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Wine
Aperitivo Florentines love indulging in aperitivi (pre-dinner drinks with snacks) and apericena (drinks with
snacks so generous that they can double as dinner). See what the fuss is about in the city's fabulous wine
bars.
Strade del Vino For a road trip with a difference, follow a regional wine itinerary, visiting vineyards, can-
tine (cellars) and local artisan food producers.
IGTs To taste what the international wine press has dubbed 'Super Tuscans', head to Bolgheri on the
Etruscan Coast, home of the groundbreaking Sassicaia.
Montalcino Be there for the release of the new vintage of Brunello in February. Bliss.
Architecture
Siena The city's historical centre is a showcase of the Gothic style, with the duomo (cathedral) being the
jewel in its crown.
Florence Climb to the top of Brunelleschi's dome to survey the city's skyline in all its Renaissance splend-
our.
Insider Florence Everyone sees the duomo, but true architecture buffs head to Brunelleschi's more modest
commissions: the Ospedale degli Innocenti ( Click here ) and Cappella de' Pazzi ( Click here ) .
Pisa The Piazza dei Miracoli lives up to its name, delivering a monumental arrangement of Romanesque
buildings that have battled the threat of subsidence and stood the test of time.
Renaissance Art
Uffizi Gallery It doesn't get any better than this. The repository of the Medici art collection is so wonderful
that even superlatives seem inadequate when trying to describe it.
Museo Civico Secular art takes centre stage in Siena's town hall, courtesy of Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Alleg-
ories of Good and Bad Government fresco cycle.
Piero della Francesca Follow a trail of the great painter's works in eastern Tuscany, marvelling at the ten-
derness of the Madonna del Parto and the masterful storytelling of the Legend of the True Cross .
Collegiata Decipher a medieval cartoon strip and be enchanted by Domenico Ghirlandaio's tribute to Santa
Fina at San Gimignano's duomo .
Contemporary Art
Castello di Ama Works by some of the art world's biggest names are showcased in the formal gardens of
this wine estate in Chianti.
 
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