Celestine III granted privileges of autonomy to hospital, 1442-1444, fresco by Domenico di Bartolo (ca 1400-ca 1447), Pellegrinaio in Santa Maria della Scala Museum complex, Siena, Tuscany, Italy

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Central Tuscany

When people imagine classic Tuscan countryside, they usually conjure up images of central Tuscany. However, there's more to this popular tourist region than silver-green olive groves, sloping fields of golden wheat gently rippling in the breeze, sun-kissed vineyards and artistically planted avenues of cypress tress. The real gems are the historic towns and cities, most of which are medieval and Renaissance time capsules magically transported to the modern day.

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