5 amazing places to spend the summer in Tuscany Tuscany is renowned all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, the cultural richness of museums and monuments, the high level food - all elements which help to live a 360⁰ holiday – and on top of that a temperate weather during throughout the year, characterized by a summer quiet long: now it’s easy to understand why so many tourists decide to visit it during the year. One of the most interesting aspects is that regardless Tuscany is one of the world preferred holiday’s location (stated by Tripadvisor), it still allows to those looking for relax and peaceful moments to find areas far away from noise and crowded places. Where can you go? Listed below are the top 5 locations for the summer in Tuscany.
1 – Argentario
If you love the seaside, you have to choose the south of the region, close to the borders with Lazio, easily accessible from Rome too. The shore surrounding the Argentario’s Continue reading →
A visit in Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany:
An important agricultural and holiday centre, it is situated at the top of a hill, commanding excellent views down the valleys of the Pesa, Arbia and Elsa rivers.
On of the earliest events to have affected this town of Etruscan origins, was the reaid of Gaulish invaders that destroyed it.
Castellina in Chianti
The town of Castellina in Chianti was fortified by the Counts Guidi and belonged later Continue reading →
We are going to live the “Palio di Siena“ from July 01th until the end of the Race on July 02th :
The Palio is one of the most important event in Tuscany, taking place in Siena, Piazza del Campo on July 2 and August 16 every year.
The Contrade are 17 : Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose.
Each Contrada has its own unique emblem and colors and represents an area of Siena.
During the day of the Palio race the city is absolutely full of tuscan people and many many tourists.
The Day of Palio of Siena start at with “Messa del fantino” in the chapel close to the Palazzo Comunale, then at 10.30 am inside the Palazzo Comunale you can follow the “segnatura dei fantini”. The day goes ahead, the show arrives around 5 pm in Piazza del Campo, and ends by around 6.30-7 p.m. Shortly the race start at about 7-7,30pm.
There is an area of Tuscany, in Pistoia’s province, at the boundary of the provinces of Florence and Lucca, which is called Valdinievole and consists of 11 municipalities such as Buggiano, Chiesina Uzzanese, Lamporecchio (famous for “brigidini”, in other words sweets usually sold during country festivals), Pescia and the two spa towns of Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Terme. Not far there is also Collodi, home town of the author of Pinocchio.
In this area there is hilly place even more small, at the back of the Pescia River and at Continue reading →
Go Horse-riding in Tuscany: the itineraries! Since the equestrian tourism touch Tuscany, there have been a heaps of regional initiatives to support those who enjoying visiting the holiday resorts by riding a horse. Outside art cities, there are a lot of routes to be ridden, through vineyards, woods and old mule tracks.
Horseback riding in Tuscany
From few years real routes have been made, actually horse-riding itineraries, provided Continue reading →
In Tuscany there are so many WWF parks and oasis. One of the most beautiful is certainly the Parco natural regionale di Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli, an extended protected area of more than 23.000 hectares, across the Tuscan shore, roughly between Livorno, Pisa and Viareggio.
At south it’s delimited by Arno’s mouth and at north by Serchio river: it host natural reserves, lakes, ponds and protected areas where fauna and flora are preserved. Tenuta San Rossore (estate) is one of the areas more accessible. Continue reading →
The Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence) in Lajatico
Who has never heard about Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor very talented? He is famous around the world because he managed to get opera close to masses, using his unique style, able to merge light music together with his tenor skills. His most famous song is probably “Con te partirò” that has been proposed in an English version too with Sarah Brightman “Time To Say Goodbye”. His live performance have won over millions of people all over the world: from Pavarotti’s funeral, through performance with Mary J. Continue reading →
Golf Courts in Tuscany
Tuscany is a region truly loved by those who play golf. Its variegated landscape, with wavy hills adorned by cypresses and olive trees, shore lines, allows to create an unmatched set where playing golf is absolutely pleasant.
Golf in Tuscany
Where can you play golf in Tuscany then? Below the list of the main 18 holes courses. Continue reading →
“Dei Medici” Villas
The de’Medici family has been one of the most influent families in the history of Florence and Tuscany in general. Become rich with their banks business and during the years they increase their economic and politic power; they ruled Florence for decades (until 1738, when Lorena family took over).
Dei Medici Villas
Belong to de’ Medici family, two popes and two French queens.
One of the main aspects of the family was their capacity to sustain artists, who created and expanded the Renaissance all over the world: below the family protection many influent Italian artists had worked and grew up: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many others. Continue reading →