Ravenna, Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Perugia, Rome are large, well-known cities but there are many smaller places of interest like Siena, with its Palio, Sansepolcro, birthplace of Piero della Francesca, Arezzo, Anghiari, Poppi, Monterchi, Volterra, San Germignano, Orvieto, Assisi, Urbino, Castiglion Fiorentino, Cortona, Lago Trasimeno, Montepulciano, Pienza, Gargonza, San Leo…Ravenna, near the coast, has early Christian and Byzantine basilicas with magnificent mosaics, dating from the 5 and 6th centuries A.D.
Pisa, Well known for its leaning tower, Pisa lies on the coast. The botanical garden of the university, the oldest in Europe, was founded in 1543.
Florence houses great treasures but the foremost attractions are probably the Duomo – the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Veecchio and Michelangelo’s statue of David.
Perugia, with many Etruscan remains is a bustling university town, near Lake Trasimeno. It has a strange labyrinth beneath its hill, with long galleries used to hide from the enemy.
Famous name shopping outlets in Tuscany and Umbria – Valentino, Armani, Diesel, Pucci, Marni, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Hogan, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada
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