The region of Tuscany

Bagnoli a Ripoli near Florence

01 March 2011 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

Bagnoli a Ripoli is a short hop due east from Florence towards the Val D'Arno. In fact, it is close enough to Florence to have been once called 'Quartum', a reference to the Roman miles from ancient roman Florentia of the time. Ripoli refers to the barrages which held back the annual flooding of the River Arno in the zone.

Last modified on 04 February 2017

June Events in Pisa

01 September 2010 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

The town of Pisa used to sit on the coast and boats would dock at the walls of the Piazza dei Miracoli where the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa can still be found. Over time, however, the silt carried by the River Arno has pushed the town inland not unlike Ostia Antica near Rome. Nevertheless, past glories cannot be forgotten at Pisa and two spectacular events are take place in mid June. They are the 'Luminara' and the 'Historical Regata for San Ranieri'. A bit on each below.

Last modified on 04 February 2017

Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids in Tuscany

01 March 2011 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

Our suggestions making up a series of holiday or vacation ideas to keep children and young ones entertained in between your wine tasting cantina visits. in no particular order province by Tuscan province, read on.

PISTOIA

Collodi, Parco di Pinocchio; All the classic characters from the story of Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini at the town of Collodi, which is also the pen name of the writer. Abetone, The nature Trail; The forest botanical Garden is situated in the high valley of Sestaione at 4000 feet above sea level and covers 3.5 acres. This woodland hosts a wide variety of tree and plant species as well as a stream and all the species of flora present in the mountains of Pistoia.

PRATO

Prato, Castello dell'Imperatore or the 'Emperor's Castle'; ancient (XIII century), imposing castle built for Frederick II of Svevia.

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The Lunigiana by bicycle

28 August 2010 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

One of the best ways to visit the Lunigiana, an area extending from the Appenines to the Apuan Alps, is by bicycle.

The proposed itineraries below from the Consorzio Lunigiana Turistica make up an open circuit which can be started at any point.

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Wine Road in the Pisan Hills

28 August 2010 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

The Pisan hills wine road proposes three itineraries which wind their way through the territory south east of the River Arno, as it flows from Lucca to Pisa almost to the gates of Volterra.

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Wine zone of Chianti

09 September 2010 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

The famous Chianti district or territory in Tuscany stretches from Florence to Siena and is located west of the Valdelsa and east of the Chianti mountains.

Many have brutally claimed the territory as their own over the centuries and the area has always been considered the ‘heart of Tuscany’.

The Etruscans called this territory 'Clante' after the river and the landscapes have communicated Italy around the world.

Vineyards, chestnuts, oak forests medieval towns, castles, farmhouses and those classic cypress trees say it all.

As for the wine the first association of Chianti wine producers was established in Radda in Chianti in 1924.

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Etruscan Coast

01 September 2010 Published in Tuscany Itineraries

The Tuscany coast running northwards from the Argentario is called the Etruscan coast. It stretches from the port of Piombino and the ferry to Elba, to Livorno just south of Pisa, a distance of 90 km.

Last modified on 04 February 2017