Tuscany is in central western Italy. The region is north of Rome and south of Genoa. The Apennine Mountains are to the northeast and the Apuan Alps are to the northwest. The Tyrrhenian Sea is to the west.
Tuscany’s major cities are Florence, Pisa, Siena and Arezzo. Florence, on the Arno River, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is called the cradle of the Renaissance and averages 10 million tourists each year. It is known for its art, architecture, food and wine. Pisa is on the western coast and is famous for its beaches and resorts. Pisa also has several diverse natural landscapes and habitats, such as wetlands, forests, badlands and thermal hot springs. There are many historical sites in Pisa, including the famous Leaning Tower. Siena is home to the original Chianti wine, and Arezzo is the birthplace of Michelangelo and Petrarch.