Siena, the heart of Tuscany

Tuscany is a region in the West of Italy with beautiful landscapes covered with vineyards that produce famous wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Tuscany is notable not only for its excellent culinary and gastronomic traditions, but also as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance that gave rise to such luminaries in arts and sciences as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Florence is the capital of Tuscany and has some notable museums and cathedrals, Pisa is best known for its leaning tower, and Siena has a picturesque historic district and various shrines and churches venerating Saint Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy.