10 things you didn’t know about Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy where you can find endless curiosities and stories. Discover them!
10 curiosities about Tuscany Italy

Tuscany is one of the most disparate regions that can be found throughout the Italian country, many of the cities like Florence are testimonies of an extensive cultural heritage where the different aspects of Italian culture are made obvious.

In today’s article we will show you 10 of the most interesting curiosities of this fascinating region, whose idiosyncrasy and variety have inspired each of the rooms that make up our Italian restaurant.

Let’s start!

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a film region

Many of the cities and landscapes of Tuscany have been portrayed in the world of cinema. Big hits like Letters to Juliet, Hannibal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gladiator were shot in his incredible landscapes and garnered huge success on the big screen.

landscapes of tuscany italy
Imagen de Joaquin Aranoa en Pixabay.

A kitchen like no other

Tuscan cuisine is a highly valued type of cuisine within the gastronomic world, succulent dishes from the sea and the land such as handmade Spaghetti pici, cacciucco, panzanella Pappa al pomodoro, lardo di Colonnata… can be found throughout the region and in many restaurants.
The pici pasta, in particular, is one of their most succulent specialties in the region.


PappaPomodoro tuscany
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Pinocchio's home

Pinocchio or Pinocchio is one of the most famous stories in the world and has its roots in Tuscany and specifically in the city of Collodi. Throughout the field you can find some samples of scenes from the work of the writer Carlo Lorenzini. This fact is not a coincidence, since Lorenzini himself spent his childhood there.

pinocho cuento italiano toscana
Imagen de Nino Carè en Pixabay

The hidden Venice

In the southeastern part of the region one of the region’s hidden gems can be found, the city of Livorno is an Italian port city surrounded by canals reminiscent of the famous Venice. It is also a city where you can also find Renaissance fortifications.

livrono ciudad italiana toscana
canals of livorno italy

5 years of unification against the French

During the years 1865 and 1871 Florence was declared the official capital of Italy. This fact occurred during the Italian unification against Napoléon but later due to war and the reconquest of Rome by the Italians was dismissed.

Napoleón Bonaparte
Imagen de Lutz Peter en Pixabay

There is not only the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Other leaning buildings such as the famous Church of San Nicola and the Bell Tower of the Church of San Michele degli Scalzi can be found in the region. Two architectural works of Romanesque style that are still used today as places of worship.

San micheke de gli sclazi toscana
Samuele, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
agliana iglesia
Massimilianogalardi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A town lost in time

Il Toiano is a village of medieval origin that is located near Volterra and is currently completely uninhabited. It is a point of interest for many tourists, since many original medieval buildings are preserved and you can even find a drawbridge.

Ciudad abandonada Toiano toscana

Two surreal traditions

horse race canopy

Il Palio de Sienna

The Palio is a horse race that is held annually twice a year. It is a 5-round competition in which each district (contrada) participates with a horse that represents each neighborhood. Race conditions are often pretty daring as the horses gallop across cobblestones.

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Calcium in costume

It is a tradition of more than 300 years old that dates back to Florence. It is a type of primitive soccer that consists of matches of more than 60 players, all of them dressed in renaissance attire. The objective is to score the maximum number of points using all kinds of combat and fighting strategies.

Tuscany's Medieval Manhattan

San Gimignano is one of the medieval towns in Tuscany where towers of various sizes can be found. According to local traditions, these towers belonged to landowners who competed with each other to demonstrate their power and authority based on the height they reached. Currently 15 of its 72 towers have been preserved.

San Gimignano
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a precious wine

Brunnello di Montalcino is one of the most expensive and appreciated wines in the world. The Sangiovese grapes grown in the region are known for their superb flavor and give the wine equal parts quality and longevity. The Denominazione di Origine Controllata e garantita recognizes it as an official appellation of Tuscany .

official wine of tuscany
Imagen de Vinotecarium en Pixabay

End to our first article of curiosities about the Tuscany region. See you soon with new Italian curiosities!

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Últimas entradas



“Patatas bravas”

Italian bruschetta with fresh basil

Hand-carved Iberian ham with tomato bread (half portion)

Andalusian-style fried calamari

MAIN COURSE (to choose)

Black rice with squid

Homemade meat or vegetable lasagna

Vegan option: Vegetable risotto

DESSERT (to choose)

Profiteroles with chocolate

Chocolate and walnut brownie

(served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream)

Vegan option: Lemon sorbet


Water included

2 Glasses of red or white wine Envite joven D.O. Rioja


2 Soft drinks / 2 beers

(VAT included)