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This website focuses on Southern Tuscany. But some know-it-all travellers keep insisting that it's worth to visit the rest of the region too. If you absolutely have to, here's your Tuscany map.

The red pins mark the main attractions in North and Central Tuscany and provide some useful links if you want to explore those towns. For any sights South of Siena (mainly the Crete Senesi, Monte Amiata, Val d'Orcia and Maremma areas) check out our much more detailed Southern Tuscany map

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Geographical location: 
Tuscany is a region in central Italy positioned to the North of Rome and to the South of Bologna and Genova. To the east lies the region of Umbria (with the famous cities of Perugia and Assisi) and its western border is made up by the Mediterranean sea, the Isle of Elba and a few smaller islands. The French isle of Corsica can be made out on clear days from the coast. Northern Tuscany's most influential cities are Florence (and close by Prato's cloth industry), Pisa and Livorno. Siena marks Tuscany's center and Arezzo lies close to its most Eastern tip.

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