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July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

Added on July 17th 2015 — Central Tuscany, Concerts, Events, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Siena

July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

 In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer.  Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral … Read more »

Tuscan building shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe award

Added on February 27th 2015 — Central Tuscany, Food and Wine, Latest news, Museums

Tuscan building shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe award

A Tuscan winery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2015 award, which is the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and is presented every two years. The grand prize is €60,000, with the winner receiving a sculpture of the award’s namesake Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion. This symbolises the main … Read more »

Watercolour Course in Tuscany

Added on December 9th 2013 — Art and Courses, Central Tuscany, Latest news

Watercolour Course in Tuscany

In 2014 Dan Wrightson will be running 2 courses in Tuscany: a one week watercolour course and a one week untutored course for those who wish to work on their own projects. I’ll be around for occasional mentoring if required during the untutored course. The dates are from the 29th of May to the 5th … Read more »

Stunning, amazing, beautiful!

Added on July 8th 2013 — Central Tuscany, Customer comments, Latest news

“Stunning, stunning, awesome, beautiful – just idyllic, seemed to us to be the essence of Tuscany. What an amazing view, gorgeous touches like the table outside for meals with THAT view, the beautiful lavender with colourful butterflies and the very cute Radicondoli, not to mention La pergola’s pizza! The bedroom is just perfectly located for … Read more »

Along the path to the Candalla mills

Added on May 9th 2013 — Areas, Central Tuscany, Food and Wine, hikes and walking, Latest news, Things to do, Undiscovered nature

A natural, cultural, and gastronomic hike along the Lombricese stream, in the undiscovered region near Camaiore, where the white stone of the Apuane mountains reach the sea. A charming path will lead you past ruins of the old mills, through the extraordinary uncontaminated nature of charming woods and, at the end, reward you with the … Read more »

Discover the Apuan Alps mufflons

Added on May 9th 2013 — Active, Central Tuscany, hikes and walking, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do, Trekking, Undiscovered nature

Discover the mufflons in their beautiful habitat, with a photographic walk in parklands of the Apuan Alps, around the Pania della Croce and Corchia mountain. Included in the price is dinner, an overnight stay at the CAI mountain hut and breakfast the following morning. Thanks to the help of an Environmental Guide with experience as … Read more »

History and Pasta-making round Calci and Lari

Added on March 27th 2012 — Central Tuscany, Churches and Castles, Food and Wine, Restaurants

History and Pasta-making round Calci and Lari

Discovering a breathtaking area around Pisa, between history, culture and gastronomy. We will walk through ancients paths of monks and soldiers and we will learn the modern touch of the ancient culinary tradition of italian pasta In the morning we will go towards the so called Valle Graziosa, a plain overlooked by the Monti Pisani, … Read more »

Discover the Montagnola Senese on foot

Added on January 29th 2012 — Active, Central Tuscany

In this half-day walking tour Walkers meet at approx. 10.00 am at Pievescola and proceed to Simignano.  After passing the ‘Cinta Senese’ pigs, the path climbs steadily up through chestnut woods and on past the yellow Sienese marble quarries before opening out with magnificent views towards Chiusdino and beyond.  We walk on and up to  … Read more »

Weird and wonderful mushroom feast in Pievescola

Added on January 20th 2012 — Central Tuscany, Events

In the first 2 weeks of September Pievescola organizes a favourite local event, the Sagra del Fungo, or rather a culinary celebration dedicated to the wonderful Porcini mushroom found in the area. Dancing, local and wine and mushrooms in more ways you can imagine. As a joyous and bizarre extra, there is a statue to … Read more »

The castle in the forest

Added on January 20th 2012 — Central Tuscany, Churches and Castles

La Rocca di Sillano is an ancient fortified castle in the wild and forested hills of Berignone. This mighty fortress on a hill overlooking an area including Siena, Pisa and Grosseto once controlled the valley of the Cecina river. After years of renovation it is now open for visitors intrigued by the area’s defensive past … Read more »

The local Palio at Casole d’Elsa

Added on January 20th 2012 — Central Tuscany, Events

On the 2nd Sunday of July jockeys mount their horses for Casole d’Elsa Palio bareback horse race up the hillside leading to the village. In each of the six contrade, or town quarters, celebrations spill into the streets, so come along and join the party. Local villages all participate and there is dancing, eating and … Read more »

Osteria Casolani in Casole d’Elsa

Added on January 20th 2012 — Central Tuscany, Restaurants, Things to do

This is a really excellent place, in the bar along the main street in Casole d’Elsa, going towards the castle/town hall in Casole. Chris (English) and her husband Sirio (Italian) together with a couple of friends, cook a set menu of delicious local Tuscan dishes for a fixed price (about 27 EUR per head, excluding … Read more »