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Cultures and Traditions of Tuscany

April 3, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Tourist Attractions, Travel Guide

One of the best ways to make the most of a Tuscan holiday is to immerse yourself in the region’s culture and way of life. You need not know all the landmarks, and don’t have to speak fluent Italian, but a general understanding of local customs will strengthen your traveling experience. By learning an appreciation for the history of the area, your tour through modern Tuscany will truly flourish.

Tuscan history is on full display throughout the region. Remnants of Roman and Etruscan civilizations have survived nearly three millennia. These ancient fragments provide a window into Tuscany’s rich and distant past. Many people consider Tuscany the origin of the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance movement produced many of the era’s most famous figures from Dante to Da Vinci. Tuscan history is quite extensive; there are six World Heritage sites within its borders. The plush antiquity of the area continues to fuel numerous beloved Tuscan traditions.

Tuscan culture is abounding with many religious festivities, observances, and buildings. From the dozens of annual festivals honoring the saints, to the exquisite architecture in the local cathedrals, a faith in the divine is always on display. The region’s world-famous cuisine, referred to as La Cucina Povera Toscana, is rooted in generations of culinary pride. The rich flavors are closely linked with Tuscany’s own agricultural products, such as olive oil and truffles. Of course, one cannot mention Tuscany without mentioning grapes! Tuscan grapes have been the basis of a wine-making tradition dating back to the 8th century BCE. The grapes are used in wines such as Chianti, Brunello Di Montalcino, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

There are few places where the past is as alive as it is in the Tuscan region. From a glass of wine to a religious holiday, all facets of the culture and traditions of Tuscany are influenced by thousands of years of history. To truly appreciate your visit to the area, take some time to review a bit of the past!

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