From this view from the main street of Certaldo Alto you can see the Palazzo Pretoria at the top. The East Carolina University Italy Intensive Study Abroad Program is located through the wooden arched door, and the white archways where the 4 students are standing. There are many restaurants on the street and in warm weather tables are setup outdoors. Students all live within a minute walk of the school (Three apartments are through the doorway that one of the students is entering, next to the classroom entrance) For more information about the East Carolina University Italy Intensives program go to: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/italy/index.cfm Panorama by Dan Bailey.
The Tuscany, one of the most beautiful Italian regions, is known throughout the world for its Landscapes and for the Works of Art that it houses (It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance). Six localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the Historical Center of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pienza, the Square of the Cathedral of Pisa with the Leaning Tower and the Val d'Orcia. It is in the central Italy and borders with Emilia Romagna (north), Marche and Umbria (east) and Lazio (South). The West coast is bathed from the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea; here we can find the islands of the Tuscan archipelago including the island of Elba. The regional capital is Florence and the other provinces are: Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.