Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its Leaning tower (the bell tower of the city’s cathedral), the city of over 88,627 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city’s architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian Maritime Republics.
The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century and also has the mythic Napoleonic Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies as the best sanctioned Superior Graduate Schools in Italy.
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Tuscany : food & wine tradition
When you arrive in Tuscany you will be faced with one doubt that all food have to deal with. What food I can’t miss, what will I regret not having eaten?
Here it is the ultimate list of top 10 foods you must eat in Tuscany with links to recipes.
1 Lampredotto (Street Food)
2 Crostini Toscani (Starter)
3 Panzanella (First Course or Starter)
4 Lardo di Colonnata (Cured meet served as Starter)
5 Ribollita (First Course)
7 Cacciucco (Fish Stew)
8 Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Meat)
9 Castagnaccio (Dessert)
10 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful region of Italy. The wines produced here are known all over the world. Tuscany confines with the regions of Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Umbria, Lazio and with the Mediterranean sea. Most part of its territory is composed of hills and mountains. Climate is quite mild and the precipitations are of mediterranean type.
Wine making in Tuscany started already in 500 B.C. during the Etruscan period. The main zones are the hills of Chianti in the Center, the Mugello in the North, the Val di Chiana in the South and the littoral.
All wines from Tuscany are famous not only in Italy but also in many countries. Chianti was one of the first wine to be exported abroad, already since 1700.
Today, the so-called “super Tuscan” wines can be a revelation, especially top blends of Cabernet and Sangiovese, but also straight varieties such as Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorino, Syrah.
There are 6 wines with appellation D.O.C.G., Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (Designation of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) and 30 wines with appellation D.O.C., Denominazione di Origine Controllata (Designation of Origin Controlled).
Global production in Tuscany amounts 2.700.000 hectoliters (a bit more than 5 % of the all italian wine production, figures from 2003) from which 1.950.000 hectoliters of red wines.
The most cultivated grapes are: “rosso” Brunello di Montalcino, Canaiolo nero, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Prugnolo gentile, Malvasia nera. Also now Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah; “bianco” Malvasia del Chianti, Trebbiano toscano, Vernaccia di S. Gimignano, Vermentino, Canaiolo bianco. Also now Chardonnay, Sauvignon.
Travelers come from all locations of the world to discover the Beauty of this impressive Region of Italy. It is actually a highlight of fine art but some prefer to visit this region for its extraordinary country side, walking or cycling inside the hills, discovering the Italian culture plus the fantastic attractive beaches of Tuscany. Weather : Spring and late Summer are the best times to visit Tuscany. If you come in September you will see the harvest of the grapes. Temperatures are not as hot and it will be more enjoyable for all excursions. It is lovely if you rent a farmhouse to sit outside in the evenings and watch the sunset.