Tuscany is the name of one of the larger of the 20 Regions of Italy and is located in northern peninsular Italy, bordering the Tyrrhenian sea to the west. In Italian, Tuscany is Toscana, and its capital is Florence (Firenze, in Italian). Surrounded and crossed by major mountain chains, and with few but very fertile plains, Tuscany is dominated by hill country so that, not surprisingly, the vast majority of its inhabited nuclei are the Tuscan hilltop towns and villages that are among the most interesting attractions of Tuscany. A few cities of Tuscany, foremost among them being Florence and Sienna, were the fount of the Italian Renaissance, and Tuscany was the home of some of the most influential men in the history of art, architecture, science, navigation, political thought and literature. Among them were Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo, Vespucci, Boccaccio, Machiavelli and Puccini. Like all of the regions of Italy, Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition and is famous for its Tuscany wines. Among the traditional wines are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, and over the past thirty years excellent wines, known generically as super Tuscan wines, have been developed outside the traditionally defined Tuscan wine classification.