Cypresses are big in Tuscany. Big in the sense that they are very important, very symbolic. The heart of Tuscany is filled with cypresses, particularly around the Val D'orcia, a whole valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is made of gentle, cultivated hills.
The Etruscans were the first to introduce the cypress tree in Tuscany. It was, and still is, a symbol between earth and heaven, which is why we can find cypress trees near cemeteries. In the Middle Ages, noble families used to plant a cypress tree when a baby girl was born, as a good omen for her fertility.
In Tuscany, many cypress trees were planted along Via Francegina, a road that comes from France and used by pilgrims traveling Europe on their way to Rome. Since they were visible from afar, they were used as 'road signs'. One tree indicated a rest area, two meant a place to eat, and three a place to sleep.