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23 May

Vallombrosa forest

Vallombrosa Forest and Abbey The Forest of Vallombrosa is one of the most famous parks of Italy: under the vaults of its majestic trees many people search a refreshing break and shelter from the summer heat, coming here from near and far. When the monks settled in Vallombrosa in the eleventh century, large forests of […]

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23 May

The “Balze” of the Valdarno

The “Balze” of the Valdarno Following the ancient Cassia Vetus road, today Setteponti, through small villages of Piantravigne, Persignano, Poggitazzi, Penna and Loro Ciuffenna, you will come across fascinating geological formations called “Balze” (cliffs) that somewhere give this land the unusual appearance of small canyons. The origin of these formations is prehistoric: in the Pliocene, about […]

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23 May

Casentino Forests

National Park of the Casentino Forests   A natural paradise between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, with an extraordinary wealth of wildlife and floral where the wolf is back to hunt deer, roe deer and wild boar. A green oasis, where for centuries monastic orders cultivate silence and preserve the natural heritage. This is the largest […]

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23 May

Casentino

Due to its geographical position the Casentino has always remained an island in the heart of central Italy. Although it is less than 50 kilometres from Florence, only few people know of it. There are no invitations in the sense of highways or long-distance railways. It is difficult to visit the Casentino by accident; you […]

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23 May

Cortona

Cortona is situated on a beautiful Tuscan hill overlooking the Val di Chiana, and is one of the most ancient Etruscan towns, crossed by innumerable medieval streets, and surrounded by the ancient Etruscan walls. It overlooks the valley with a magnificent 180 degree view which reaches Umbria and Monte Amiata, making see part of Lake […]

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23 May

San Giovanni Valdarno

S.Giovanni Valdarno, though of medieval origin, is one of the “new lands”, fortified outposts in the thirteenth century erected by the Florentine Republic to limit the power of the feudal local families of the Ubertini, the Pazzi and Guidi. Masaccio was born here in 1401, he was the innovator of Renaissance painting. In Corso Italia you […]

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23 May

Laterina

This small town owes its name to the presence of numerous brick (in old Italian “laterizi”) kilns that characterized the Etruscan and Roman periods. The Laterina Castle was founded in the eleventh century, when the fear for the 1000 AD year coming and the barbarian invasions drove the populations who were settled in the plain […]

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23 May

Gropina

The beautiful church of St. Peter, dating from twelfth century, stands in the village of Gropina and is one of the most beautiful and important Romanesque churches in Tuscany. The name derives from the Etruscan word Krupina, that meant “people”, “country”. These areas were chosen by the Etruscans to the presence of several rivers including […]

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23 May

Loro Ciuffenna

Loro Ciuffenna, overlooking the river Ciuffenna, is located on the north-western slopes of Pratomagno mountain, in an area of ​​ancient Etruscan and Roman settlements; Livy already praised the wealth of wheat and cattle of the Etruscans settled between Fiesole and Arezzo. The name itself has Etruscan origins, derived from cefa, hind, or Gropina, where there […]

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23 May

Siena

The Palio, the charm of the districts and Piazza del Campo, the State Archives and the National Art Gallery… leave your car outside the walls that surround the old town, walk the stone streets of the center and you will feel like going back in time! Siena is one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. While […]

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