Florence keeps an exceptional artistic heritage which is marvellous evidence of its aged culture. Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting, lived in Florence as well as Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, renewers of architecture and sculpture; Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio forefathers of the Renaissance, Ghiberti and the Della Robbias, Filippo Lippi and Angelico Botticelli, Paolo Uccello and the universal genius of Leonardo and Michelangelo. Their works, together with those of many other generations of artists up to the artists of our century, are gathered in the several museums of the town: the Uffizi, the most selected gallery in the world, the Palatina gallery with the paintings of the “Golden Ages”. The Bargello Tower with the sculptures of the Renaissance, the museum of San Marco with Angelico’s works, the Academy, the chapels of the Medicis, Buonarroti’ s house with the sculptures of Michelangelo, the following museums: Bardini, Horne, Stibbert, Romano, Corsini, The Gallery of Modern Art, The museum of “Opera del Duomo”,the museum of Silverware and the museum of “Precious” Stones.
Great monuments are the landmarks florentine artistic culture: the Baptistry with its mosaics; the Cathedral with its sculptures, the medieval churches with bands of frescoes; public as well as private palaces: Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Palazzo Davanzati; monasteries, cloisters, refectories; the “Certosa”. In the archeological museum you will find plenty of documents of Etruscan civilization.
Siena or the town with the best quality in life. The first town council in Europe which decided to close the streets of the centre to traffic in 1996. Siena is an international centre of culture, with a 750 years old University and great Istitutions as the Chigiana Music Accademy, the University for Foreigners, “The Accademia dei Fisiocratici”,” The accedemia degli Intronati”. This is the town where any single “stone” has remained unchanged over the centuries, the atmosphere is unique for everything bears witness to ancient past which is still alive in the celebrations for the “Palio” taking place every year with renewed enthusiasm.
Lucca among the “State Towns” of Tuscany, is the only town which was able to maintain its indipendence till 1847. It is the true evidence of the loving care of the nobles from Lucca who protected the freedom of the “Civitas” with its intact Walls as a platform (XVI-XVII Cent.), having a perimeter of Km. 4250 with 10 bastions, and the terraces partly preserved. In the medieval town surronded by walls, artistic and historic monuments stand out, as the Roman Amphiteatre, The Basilica of San Frediano, The Square and the Church of St. Michele , The Cathedral of St. Martino with the “Holy face” and the Tomb of “Ilaria del Carretto” engraved by “Jacopo della Quercia”, the Guinigi Tower, Fillungo Road, the Ducale Palace in Napoleon square, last evidence of the Principato of Lucca.
It is one of the main centres of the Etruscan civilization of which you can find a lot of testimonies. It is worth visiting the “Guarnacci Museum” as well as “Priori Palace”, the “Arch Gate”, the “Cathedral” and the “Roman Theatre”. The center offers a lot of shops that sell local hand made souvenirs.
It is the city of the beautiful towers. In the medieval centre rises the highest “Rognosa Tower” next to the “People Palace”, not far from it there are “La Collegiata” and “Sant’Agostino” church.