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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27 thoughts on “Tuscany

  1. A ROOM WITH A VIEW is a great favourite of mine. Love the kiss among the poppies. I am always in awe of Helena Bonham Carter’s hair. All of the actors are so young.

    The pictures make me want to hop on a plane ASAP.

    • Mary,
      I know what you mean about her hair! It was amazing and fun to watch from scene to scene!

      Caris, from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  2. Beautiful land! I’d love to see it. I’ve never seen A Room with a View, I’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, but I’m not sure where they filmed the movie, but it looked wonderful!

  3. Beautiful beautiful country. Would love to be able to go stay with my cousin who is married to an Italian and lives there. (But only if I can fly business class or better!)

    • Grace,
      Here’s hoping you get the right plane ticket and can go visit your cousin. But I sure know what you mean about Business or Better!

      Caris, from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  4. Beautiful pics …..hard to chose a favorite although the castle caught my eye right away …..my dream trip has always been to travel the lower 48 states …ive seen at least 12 in my lifetime but the ultimate would be to see them all altogether in one shot…with Alaska and Hawaii as a bonus : )

  5. I can see why this region inspires so many creative people. It looks a little different than I imagined it to look. The pictures were definitely helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love the first picture as it reminds me a little of Venice and Florence, both of which I’ve visited. The fifth picture shows a stretch of water and I’m not sure if its a lake or open sea.

  7. Love all of the pics, they are beautiful! I watched Under the Tuscan Sun and fell in love. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy.

  8. I have a painting of the country side in Tuscany.

    I bought it because it looked so serene and of course beautiful.

    Touring Italy is on my bucket list along with England, Scotland, Ireland and Sweden.

    First thing on my bucket list is to win a lottery so DH & I can pack our bags and hop a plane to these countries.

  9. I’ve never been to Tuscany or even Italy. I had an opportunity in college to go and stay at a friend’s family place for a month, but I would have lost my job and I needed it for tuition and car payments, so I could’t afford to go. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but the price was too high when I had no other resources.

    My brother was Army but stationed in nearby Aviano AFB through NATO. He was able to travel there, and I saw his pictures. My other brother was able to visit him then, but by then, I had two kids. So many missed opportunities.

    I read UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and thought it sounded beautiful. The movie fell short of the book.

    To this day, people always ask if I’m Italian. In high school and college, I was at my Italian friend’s home so much, her extended family treated me like part of the family. I became “Cousin Denise.”


    • Denise,
      Thank you for sharing your missed opportunities. I had an opportunity in college to stay in Mexico with a family that I had to turn down. I was studying Spanish at the time and it would have been a wonderful way to learn the language. But I was working, had a car payment, and just couldn’t get there. So I know that feeling. It’s always been a regret.

      Caris, from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  10. You make it so hard to pick one photo, so I’ll pick #4, #7 #11. I’ve never been to Tuscany only have seen pictures and who wouldn’t want to visit there- it’s beautiful!! All those rolling hills too. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll be doing a lot of traveling!!!

  11. Although I lived in Germany for two and half years, I didn’t do any traveling outside of Germany. The ignorance of youth. I look back now and see the lost opportunities – like being a four hour train ride from Innsbruck during the 1976 Olympics and not see them. Or seeing any of France, Italy or even England. There are several places in Italy I would have liked to see. Florence and Tuscany is only one. I would say one day, but well, I don’t do much traveling at all anymore, let alone the very long flight across the pond. Nope, can’t see it happening.

    But, I do very much appreciate you sharing these wonderful pictures. Thank you. I can see it from the comfort of my jammies in front of my computer. Much more comfortable!

    • Pansy,
      When we’re young, I think we believe we have forever to do all the things we want to do. Then life happens and we get pretty locked into our lives which often doesn’t allow for the traveling we’d like to do.

      And I, too, am enjoying the armchair traveling. Although, I have to say, the more I see and explore, even through Google, the hungrier I’m getting. Not that I’m anxious to get on a plane. From Phoenix, it’s a 10 hour flight to London..big ugh!

  12. Beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go but with all the turmoil in the world right now I’m glad I don’t have the money.

  13. never seen or heard of that movie but ive always wanted to visit Tuscany, and that water view picture is stunning, beautiful view!

  14. I would love to visit there. Maybe some day. I think my favorite picture is the third one. IT is beautifully green. I am from north western nevada and live in Peoria, arizona.

    • say hello to my relatives there for me LOL : ) ….I haven’t been there either yet to visit them but perhaps one day….according to their pics its beautiful there too !… Had only heard of Peoria IL till they moved there

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