Posts made in June, 2007

Elba Island (Isola d’ Elba) is the Tuscan Paradise

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Just one hour by ferry from the crowded Tuscan coasts is The Elba Island or Isola d’Elba, a true paradise near the fancy cities of Florence and Siena.The Elba Island is a green covered small paradise with crystal-clear waters and lovely sea bottoms. The romantic beaches satisfy everyone tastes: small and rocky, long and narrow sandy beaches, wide sandy, and cobble beaches, all characterized by warm transparent waters and a rich Mediterranean vegetation.I reached this paradise by ferry in just one hour from the city of Piombino near follonica in the province of Grosseto, just one hour from Siena and two from Florence.The Mediterranean breeze was already talking of great promises that were all kept by the great hospitality and warmth of the Elba people.The...

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Tuscany to discover

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Tuscany it is really an incredible place with a lot of towns and villages to discover like Sorano The Masso Leopoldino represents one of the most striking features of this incredible town. The Rocca - as it is called in italian - has been appreciated for its strategical qualities since the Middle Ages and was probably fotified by additional structures before the 9th century. Taking a drive in the south of Tuscany during your vacation, you will find a special little town. Park your car in the outside parking space and prepare to walk up hill into a fantasy world. You will first follow the path up to the fortress which has stood here for years - get a ticket and visit the underground museum. The buildings both historic and the modern day rental...

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Anghiari and the Battle: lovely and tasty!

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Anghiari is a lovely medieval small town located in Arezzo’s province. The locality lies on a charming hill situated between Tiber and Arno rivers, overlooking the beautiful High Tiber Valley landscape. During the middle Ages, Anghiari was under the dominion of the Lords of Galbino subsequently passing into the Camaldolesi’s power. Fully proud of its Tuscan history, the town reached it leading part during the famous Battle of Anghiari, held on 29th June 1440 by Milan’s government against Florence’s State in alliance with the Pope Eugene IV. Florentine’s State army was conducted by Giampaolo Orsini and Micheletto Attendolo and Milan’s army by Niccolò Piccinino.The victory of the Florence State was such as decisive as to consent them to stay over the...

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Montefioralle: the Heart of Chianti

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Only a few kilometers from the town of Greve and through a very narrow and adventurous road one comes upon the picturesque and delightful town of Montefioralle. The village of Montefioralle is well worth a visit for the ”castle” itself.The town was originally called Monteficalle. It is situated on a hilltop facing the Greve valley, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cypresses. Parts of the ancient walls are still visible, while the small streets are marked by old homes, a donjon, and several towers. The ancient village and castle of Montefioralle were an important stronghold during the wars between Florence and Siena. A house in the circular main street of Montefioralle is pointed out as the birth-place of Amerigo Vespucci. The doorway is identified...

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