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Lucca's old city streets still follow the same path of their Roman counterpart, all enclosed within 17th century ramparts, allowing for excellent walking promenades. A sight not to be missed is the 13th century cathedral San Martino, the façade of which is decorated with Romanesque sculptures and columns, each different from the rest.

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Volterra/San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a hill top town that has remained relatively unchanged since medieval times. Its most predominate features are the remaining 14 towers, out of an original 72, built to show the wealth and prestige of the prominent families. The Duomo is another unique draw. It features the fresco "The Annunciation" by the Florentine painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, one of the most striking of its kind.

Volterra was founded by the Etruscans in approximately 9 BC and many of the Etruscan walls still survive. The Museo Guarnacci contains one of the best collections of Etruscan artifacts in all of Italy. The city is also known for its alabaster artisans and workshops.

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Florence and Area

Florence is a city that cannot be adequately described here. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance and there are many good guides books, which are dedicated to this city and its museums.

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Greve in Chianti is a small town that lies in the heart of the Chianti district and is home to some of the finest vineyards in Italy. It is also the center of the quality control board of the Chianti wine setting the standards of all exported Chianti wines.

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Siena Area

Siena 's principle sights are all to be found in the narrow streets surrounding the Pizza del Campo, the fan shaped red-bricked piazza, which is the heart and soul of Siena. The Dumo of Siena is one of the most spectacular Cathedrals in all of Italy. Built at Siena's height of wealth and power it has a black and white striped marble façade, which is continued with the interior marble columns. Inlaid marbled floor depicting various biblical stories and carvings by Pisano and Michelangelo complete the church.

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Arezzo is most noted for its gold jewelry trade and antique markets. Arezzo is also home to the greatest of Italy's fresco cycles the "Legend of the True Cross" (1452-66) by Piero della Francesca in the 13th century church of San Francesco.
Cortona lies on the Tuscan and Umbria border, and is still surrounded by Etruscan walls. The city is a charming maze of old streets and medieval buildings set into the hilltop. It offers some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

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