Posts made in May, 2007

Accommodation in Lucca

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Warm atmosphere, old time charm and all kinds of modern comforts characterize this Villa near Lucca, restored with personal touch. For sure one of the best places to spend few days if you wish to visit Lucca and the north of Tuscany. The foundations of this ancient Villa date back to the 18th centuryThe Villa belonged to Mr. Bonuccelli that bought it from Washington since his family had emigrated to America, and the villa would allow his family left back in Italy, to live in it. In fact they lived in it, as it was, until 1945. Thankfully the bombings of WWII did not destroy this villa. Since 1945 the house had several restorations, the last one 5 years ago, which brought it to the present conditions. Spaces are optimized for the unique position and the structure...

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Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci

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Satisfy everyones special needs with a trip to Bolgheri where you will find a castle from the late 1400′s and a vineyard that the Italians love for its famous “Super Tuscan” wines and extra virgin olive oil and only minutes from sandy beaches and relax. The Castle of Bolgheri has been known of since the 8th century, and it too belonged to the family of the Counts della Gherardesca. The original structure had a different location: the castle we can admire today is the result of a reconstruction after the arrival in Bolgheri of the army of Emperor Maximilian in 1496. In the beginning of the 20th century, the castle of Bolgheri was the center of the properties of the noble Gherardesca family ; the countess Franca Spalletti Trivelli (a Gherardesca),...

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Pitigliano the heart of Tuscany

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Well know for its wine, “Bianco di Pitigliano” and in line with its historic position there is also a kosher version - a clear demostration of the importance of the Jewish population. Pitigliano lies in the green Etruscan hills of the Maremma, the most southern part of Tuscany. The historic center stands on a protruding tuff rock and still demostrates remains of an aquaduct. An excellent location for a Tuscan vacation - where you will find villa rentals close to the Lake of Bolsena and vacation rentals in Italy near the history of the Tuscan treasures of Sorano and Sovano. Pitigliano and its vacation rental villas are surrounded by 3 rivers. The history of the town stretches back to the Etruscans in pre-Roman times and even today...

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Fiesole - a city in the archelogical digs

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Fiesole has a life span the extends from before the Bronze age to the thriving artistic and historical city of today. Not far from Florence the historical digs of Fiesole can be found. There are two excellent musems and the ruins themselves which can be visited. In the winter the hours are from 9,30 in the morning to 5 in the evening and in the summer to 7 in the evening - continuous hours with no lunch break! This is a perfect place to come and see some of the ruins left by past cultures in a relaxing and comfortable setting. You will find parking for the cars - or if you want you can catch an orange ATAF bus from Florence, look for line number 7 to Fiesole. The so-called ”Fiesole stelae” date back as far as the late 6th century B.C. However...

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