Yearly Archives: 2016

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tuscany

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tuscany. Tuscany actually holds a world record: it’s the region with the densest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are seven of them, a unique concentration of beauty and art! Tuscany has to be experienced and explored first-hand, and most of all shared. Even if you hear...

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7 December 2016

THE ANTIQUES FAIR OF AREZZO

The Antiques Fair of Arezzo is the largest of Italy, with its more than 500 exhibitors. First born in the national territory in 1968, from an idea of the famous Arezzo antiquarian Ivan Bruschi, who was inspired by the famous outdoor markets of Portobello in London and by the Flea Market of Paris,...

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30 November 2016

TUSCANY AND TRADITION THE OLIVE HARVEST

Tuscany and tradition the olive harvest. Tuscany is certainly famous for its town and artistic wonders, but when you say "Tuscany" you imply much much more. What really characterizes Tuscany is its territory, its hills, its expanses of vineyards and olive groves. However, the richness of this land is not only scenic and...

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5 October 2016

MONTERIGGIONI GATE OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Monteriggioni gate of the Middle Ages. Monteriggioni is located at the southwestern end of the Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany, about 20 km from Siena, and is placed on top of a gentle hill surrounded by beautiful vineyards and olive groves. The castle of Monteriggioni was founded in the second decade of...

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29 September 2016

THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF MARCIANO DELLA CHIANA

The medieval village of Marciano della Chiana is extraordinary preserved and perhaps it shows the most beautiful fortress in the whole district of Valdichiana.

Uncertain is the etymological origin of the name of the town, it must trace back to the noble Roman family “Marcia” that was one of the most passionate supporters of the...

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15 September 2016

THE CASTLE OF ROMENA

The Castle of Romena rises on a hill once occupied by the Etruscans, in the green Casentino Valley not far from the ancient village of Pratovecchio. Built on the beginning of the 11th Century by the Counts Guidi Family, it has recently undergone restoration, and now presents three of its former 14 towers,...

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3 August 2016

LUCIGNANO, UNIQUE MEDIEVAL TOWN PLANNING

Lucignano, unique medieval town planning. Lucignano, a small hamlet in southern Tuscany, is one of the most unique examples of medieval town planning. Its elliptic shape, in concentric rings, has been left intact by the passing of time. The actual Via Matteotti, with its residential buildings, represented the street of the rich, and...

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19 July 2016

The beautiful bridges of Tuscany

The beautiful bridges of Tuscany. Tuscany is not only villages, churches and fantastic views, the whole region is full of enchanted corners, places where time seems to stand still. These are some of the most beautiful and picturesque bridges that are absolutely worth seeing.

One of the most spectacular and photographed is...

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4 July 2016

VOLTERRA IN TUSCAN HISTORY

Volterra has always been present in Tuscan history. Founded by the Etruscans in a commanding position on a craggy hill overlooking the Cecina and Era Valleys. The ancient “Velathri” was one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan confederation, with a circle of cyclopic walls of which significant portions still stand. It dominated...

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18 May 2016

CARRARA THE CITY OF MARBLE

Carrara, the city of marble, is surrounded by olive-trees against the background of rugged Apuan Alps, it produces each year millions of tons of marble: statuary, bardiglio, paonazzo, fior di pesco, apuano, breccia violetta or medicea.

The city of a two-thousand year-old industry is chronicled for the first time in 963; for...

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10 May 2016