At Old World Stoneworks, many of our favorite places are in the Old World. That is, Europe. And our most favorite places of all? We name our mantels after those special spots.
This week, we’ll take a peek at the Italian region of Tuscany, for which our Tuscan mantel is named.
Where is Tuscany?
Located in central Italy, the Tuscany region spans the area from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Apennine Mountain Range. Drive about three hours north from Rome, and you reach this beloved area of Italy.
Locals and visitors enjoy the variety of natural landscapes, from mountains to sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. From hiking the trails above the fishing villages of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre to biking or horseback riding the countryside, Tuscany offers lots to do for outdoor lovers.
Stroll the Tuscan vineyards, sip the Tuscan wine.
Tuscany is also well known for its culture. Florence, the region’s most famous city, is known as “the birthplace of the Renaissance.” The Uffizi Gallery features the world’s best collection of Italian Renaissance art. If you want to see Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” in person, you’ll have to come here. The Uffizi Gallery also houses works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Fra Angelico.
The town of Siena is another Tuscan highlight. Siena’s Medieval town center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s a beautiful little city, with a distinctive 14th-century tower and a Romanesque-Gothic cathedral famed for its mosaics. This is the home of the Catholic Saint Catherine of Siena. Along with Saint Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena is one of Italy’s two patron saints. Visitors can still see some of her possessions in her childhood home, now a sanctuary.
Tuscany is the kind of place where every street you turn down has a fabulous church, palace, or art gallery. And every building you enter has memorable furniture, paintings, and mantels.
This is Italy, so of course Tuscany is proud of its food. Here are just a few of the delicacies with which Tuscany will tempt you:
- Castagnaccio: a chestnut cake made with rosemary and olive oil, for an unusual sweet treat
- Pappa al Pomodoro: bread tomato soup, made with the best Tuscan tomatoes
- Torta di Ceci: a thin, savory cake made from chickpea flour and black pepper
- Panzanella: A summer bread salad composed of cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and day-old bread
Our version of Tuscany
Can you picture yourself on a warm day, birdwatching from a boat on the La Diaccia Botrona canal, a torta di ceci in hand? Or gazing up at one of da Vinci’s masterpieces as you tour Florence? So can we! And in the meantime, you can enjoy a piece of Tuscany with our Italy-inspired mantel. It’s beautiful in cream, sun-kissed in buff, or classic in white. Give us a call if you’d like to bring Italy to your home via our Tuscan mantel surround.