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Florence

19Feb

Florence is universally known as art city, with a huge architectures’ heritage like paints, sculptures, historical and scientific memories that build the city texture. The heart of Florence is Piazza della Signoria with the majestic Palazzo Vecchio, the gallery of sculptural masterpieces in the Loggia dei Lanzi and the near Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most renowned art museums of the world. The river Arno, that runs through the city, occupies a special place in the Florentine history. The left bank is rich of monuments and secular workshops, where you can breathe the atmosphere of the Florence of the past.

Volterra

19Feb

Volterra, a haven of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Rennaissance art, dominates the Cecina Valley, 550 metres above sea level, affording a spectacular view as far as the sea.

The city still retains traces of its majestic past which gradually unfurls as you wander through the narrow streets and explore the Etruscan Museum, the Art Gallery and Museum of Sacred Art.

Livorno

19Feb

Livorno was founded in the second half of the 16th century and many reminders of the „Nations“ which contributed to its birth and growth are still to be found in its churches, palazzos, historic cemeteries, archives and food.

Its unique, original history made Livorno an open, welcoming city, a meeting place for religions and different traditions.

Castiglioncello

19Feb

Originally an Etruscan village, Castiglioncello stands on a small headland at the foot of the Livorno hills. „The pearl of the Tyrrhenian“, this well-known holiday resort has a charm all its own. Seawatchers, divers and fishermen flock to this coast, along with sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.

Pisa

19Feb

Lying on the banks of the Arno, the city preserve in its precious architectures the memories of glorious past of Maritime Republic.

The Campo dei Miracoli, a UNESCO „World Heritage“, is a monumental space of inestimable value and great tourist attraction which brings together the most representative structures of the city, the cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery, and the famous bell tower of Santa Maria: Known as „The Leaning Tower“ or „Tower of Pisa“.

Medieval villages

19Feb

Situated on hills overlooking the sea or in the heart of the countryside, the medieval villages and towns of Costa degli Etruschi have centuries-old historical and cultural traditions. Historical reminders of their civilisation are preserved intact in Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, Suvereto, Campiglia Marittimo, Bibbona, Sassetta, Rosignano Marittimo, Populonia and Piombino. Narrow flagstone streets lead the visitor to splendid buildings, ancient churches, parish churches, little theatres and fascinating museums.

Bolgheri wine road

19Feb

The famous country road, known as the Bolgherese, is keen to travellers, and reveals its more recent vineyards to the north. Visitors can make their way south to the Sassicaia vineyards and along a journey among the more renowned names of the Bolgheri wine scene. The vineyards fan out to the east towards the foothills and to the west between the Bolgherese road and the old Aurelia road. Nestled against the foothills we find Castagneto, heading further south we find the district of Pianali which is home to the more recent vineyards belonging to the appellation.