These Are 15 Interesting Facts About Tuscany That Are A Mystery For Most!
Hello Aluxers and welcome to another exciting article. Today, we are going to discover 15 exciting Facts about Tuscany.
Tuscany is one of the 20 regions of Italy, and it’s found specifically in central Italy, stretching from the Apennines all the way to the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is a very beautiful region with lots of amazing sites and attractions. It borders the regions of Emilia-Romagna to the north and Lazio to the southeast.
The region of Tuscany has a population of roughly 3.8 million inhabitants and a total area of about 8,900 square miles. Tuscany is culturally diverse, it has a rich history, and it’s surrounded by the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea with some exquisite sandy beaches, which makes Tuscany a tourist magnet.
Now, let’s take a look at the 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Tuscany. Here are some quick links to all of the facts we will be exploring:
- 1: Tuscany is the Home of The Sword in the Stone
- 2: Tuscany was the First Modern European State to Do Away with the Death Penalty
- 3: Tuscany has More Professional Football Teams than any Other Region in Italy
- 4: Tuscany has More than Five Ski Resorts
- 5: The Richest Families in Tuscany 600 Years Ago, are Still the Richest Families Today
- 6: Tuscany was One of the Regions Occupied by Nazi Germans during the 2nd World War
- 7: The Pazzi Conspiracy Shook Up Tuscany in the Late 1470s
- 8: Tuscany was Once Hit by a Fake Wine Scandal
- 9: Tuscany was the First Region to Adopt Pavements in Europe
- 10: The Most Expensive Hotel in Tuscany
- 11: Nearly Two-thirds of the Tuscany Area is Made Up of Hills & One-fourth of the Total Area is Made Up of Mountains
- 12: The Third Edition of Uffizi Live is Held in Florence
- 13: Pinocchio is from Tuscany
- 14: There is no Drinking Age in Tuscany
- 15: Tuscany is the Birthplace of the Western Music Tradition
Here’s all of it packed inside a video, if that’s what you prefer:
Checking that off, let’s move forward and dive into the 15 things about Tuscany, that’s going to leave your jaw hanging loose!
Tuscany is the Home of The Sword in the Stone
The sword belonging to Galgano Guidotti, a medieval Tuscan knight, is found in the region of Tuscany stuck in a stone. Galgano was born in Chiusdino in 1148, and he spent his early life as a knight, but later in 1180, he became a Christian, retiring as a knight. After he became a Christian, it is said that Galgano had several dreams of St. Michael the Archangel, and he built a circular hut at Montesiepi on the hill.
Inside this hut Galgano drove his sword in a rock as a sign of renouncing war. Galgano Guidotti died just a year after driving his sword in the rock, and he went on to become a saint. Today this sword is found inside the Monte Siepi Chapel.
Tuscany was the First Modern European State to Do Away with the Death Penalty
In Tuscany, the death penalty was abolished on November 30, 1786, even before the unification of Italy, which took place in 1860. This happened when Pietro Leopoldo was the ruler of the Tuscany, and he would later go on to become a Holy Roman Emperor, referred to as Leopold II.
Tuscany abolished not only the death penalty but also torture. The government destroyed all the means of execution that were in existence, which made it stand out among all other modern states in the world at the time. Unitarian states unified to form the Kingdom of Italy in 1860, and the death penalty was abolished in the Kingdom’s Penal Code in 1889.
Tuscany has More Professional Football Teams than any Other Region in Italy
The region of Tuscany has more professional football teams than any other region in Italy. It is home to the Fiorentina Football Club, which is the biggest in the region and plays in Italy’s top football division referred to as the Seria A. The Empoli Football Club is another big club found in the region of Tuscany, and they play in Seria B, which is the second football division in Italy.
In LEAGUE PRO, there are a total of ten professional football clubs that call Tuscany home, and they include several teams (Lucchese, Livorno, Pisa, Pontedera, Arezzo, Carrarese, Robur Siena, Gavorrano, Prato, and Pistoiese). In total, there are about 55 football clubs in the region of Tuscany with no other region coming close to that number.
Resource: 10 Wealthiest Football Players Out There
Tuscany has More than Five Ski Resorts
Tuscany is a very attractive region with a lot of attractions to offer. Some of the places that you can visit to help you unwind are the ski resorts found in Tuscany.
They include Abetone Cableway, which is found on the Pistoiese Mountains. It’s the biggest ski area in Tuscany with more than 20 safe & modern chairlifts and 50 kms of slopes. The Monte Amiata ski resort is found on Mount Amiata and has 8 chairlifts and 10 kms of ski slopes. Monte Cimone has more than 20 lifts and 50 kms of slope. Zum Zeri – Passo Due Santi, which is situated in Lunigiana, and has a 12 km slope. Casone Profecchia, which is found in Garfagnana region, and Careggine, which is on the Apian Alps, have 5kms of slopes.
Resource: 10 Best Ski Resorts in Europe
The Richest Families in Tuscany 600 Years Ago, are Still the Richest Families Today
The wealthiest families in Tuscany have sustained their assets for almost 600 years. Most of this is generational, especially in this region where most families are engaged in the wine-production business. The role of CEO is often passed from generation to generation in these family-run businesses, and the wealth of most of these families has been sustained and expanded over time. This is why the same families who had the highest net worth in Tuscany 600 years ago are still the richest families in the region today.
One example of this is Piero Antinori. He is the man behind one of Italy’s biggest success stories – Marchesi Antinori Wines. His family has sold wine for more than 600 years, and they have vineyards in the Tuscany region that can be traced back to 1385. As the current CEO and the 25th generation to head the firm, he manages over 15 wineries owned by the Antinori family and retail businesses in Florence and the United States. He has a net worth of $18 million.
Tuscany was One of the Regions Occupied by Nazi Germans during the 2nd World War
Benito Mussolini was removed from power by Italy’s leaders in July of 1943, and on September of the same year, Italy withdrew from its alliance with Nazi Germany that was led by Adolf Hitler and instead agreed to join forces with the Allies. This did not go over well with the Nazis, and they responded by sending their troops to several regions. Tuscany was one of the regions occupied by the Nazi Germans. A lot of soldiers lost their lives in Tuscany as the Allies fought to expel the Germans from Italy.
The Pazzi Conspiracy Shook Up Tuscany in the Late 1470s
The Pazzi conspiracy refers to the plot by the members of the Pazzi family to displace one of the greatest families in Tuscany, the de Medici family, as the rulers of Florence. There were even attempts to assassinate two member of the Medici family, Guiliano de Medici and his brother Lorenzo de Medici, on April 1478. The attempt on Guiliano succeeded while that of Lorenzo failed. After this event, the Pazzi family was exiled from Florence.
Tuscany was Once Hit by a Fake Wine Scandal
Tuscany is well known as the most prestigious wine-producing region in Italy. However, this was almost ruined by a number of wine-related scandals. In 2014, the police seized fake labels of top wine brands, including Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, and low-quality wine that could fill approximately 290,000 bottles.
Dubbed as one of the “biggest scandals in Italy’s agriculture sector”, the wines were packaged for export to the USA and China. As a result, strict laws were enforced to ensure quality was observed and only legitimate wine was exported to maintain the reputation of Tuscan wine.
Tuscany was the First Region to Adopt Pavements in Europe
In 1339, Florence became the first metropolis in all of Europe to have paved roads, setting the trend for the other regions to follow. This happened because Tuscany was the home of many elite banks in Europe at the time and it also had a booming merchandise industry and having the roads paved made it easier for people to access Florence. This helped to improve business in Tuscany, but it also made the city beautiful.
The Most Expensive Hotel in Tuscany
Tuscany’s economy heavily relies on tourism and, it’s a popular destination especially for Britons.The most expensive place to stay in the region is the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence. It’s located in a historic building where some of the wealthiest in the city used to live.
Its luxurious Royal Suite has vaulted ceilings, ceramic flooring, and 17th-century frescoes on the walls. The suite is located where the nobles used to reside in the former palace. The suite features a king bed, a marble bathroom, a dining space that seats 8, and additional rooms in over 2,500 square feet of space. Guests enjoy complimentary frozen drinks and fruit skewers delivered poolside, a hot tub, a fully stocked private bar, a spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
All of this and more comes at a cost of 21,000 dollars per night.
Resource: Most Expensive Hotels in The World 2016
Nearly Two-thirds of the Tuscany Area is Made Up of Hills & One-fourth of the Total Area is Made Up of Mountains
The total area of Tuscany region is about 8,878 sq mi, and two-thirds of that area is made up of hills with mountains covering about 25 percent of the total area. These mountains and hills are stunning and are some of the scenic attractions that the region has to offer. Most of the region’s ski resorts are based on these mountains, which are also used for activities such as hiking and extreme sports such as mountain biking.
Some of the mountains found in Tuscany include Monte Pisano, the Apuan Alps, the Chianti Mountains, Monte Amiata, Monte Morello, Monte Cetona, and the Pistoia Mountains.
The Third Edition of Uffizi Live is Held in Florence
The third edition of the Uffizi Live is happening in the Summer of 2018 in Florence – the capital of the Tuscany region. The summer festival kicked off on June 12th and continues until September 25th. The festival allows both established and upcoming artists to exhibit their art from digital art installations to theatre, dance and music.
Tuscany is known for its preservation of culture, and the showcase at Uffizi provides room for exchange between different cultures and traditions and offers new ways of enhancing your art collection. The Uffizi gallery is one of the most visited art museums globally, and it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence.
Pinocchio is from Tuscany
The story of Pinocchio was published in 1883 in Italian, and it was written by Carlo Collodi. The story would later be translated into English in the early 1890s and was later made into a hit Disney film in 1940. The author of this amazing story was born in 1826, in Florence, Tuscany, and its title means “Pine Eyes” in Italian.
There is no Drinking Age in Tuscany
The Tuscany region is known for its fine wines with areas such as Chianti being some of the leading attractions for tourists looking to check out the wines. In Tuscany and all of Italy, there is no legal drinking age, which means that anybody, including young children, can consume alcohol legally. However, this does not mean that young people can be served alcohol in bars and restaurants as a person must be 16 years of age and above to be able to enjoy such privileges.
Tuscany is the Birthplace of the Western Music Tradition
A group of musicians, intellectuals, and poets who were referred to as the Florentine Camerata came together around the mid-16th century. They began putting ancient Greek myths to music while on stage. Their performances formed the first operas in the world, and these led to the development of classical forms of music.
Now Aluxers, we would really love to know: Have you ever visited Tuscany? What was the greatest part of your visit? Let us know in the comments.