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Walking Tour: Siena in Tuscany, Northern Italy

Siena, a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. The fan-shaped central square, Piazza del Campo, is the site of the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. The city’s 17 historic “contrade” (districts) extend outward from the piazza.

Night Walks: Pisa & The Leaning Tower In Italy

Pisa is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistry, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily, and the Caposanto Monumentale cemetery. 

Walks: San Gimignano – Tuscany, Italy (4K Video)

San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.

Conservation: The Marble Quarries Of Carrara, italy

Italy’s Carrara marble quarries are a source of controversy, pitting nature against economic gain. Environmentalists warn of overexploitation, while others defend the jobs these Tuscan quarries provide.

Franco Barratini quarries marble blocks that sell for €4,000 per ton. The amount of marble that was once quarried in a month can now be extracted in just three days, and environmentalists are alarmed at the consequences. Marble dust leaks into groundwater, turns rivers milky-white and hangs in the air. The effects of this are still not completely clear.

Sandro Manfredi is fighting what he sees as severe overexploitation in the marble quarries of Tuscany’s Apuan Alps. In 2018, he filed a complaint against an illegal marble quarry, and afterwards was nearly killed when someone tampered with his car. Carrara has experienced four floods in the last nine years. Environmentalists blame marble quarrying, which has increased dramatically thanks to rapidly evolving extraction techniques, upsetting the region’s hydrogeological balance.

Aerial Views: Landscapes & Cities Of Tuscany, Italy (4K)

Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards. 

Travel Tour: Florence – Tuscany, Italy (4K Video)

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Walking Tour: Anghiari – Northern Italy (4K Video)

Anghiari is a hill town and municipality in the Province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. Bordering comuni include Arezzo, Pieve Santo Stefano and Subbiano. 

TIMELINE: 00:00 World Map intro 00:22 Piazza IV Novembre – Teatro & Fallen Monument 01:40 Galleria Girolamo Magi 02:28 Piazza Baldaccio d’Anghiari 04:24 Porta San Martino (Catorcio) 05:04 Via Taglieschi 06:00 Via della Torre and Clock Tower 06:19 tipical photography 06:35 Climbing up 08:59 little view and downstairs 10:51 Alley of the Poet 11:33 ..to Piazza Mameli 12:59 ..to Piazza del Popolo 13:59 Piazza del Popolo & Palazzo Pretorio 15:40 Via della Propositura 16:26 Panorama and crossing garden bar 17:26 return to the centre 19:19 first Church of Anghiari 19:57 get lost in the flowery streets 🌸 25:05 ..to the “Piana della Battaglia” view 27:56 Anghiari from below 28:22 little timelapse

Anghiari is located about 30 km from Arezzo, almost on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, in the so-called Tuscan Valtiberina. Anghiari is a small medieval jewel set on a gravel hill accumulated over the centuries due to the passage of the Tiber river, which until the mid-1200s flowed at the foot of the city.

8K Views: Europe’s Most Beautiful Landscapes

8K view of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

Video timeline: 00:0000:05 Intro 00:0600:48 Tirol Austrian Mountains 00:4901:29 Furka Pass and Rhone Glacier, Switzerland 01:3001:36 Italian Dolomites 01:3701:46 Leukerbad Mountain, Switzerland 01:4702:06 Faroe Islands 02:0702:16 Formentera island, Spain 02:1702:54 Lofoten islands, Norway 02:5503:20 Krka National Park, Croatia 03:2103:55 Icelandic Landscapes 03:5604:18 Dolomites, Italy 04:1904:32 Stelvio Pass Bormio, Italy 04:3304:49 Pennine Alps mountains, Italy- Switzerland 04:5005:24 Tuscany landscapes, Italy 05:2505:51 Kandertal Alps, Switzerland 05:5206:18 Dolomites, Italy 06:1906:31 Torrevieja Salt Flats, Spain 06:3206:56 Lovatnet Lake, Norway 06:5707:03 Dutch landscape 07:0408:52 Icelandic landscapes 08:5309:16 Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland 09:1709:32 Lake in Graubnden, Switzerland 09:3309:44 Swiss mountain lake 09:4510:02 Interlaken, Switzerland 10:0310:30 Finland forests 10:3111:05 Dover coast, United Kingdom 11:0611:16 Hintersee Lake, Germany 11:1711:28 Etretat coast, France 11:2911:39 Geiranger Fjord, Norway 11:4011:46 Lago di Fusine, Italy 11:4712:20 Corfu island, Greece

Books On Italy: ‘Tuscany Marvel’ (May 2021)

The Italian region of Tuscany is a feast for all senses. A creative incubator that has cultivated art and architecture for eras including Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and modern times. Timeworn churches, once stops on nineteenth-century Grand Tours, stand tall in the towns’ piazzas. Rolling hills of wheat and colorful olive groves, that inspire authentic Tuscan cuisine, are dotted with villas built by the prestigious Medici family. 

 The Tyrrhenian Sea extends off its coast, lapping the shore of Elba, the island where the emperor Napoleon was exiled. Quaint villages, historic towns and bustling cities are scattered across its landscape, which is almost as varied as the communities themselves. From annual horse races at Piazza del Campo, and the centuries-old winemaking traditions of the Chianti region to the city of Pisa, an ancient Maritime Republic known for the youthful spirit of its Scuola Normale Superiore and Leaning Tower alike, Tuscany is the place of dreams, where thousands come to relive its history and take in the beauty of a region.

In the fashion world, Ferragamo, Gucci and Pucci all have ties to Florence and its endless inspiration. However, what truly defines Tuscany is its timelessness. Masterpieces from centuries past still lure immense crowds. Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence never fails to strike onlookers with awe.

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