Did you ever see the movie, A Room with a View? It’s one of my favorites and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith among others. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it highly. It’s a wonderful period piece and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance alone is worth a gander.

But as the story opens, we’re in Florence in Tuscany. We even get to see some of the city’s beauties as well as the countryside. For those of you familiar with the film, here’s a video featuring the kiss in the poppy field. 

I’ve traveled in Europe, but not in Italy. I hope one day to make the journey, though I confess I don’t travel easily. Long distances on a plane drive me to distraction. And it’s not like the pilot can pull-over so I can stretch my legs, lol.

But Italy is one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Tuscany in particular has a long history including the Etruscans who built one of the first civilizations in the region. Etruria was eventually absorbed by the Roman culture. 

FunFacts about Tuscany (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The Italian language was born in Tuscany.
  • Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
  • Tuscany is located in central Italy and has a population of 3.8 million people.
  • Because of it cultural and linguistic heritage, Tuscany is sometimes thought of as a ‘nation within a nation’. The Tuscan dialect is spoken in the region.
  • Florence is the capital of Tuscany.
  • Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi who was born in Florence.
  • The Medici family was one of the most famous in the region.
  • Tuscany has a number of UNESCO world heritage sites including the city of Florence and the Medici Villas and Gardens. (Source)
  • Some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors lived and worked in Tuscany: Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to name two.
  • The leaning tower of Pisa is in Tuscany.
  • Chianti wine is produced in the central part of Tuscany in the Chianti region.

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