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THE ABBEY OF FARNETA

The Abbey of Farneta, dedicated to Santa Maria, rises on the small hill of Farneta, close to the beautiful town of Cortona, and excluded from the phenomenon of becoming a marsh thanks to the 320 metres of altitude that characterize it.

The foundation of the original monastery is reportedly to be attributed...

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6 April 2016

THE CASTLE OF MONTECCHIO VESPONI

The name of the Castle of Montecchio Vesponi derives from a corruption of “Castrum Montis Guisponi”, a name acquired from the last name of the Aretine family that originally owned the locality. This small fortress, built on a “monticulus” at an altitude of 364 metres a.s.l., has been documented ever since the 11th...

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1 April 2016

THE LAKES OF CHIUSI AND MONTEPULCIANO

The Lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano are situated right in the middle of the Valdichiana, both within the province of Siena, they are connected by the Passo della Querce channel and are a residual area of the vast swamp that covered the whole valley of the Chiana river. The whole area is a...

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30 March 2016

THE RURAL HOUSES OF VALDICHIANA

The phenomenon of the rural houses strewn through the plain of the Valdichiana or along the hill promontories is something which always attracts the attention of the visitors. Some are now used as country dwellings; others have been restructured to give hospitality to farm holidays facilities and not only; still others are, instead, on...

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25 March 2016

Etruscans Masters of Writing exhibition at MAEC

Etruscans Masters of Writing exhibition at MAEC ("Etruschi Maestri di Scrittura") was inaugurated last Friday, March 18th in Cortona at the Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona (MAEC) and it will be open until July 31st.

After the recent discoveries of Etruscan inscriptions near Montpellier and the discovery in Cortona of the...

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25 March 2016

THE BEAUTIFUL CERTALDO IN VALDELSA

The beautiful town of Certaldo (Firenze province) in Valdelsa is of Etruscan-Roman origin, as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds scattered throughout the city, such as pottery, tools and Etruscan tombs. Certaldo has two centres, the older one rising on high land (Certaldo Alto or Rione Castello), and the other lying below (Certaldo...

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23 March 2016

THE CAMALDOLI MONASTERY AND HERMITAGE

The Camaldoli Monastery and Hermitage, in Arezzo province, is situated in a mighty forest of the Casentine Apennines, this land was donated by Count Maldolo di Arezzo to the monk Romualdo, who founded here the Monastery of the Camaldolensias. The Monastery rebuilt in the XIII C., and later enlarged, it is composed of...

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18 March 2016

THE TOWN OF MASSA MARITTIMA

The town of Massa Marittima lies on the Metalliferous Hills overlooking the below valley which slopes down to the sea, in the Maremma close to the city of Grosseto. The “old town” which nestles around the Cathedral has an intensely medieval atmosphere, and is of great artistic importance. The “new town”...

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15 March 2016

THE ABBEY OF MONTE OLIVETO MAGGIORE

The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a superb art monument, rises on a solitary height clad in cypresses in the province of Siena, not far from the characteristic villages of Asciano, Buonconvento and San Giovanni d’Asso, and approx. 40 km away from Siena city center. In the background the famous “Crete” (typical sand...

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11 March 2016

LA VERNA SANCTUARY

La Verna Sanctuary. This remarkable calcareous height in the Casentino Valley, between rivers Tevere and Arno, was donated to Saint Francis of Assisi by Count Cattani da Chiusi and recalled also by Dante Alighieri as the "Crudo sasso intra Tevero et Arno...”. Francis, together with a few companions, built here a small cluster...

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9 March 2016