The first region we visited was Tuscany.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres that stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants (2013).
The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). (source: wikipedia)
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science.
Most of the well known produced wines include Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. Because Tuscany has a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered "a nation within a nation".
Here are some personal tips:
- First of all: Extra Virgin Olive Oil harvested by hand,
- Of cours, some Italian wine (Chianti from Tuscany in the typical 'Fiasco Bottle', wines from the Tuscane region (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano), regional cheese and "salumi" (not to be cunfused with salami, see this wikipedia article for more info).
- In the month of November you can find "Panettone", it's a tender brioche with fruits, origionally from Milan, part-cake, part-bread, a sweet christmas gift! The relative lightness of this Italian Christmas cake is very special.
- Pocket Coffee by Ferrero is sold most widely in Italy. They are individually wrapped and consist of Italian liquid espresso encased in a shell of dark chocolate. Unforgettable sweets!
- While visiting Siena, we discovered a "Lavenda del Lago" shop. Lavanda del Lago is Biological and 100% italian product. A nice gift or souvenir. Follow this link to find the lavender products online.