THE HEART OF ITALY

29.07.2018
Leisure in Tuscany can be as varied as possible: relaxation and diving on the private beaches of the Tyrrhenian coast, gastronomic tours through the endless olive groves with obligatory stops in castle-hotels, walks through the white fortress cities that have been preserved since the Middle Ages. Travel can safely start from Florence, the capital of the region. Here Michelangelo created his David and Leonardo wrote Mona Lisa. At any time of the year, the cradle of the Renaissance is quite crowded. Tourists will haunt you everywhere: on the Ponte Vecchio bridge, at the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery, in Boboli Gardens, in the Medici Chapel and on the way to the Galleria dell’Accademia. You’ll feel more free in Siena, located relatively nearby. The city seems to have frozen in its medieval majesty: its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. But do not think that Siena is so very conservative and interesting only for its architecture. Twice a year – in early July and in the middle of August – the fans of horse races from all over the world come here to witness the famous Palio held in the main square of the city. Piazza del Campo is specially covered for this case with a thick layer of earth. In order not to pick up Stendhal’s syndrome, go to the Chianti valley to admire the views of the hills and ancient castles. In one of them you can even stay for the night – most of these fortresses  are now hotels. It is incredibly romantic – to live a couple of days in a place, on the one hand, isolated from civilization, and on the other – quite comfortable. Of course, isolation is conditional: in such hotels there are always shops with a compulsory set of national gastronomic delights, and you will bring home not only impressions, but also suitcases stuffed with olives and cheeses.