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Discover Capannori in Tuscany

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Capannori is strategically located in the heart of Tuscany. From here you can quickly reach the art cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence or the beaches of Versilia. Capannori has a varied landscape made up of plains, hills and small mountains that compose an area rich of historical, artistic and cultural traditions. Tourists who decide to visit these places can stay in one of several farmhouses in the area. Here, in addition to a relaxing stay in direct contact with nature, you can taste and buy typical Tuscan products. To discover Capannori means venturing in search of places that never fail to surprise. There are several itineraries to choose here. You can start with the Villas itinerary. These are historic homes in the countryside that the rich Lucchesi merchants...

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Duecento Art in Figline Valdarno

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The art exhibit “Arte a Figline Dal Maestro della Maddalena a Masaccio” is held from October 16, 2010 to January 16, 2011 in Figline Valdarno. Among its many important promoters is the Uffizi Gallery. The exhibition can be found at the Praetorian Palace in Piazza San Francesco. It is a free-admission exhibition in four rooms with 22 works on display from various local churches, private collections and from the Galleria degli Uffizi. The aim is to present the highest works of art from Figline and its immediate vicinities from the 13th and 15th centuries. Of great interest is the presence of the Maestro della Maddalena, one of the most representative of the thirteenth-century Florentine painting school, and of Maestro di Varlungo. Noteworthy is the...

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The Charterhouse of Pontignano

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The Charterhouse of Pontignano was founded in 1343 by the Protonotary Apostolic, Bindo Petroni. The external walls belong to the original 14th century structure, while the rest of the building was completely renovated in 1569, due to the serious damage sustained in the War of Siena. The entrance is through the late 16th century cloister, Chiostro delle Obbedienze, with arcades supported on pilasters. Under the portico, through a beautiful pietra serena doorway with late 15th century sculptural motifs, are the entrances to the church and to the second cloister. This smaller cloister, Chiostro dei Conversi, is formed by brick arcades supported on pietra serena columns with Ionic capitals, which can be dated to the 15th century. The monks’ cells face the last...

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Lucca

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Lucca is one of those special Tuscan towns tat make pop a question in your mind: “how do they keep it this way?”. Passersby from Lucca do not seem impressed at all about their surroundings. After all, they take it for granted. So when you visit this town you can actually take in much more, and are, in some way, privileged. The first thing striking the eye is that this is of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe thanks to its huge walls, nearly intact. Protected by this formidable barrier, the historical center of Lucca has undergone very few changes over the past four centuries. Its historical and architectural heritage is of the highest level and among the most interesting in Italy. The visit to the city must begin right at its walls, which...

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Tour of Siena, a Short Itinerary

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Siena is a small city that you could tour in one day. It is just nice to stroll around aimlessly to get that sense of history and get deliciously lost in its winding streets and endless ups and downs. As opposed to Florence, Siena is not a city near a river (the river of the town flows underground, underneath the city, but this is another story…). Therefore it is not flat as all riverside cities naturally are. This makes Siena a unique town, which over a small territory was able to develop a great power in medieval time, and to become world known for its beauty and great quality of life. The tour of Siena starts in Piazza del Campo, the heart of the city. The square is “D” shaped and divided into cloves to mimic the mantle of the Virgin Mary, to...

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Florence Tour Itinerary

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Florence in Italy is among the most visited cities in Tuscany. The blunt reason is that there is so much to see and experience at so many levels (artistic, historic, mundane, literary, cultural, religious just to name a few) that anyone has a reason to visit Florence at least once. Visiting Florence is a lifetime experience. But you may get frustrated over so much to see and a limited time frame. Supposing you have only one day to spend in Florence, what would you see? You will not be able to see it all, and you may not even want to. The best thing is to “tackle” the city from one side only, following a well defined ideal trail that covers a specific and delimited area. It seems easily said, but there are so many contiguous interesting things in...

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