Surroundings

Bolgheri

Bolgheri is a fortified village, a corner of history in the heart of Maremma Livorno, on the foothills of Metalliferous Hills.

The characteristic village has developed around the medieval castle which stands on a small hill reachable through a picturesque Cypress Way, almost five kilometers long that begins in the valley, on Via Aurelia, just in front of the eighteen century Oratory of Saint Guido: the place was made famous by the verses of Giosuè Carducci.

Castagneto Carducci

Rolling hills, the countryside crossed by the Wine Route, woods, shady pines and a wide beach lapped by crystal clear sea-water: this is the scenario that characterizes the historic village Castagneto Carducci.

In the heart of the Etruscan Coast, Castagneto Carducci, splendid Tuscan corner, is repeatedly rewarded, with several Italian and international awards, for its extraordinary beauty. History comes to life in the medieval villages and you’ll have a warm welcome and a comfortable hospitality in the farm holidays, hotels and campsites.

Baratti

The Baratti Gulf, Buca delle Fate, Spiaggia Lunga (Long Beach) and those of Cala Moresca, Perelli and Torre Mozza, are just some of the features of this coast, places that are famous for their uncontaminated beauty and for their typical charm.

Sandy beaches and rocky coves follow one after the other stretching over more than 30 km, surrounded by bushy and fragrant vegetation. The Sea bed is rich of flora and fauna so beautiful, to call fans from all over the world. All water sports are practicable, thanks to schools of sailing, surfing, diving, that are present in the area. It is possible to rent boats, to book tours by boat or by marine taxis, even at night. Besides Baratti is, an equipped port and an important stopover for pleasure boaters and for people going to the islands.

In the wonderful Gulf of Salivoli stands a brand new marina, ideal shelter for all type of boats. An active Marine Biology Center organizes interesting initiatives and hosts a Mediterranean Aquarium.

Populonia

Populonia was an Etruscan town, one of the most important centers of the ancient world for iron processing and trading. Situated atop of a hill surrounded by sea, this little village has an indescribable charm.

The medieval walls, built for protection from pirates, and la Rocca, (the Fortress) built in the first half of the xv century, are enclosing cobbled narrow streets, small shops, and a private museum with Roman and Etruscan finds, discovered in the area and in the sea. A road, which overlooks a wonderful landscape, connects Populonia to Baratti Gulf, where there are important remains of Etruscan times.

In the archaeological park, which covers about 80 hectares, open to visitors through organized paths, history and archaeology are alive in a beautiful unspoiled landscape. Of great interest is the monumental cemetery (necropolis) of San Cerbone, the only one to be built by the sea-side, the remains of the buildings used for metal processing, the necropolis of the Caves, with the ancient stone pits.

Elba island

Elba Island is the largest of the islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago. A microcosm that offers many opportunities: the sea and the coast may vary from side to side with wonderful sandy beaches, pebble coves and bays of crystalline water.

Elba is not only seaside, relax and sport, Elba is also history. Its strategic location and mineral wealth determined its importance for the various powerful towns that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. In the local museums we can find original traces from Etruscan and Roman people who exploited the iron mining; these iron mines can be visited today thanks to Elba Mining Park in the eastern slope of the island.

Florence

Where art lives.

One of the most beautiful towns in the world, rich in history and culture, where it is impossible not to be charmed.

Santa Croce district is the heart of Florence, where we find Piazza della Signoria, (Lordship Square) with Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) and Uffizi Gallery museum at a walking distance. The Gallery, among the best known art collections in the world, has been a museum for the last 500 years, it was funded by Medici family for this purpose. It preserves masterpieces by Giotto, Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca, Raffaello, Caravaggio and many more. The Vasarian Corridor leads from Uffizi to Palazzo Pitti through Ponte Vecchio, (Old Bridge) the oldest bridge of the town.

S. Croce represents the civil heart of the city, while S. Giovanni district hosts the religious heart, that is the Duomo of S. Maria in Fiore with Battistero (the Cathedral of St Mary in Flower with the Baptistery). The Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Ghiberti’s magnificent doors, all of these are features which make the Florentine Cathedral an unforgettable sight.

Santo Spirito in Oltrarno district is the typical craft-men neighborhood, while restorers and antique dealers mostly belong to Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens district. On the Boboli hill, between the palace and Belvedere Fort, a magnificent Italian style garden extends, with beautiful statues and fountains.

Siena

The city of Siena (stated as UNESCO World Heritage), surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside, is one of the most visited and beloved both by Italian and foreign tourists. The visitor is delighted by the narrow streets and squares where you can still find typical antique and artisan workshops and, delightful gift and souvenir shops.

Siena is famous worldwide for its quarters that challenge each other to win the Palio in Piazza del Campo twice a year : this is a historic and strongly felt race with horses and jockeys from different districts of the town. During July and August, in combination with these events, parties and dinners are organized with music and dancing in different districts, many of which are open to the public. The famous Piazza del Campo, characterized by its particular shell shape, has always been the hub of the city life, where Palazzo Pubblico and the splendid Torre del Mangia overlook.

Wine and Food Delicacies are particularly interesting in this area, specially cheeses, cold cuts and fine wines.

Lucca

Lucca, a beautiful art town in Tuscany, is still surrounded by the ancient city walls, which once used to defend, now to preserve the precious architectural jewels, inserted on the city plan as gem stones on a crown. It is located on Via Francigena, and it is hosting an important religious relic like Volto Santo (the Holy Face), for which the city drew great benefits specially in the Middle Ages, growing rich and prosperous. The glorious past is reflected today in the abundance and beauty of its monuments.

Do not miss visiting Piazza Anfiteatro, which keeps evidence of its Roman origins for its shape and name, or Torre Guinigi (GuinigiTower), specially beautiful with its oaks planted at the top.

City of a hundred churches, once it was highly religious it really had more than a hundred, brings back to the visitor peace and tranquility hard to find nowadays.

Pisa

According to a legend it was founded by a few mythical Trojan refugees coming from the homonymous Greek city of Pisa, located once in the valley of Alpheus river, in Peloponnese.

Among the most important monuments of the city there is – in the famous piazza del Duomo, stated as World Heritage, the marble Cathedral built between 1063 and 1118, in Pisan Romanesque style, with the Bronze door by san Ranieri of Bonanno Pisano and the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. The characteristic leaning Tower stands in the square, twelfth century bell tower 56 meters high, which acquired its picturesque tilt ten years later after its construction, now one of the most famous Italian monuments worldwide.

Note the presence of at least three leaning towers: one, the best known in Piazza del Duomo; the second one is the bell tower of Saint Nicholas church, at the opposite end of via Santa Maria, near Lungarno; The third, halfway of viale delle Piagge (along the river located in the eastern part of the city), it is the Bell Tower of San Michele degli Scalzi church (in this case also the church is leaning).