Castles in Tuscany

Malaspina Castle

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Nestled high in the Tuscan mountains overlooking the Lunigiana Valley, is the town of Fosdinovo, the home of the noble Malaspina family. Tourists are attracted to Fosdinovo for its excellent restaurants and rich history, much of which is centered around the Castlello Malaspina. The nine hundred year old castle is well known for its violent history and eerie legends, and serves as the inspiration for paranormal events hosted on nights when the moon is full. One such legend concerns Bianca Maria Aloisia, the beautiful young daughter of Jacopo Malaspina and Olivia Grimaldi. Bianca Maria suffered the unfortunate fate of falling in love with a man who did not meet with her parents’ approval. When threats of incarceration in the castle’s infamous dungeon did...

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Easter Offer in Tuscany

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Easter 2011 will be on April 24, and it seems the good weather is already promising warm days and sunny skies, although it is hard to tell what will be a month from now. However, I can tell you for sure that your stay will be discounted if you decide to spend your Easter holidays at Castello del Poggiarello di Stigliano, a splendid medieval castle that retains all the charm of the antique fasts and offers the comforts of modernity. Located near Siena, it is located in an idyllic position, perfect for your daytrips to the city of the Palio and through the countryside in full blossom! Castello del Poggiarello di Stigliano offers an incredible discount of 20% on its Easter prices during the whole Easter period. If you would like to know more about this fabulous...

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Fivizzano, A Pearl in Lunigiana

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A pearl lost among the mountains, this is how the great Tuscan poet Carducci defined Fivizzano in Lunigiana, along the valley that rises towards the Passo del Cerreto, on the Apennines crest. It is a pleasant natural environment, poised between hills and mountains. The striking mix of valleys dotted with villages, churches and castles is perfect for a holiday in close contact with nature to find your peace of mind against the backdrop of the Apuan Alps. Despite numerous archaeological discoveries show the presence of settlements already in the Paleolithic, we know nothing of ancient Fivizzano. The first written mention is about the castle near the village Verrucola, which at that time had to be the largest inhabited one, dating 1077. Over the centuries, it was...

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Art at Castle of Ama

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At Ama castle in Chianti, where all energies are geared towards the search of all that is beautiful and good, as two sides of the same coin or destiny, a large collection of contemporary art has been created. Its history, indissolubly linked to the care of the vineyards, takes shape with the works of Pistoletto, Buren, Paolini, Geers, Kapoor and Zen. Every year Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti, together with Galleria Continua of San Gimignano, invite an artist to Ama and ask him or her to leave a trace. A friendship inevitably follows. The first installation, The Tree of Ama, dated 2000, by Michelangelo Pistoletto, stands on a landing of the stairs leading down to the old cellars. It is a tree of knowledge: through a fissure along its trunk, a series of mirrors...

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Verrazzano Wine and Cellar Tour

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The Castle of Verrazzano Wine farm in Tuscany offers splendid tours of its estate and cellars located in the basement of the castle. There is a total of five different tour solutions designed to satisfy wine lovers and connoisseurs, where the more elaborate ones include local products tastings and lunches. The Castle of Verrazzano is located near Greve in Chianti, in the Chianti Classico area, right smack in between Siena and Florence. This area was the very first official Chianti wine production soil delimited in 1716 by Cosimo III of Medici. The sight is simply stunning. Perched on the summit of a hill that dominates a vast hilly estate all around, the castle was property of the Verrazzano family of the same lineage of the sea fearer Giovanni da Verrazzano....

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Lucignano Castle

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The name Lucignano derives from the Latin proper name Lucius. Indeed, the area has proved rich archaeological finds, among which a tomb from the 3rd century BC. The Church of Santa Cristina is first Mentioned in a document dated 934, while properties in the “curtis” of Lucignano are listed among the possessions of Badia a Coltibuono in 1097. The church was under the patronage of this monastery until it passed to the nuns of San Giusto a Rentennano. It lies inside a castle structure, the “castrum” mentioned in various 12th century documents. The fortress was handed over by the Sienese to the Florentines in 1176: today only some stretches of walls and a few fortified buildings remain, which survived the Aragonese raids of 1452 and 1478. The...

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