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Museums in Florence
Sunday, April 28TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
Museums in Florence Florence is renowned  for being the culla del Rinascimento, the birthplace of Renaissance, as well as one of the major art towns in the country. Everybody from "the Boot"- Italy is called so because of its peculiar shape!- knows the famous museums and places of cultural interest of this magnificent city. Churches, squares and palaces represent a must, but if visiting Florence, you must count in a tour to its museums. Here is a list of some of those you absolutely have to see:   Galleria dell'Accademia- the Accademy Gallery Uffizi GalleryThe Galleria degli Uffizi is...
Vallombrosa
Thursday, November 29TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Vallombrosa: a natural haven of peace in Tuscany Considering the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at Vallombrosa, the motto Ora et labora, pray and work, was certainly used by its monks, since the earliest times.   Vallombrosa is actually known for its perfect combination of nature and calm:  the territory hosts one of the most famous and richest arboretum of the country, with more than 5,000 species of trees.  A path immersed in pure, uncontaminated nature, will lead you  to the top of the historic site where the Abbazia, the abbey, is situated. Here, impressive and overshadowing all,...
Arezzo
Saturday, August 25TH, 2012 by Glauco
  Arezzo     100,140 inhabitants. Arezzo is a beautiful city in Tuscany, and like the rest of the region it offers a spectacular scenes of medieval buildings and harmonious architecture, right in the middle of four gorgeous natural valleys. Arezzo is actually a very old town, indeed, it is even older than Rome, and the civilisations that preceded it. It was already a settlement during prehistoric times, although the modern Arezzo is mainly medieval. Like some of the cities in Northern Lazio, Arezzo was also an important dwelling for the Etrurians, before the Romans entirely took over...
Garfagnana: the ideal destination for nature lovers.
Wednesday, February 08TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Garfagnana: the ideal destination for nature lovers.   Tuscany is one of the most varied regions of Italy, thanks to the different sceneries and geographical areas it offers: sea, countryside and mountains. However, there is an area which may not be on the most beaten of tracks, but is well worth a visit: Garfagnana. Garfagnana is situated near the province of Lucca, between the Apuane Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Appennines. It includes 16 small villages, the most famous of which is Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. This region presents a breathtaking landscape, created by the beauty of its...
Il Parco della Maremma: Maremma Park
Friday, December 30TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Il Parco della Maremma: Maremma Park     The area of Maremma is renowned for the preservation of its territory and nature and the Parco della Maremma is certainly one of the greatest results of this policy. In fact, the park keeps untouched nature alive at its purest state. The Parco della Maremma is one of the greatest wonders of the beautiful Tuscan territory, thanks to the several varieties of flora and fauna that it protects. The park is characterized by the presence of various types of animals and vegetation. The vegetation involves four main types: forestal vegetation, the sandy-...
Lago di Chiusi, Tuscany
Thursday, October 20TH, 2011 by fay henson
Just a 'stone's throw' from well-known towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano, and  close to the borders with Umbria, the small lake of Chiusi sits in a basin between hills, and permits visitors a peek into its tranquil world.  If you happen to be in the area, it is definitely worth stopping by.  If you're a bit of a naturalist, here is an unspoilt, protected lake with as much 'natural goings-on' as you would hope to find.  If you're there at the right time, you may spot various forms of aquatic life from the wooden jetties: carps, eels, perches or tenches as well as a surprise, as I myself...
Lucca
Friday, July 15TH, 2011 by Glauco
If there were heaven on Earth,  Tuscany would be it. Each one of its towns is better then the other, and Lucca is not an exception.  It's an amazing combination of Roman layout and medieval architecture. Its medieval walls are, still today, one of its main tourist attractions. Lucca is part of our suggested tour of lesser known Tuscany. The walls have an actual length of approximately 4 kilometers (a bit over 2.5 miles), and they are in perfect conditions. It is indeed possible to walk and ride a bike on them, as there is a road on top. It is important to understand that city walls in the...
A tour of less known Tuscany
Friday, July 01TH, 2011 by ancos
Lucca church by hiddedevries, on Flickr Everyone knows Florence and the Chianti area, but there are lesser known, but equally breathtaking places you can visit in Tuscany.Let me tell you about one of my favorite itineraries. Lucca is the first stop of our tour of Tuscany and will be our home base. It is not the most central of all the locations of this tour, but this small city has a haunting, charming beauty, well worth a visit and, why not, a few days' stay. Two well known landmarks characterize the city: its 16th century walls, that enclose the historic center, and the Tower Guinigi...
Ancient Jousting Tournament
Monday, June 27TH, 2011 by fay henson
Come along to Sarteano (province of Siena) in early August and you'll feel the gathering excitement for the town's most important annual event the Giostra Del Saracino. Held every year on August 15th (Italy's Festa day for  the Assunzione della Santa Vergine), the tournament is taken seriously between the five contradas: Sant'Andrea (red and blue), Santissima Trinitá (yellow and violet), San Lorenzo (red and white), San Bartolomeo (violet and white), and San Martino (blue and white). This historic event is held in memory of the ancient battles between knights and Saracens. The Giostra has...
Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi is a museum of great significance for the town and it's surrounding area, which is known as ancient Etruria. Chiusi (Clevsin in Etruscan) together with eleven other towns and cities of Tuscany are steeped in Etruscan history dating back to between the 9th and 1st century BC. Many Etruscan tombs and settlements have been discovered over the years which contain amazingly well-preserved items that have since been conserved by the museum and are now displayed in behind spotlessly clean glass. There is plenty to see inside this splendid building, built at...

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