This vast area takes in the whole of central Tuscany, extending from the Florentine hills to the hills of Pisa and Arezzo, and is involved in the production of the Italian wine par excellence, Chianti. The region encompasses a series of different, and frequently clashing, histories, which in the past brought about many struggles for power and several interminable wars, but which have nevertheless brought into being a recognisable region and culture. The rivalry of the various noble families, who became patrons of the foremost artists of their times, trying to surpass each other even in cultural power, has left a legacy of beauty. The towns, castles and churches of the region have been marked by the history of the powerful cities which have dominated them for centuries. Moving symbols of architecture are juxtaposed, scattered amongst hills intersecting in a succession of distinct colours and impressions.
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