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16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Added on May 24th 2017 — Active, Concerts, Cooking Classes, Florence and Arezzo, Food and Wine, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Restaurants, Things to do

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

These days, holidays are so much more than an escape from day to day life back home… Of course, a holiday needs to be in a great setting, with time to relax, explore and create memories with our loved ones. However, we are a very inquisitive bunch, and statistics show that we now want to … Read more »

6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

Added on February 3rd 2017 — Art and Courses, Central Tuscany, Chianti, Churches and Castles, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Museums, Siena, South of Siena, Undiscovered nature

6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany with children is a delight, but sometimes you might wonder which places are good with kids, or if there’s somewhere you can take them to decompress after too much culture – here are some suggestions for our favourite places – some cultural, some wild and some organised. 1. Visiting hill towns and villages. … Read more »

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 »

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

Added on June 13th 2015 — Active, Areas, hikes and walking, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

For over 1,000 years the Pelago River has been carving a deep limestone gorge in the Apennines. Tuscany’s largest canyon is accessible from Ponte a Gaio, but only from mid-June to September, when the water level of the Mariana and Ribellino rivers is low. You can hike the Orrido either by yourself or on a … Read more »

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

Added on March 11th 2015 — Concerts, Events, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

One of Tuscany’s most famous sons will head home this August, when Andrea Bocelli sings in a small town near Pisa. The famous tenor was born in Lajatico, a town of just 1,500 people which is about 30 miles southwest of Florence and 25 miles southeast of Pisa. And in August he’ll sing in his hometown twice, at … Read more »

Review: Mirror writer loved stay at Argentone

Added on March 6th 2015 — Argentone, Customer comments, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa

Review: Mirror writer loved stay at Argentone

We’ve recently had a visit from Daily Mirror travel writer Claire O’Boyle and having seen a review of her stay published we’re delighted to be able to say she loved her time with us in Tuscany! Claire came to stay at Argentone, one of our villas which is perched high up in the Apuan Alps. … Read more »

Skeletons reveal Tuscan life in the past

Added on February 20th 2015 — Latest news, Lucca and Pisa

Skeletons reveal Tuscan life in the past

A “Thousand-year cemetery” which has been explored by archaeologists has provided a picture of how locals have lived in Tuscany for more than a millennium. Over the course of the past 1,000 years monks and villagers have been buried in the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery near Lucca in Tuscany. And while Tuscany is synonymous with the … Read more »

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Accidental Beauty

Added on February 18th 2015 — Lucca and Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Accidental Beauty

Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, or the Square of Miracles, the Tower of Pisa sits next to the cathedral of Pisa. The tower is the third oldest building in the Piazza dei Miracoli, behind the cathedral and the baptistery. Originally, it was built to be a free standing bell tower, but shortly after the … Read more »

50 best summer bargains

Added on July 19th 2014 — Latest news, Lucca and Pisa

50 best summer bargains

We are delighted to be in the “50 best summer bargains” in the Sunday Times Travel magazine on the 19th of July 2014. In at number 12 with Belcanto, a beautiful family home in the hills surrounding Lucca.

The Matanna mount ring

Added on July 10th 2013 — hikes and walking, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do, Trekking, Undiscovered nature

A one-day adventure trekking in the southern Apuan Alps. The trekking will be through the Apuan Regional Park, visiting many beautiful places such as the top of Mount Matanna (1317 m above sea level) and Mount Procinto. Trekkers sleep in tents and prepare food in a true spirit of wilderness adventure. Difficulty levels: For hikers … Read more »

Cooking Classes in Lucca

Added on July 10th 2013 — Areas, Cooking Classes, Food and Wine, Lucca and Pisa

If you really wish to make your holiday a memorable experience, learn the basics that allow you to prepare a true Tuscan meal once you’ve returned home. Classes are for everyone: beginners, children, and professionals and they are hands-on, fun and educational. We discuss ingredients, techniques, culture and the culinary arts in general. A typical … Read more »

Colonnata and its famous “lard”

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

Food and nature are the twin purposes of this excursion that will lead you into the heart of the Apuan Alps. Together with your guide, you will discover an unknown territory, where stone houses and vast forests overlook the ancient village of Colonnata. Stopping at the top to admire the view, you will head down … Read more »

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