Posts made in April, 2007

Seggiano in Valdorcia

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Seggiano, located just south of Bagno Vignoe and San Quirico d’Orcia is a quaint little town set in the the rural setting of Monte Amiata with many little towns with medieval characteristics. Stone walls, gently sloping hillsides, olive groves and huge forests of beech and chestnut rich with a wild life that can be tasty on the table such as wild boar and deer. You won’t find much written about it in the tour guide books but it makes up a line of pleasant little stops along the way to visit the summit of Monte Amiata where you can picnic or simply enjoy hiking in one of the highest points of southern Tuscany. This imposing mount can be seen from distances as far away as Montepulciano. This is a lazy little setting, and you will enjoy walking the...

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Poppi

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One of the Most Beautiful Towns in Tuscany located between Florence and Arezzo, where you can find special treats like a fully visitable castle, restored villas and farmhouses, quaint Italian landscapes and many Tuscan gastronomic treats which are locally produced. This lovely town is the perfect place for a Tuscan villa rental and an authentic Tuscan vacation experience. Poppi rises on a hill dominating the Arno river in the Casentino Valley. The seat of the Count Guidi family who ruled the valley from the early 1000s until 1289 when they finally became part of the Florentine Republic. From the late 1200s to 1448 the Guidi family presided in the Palazzo dei Guidi and controlled the land from Poppi to the mountain pass of the Consuma. Approaching the Campaldino...

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Gulf of Baratti

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Gulf of Barati Here you find not only wonderful water that is calm even when the sea is rough but also Etruscan ruins nearby, and a medieval fortress up above. Not only great for the quite soft beaches, but is nestled under Populonia, a spectacular promontory about 70 km south of Livorno; it`s shielded from the sea and calm. With calm seas, on the other hand, Populonia has dozens of tiny inlets that can only be reached by boat. It`s a sun-worshiper`s paradise, and also a diver`s — you may even find something Etruscan under the waves, because Baratti is where the Etruscans smelted the iron ore they mined on Elba, and their transport ships did occasionally sink. The tombs of the necropolis of Populonia are located close to the gulf of Baratti, and the...

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