Photos - Tuscany (Italy) 

Tuscany is a charmed land, blessed by nature, and sculpted by man - rows of green vines manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hills; snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles; hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to appear as one single building.

Tuscany was essentially the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and its artistic heritage includes architecture, painting and sculpture, collected in dozens of museums, the best-known of which is the Uffizi in Florence and in situ in even quite small cities. But one cannot pass through this land without being aware of medieval Tuscany. Still visible are the small walled towns which are a testimony to the Middle Ages just as much as its great cities.

If you are planning to visit Tuscany you may be interested in having a quick look at several photos of Tuscany and some of its famous towns. Click on the links below to view the pictures. We have taken any attempt to provide exact (GPS-based) coordinates of the positions where the photos have been taken.
Pisa - Piazza dei Miracoli | Cathedral of Pisa | Pisa - Leaning Tower and cathedral | Firenze | Firenze - Piazza del Duomo | Firenze - View of the cathedral´s entrance | Firenze - Detail of the portal on the main facade | Firenze - Details of the small dome | Firenze - Reflection of the Campanile in a Cathedral Window | Firenze - Copy of "David" in front of Palazzo Vecchio | Firenze - Palazzo Vecchio | Firenze - Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery (right) | View over Florence | Siena - Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral | Siena - Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia | Siena - Piazza del Campo | Siena - The Cathedral as seen from Torre del Mangia | Siena - She-Wolf | Siena - The Cathedral and its Tower (Campanile) | Siena - Detail of the Cathedral´s Main Portal | Siena - Cathedral | Siena - Torre del Mangia | Siena - Piazza del Campo | Siena - View into the countryside | Countryside around Castellina in Chianti | Wine Yards in the Chianti Region | Region around Certaldo | Olive trees | More olive trees ... | Landscape around Montáione | Menacing thunderstorm over San Gimignano | San Gimignano - The town´s famous towers | Towers of San Gimignano | San Gimignano - View over the village | San Gimignano Surroundings | San Gimignano - Piazza della Cisterna

Here you see Tuscany from space. Image courtesy of Earth
Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.