Category Archives: Places to visit

FIERA DEL CACIO OF PIENZA

Fiera del Cacio of Pienza. Starting at the end of August and for a week Pienza, the ancient town recognized as a heritage site by UNESCO, is animated by the Fiera del Cacio (Cheese Fair), which officially took place for the first time in 1974.

In the early years, the Fair was...

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18 April 2017

THE PALIO DELLA BALESTRA of SANSEPOLCRO

The Palio della Balestra of Sansepolcro is an ancient tournament that has its roots in the Tuscan Renaissance and has been able to perpetuate itself over time, continuously since the 15th century. Today is held on the second Sunday of September when the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro face the friends-rivals of the Umbrian town...

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29 March 2017

The BRAVIO DELLE BOTTI of MONTEPULCIANO

The Bravìo delle Botti of Montepulciano is a charming event not to be missed, and is also a chance to live Tuscany and its traditions during your stay there. The “Bravìo” takes place every year, on the last Sunday of August, and besides being an important event is also a different, and extremely...

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16 March 2017

The Guinigi Tower

The Guinigi Tower is the most important and representative tower of Lucca. During the medieval times more than 250 between towers and steeples adorned the city, but only a few of them have nowadays remained. The main feature of the Guinigi Tower is the presence of a roof garden with some centuries old...

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1 March 2017

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

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