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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

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

SAN GIMIGNANO, TOWN OF THE MEDIEVAL TOWERS

San Gimignano, town of the medieval Towers. Soaring on a hilltop overlooking Valdelsa, in a territory most certainly inhabited in Etruscan times, the town is an outstanding testimonial to medieval Tuscan urban planning. It was already an important market centre in the 10C, at the crossroads of important routes. In the 13C it...

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14 April 2016

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF GARGONZA

The tiny village of the medieval Borgo of Gargonza is situated a few kilometres from Monte San Savino, at the boundary between the Val d’Ambra and the Val d’Orcia, along State Road 73.

The landscape context is one of the most suggestive in the western Valdichiana: the castle is built on a...

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12 April 2016

THE VALDICHIANA VALLEY

The Valdichiana Valley is a green, well-cultivated dale about 100 km long, located between the plains of Arezzo and Orvieto, surrounded by mountains and hill clad with silvery olive groves, and including the hydrographic basin of the Canale Maestro della Chiana.

Human settlements in the Valdichiana have really ancient origins. The various...

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8 April 2016