The countryside around Florence stretches north to the Apennines. It is a flourishing region, with broad valleys that reach to the slopes of the mountains. To the south, following the flow of the river Arno, the region extends as far as the borders of the Arezzo district. To the west towards the sea, it reaches important historical centres, such as Pistoia and Montelupo Fiorentino, where, unique ceramic artefacts were created in its ancient furnaces. The area abounds in magnificent Renaissance architecture and Medici villas, surrounded by Italian-style gardens, illustrious monasteries, villages, townships with ancient churches that, together with cypresses, olives and vineyards give the landscape a unique and unsurpassable beauty. The flavour of naivety and culture inherent to the Florence countryside can be perceived everywhere, with it high concentration of artworks and wonderful landscapes that exist nowhere else in Italy. The whole area was given UNESCO status. Deep-rooted traditions that are still alive today can be retraced throughout the region.
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