Tuscany is a region in Central Italy with Florence as its capital.
Tuscany is famous for its hilly landscapes with vineyards.
The book “Under the Tuscan Sun” from 1996 and the move based on it with the same title from 2003 made Tuscany landscapes world known.
The top wines (DOCG) of this region include: Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Chianti, Vernaccia di San Gimingnano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, where Chianti is best well known around the world.
Tuscan cooking is characterized by the ample use of two ingredients – wine and olive oil but much less of typical Italian herbs. The Tuscan region can pride itself on some of the best olive oil in the world. An expensive addition to Tuscan cooking is truffle. A rare delicacy can still be found in Tuscany in both, black and white varieties.
Popular Tuscan dishes include: bruschetta as appetiser, pappardelle pasta, penne pasta, risotto, bean (fagioli) dishes, many different types of meat dishes, grilled vegetables in olive oil and for dessert (dolce) ice cream (gelato) and biscotti hard almond cookies.