Discover Capannori in Tuscany

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C 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 built from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. The main ones are Villa Mansi in Segromigno in Monte); Villa Reali in Marlia, Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano.
Another itinerary includes the country peasant churches. Start with the S. Quirico and Giulitta church in Capannori, then St. Christopher in Lammari, St. Frediano in Lunata, St. Lorenzo in Segromigno in Monte, St. Gennaro in Asiliatta in St. Gennaro, and St. Maria in Marlia, St. Paul.
The wine itinerary consists of a scenic road that runs along the north side of town. Start at Marlia and end in Matraia following the signs until the end of the route. Along the way there is the possibility to make stops in some farms offering tastings of local products. The wine route is interesting from a cultural point of view, because passes along a number of small medieval churches.

The olive oil and water routes pass along the villages on the Pisan hills covered with vast olive groves. In this area there are also many fountains with drinking water not connected to the main water house but coming from the Nottolini Aqueduct completed in 1851. The work consists of 484 well-brick arches extending for 4200 meters up to the city.
Those interested in archeology can visit the permanent archaeological exhibition to understand the most important moments of human settlements from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The WWF oasis of Bottaccio allows to explore its 20 hectares with two large observation huts at the edge of the clear water, raised walkways through the various areas of the oasis.
In the area is also present one of the largest secular oaks of Italy. Four people are not enough to embrace it. One of the local legends about the tree narrates that this is the tree where Pinocchio would have buried the money on his way to the Land of Toys, which in reality would be Lucca, traditionally rich of fairs. The tree sits right in between the town of Collodi and Lucca.

At certain times of the year Capannori comes alive with significant events. February in particular is the month of Carnevalmarlia and Carnival Paganico. June has the Carpet of Flowers florist exposition and the Commemoration of Corpus Christi in the driveway of Villa Torrigiani. In July is the Festa del Grano (wheat festival), a representation with old farming equipment. In September is Capannorinfiera, the festival of local flavors from Lucca. September and October are the months of the Festival of Ville with the art biennial, music and entertainment in the magical frame of the Ville Lucchesi.

As a last note, Capannori offers a wide variety of local culinary specialties that you should definitely try. Polenta, farinata, pallette, barley soup, frantoiana soup, bruschetta, tordelli, panzanella, the rabbit with olives, chestnuts and chestnut cake are just a few delicacies to enjoy.

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