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Florence

Florence, an enchanting city, where one breathes in art by simply walking along its famous streets, where the joy of living explodes in a festival of flowers and colours. Characterised by honey-coloured houses, prune-coloured rooftops and the emerald-coloured Arno River. It is possible to get to know this city simply by walking around with a guidebook in hand or by discovering it through the always beautiful and important shows and exhibitions and the museums that are among the most famous in the world. Besides the amusements, Florence boasts a brilliant life of culture, with concerts and theatres that suit everyone's taste. The shopping is also excellent; in fact, you can find the most varied markets full of bargains and fun, like the one in San Lorenzo, or the must luxurious shops in Via Tornabuoni.

Lucca

A city of Ligurian-Etruscan origins, enclosed by a circle of 16th-century walls, with its palaces, churches, towers and gardens is a small enchanted world. From the charming garden on top of the tower of Palazzo Guinigi there is a splendid view of the city, with its red rooftops, its campaniles and the surrounding countryside which ends in the distance with the majestic profile of the Apuan Mountains. Walking down toward the centre, you will discover 14th-century houses, renaissance loggias, small antique shops open along the stone-paved alleyways and you can buy “buccellato”, a typical local cake in the small pastry shops with tables set out along the street.

Montecatini

Just a stone’s throw from Florence and its wonders, but also only a half an hour’s drive from the sea and the white beaches of the Versilia, stands Montecatini. Here, where the climate is extremely gentle, flowers and plants destined to be exported throughout the world are grown.

Don’t forget the excellent cuisine which in nearby Pistoia is a tradition: the owners of the famous Italian restaurants throughout the world are from Pistoia. Don’t overlook the treasures of art: Romanesque churches, the splendid Duomo del Duecento, the medieval sculptures and the numerous palaces decorated with splendid frescos. The thermal baths of Montecatini are a source of for Tuscany, but, Montecatini also offers golf, swimming pools, tennis court, race-course, cinema, theatres and cafes as well as concerts.

Chianti

The Chianti area is protected by two important associations: the Chianti Classico wine Association and the Gallo Nero Association, whose name derives from the Chianti League, founded in the 13th century by the communes of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole. The hills are absolutely enchanting covered in vineyards and oak, chestnut and holm-oak tree groves. The countryside, dotted with farmhouses, is now an exclusive tourist destination. The beautiful hamlets of the Chianti are often characterised by fortified medieval castles, evidence of the ancient wars between Siena and Florence, while the Romanesque churches emerge from the past amidst the gently rolling landscape.

Passing through the vineyards and still wild woods, you reach Greve. Not to be missed is a visit to Monteriggioni, the most characteristic hamlet just north of Siena, along via Cassia towards Florence. This characteristic village is enclosed by encircling walls where there are also numerous towers still intact to this day.

Following along any street, you will continually encounter farmhouses, farms along beautiful cypress-lined avenues and ancient country houses, each of which seem to want to tell their own story.

Siena

Siena is spread out over three hills, between Val d’Elsa and Val d’Arbia, in a gentle and beautiful landscape, among the most beautiful in Tuscany and in all of Italy. Perhaps it is one of the most suggestive cities in the world, designed by the architects of the 14th century gothic times: the Duomo, the Battistero, the Loggia dei Mercati, the Town Hall, the Mangia Tower.

The streets, narrow and windy, rise and fall along the three hills which Siena stands on and open without warning to its gardens, noble churches and panoramas rich in green vegetation. The heart of the city is Piazza del Campo, shaped like a seashell, famous for the Palio of the Contradas which takes place every year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August.

Land of saints, artists and poets: Saint Catherine, Saint Bernard, Simone Martini, Duccio di Boninsegna, Jacopo della Quercia, Ambio and Pietro Lorenzetti, Cecco Angiolieri.

Siena has preserved a unique atmosphere. Its people are kind and the trattorias are excellent (the ricciarelli and panforte must be tasted).

Just south of Siena is Val d’Orcia, with its enchanting landscape, celebrated for its gentle sloping hills and the beautiful hamlets of Montepulciano, home to the wine which bares the same name, Pienza and Montalcino, home to the very prestigious grapes which the Brunello wine is born from.

Arezzo

The magnificent architecture hide extremely important museums: it is here that you can see close up the masterpieces of Beato Angelico, Pinturicchio, Signorelli and almost all of the great artists of the 14th, 15th and 16th century. Here the folklore relives in the festivals that have no equal: the knightly combats are revived in Arezzo the first Sunday of September for the “giostra del Saracino”. In this area you will find the celebrated town of Monte San Savino, a small jewel from the Renaissance, birthplace of the sculptor Andrea Cantucci, who took the name Sansovino from here.

Surrounding the city is the greenery and silence typical of the Tuscan countryside. On Monte Cetona, near the city, recent excavations have brought back to light important remains of prehistoric civilizations. The city’s numerous museums preserve treasures of Etruscan art. The land of Arezzo is the land of antiques and almost in every town and village there is something to discover.

Cortona

It is famous as the base for some scenes in Roberto Benigni's film Life is Beautiful, in Italian La Vita è bella. It is also famous as the setting for the 2004 film Under the TuscanSun whose author Frances Mayes maintains a home in Cortona.

Cortona has a rich and ancient history going back many millenia to when in 1200BC the Etruscans established their civilization in Western Italy. Cortona was one of the 12 Etruscan cities, and it was also important during Roman times. Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall.

It was a cradle of the arts during the renaissance and baroque period when it was home to prominent artists such as Beato Angelico, Pietro da Cortona. The town's chief artistic treasures are twopanels by Fra Angelico in the Diocesan Museum

Cortona lies between Arezzo, Siena and Perugia and eighty kilometers from Florence.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano, a fantastic apparition amidst the green hills of the Sienese countryside! The city of majestic towers unexpectedly springs from the sunbathed hills of the Val d’Elsa, where for centuries the famous Vernaccia wine, the only DOCG white wine in Tuscany, has been produced.

Inside the city, surrounded by medieval walls, you can admire the Duomo, Piazza della Cisterna and the Church of San’Agostino.

Tower-houses, palaces, doorways, fountains, secret piazzas: time seems to stand still here. The stone-paved alleyways are animated and full of people; in the summer, almost every evening, there are shows, concerts in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, which is still the centre of the city.

To discover the magic of these places, Cuendet, leader in the letting of charming houses, offers weekly rentals of farmhouses, apartments, villas with swimming pool, independent houses and residences for a holiday that cannot be passed up.

On the other rise, bounded on the northern end by the impressive abysses of the cliffs, stands Volterra, a city of great allure, famous even in past times for its workmanship of alabaster.

For those who love archaeology, inside the city you can visit the most important Etruscan museums in Italy. Volterra preserves the harsh aspect of medieval times: tower-houses, alleyways, small secret piazzas, a beautiful Romanesque Duomo and the celebrated Palazzo dei Priori. Rising above the city is the Mastio, a beautiful renaissance fortress. There are many trattorias where you can enjoy an authentic cuisine.

Maremma

If you’re dreaming of a relaxing holiday, in contact with uncontaminated nature, come to the Maremma. Wild and gentle at the same time, it is a land of unique fascination that lies between Siena, Grosseto and Lazio. In ancient times the Maremma was a marshland, so much so that during Medieval and Feudal times the cities built on the Etruscan and Roman remains where abandoned in favour of fortified hamlets inland.

Thanks to reclamation carried out in the 19th century, the region offers one of the most fertile countries of Tuscany, with its fields of wheat and beautiful farmhouses scattered throughout as well as cities rich in history perched on hilltops, among them Massa Marittima, and hamlets such as Sorano, Sovana, Pitigliano, where one of the most renowned white Italian wines is produced.

The magic of the ancient and in some sense still mysterious Etruscan civilization, lives in the necropolis of Populonia, along the Gulf of Baratti and in the excavations that have brought back to light Roselle, near Grosseto.

The excursions in the Maremma countryside are fascinating; The Uccellina Park is absolutely not to be missed, a paradise of uncontaminated nature: vast plains, pine tree groves, flamingos and deserted beaches dominated by Saracen towers. It is even possible to visit it on bike or by horseback, renting them on the spot.

Pisa and Etruscan Coast

Rocky cliffs and beaches, fields of wheat, magnificent pine tree groves, all lit up by the splendid Mediterranean sun; these are the characteristics of the area that slopes down from Pisa towards the Maremma, combining the beauty of the landscapes with numerous places of historic and cultural fascination. If you love art you must visit Pisa, an ancient Marine Republic and a city known around the world for the unique spectacle of Piazza del Duomo, said "dei Miracoliquot; (quot;of miraclesquot;). Here you will find the Cathedral, without a doubt the greatest evidence of Roman-Pisan architecture, the Leaning Tower, the Battistero and the Camposanto. Concerts, shows, cultural and folkloric events make this splendid city even more interesting and alive. Livorno was once the access to the sea of the Medici, who acquired it from Pisa in the 16th century. A lively city, home to an important harbour, offers the view of the Terrazza Mascagni along the sea and the charm of the popular Venice district with its canals and fish markets. The coast, which stretches from the mouth of the Arno River to the Maremma, offers fascinating inlets, alternating between rocks and fine sandy beaches, shaded by sweet-smelling holm-oak trees and secular pine tree groves. In the stretch that leads from Livorno to Piombino, Castiglioncello with its villas and white hotels lies amidst the pine trees. But also the green welcoming countryside of the coastal hinterland knows how to offer its visitors a pleasant and relaxing landscape.

Cinque Terre

Climbing up the coast towards the north from Versilia lies Liguria with Cinque Terre, the precipitous region that stretches from Levanto to the promontory of Portovenere. Cinque Terre is made up of three ancient picturesque hamlets built on the cliffs overhanging the sea, connected on dry land by train, in a natural setting of rare beauty.

Versilia

Versilia: kilometres and kilometres of fine sandy beaches between the Magra River and the Serchio River, drenched by a joyous blue sea and large stretches of shady green pine groves.

Outlining the scenery are the Apuan Alps, rugged wild mountains, white for their famous deposits of marble. Inland are ancient medieval hamlets, castles and fortified fortresses, the remains of the Roman city Luni, where the name Lunigiana comes from, and the charming Lake of Massaciuccoli, homeland of Giacomo Puccini.

A holiday in Versilia has long been considered a high society holiday par excellence. The celebrated nightclubs, the discotheques, the local restaurants open until sunrise, the luxurious shops, the shows with internationally famous singers and artists at Bussola Domani and Oliviero.

Extremely equipped bathing facilities, numerous tennis courts hidden amidst the greenery, horse-riding schools, water skiing, windsurfing, and bicycle riding.

Among the cities, the elegant Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, seat of artists’ studios of international fame, Viareggio and its Carnival.

 

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Villas in Tuscany

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Florentine Hills

The surrounding Tuscan countryside of Florence was the inspiration for many Florentine masterpieces and the vitalityof this small city, the robustness of its cuisine, the enduring beauty of the richness of its treasures will always educate, exhilarate and dazzle those who visit.

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Florence & Surrounds

Florence, an enchanting city, where one breathes in art by simply walking along its famous streets, where the joy of living explodes in a festival of flowers and colours.

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Lucca

Visit Garfagnana, a vast valley that reaches from the Apennine to the Apuan mountains with a grand variety of landscapes. It is in these places that tombs from the Stone Age were discovered and it is from here that in just a few minutes by car you can reach the resorts of the Versilia.

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Montecatini

Pistoia, Montecatini and their surrounding areas are ideal tourist destinations for those who love combining excursions in nature and visits to the cities of art, full of personality and beauty.

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Chiantii

Chianti, famous not only for its landscape but also for the fruit which its land offers. The exquisite wine that is produced here, known as far back as the Etruscan times, has given the region prestige and worldwide fame.

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Siena

Land of saints, artists and poets: Saint Catherine, Saint Bernard, Simone Martini, Duccio di Boninsegna, Jacopo della Quercia, Ambio and Pietro Lorenzetti, Cecco Angiolieri.

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Arezzo

In the noble city of Arezzo the splendid Renaissance flourished: palaces, streets and piazzas recall the genius of Vasari; the gothic duomo is one of the most beautiful in all of Italy.

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Cortona

Cortona is a small town in Tuscany, Italy perched up on a green hillside covered with olive-trees, vineyards and cypresses, offers a stuning view over the rolling hills of Val di Chiana

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San Gimignano

Tower-houses, palaces, doorways, fountains, secret piazzas: time seems to stand still here. The stone-paved alleyways are animated and full of people; in the summer, almost every evening, there are shows, concerts in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, which is still the centre of the city.

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Maremma

The magic of the ancient and in some sense still mysterious Etruscan civilization, lives in the necropolis of Populonia, along the Gulf of Baratti and in the excavations that have brought back to light Roselle, near Grosseto.

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Pisa & Etruscan Coast

Rocky cliffs and beaches, fields of wheat, magnificent pine tree groves, all lit up by the splendid Mediterranean sun; these are the characteristics of the area that slopes down from Pisa towards the Maremma, combining the beauty of the landscapes with numerous places of historic and cultural fascination.

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Cinque Terre

Climbing up the coast towards the north from Versilia lies Liguria with Cinque Terre, the precipitous region that stretches from Levanto to the promontory of Portovenere. Cinque Terre is made up of three ancient picturesque hamlets built on the cliffs overhanging the sea, connected on dry land by train, in a natural setting of rare beauty.

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Versilia

Versilia: kilometres and kilometres of fine sandy beaches between the Magra River and the Serchio River, drenched by a joyous blue sea and large stretches of shady green pine groves.