Tuscany, Beautiful Everywhere

Lamporecchio

Lamporecchio A charming testimony to local identity

From a special treat to the "Punto di Lamporecchio"

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Massa

Massa Giacomo and Giosuè, a square, the oranges and the lions

When a cold Leopardi dreamt of a sojourn without a mantle, set in the orange-scented air of Massa

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Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti A grandmother, a granddaughter and the joys of a simple life

Following the sparrows; weddings in Montefioralle; a river of robust Chianti and bundles of field flowers – by Costanza Baldini

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Abetone Cutigliano

Abetone Cutigliano A journey to discover no man’s land

A warrior people on the paradise pass

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Siena

Siena Scenes of a possible Utopia

The “Good Government” frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. A simbiotic link between city and countryside, an ethnic and aesthetic model of civilization

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Stazzema

Stazzema Among unique mountains

Paradise for climbers, enjoyed by all: the Apuan Alps are a kaleidoscope of ever new environments, always surprising

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Arezzo

Arezzo The legend of the enamoured bandit

The story of Federigo Bobini, known as Gnicche the Arezzo Bandit ~ by Anna Martini

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Lucignano

Lucignano A place with an aura all its own

A soulful journey through time, spanning art, legend and faith

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Rapolano Terme

Rapolano Terme In the heart of the land between waters and stones

In the middle of the beautiful Crete Senesi, halfway between Chianti and Val di Chiana. Land that is unparalleled, rough and strong like the elements

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San Miniato

San Miniato Tuscan in every way

Wandering through an unblemished landscape, drinking in the sights and smells

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Montopoli in Val d'Arno

Montopoli in Val d'Arno A day with Paolo Ciampini

Defined by Boccaccio as "Castello Insigne", Montopoli counts among its residents one of the greatest etchers in the world

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San Romano in Garfagnana

San Romano in Garfagnana Discover a fortress steeped in mystery

A crossroads where people, weapons and traditions meet

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Arcidosso

Arcidosso Mysticism and spirituality in harmony with nature

A place where the anxieties of the present dissolve before the beauty of the landscape

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Villa Basilica

Villa Basilica From swords to paper

A territory tied to its cultural and technological development... from swords to paper

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Monte Argentario

Monte Argentario Fishermen and pirates

Every summer in Porto Santo Stefano, four fishing boats face off in the bluest Palio in existence

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Laterina e Pergine Valdarno

Laterina e Pergine Valdarno A thousand-old village

Culture and tradition amid farming and industrial memories

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Caprese Michelangelo

Caprese Michelangelo More than Michelangelo

A grandmother, a granddaughter, a sunset and the rustling of history in an old chimney

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Civitella Paganico

Civitella Paganico Middle earth where the water has marked the course of history

Here from the hot springs, frogs, stories, castles and tasty biscuits are born

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San Casciano dei Bagni

San Casciano dei Bagni The divine spark

...that yields to the force of the immense ~ by Margaret Mazzantini

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Santa Croce sull'Arno

Santa Croce sull'Arno A carnival styled by hand

Among craftsmanship and art

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Seravezza

Seravezza The marble way of Michelangelo

Apuan gold, from the Etruscans to the Medici to today

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Santa Fiora

Santa Fiora Perfumes, sounds, freshwater and memories of an illustrious past

The magic of the Count’s capital, where nature embraces one of the most beautiful towns in Italy

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Livorno

Livorno Medici City of the Nations

The Ideal City, gateway to the sea: where the famous Florentine family designed a special place

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Monteverdi Marittimo

Monteverdi Marittimo Losing yourself among the monasteries and orchids

From the sun-kissed coast to the inland heat through Mediterranean woods

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Fucecchio

Fucecchio Reflections of the via Francigena in the water

Discovering one of Italy’s most beautiful wetlands, at the intersection of centuries-old roads

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Montalcino

Montalcino A young lad of the land and stones

Vines round one’s neck and an oak belt at the waist ~ by Alessandro Schwed

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Poggio a Caiano

Poggio a Caiano The outdoor Renaissance

The Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano and the humanistic dreams of Lorenzo the Magnificent ~ by Lorenzo Chiodi

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Sinalunga

Sinalunga The battle of Valdichiana 7 centuries later

An exciting journey in unique countryside among villages and castles surrounded by art history and gastronomy

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Chitignano

Chitignano Cigars and guns in the Casentino: a Tuscan take on the Far West

Few know that Tuscany is home to a town of smugglers to make El Paso shake in its boots

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Santa Luce

Santa Luce Among alabaster and the Holy Grail

Journey to a land rich in stories, dedicated to hospitality and ready for meditation

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Asciano

Asciano Village of courtesy and truffles

Along the Via Laurentana, among landscapes of dreams, art, and taste

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Sambuca Pistoiese

Sambuca Pistoiese “I dream of the steady, unrelenting sound of the Limentra”

A land of borders, of woods, forests and rivers, of stones and trails that tell an ancient story revealed only by walking

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Marradi

Marradi From a bread tree to chestnut cake

The story of one very special sweet and the monks who brought it to this corner of the Tuscan Romagna

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San Casciano in Val di Pesa

San Casciano in Val di Pesa The prince’s home

Literature, nature and idleness with Machiavelli

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Pienza

Pienza The ideal city

"Born from a loving thought and a dream of beauty"

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Altopascio

Altopascio In the name of Tau

A journey to the land where all departures begin

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Buti

Buti The valley where you live well

One-of-a-kind oil, tradition, culture, good food and festivals. Anyone who visits, falls in love ~ by Enrico Pelosini

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Sestino

Sestino The “Sasso di Simone” and “Sun City”

A journey to discover the fortified city of Cosimo I de’ Medici

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Pieve Santo Stefano

Pieve Santo Stefano A town erased in search of its memory

The rebirth of a town destroyed by German mines in 1944, which rises like the phoenix from the rubble of war

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Collesalvetti

Collesalvetti Abbeys and legends within hidden forests and rivers

Get lost (with Walter) and find yourself in a land that hides (but does not steal)

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Castiglion Fiorentino

Castiglion Fiorentino With the smile of a Saint

When we were alive / we roamed the olive trees / now that we’re dead / we walk these orchards

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Barga

Barga Fish&Chips

A journey through memories of Italy’s most Scottish city ~ Vero Almont

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Capannoli

Capannoli A Villa in the heart of a community

Born from the remains of an ancient castle, Villa Baciocchi has marked the life of Capannoli for centuries.

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Cavriglia

Cavriglia Valdarno, at the gates of the Chianti

Where ties to the territory are strong

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Volterra

Volterra Volterra Volaterrae Velathri

Born from the sea, it nestles among white hills, in the evening it turns into the colour of fire, at night it flies into the sky

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Capoliveri

Capoliveri Capoliveri Stories

Characters, places, and legends of today ~ by Angela Galli

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Sovicille

Sovicille Ponte della Pia (Pia’s Bridge)

Suspended between past and future

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Cinigiano

Cinigiano Between the mountain and sea: memory, faith and culture

Wine, spirituality and agriculture par excellence in unique locations

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Pontremoli

Pontremoli The soul’s walkway

The emotions and thoughts of a pilgrim journeying along the via Francigena, from Passo della Cisa to Pontremoli

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Vicchio

Vicchio In Vicchio, not by chance

The scenery of the art history books

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Castelfranco Piandiscò

Castelfranco Piandiscò Rhymes by an anonymous traveler

A magical land in the verses of an unknown poet

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Montecatini Val di Cecina

Montecatini Val di Cecina Domine, Quo Vadis?

A journey through legendary stones and neverending mines

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Marciana Marina

Marciana Marina The beauty of the seafront… from tower to tower

Discovering Elba’s “Little Marseille” through the eyes of an architect ~ Prof. Giuseppe Centauro 

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Radicofani

Radicofani A journey through the clouds

The city as seen through the eyes of painter Matilde Luchini ~ by Fausto Cecconi

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Uzzano

Uzzano Land of famous inspiration

A journey into “fields of olives” and art

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Pistoia

Pistoia Harmonies of art and nature

The old colours of the walled town and, in the background, the grand mountains of the Apennines ~ by Antonio Paolucci

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Bagno a Ripoli

Bagno a Ripoli The legend of the Fata Morgana

A German wayfarer comes across Giambologna’s evocative Nymphaeum during his Grand Tour, where he happens upon a curious situation

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Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana A petulant poet and a sullen population

Ludovico Ariosto’s three years in Garfagnana: poetry and punishment

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Castiglione di Garfagnana

Castiglione di Garfagnana What do you know about hulled wheat fields?

A history of the grain that unites Garfagnana

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Cortona

Cortona Everlasting beauty

Etruscans, the Laudario codex, Saint Francis, art: from its tiniest assets to its infinitely grand ones, this city gives off light and enchantment

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Buggiano

Buggiano Between secret gardens and heritage in plain sight

Discover secret gardens and a sumptuous villa

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Massa Marittima

Massa Marittima A Masterpiece in the Tuscan Maremma

Journey to discover a unique square

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Ortignano Raggiolo

Ortignano Raggiolo Of fairy tales and myths

Between streams, stone cottages and the scent of chestnuts ~ by Giovanni Guidelli

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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni Ava and her maidens

Today people in Montemaggio continue to pass down legends of the seven maidens of Countess Ava Zenovi dei Lombardi - by Roberta Burroni

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Capannori

Capannori A plain alight with lights

From Pizzorne to Compitese ~ by Marisa Cecchetti

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Peccioli

Peccioli The Valdera terrace at a step away from the sky

The lines of grapevines, olive and cypress tress, crags of tuff. A village that dominates the golden and emerald valley ~ by Matilde Cirini

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Isola del Giglio

Isola del Giglio The legend of Saint Mamilian

From dragons to pirates: the roving patron saint’s relationship with his promised land

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Camaiore

Camaiore The village spell

Art, history and legend in a timeless land between sea and mountains ~ by Emanuele Dettori

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Monterchi

Monterchi The home of Madonna del Parto, inspiring to the world over

This is where Piero della Francesca’s masterpiece is conserved, the Renaissance fresco celebrating maternity

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Gallicano

Gallicano Monte Palodina, home to a thousand mysteries

Giant lizards, gnomes, pyramids and UFOs: trip to the Area 51 in Garfagnana

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Loro Ciuffenna

Loro Ciuffenna A river and a doe in the thick of the woods

An encounter with Artume, in search of etymology

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Careggine

Careggine Between the clouds and the stones

There’s still some truth hidden between the clouds and the stones of this small mountain town

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Montaione

Montaione The treasures (and secrets) of the old forest

Travel into the woods of Camporena, where you’ll find yourself again, plus artistic treasures and natural prodigies in a pristine mass of nature.

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Badia Tedalda

Badia Tedalda A “borderland” with balanced heterogeneity

Complexity is this land’s best asset

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Viareggio

Viareggio Artists, sailors and poets

Where the sky meets the sea

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Pontedera

Pontedera Remember that time when Pontedera…

In 1994, Arrigo Sacchi’s national team had a rough surprise in Coverciano…

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Monsummano Terme

Monsummano Terme The eighth wonder of the world

Discover healing waters and miraculous events

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Scarlino

Scarlino Down but not out

A Garibaldi tour in Scarlino

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Capraia e Limite

Capraia e Limite A nautical home, forever embraced by its river

Arno, boat building and scenery: from Etruscan and Roman times to now

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Murlo

Murlo The Etruscan infinite

Everything changes; everything remains the same

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Castelfiorentino

Castelfiorentino From New York to Castelfiorentino: rediscovering one's roots

An art-filled, emotionally meaningful trip in the heart of Tuscany

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Sarteano

Sarteano The liveliest colours of the Etruscans

The Infernal Quadriga tomb

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Terranuova Bracciolini

Terranuova Bracciolini Terra Nuova: the places of Leonardo and a slow life

An area that fascinated Da Vinci and which continues to win people over with its food, wine, culture and nature

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Impruneta

Impruneta The fire of Impruneta

From raw earth to the World’s Dome, without forgetting to dress it well ~ by Marco Vichi

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Suvereto

Suvereto From the dream of a wandering knight, a town is born

Wine, oil, ancient grains: smells and tastes of a past whose roots are weaved through history

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Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca The spa city

Discover one of Europe’s top 19th-century summer destinations

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Pieve Fosciana

Pieve Fosciana The story of Egisto, the greatest cheese roller of all time

And other anecdotes from the birthplace of the hero of Garfagnana’s most beloved game

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Vinci

Vinci The origin of genius

The land where the present already has a future. Forever.

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Aulla

Aulla The mechanical nativity set

History, secrets and “miracles” behind one of the oldest animated depictions of Christ’s birth

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Montemurlo

Montemurlo A visit to a current-day town with a character from the past

A stroll with Davidde Tanini through villas, a church and a castle ~ by Francesca Bargiotti and Samanta Giardino

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Bagnone

Bagnone Stories and legends from a Lunigiana town

Wayfarers, maidens, cruel marquises and ghosts whose screams can still be heard

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Torrita di Siena

Torrita di Siena The taste of history and legend

Next to the fire, storytelling reverberates on the flames in an infinite array of reflections and is highlighted in the amber drops of Vin Santo

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Zeri

Zeri Legends in the valleys

Flying cats, bridges of sighs, oxen at the bottom of lakes and noblemen with unfortunate deaths

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Fiesole

Fiesole Between stones and the sky

High on the hill, a place "that still keeps with the stones and rocks"

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Montepulciano

Montepulciano Art, culture, and a tradition of fine living

In other words? The highest quality of life, experienced through music, colors, wisdom and tastes

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Chiusi della Verna

Chiusi della Verna In the collective memory

The streets of silence lead us toward discoveries that echo in the deepest parts of our souls

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Magliano in Toscana

Magliano in Toscana The places of the spirit

Discovering San Bruzio Monastery and the more than 2000-year-old witch olive tree ~ by Dianora Tinti

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Reggello

Reggello A land that’s always beginning and never ending

From the val dell’Arno up, reaching the Vallombrosa mountain, through prehistoric and olive-covered hills

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Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti Where the scenery becomes a home for your soul

A place of stone and wine

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Chiesina Uzzanese

Chiesina Uzzanese Work, armies and pilgrims

A journey down the trails of travelers and of Hannibal himself

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Pieve a Nievole

Pieve a Nievole A land of bats and noble inhabitants

Amid the scent of nature and picturesque views, hear shrill calls in the distance

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Pitigliano

Pitigliano Magic and beauty in the Etruscan lands

A tufa town and a “Little Jerusalem”, evidence of great history in a wonderful place

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Massa e Cozzile

Massa e Cozzile The Oil landscape: strolling through two towns

10 things to see at nightfall

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Trequanda

Trequanda Between mysticism and popular culture

Discovering a municipality that’s rich in tradition and ancient stories and very attached to its soil

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Capolona

Capolona Where the Arno "turns up its nose"

The close relationship between the river and (even the) living – in the words of Simona Baldanzi

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Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta Giulia and the giant, fat, talking frescoes

A little girl’s discovery of the Fernando Botero's shapes

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Scarperia e San Piero

Scarperia e San Piero Medicean country in the Apennines

On a day like any other, June 28, 1569

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Poppi

Poppi POPPI 1904

...and two eccentric ‘expats’

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Borgo a Mozzano

Borgo a Mozzano The master builder and the mystery wayfarer

Or, how the Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo) was built in a night ~ by Vero Almont

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Rufina

Rufina The villa of wine: tradition, myth and legend

Discovering Villa Poggio Reale

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Rosignano Marittimo

Rosignano Marittimo Life is a film

Castiglioncello: a place for the soul

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Barberino Tavarnelle

Barberino Tavarnelle History is made on the roads

The fate of communities was decided in the shadows of Vallombrosa Monastery, at the crossroads of major trading roads between Siena and Florence

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Roccalbegna

Roccalbegna A stone village forged in fire

In search of an unspoiled corner of Tuscany, where life proceeds at nature’s pace.

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Campiglia Marittima

Campiglia Marittima A world of colours, from the sky to the depths of the earth

Soft valleys and hills, with their steaming, inviting waters, are home to treasures that would make the most powerful rulers jealous

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Anghiari

Anghiari And the streets of the Renaissance

Anghiari’s streets make up a labyrinth that takes you through history: like lines that give shape to the Renaissance

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Lajatico

Lajatico Town of artists

The Teatro del Silenzio established by tenor Andrea Bocelli turned the spotlight on some of the most picturesque countryside near Pisa

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Pescaglia

Pescaglia Magic in the wild

A magical land through the eyes of a child with a very special guide ~ by Helga Battaglini

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Pisa

Pisa A new perspective

Walking high along the medieval walls from the Piazza dei Miracoli to the Piazza delle Gondole ~ by Marco Malvaldi.

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Pelago

Pelago More wine for all of us up here

A local loon, an odd correspondence and a few reflections on a magnificent but declining land ~ by Daniele Pasquini

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Capalbio

Capalbio The castle razed by the sea-peoples

Living legends springing from ancient Tyrrhenian anthropology ~ by Andrea Zandomeneghi

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Gavorrano

Gavorrano Among the ruins of the castle where Pia de’ Tolomei despaired

The story of the noblewoman from Siena killed by her husband still resonates today

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Castel del Piano

Castel del Piano A town, a volcano, local wisdom and lore

A town touched by the cool mountain breeze and the warming sensation of the sea

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Vicopisano

Vicopisano Hermits and merchants at the world’s crossroads

Exploring “the Pisan gem” with Saint Francis and Brunelleschi

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Minucciano

Minucciano Lost between the Apuan Alps lies a valley with a secret

Can old Etruscan be discerned in the language spoken among the gorges of Minucciano, isolated and protected?

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Chianciano Terme

Chianciano Terme Tin and Thalna, two Etruscan canopic jars

Follow the nymph in the town of healing waters

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Porto Azzurro

Porto Azzurro The echo of a 400-year history

From the Spanish Crown to Napoleon’s exile ~ by Fabrizio Grazioso

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Grosseto

Grosseto The "Hut" Beach

Where imagination flies ~ di Ambra Famiani

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Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme A kind of suspended wonder

From the Grand Duke Leopold to Miro, Giuseppe Verdi and Sirio Maccioni: traces of history and the future in Montecatini Terme

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Bucine

Bucine A welcoming land of magic and history

Into the heart of Tuscany to discover the Valdambra

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Sassetta

Sassetta A true nest for birds of prey

Red: of marble, blood and desire ⁓ by Irene Vanni

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Coreglia Antelminelli

Coreglia Antelminelli Homeland of the figurine maker

Travelling the world in search of riches

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Vecchiano

Vecchiano Vecchiano in nature and Tabucchi in the world

From the mountains to the sea, passing through the river and the Park

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Lucca

Lucca The city of mysteries

From the Sacred to the Profane

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Palaia

Palaia In Palaia there is a forest, in that forest there is a Temple

The history and legend of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva Medica, between romantic poets and Risorgimento fervour

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Carmignano

Carmignano A harmony of colours in the heart of Tuscany

A territory rich with stories to recount

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Calenzano

Calenzano Roots and wings

Between castles and parish churches, medieval times and the future - by Emiliano Gucci

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Sorano

Sorano The country and its territory: an open-air museum

A unique and fairly unknown territory defined by tradition, culture, good food and great wine. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave...

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Manciano

Manciano Discovering towns, food and history in Manciano

The Maremma through the wonderstruck eyes of a child

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Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi A capsized gallop

Survival strategies in a stylish city ~ by Carlo Benedetti

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Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbadia San Salvatore A history carved in stone

From the Amiatina Bible to the mercury mines on the trail of a destiny that’s always been tied to the mountain

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Pomarance

Pomarance A treasure in the warm heart of Tuscany

3,000 years of history in a territory that’s still wild, heated by geothermal energy and by its people

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Castagneto Carducci

Castagneto Carducci A land of poetry

The streets of a medieval village between poems and perfumes

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Vaiano

Vaiano Water, wind and fuller’s earth

Artisan and proto-industry activity in Vaiano and in the Val di Bisenzio

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Portoferraio

Portoferraio The treasure of Monte Cristo

What if the fortune of Mamilian, dreamed up by Dumas and discussed for centuries, really existed?

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Santa Maria a Monte

Santa Maria a Monte The myth of the bird in the piazza

A sudden departure. Strong will. An unexpected flight in pursuit of happiness.

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Ponte Buggianese

Ponte Buggianese A history spanning water, earth and the infinite

I would stick my fingers in the water dreamily, navigating my way through the marsh...

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Calci

Calci The disappearing traces

Condemned for all eternity ~ by Martina Pizzi

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Montespertoli

Montespertoli Soft hills shaped by expert hands

Land of wine and castles, art and music, oil and wheat, tradition and innovation

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Barberino di Mugello

Barberino di Mugello Barberino, the beautiful Mugello gateway

Walking on the shores of Lake Bilancino and the surprising trails into the Mugello

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Pontassieve

Pontassieve Traces of nobility between the Arno and Sieve

The out of town destination for Florentine families following in the footsteps of Dante and Beatrice, the Medici and the Pazzi

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Poggibonsi

Poggibonsi A journey into the times of Charlemagne

Experience the Middle Ages in Valdelsa, among fortresses, villages and magic fountains

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Capraia Isola

Capraia Isola Capraia in a poem

A tribute to a rock amid the ocean ~ by Silvano Panichi

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Radicondoli

Radicondoli In the “buen ritiro” where time stands still

Medieval streets and theatre legends: beauty blends with a taste for life

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Figline e Incisa Valdarno

Figline e Incisa Valdarno A villa with a ghost – or two

Veronica Cybo’s story, revisited by the writer Andrea Campucci

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Buonconvento

Buonconvento A hospitable land with a taste of memory

“After passing Siena and having crossed the ponte d’Arbia, I find her, a land of light that remains close to me ...” (M. Luzi) ~ by Mita Feri

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Prato

Prato Connected by a “Cintola”

Bernardo Daddi’s “Assumption” and the identity of a city

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Casciana Terme Lari

Casciana Terme Lari The elegance of the blackbird

Matilda of Tuscany and the surprising discovery of some healing waters

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Marciana

Marciana Everything is possible: word of an Emperor

A journey into the past among the cliffs and stones of Marciana ~ by Silvio Ciappi

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Cerreto Guidi

Cerreto Guidi Medicean land

In the heart of Tuscany, discovering an ancient village rich in charm and history

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Carrara

Carrara Where marble comes to life

From Michelangelo to Contemporary Art: History, Environment and Traditions of a Millenary Culture

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San Vincenzo

San Vincenzo The Sailor’s Story

Standing 7 metres tall, “The Sailor” is a bronze sculpture that overlooks the sea from the San Vincenzo harbour ~ by Giampaolo Talani

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Civitella in Val di Chiana

Civitella in Val di Chiana Deliverance from a difficult history through art

The story of a castle stone, stronger than war and centuries

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Casole d'Elsa

Casole d'Elsa Artists of the past

From sacred images to peasant scenes, an artistic trip to discover paintings found nowhere else in the world

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Monteroni d'Arbia

Monteroni d'Arbia Remember me

Through a series of ephemeral clues, a delicate soul of the Divine Comedy gets connected to a secret spot

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Pescia

Pescia From sculpture to culture

A modern art museum: an unusual occurrence on the Italian museum scene

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Massarosa

Massarosa Hanging out with Giacomo Puccini

Legends, tales and food to explore a land much loved by the Maestro ~ by Giuliano Pasini

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Piombino

Piombino From Florence to Piombino, discovering Venus

Stories of women, love and destiny woven between the ship-like prow of Piazza Bovio and the blue sea

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Monticiano

Monticiano Monticiano, between the Farma and Merse rivers

Towns hidden within forests and riverfronts, in a land of biodiversity

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San Quirico d'Orcia

San Quirico d'Orcia A Searching for a fiefdom... dreaming of becoming Pope

Cardinal Flavio Chigi speaks of San Quirico d’Orcia

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Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti In the best of places

Chianti and L’Eroica in the “most livable place in the world”

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Roccastrada

Roccastrada Stone, forests, medieval history, bandits, miners and good food

A colorful and quiet place where the memory of miners lives on

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Quarrata

Quarrata Couches, filet lace and the magic pitcher

Memories and ancient trades: the history and character of a remote and diverse territory ~ by Antonietta Catapano

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Tresana

Tresana Dante at Giovagallo Castle

The supreme poet’s visit to the castle in Tresana, a guest of Alagia and Moroello, who are mentioned in the Divine Comedy

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Campo nell'Elba

Campo nell'Elba Pertini in Pianosa

The President-Partisan, Fascist prison guards, an unexpected pardon and a letter to a mother

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Follonica

Follonica Between the Maremma coastline and the old iron road

They call it the Pearl of the Gulf because of the magical beaches. But the old foundry runs in the veins too

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Serravalle Pistoiese

Serravalle Pistoiese At the centre of Medieval geopolitics

The domain of the valleys between ancient quarrels, trails and spirituality

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Orbetello

Orbetello A childhood on the seashore never gets forgotten

Three memories of the Giannella beach ~ by Federico di Vita

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Signa

Signa The gold of Signa

A land shaped by water where the past speaks of miracles, castles under siege and straw woven into hats ~ by Barbara Raugei

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Castel Focognano

Castel Focognano A Parish church and a "timeless" prosciutto

A tale of a normal trip with an extraordinary stop ~ by Anna Maria Vignali

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Fosdinovo

Fosdinovo Four seasons and a revolution

Discovering Fosdinovo through castles, legends, ghosts and an untamed, irreverent spirit

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Chiusdino

Chiusdino The abbey

A sky like a ceiling ~ by Giulio Pedani

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Lastra a Signa

Lastra a Signa A voice more beautiful than silence

Marvels in Bellosguardo ⁓ by Cesare Baccetti

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Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti From Etruscans to the Black Rooster in a “neighbouring paradise"

Centuries-old land in harmony between civilisation and nature

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Mulazzo

Mulazzo Books on their back and the world at their feet

A short history of the traveling booksellers of Montereggio

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Pratovecchio Stia

Pratovecchio Stia As steadfast as a Casentino curl

The centuries-old history of a land long dedicated to woolwork

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Chiusi

Chiusi Beautiful and introspective

A secluded town waiting to be discovered ~ by Maria Pace Ottieri

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Empoli

Empoli Stories of love, musicians, painters and glassmakers

"O, study with dedication and be men or take flight in Empoli for Corpus Domini"

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Larciano

Larciano Worth a good 10000 gold florins

Breathtaking views from a privileged standpoint

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Borgo San Lorenzo

Borgo San Lorenzo Once upon a time and once again

Discovering an Art Nouveau village suspended between the Sieve and the Apennines

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Sesto Fiorentino

Sesto Fiorentino A small world nearby

A Florentine reflects on his origins ~ by Simone Lisi

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano Studded with towers in a sea of hills

A UNESCO-listed Old Town crossed by the Via Francigena. Stone towers that remind an ancient and yet also boldly contemporary history

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San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno The midfielder's secret

Returning to San Giovanni Valdarno and reminders of Masolino, Andreotti and Ciccio Baiano ~ by Gabriele Merlini

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Londa

Londa Sweet as a peach

Can a forgotten fruit change the history of a town?

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Vagli Sotto

Vagli Sotto That town that’s not there, submerged beneath the water

Under the artificial lake, there lies a village that re-emerges every once in a while

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Calcinaia

Calcinaia The land of ancient crafts

A journey along the banks of the Arno, through the land of sunsets

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Vaglia

Vaglia Alchemy and magic in Medici times

Myths and Symbols in the Parco di Pratolino, on a journey with Francesco I de' Medici

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Montecarlo

Montecarlo Harvest time

A final deep breath before adulthood, amid a village’s vineyard vines~ by Ilaria Giannini

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Firenze

Firenze The first

Agata Smeralda and the people who took her in when still in swaddling blankets - by Federico di Vita

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Rio

Rio An “incredible town” where the streets shine

My village is there, on the sea, just like in the old oleographs. Homes here seem to begrudge the passage of time (Luigi Berti)

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Sansepolcro

Sansepolcro Thank you Aldous Huxley!

In Sansepolcro, a masterpiece, created by a Tuscan genius and saved from the destruction of war, revived the Renaissance

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Fabbriche di Vergemoli

Fabbriche di Vergemoli Two magical trails in the Valle del Profondo Verde

Two magical trails between Eros, Thanatos and folklore to find eternal love and the legendary Volaschioite, accompanied by myths and spirituality

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Montelupo Fiorentino

Montelupo Fiorentino Roads between heaven and rivers

A town in front and in between ~ by Andrea Bellucci

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Monterotondo Marittimo

Monterotondo Marittimo The ghost of Nencia

Gigliola and Count Pannocchieschi ~ by Claudio Ulivelli

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Certaldo

Certaldo “Taking pleasure” where time stands still

With Boccaccio to discover the magical old town, sweet onion, good living, culture and theatre

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Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglione d'Orcia A walk back in myth, legend and history

Noble families in and around Castiglione d’Orcia

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Firenzuola

Firenzuola The land in between

Known as Terra di Mezzo (the land in between), Firenzuola has been a stopover for travellers transiting between Florence and Bologna for centuries.

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Montevarchi

Montevarchi A mixed blessing

When being "the other one" makes you one-of-a-kind

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Semproniano

Semproniano Memories of an immortal guardian

"This stark Tuscan land remains in the thoughts of both those who stay here and those who grew up here but have since left it behind" -Mario Luzi

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Montieri

Montieri The flower-shaped church on the silver hill

A wild land with a glorious history and a present with a green future

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Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina

Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina A village in the clouds

...Just stone, wind and sky

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Fivizzano

Fivizzano The “talking” painting

Stories, street legends and wayfarers’ tales, illustrated in an artwork by Baccio Ciarpi

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Scandicci

Scandicci A promise kept

Traveling on the tram of memories ~ by Simona Bellocci

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Massa

Massa The ancient villa, the candid stone, the majestic Alps

Art and nature trails between the Apuan Alps and the sea: scenery that has bewitched myriad travelling artists

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Portoferraio

Portoferraio The white beaches

The legend of the argonauts and the natural marine biological reserve

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Viareggio

Viareggio The Artiglio tragedy: “Fire in the hole!”

The myth of the Viareggio divers

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Fivizzano

Fivizzano Lovers and prisoners in the Florence of Lunigiana

The story of Count Giuseppe Maria Felicini and Don Rodrigo di Fivizzano – excerpts from the book “Lunigiana ignota” by Carlo Caselli

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Scarlino

Scarlino The "Carriere" of 19 August

The perfume of the past - the roots of a popular festival

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Radicofani

Radicofani The "mala mulier": a woman's rage

Blending history and legend, cruelty and blood ~ by Fausto Cecconi

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Rio

Rio A thousand-year history among nature and mines

From ancient Elbani to the “sanctuary” of biodiversity, to the “champion” Coppi Fountain

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Firenze

Firenze The vibrant city

Explore, join, dive right in ~ by Dario Nardella

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Capalbio

Capalbio The scent of a Maremma of times gone by

From acquacotta to pappardelle al cinghiale, in pursuit of the Capalbio that once was ~ by Agnese Tonti

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Caprese Michelangelo

Caprese Michelangelo A forest that enchants with apparitions and chestnuts

Two grandparents and a granddaughter who never tires of fairy tales, this time rapt by the Madonna della Selva and a sea of chestnuts

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Piombino

Piombino A story from the sea: the silver amphora of Baratti

The shipwreck of the world

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Pontremoli

Pontremoli The Werewolf legend

An imaginary journey into the dark heart of a local legend ~ by Alberto Santini

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Pistoia

Pistoia Journey through the Giuliano Gori collection

The Fattoria di Celle in the province of Pistoia: a masterpiece of environmental artwork ~ by Costanza Baldini

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Tresana

Tresana The mint that forged false coins in the reign of the Malaspina

The legend of the Tresana mint whose counterfeited coins caused a civil uprising

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Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione della Pescaia Maremma, the witch

Gripped by a bewitching land ~ by Giovanni Veronesi

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Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi The return

Mounting the ponies of Piazza Marconi in Forte dei Marmi as a young boy

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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni Queen of the Turrita Crown

The fortress dominates the beauty of its territory, preserving the memory of its past in the landscape and in the stories of its people

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Grosseto

Grosseto Butteri maremmani, the Tuscan cowboys: a legendary group of men

Intricate Mediterranean scrubs, threatening swamps and grazing animals ~ by Ambra Famiani

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Monterotondo Marittimo

Monterotondo Marittimo A calf on its knees

The Sanctuary of Frassine: history and legend ~ by Claudio Ulivelli

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Montemurlo

Montemurlo Strolling with Davidde Tanini

Montemurlo’s celebrations seen through his eyes ~ by Francesca Bargiotti and Samanta Giardino

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Montecarlo

Montecarlo The vanished village and the emperor

From the ashes of Vivinaia, destroyed in war with the Florentines, came Montecarlo and its castle

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Barberino Tavarnelle

Barberino Tavarnelle Roots and identity

Love and union in the heart’s journey ~ by Cinzia Dugo

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Vecchiano

Vecchiano You are poetry—inspiring verses, folk songs and stanzas

A fistful of verses, in the guise of nursery rhymes, dedicated to the five fractions of Vecchiano

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Gambassi Terme

Gambassi Terme Travelling for travel's sake

Spas, parish churches, hills and castles: in Gambassi, you learn not all travel stops are equal

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Prato

Prato Let me tell you about Prato

Journey into the future

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Carrara

Carrara The banality of the beautiful, the originality of the ugly

Anecdotes and vignettes from a city of marble ~ by Andrea Lattanzi

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Laterina e Pergine Valdarno

Laterina e Pergine Valdarno A jewel in the countryside near Arezzo

Oil, wine, culture, beauty

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Grosseto

Grosseto Stories from Roselle

“Its front part was a lion, its rear a snake’s tail, and in between a goat. She breathed deadly rage in searing fire.” (Iliad, VI) – by Ambra Famiani

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Monterotondo Marittimo

Monterotondo Marittimo The legend of the Boracifero Lake

where the water is never peaceful ~ by Claudio Ulivelli

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Massa

Massa Plato, Pico and sculpted time

Massa’s Castle in the suspended wonder of a hortus conclusus

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Monterotondo Marittimo

Monterotondo Marittimo Energy from the heart of the Earth

Fumacchio tells its story ~ by Claudio Ulivelli

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Grosseto

Grosseto San Rocco a mare

A fisherman’s village where the sun plays off the colors ~ by Ambra Famiani

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Grosseto

Grosseto The emperor and the prince, noble birds of prey and steeds

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, the “Arte venandi cum avibus” and the high flight of Maremma’s “noblemen of the sky” - by Ambra Famiani

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