Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region's Unknown Places

By John Keahey

In Hidden Tuscany, acclaimed writer John Keahey takes the reader right into a a part of Tuscany past the standard vacationer locations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. the usually neglected western part of Tuscany is wealthy with background, food, and surroundings begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages tourists to desert itineraries and allow the grooves within the street and the curves of the coast advisor your trip instead.

Follow Keahey as he turns off the autostrada and takes roads slightly lanes extensive to find fishing villages alongside the Tuscan sea. Then movement inland into rolling foothills decorated with cherry orchards, old olive groves, and sweeping vineyards that produce wines that problem Chianti's most sensible. the following it really is nonetheless attainable to stick with the trails of Romans, Crusaders, and pilgrims from through the western international who have been desirous to achieve Rome.

Hidden Tuscany offers interesting pictures of locations comparable to Livorno, a port urban with canals; Pietrasanta, Tuscany's Citta d'Arte; and Capraia, an island shaped via volcanoes. Keahey engages with the population of those mesmerizing landscapes, even if sculptors who toil in marble studios or citizens whose personal thoughts and traditions light up significant moments in global history.

From coastal cities to vineyards farther inland to the Tuscan archipelago, Keahey reminds us that every village, urban, and island has its personal detailed tale to inform. For armchair tourists and holiday seekers alike, Hidden Tuscany brings a brand new part of this vintage Italian quarter to existence, and the result's mesmerizing.

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