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9 of the most beautiful places in the spring

By: Shea Gunther on April 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m.
yellow flowers on field, red house in background in Tuscany

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Located in central Italy, Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is packed with culture. It's well regarded around the world for its art, landscapes, food and people. It was the home of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Botticelli, and has many top museums and a high concentration of Renaissance art. It's also stunningly beautiful in the springtime. Visit Tuscany in the spring and you'll find yourself lost in the splendor of all that the region has to offer, from the neat rows of farmland to the simple pleasure of a stroll through a small storybook village.