Florence, Italy is in Tuscany, Italy. You may wonder why I am bringing this up now. One of my great pleasures in life is reading about and talking about Italy. I am always surprised that people spend so little time researching the country they are planning to visit and spend a lot of money in. So, questions like can I visit Florence, Italy and Tuscany, Italy in the same day are a little perplexing.
Let’s get this straight – Florence, Italy is in Tuscany. Tuscany is a region of Italy and Florence is the capital city of that region. The cities of Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and Viareggio are all located in Tuscany.
The city of Florence, Italy of course has one of the greatest, if not the greatest, collections of Renaissance art in the world. It is home to Michelangelo’s David as well as the Uffizi Art Gallery.
The region of Tuscany is known for its beautiful countryside and wonderful wines and food. Walkers and cyclists will both find enough paths to keep them busy on their vacation. Tuscany also has a coastline with a number of islands for those who like to relax by the sea.
The region of Tuscany is called Toscana in Italian. The city of Florence is called Firenze in Italian.
These small sprial bound books from AAA contain everything you need to know about the city you are visiting. They have reviews of sites, restaurants, shopping and entertainment spots. I have them for Florence, Rome and Venice and find them to be an invaluable resource. Best of all they are small so they do not add much weight to your suitcase and will fit in a coat pocket.