Monthly Archives: May 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

THE MAREMMA REGION

The Maremma region extends along the Tyrrhenian coast from the mouth of the River Cecina beyond Tarquinia. The name can derive, according to scholar, either from the Latin “maritime”, or maybe from the Castilian “marismas” which means "swamp". The coast is mostly flat land, interrupted by the Piombino Promontory, Punta Ala, the Mountains...

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4 May 2016