Tuscany as a region is inspirational, its landscape a mix of beautiful countryside and extraordinary cities each with their own rich history. The region’s vistas pack such a punch that they can in fact be credited as the direct inspiration behind the best works of some of history’s most famous writers, namely Dante, Goethe, Stendhal and D.H Lawrence. So why not book yourself onto one of the many available Tuscany tours and discover for yourself what creativity this incredible region might spark in you!.
Dante and The Divine ComedyThe Florence born Dante is most famous for The Divine Comedy in which he describes a metaphorical journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. (Don’t worry – Hell and Purgatory are not official stops on any of the available Tuscany tours). Dante’s depiction of Hell is said to have been inspired by a magnificent limestone gorge known as the Orrido di Botri, a site he first came across while staying in the Tuscan mountain town of Montefegatesi.Furthermore, one of the Divine Comedy’s key characters was in fact based on an infamous real life individual, the count Ugolino della Gherardesca, who was imprisoned with his sons in the Torre dei Gualandi, still standing today as part of the Palazzo dell’Orologio.