Located in the province of Siena is the hill based town of Montalcino. A neighbor to Florence, Pisa, and Siena the location has been in use since the days of the ancient Romans.
You’ll find lots of history and adventure in Empoli on your Tuscany vacation. This town goes back to the 8th century first as a castle and then for official recognition in 1119 AD as a city. The town today is situated around the Piazza Farinata degli Uberti the focus of the city’s historical buildings.
Who can resist the urge to visit the legendary region of Tuscany, Italy? This area boasts a history so rich that it has changed the face of human history. Be it the arts, politics, or religion Tuscany offers such a rich culture that it’s almost irresistible for a traveler to Italy to ignore it.
For centuries the region has been the site of olive groves, wineries and hills of unparalleled loveliness. At the same time, cities like Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence have provided works of architecture, painting and sculpture that are at the pinnacle of achievement.
Montalcino is also no slouch in the winemaking department. Tours of the Castello Banfi estate will persuade even the most finicky of wine drinkers of that. Over 7,100 acres provide this winery with ample stock from which to produce outstanding wines. Unlike many of its neighbors, the winery is only 25 years old, so it sports state of the art equipment. But the 11th century castle has been amazing visitors for centuries.
Begun in 1063, over a hundred years prior to the tower, the cathedral is the very prototype of late Romanesque architecture in this area of the world. With a floor plan in the standard shape of a cross, it is 100m (328 feet) long by 35m (115 feet) wide. Though not enormously tall by contemporary standards its 34m (112 feet) height would have been extremely impressive to citizens of its day.
In Lucca you can visit San Michele Church. This church was built in 12th century on the famous site of old Roman forum. This church is also a good example of best Romanesque architecture, which is built by the three tiers of columns of marble. Every single piece is twisted and carved in a different pattern.