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The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers: an agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land-management systems; towns and villages; farmhouses; and the Roman Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges, etc.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Italy. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Italy.
Italy is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.75 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Tuscany is 18.
Age of Consent: 14 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Italy.
Italy scores a 3/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F / L
Weather: Currently scattered clouds, with a temperature between 7.8 and 10.6°C (46 and 51°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 16.75 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Italy.