an average of 10 million tourists a year, placing the city as one of the most visited in the world (in 2007, the city became the world's 46th most visited city, with over 1.715 million arrivals).
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Maria Susana Diaz

I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.

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