Tuscany

Tuscany is the most beloved region and the favourite destination for foreigners wanting to buy property in Italy.

Toscana has one the highest standards of living in Italy and in all of Europe: for this reason it can be more expensive than other areas, but here you will find out the real value of your investment. A large number of relocating English, German and Dutch people live here: their number has increased so much that a specific area of Toscana, named Chianti, has been renamed “Chiantishire”. When you dream about Italy, the Tuscan landscape comes to mind: stone farmhouses set atop rolling green hills, gazing down upon cultivated land; pretty hill towns and hilltop farms gazing down upon rows of vines and olive groves, a line of cypresses breaking the azure sky, coastlines of incredibly clean sea water. The population is clustered in hamlets that date back to the early Middle Ages, in walled medieval hill towns, and in stunning Renaissance cities such as Firenze, Lucca, Pisa and Siena.
Toscana was the cradle of the Renaissance, with a genius like Leonardo da Vinci and masters such as Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca, Raffaello, Vasari, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi living and painting here. Writers such as Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio: scientists like Galileo, and the inventor of modern political science, Machiavelli, studied and wrote here. Last, but not least, Toscana produces some of the world’s best food and wine, also due to its mild climate and pleasant temperatures all through the year. Quality of life is at the top in Toscana.

 

 

A look at the history explains why Tuscany has emerged as such an appealing place for people to relocate to. The name of the region derives from the ancient and rather mysterious inhabitants, the Etruscans: ; they founded the towns of Fiesole, Cortona and Arezzo and the fascinating Volterra. When Roman policy was to colonise new lands by building towns and settling army veterans there, Julius Caesar founded Florentia (the original name of Firenze) in 59 B.C. In the Middle Ages the cities were largely ruled by the major merchant and banking families (the Medici in Florence being a famous example), who bankrolled the arts — their patronage allowing the flowering of talents that was to become known as the Renaissance. Today, all the main towns are left almost untouched as complete medieval/Renaissance cities, with churches, cathedrals, homes, shops, squares and gardens intact. Toscana has the antique architecture you’re looking for in Italian property for sale. Nowhere do history and modern comforts pair so well as in Toscana. Of course, such a civilised land doesn’t come cheap. But if you look a little bit more, you’ll find real estate for sale in Toscana at a price you can afford.

 

Transport and communications

Toscana provides the perfect balance between your wish to get away from it all and your need to have access to roads, airports, shops, etc, etc. You can live in perfect tranquillity in your restored farmhouse in Chianti, yet still be a car ride from the supermarket, the beaches of Versilia and Maremma, or indeed from the very chic shopping streets of ; Firenze, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca , Pisa or ; Siena.
The proximity of the motorway network and major airports is a huge benefit, which increases Toscana’s attractiveness for investments and it can allow you to nip back when you’re missing the home country. Florence and Pisa are both major airports, both undergoing further expansion.
 
Firenze Airport
Airport name: ; Peretola Airport
Airport code: ; FLQ
Distance from city centre 30 minutes, with airport bus service
Nearby cities and areas: Arezzo, Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia, Fiesole, Prato, Montecatini Terme, Versilia, Umbria.
 
Pisa Airport
Airport name: ; Galileo Galilei
Airport code:  PSA
Distance from city centre 2 km, trains and buses to the city every 15 minutes. Air terminal at Firenze Train Station.
Nearby cities and areas: Livorno, Firenze, Chianti, Elba Island, Lucca, Siena, Maremma, Volterra, San Gimignano, Versilia, Umbria region, ; Emilia-Romagna region.
 

The Cuisine

One of the delights for those who buy property in Toscana is the cuisine. As it is with its history, art and culture, even the cuisine stands out for its excellence. An incredible choice of dishes made from meat, fish, vegetables, always the freshest and produced on the surrounding territory, have made this cuisine appreciated all over the world, and it is even exported to the tables of capitals like London, New York, Berlin and Moscow.  Tuscan cuisine is all made from genuine seasonal ingredients brought quickly to the table with minimum preparation. An incredible variety of meats are served plain, grilled, sprinkled with fresh herbs and a few drops of pure healthy olive oil. Beef (the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina), pork and chicken come in dozens of different ways, as is also the case with guinea fowl, rabbit and wild boar. Then there is the wine: the real glorious product of Toscana which gives strength to the local economy with wines like Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino (the list can go on…), some of most famous and prized wines in the world.
 

Cities of Tuscany

Firenze is the capital city of the region. Due to its artistic and architectural heritage, Forbes has been ranked Firenze one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the most populous city in Toscana, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Firenze is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. ; A turbulent political history included periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year and Euromonitor International has ranked the city as one of the most visited of the world in the past decades. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1982. The city is also home to numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Firenze is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked among the top fashion capitals of the world (the headquarters of famous fashion stylists like Gucci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Scervino and Pucci are here). Furthermore, Firenze is also a major national economic centre, being a tourist and industrial hub. Especially the areas near Florence are busy with small and medium companies, unique in the world for handicrafts, leather goods, olive oil and wine productions and quaternary services.

 

sienaSiena is the centre of the Chianti region, where some of the best wines of the world are grown: Siena is a city of historical and cultural interest with one of the oldest universities in the world; it is also famous wordwide for its Palio, a horse race that dates back to the 14th century, held twice each summer around the Campo (a scallop-shaped medieval piazza) in the heart of the city, one of the world’s great sporting and folklore events.


pisaPisa, with its Leaning Tower, unique and famous all over the world, set in the so-called Campo dei Miracoli (the Field of Miracles), a small area where the Duomo, Baptistery and Camposanto combine to form a spectacular example of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Pisa is also the site of a prestigious University and an area where, beside a growing tourism, many activities of research and development of new technologies and quaternary services are increasing significantly.

luccaNot far from Firenze and near the sandy beaches of the Versilia, Lucca is a tiny graceful city which lies inside enormous medieval fortified walls: once they defended Lucca against her enemies, today they provide a delightful view of the surrounding countryside and an excellent view into the city itself. ; Lucca is a small treasure, a place to live in total relaxation and tranquillity, where it’s easier to cycle than to drive.


Versilia

forte marmiIn front of you, the views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and behind you, the surrounding Apuan Alps: this is the scenario that awaits you in the splendid area of ; Versilia, a strip of coastline in the northern part of Toscana. It’s a relatively small area (about 165 square km) where the natural environment is incredibly varied; 20 kilometres of sandy beaches, extensive pinewoods along the coast, hills and gorgeous mountains called the Apuan Alps, natural parks like the one of Lago di Massaciuccoli, where Maestro Giacomo Puccini created his inspired Operas. Versilia is within the province of Lucca and includes very beautiful places, like Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta, where VIPs and international stars live, and real estate investments of medium–high levels have been considerable in the past few years. Living here allows you to enjoy cultural events, a lively night-life all year round and shopping opportunities in the stores of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. Besides a very favourable climate, extremely mild throughout the year, Versilia also enjoys the excellent level of its logistics and communications: it’s less than a one-hour drive from Firenze and half an hour from Pisa. In both these cities, two international airports will take you to any of your favourite destinations.


Maremma

maremmaCorresponding to the province of Grosseto in the southern part of Toscana, history here has left profound traces consisting in ancient archaeological sites, massive monuments and medieval villages that have remained intact to this day. ; Maremma defines a lifestyle based on respect for the environment, for culture and on maintaining traditions. The Maremma is today considered one of the most exclusive and exciting places in central Italy. The climate is mild all through the year; the sea that lies in front the Maremma has crystal-clear waters and holds small jewels such as the Islands of Giglio and Giannutri. From north to south, from the Gulf of Follonica to the coast of Capalbio, passing by the promontory of Monte Argentario and Castiglione della Pescaia, there are many opportunities that the Maremma’s sea can offer for your real estate investment.
argentarioThe Maremma seashore is perfect for satisfying the needs of families, thanks to the its wide sandy beaches that let you enjoy a holiday of ; relaxation. The extinct volcano of Monte Amiata dominates in this territory, offering a view of the entire Maremma. This mountain peak is rich in interesting specimens of flora, fauna and a multitude of important historical remains. ; Maremma has many thermal springs, from the heights of Monte Amiata to the Maremma plain. The Etruscans and the Romans knew and prized the curative properties of the waters that flow from underground, as attested by the ancient thermal springs of Roselle, Saturnia, Osa, Bagnolo, and Petriolo. These are located in a zone of particular geological interest where the volcanic nature of Monte Amiata is clearly evident. In addition to the thermal waters flowing forth from the depths of the earth, one can often observe boric acid fumaroles, jets of vapour and heated gases containing a small quantity of boric acid that rise to the surface and are used in geothermal energy production.

 

Archipelago and Elba Island

The Tuscan Archipelago is a chain of 7 major islands: Gorgona, Capraia, Elba (the largest island of the group), Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio, and Giannutri; all of them are protected as part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. ; It is told that the Venus of the Tyrrhenian Sea, while emerging from the waters of our sea to embrace the horizon, let seven pearls slip from the necklace which adorned her white neck. They were transformed into the 7 islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Each island is different from the others. Every one has got its own history and enchanting legend. Today, all of them are linked to a national park which increases the value of the landscape and the magic of the islands.
elbaElba Island is the third largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia, and is the largest in the Tuscan Archipelago. Measuring 224 square km, the island is situated 10 km from the mainland. Elba has a coastline of 147 km: its main mountain (Monte Capanne) is 1019 metres high. Elba has approximately 30.000 inhabitants. It has an asphalt road network of 160 km and 80 km of panoramic "macadam" roads. The climate is always mild with an average annual temperature of ca. 16°; the average in winter is about 10°, 14° in spring, 23° in summer and 17° in autumn. Because of its strategic position and the abundance of its mineral resources, it was often the object of conquest for the various powers along the Mediterranean. For the Etruscans and the Romans, Elba represented an inexhaustible source of riches, and the iron from Elba contributed to the prosperity of their civilizations. During the medieval period Elba was dominated by Pisa and then by the Medici family of Florence. Napoleon spent a brief exile here that lasted for 10 months prior to his 100 days adventure which ended at Waterloo. Bonaparte left a significant traces of his short reign: important reforms and buildings like his Townhouse "Villa dei Mulini" in Portoferraio and his impressive summer residence "San Martino" ― which are now museums open for visits. Famous wines and an excellent cuisine, along with ; the beauty of the sea and the mild climate, make Elba one of the most ideal places to live and settle in Italy. The island is connected to the mainland by an excellent ferry service, active all year round from 4 different ports of the island, and by an airport, the Marina di Campo Airport, with flights to the main Italian airports and those of Germany and Switzerland.

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