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CASTELLO DEI CONTI GUIDI

CASTELLO DEI CONTI GUIDI  Apri
Loc. CASTELLO DEI GUIDI, PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA, 1, POPPI AR, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
28 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 423 mt. a.s.l.  Area Pratovecchio, Bagno di Romagna, Piantravigne
The Castle of the Counts Guidi (framed within the Eco del Casentino, in the tem of Civilization Castellana) is a monument of Poppi which is located in Republic Square 1. The first track in the chronicles of the castle, built in the Middle Ages, dates back to 1191. the building has been renovated since 1274 by the will of Count Simone Guidi and his son Guido. The castle was the scene of a historic event: June 11, 1289, in front of the monument, there was the battle of Campaldino. Uncertain authorship of the building: the oldest part is not uniquely attributed to Lapo di Cambio, while the more recent, dating from the late thirteenth century, it would be of Arnolfo di Cambio. Inside the building, which for years has hosted the headquarters of the municipal administration of the town in the province of Arezzo, you can see a chapel, a museum on the Battle of Campaldino, a library and documentation center Giovanni Gualberto Miniati.Sulla once the nave of the chapel adjoining the castle is one of the most important fresco cycles of the province of Arezzo. Almost entirely frescoed are also its walls: to report on the three cycles Stories of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist and the life of Mary, in addition to the figures of saints placed beneath these. In a niche located below a window there is an altarpiece painted trompe-l'oeil, and on each of the four corners of the ceiling are painted the Evangelists on the throne, whose authorship was attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto, after the restoration carried out between 1988 and 1990.

CERTALDO

CERTALDO  Apri
Loc. CERTALDO FI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
41 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Gambassi Terme, San Gimignano, Poggibonsi
For lovers of history offers a repertoire of memories, which dig into the past up to the Etruscans ; lovers of literature gave Boccaccio , the great fourteenth-century prose writer ; music lovers al'insegna gives a fantastic festival of shows and concerts . The generosity and hospitality are among the most well-known advantages of Certaldo , a small Tuscan village of about 16 thousand inhabitants in the province of Florence , nestled in the lush heart of the Val d'Elsa . Lapped by the river Elsa and Agliena , the center of Certaldo is a puzzle in several pieces, in which there are two distinct groups corresponding to different periods: on the one hand the medieval part , called Certaldo Alto, with the Praetorian Palace clinging to the the top of a hill , accessible by car from the residents or by funicular rail that starts in Piazza Boccaccio ; on the other hand, in the plain, lies the modern Certaldo , which experienced its most prosperous period in the second half of the eighteenth century . The perfect conservation of the medieval atmosphere , the narrow, winding little streets and picturesque piazzete , make Certaldo Alto the most fascinating part of the village : here time seems to stand still , and except for the restructuring of the Praetorian Palace , which took place in the seventeenth century , no has had a hand in the original town , tramandandocela exactly as they saw the inhabitants of the Middle Ages . Typical of the early medieval period is the absence of a central square , replaced by a long road that served as a meeting point and market place , the current Via Boccaccio. The squares , however, no lack of those who walk to the city center you will find for example the Piazza della SS . Annunziata , built in the nineteenth century paving a cultivated area , and the Piazza dei Santi Jacopo e Filippo , used originally in the cemetery of the convent . On it stands the beautiful church of Saints Philip and James , built in the thirteenth century in austere Romanesque style , containing the remains of the Blessed Giulia Rena and the famous Boccaccio. Outside, on the square, there is also access to the Museum of Sacred Art of the Rectory of Certaldo , full of interesting art . As in any self-respecting medieval village , the churches of the country do not end here: to see the Church of St. Thomas , which opened in 1885 but had already begun in 1840, enriched by a rich crucifix in the fourteenth century. Not to be outdone the former church of Santi Tommaso e Prospero , the oldest of the old town , probably built in the thirteenth century, but partially lost due to landslides in the hilly terrain. The nave has beautiful frescoes , unfortunately damaged but restored recently , and in the middle you see the Tabernacle of the uted , an artwork of Benozzo Gozzoli.

LOGGIA DEI LANZI

     

LOGGIA DEI LANZI  Apri
Loc. FIRENZE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
On the right corner of the Palazzo Vecchio , Piazza della Signoria, where it crosses the square of the Uffizi , is the Loggia dei Lanzi , built between 1376 and 1382 to accommodate the assemblies of the people and public ceremonies , such as those for the settlement Confalonieri and the Priors . His first name was in fact the Loggia della Signoria or of Orcagna , named after the artist who designed it ( but the ution is due to Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti ) . During the reign of Cosimo I , it was used to host the mercenary troops of the duke, precisely those Lanzichenecchi which still bears the name . After the construction of the Uffizi, leaning to the rear of the Loggia , Bernardo Buontalenti transformed the terrace into a sort of hanging garden ( 1583) from which the princes could look out on the streets to attend ceremonies or performances. The first restoration dates back to 1837-40 , by Pasquale Poccianti . On the front of the Lodge you notice some medallions with allegorical figures of the Virtues by Agnolo Gaddi ( 1383-86 ) . On the sides of the stairs are two lions , one Roman and the other run by Flaminio Vacca ( 1600). Under its three elegant arches already almost Renaissance Loggia today shows a series of classical statues and Mannerist and also a work of the nineteenth century , the Rape of Polyxena ( Pio Fedi, 1866) . Among the ancient sculptures there are six female figures, much altered , and Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus (restored by Stefano Ricci) . Far more important Mannerist groups : among them the beautiful Rape of the Sabine Women ( 1583 is the in the Academy Museum ) and the Hercules fighting with centaur Nessus (1599 ), both of Giambologna. But above all, the Perseus with the head of Medusa, bronze masterpiece staordinario of Benvenuto Cellini recently restored. The Perseus, placed under the left arch was commissioned artist in 1545 , soon after his return from Paris, by Cosimo I.

MONTERIGGIONI

MONTERIGGIONI  Apri
Loc. MONTERIGGIONI SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
44 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Poggibonsi, Siena, Radda in Chianti
The Castle of Monteriggioni to see it from a distance, with its exciting remains witnesses of bygone days , gives the impression that time has stood still inside and outside the circle of its walls . The people and their realities have changed, but still those who chose to live in the castle , has kept the pace slow and full of life on a human scale and nature , with the values of the rural culture and in continuous contact with the history. L ' image of the castle for travelers was and is very impressive, given that it appears on top of the hill ... how arrogant and dominant sentry defending the ancient Republic of Siena. Even more impressive and awe-inspiring had to appear to Dante Alighieri, who saw him in full battle during one of his trips . The castle in its full splendor , in a few decades from its founding to its circular shape and its towers that rise like a crown on the walls , had to look really great and instill a sense of majesty cyclopean if Dante if it was true for the appearance of Nimrod , Ephialtes , Antaeus the monstrous giants fixtures into the chasm of the Malebolge (Dante Alighieri's Inferno Canto XXXI) Monteriggioni for its beauty and for its location has a natural tourist destination, being visited each year by 70,000 tourists, we can say that the first tourist illustrious Dante Alighieri himself was among those passed recently we remember Tony Blair , Ted kennedy and many others. Many times it's been chosen as the setting for shooting films and commercials . L ' image of Monteriggioni is world famous for another reason: The castle is the crown on the head effigy of Italy by virtue of its emblematic impregnability . Monteriggioni in fact due to the nature of the walls was an impregnable fortress (see reconstruction) ensure that the date of its foundation in 1213 , and for three hundred years, the freedom of the Sienese Republic resisting all sieges. Fell in 1554 to treason because the captain of the garrison, secretly agreed with the Florentines , surrendered the fortress Florentine army without fighting , in exchange for the honor of a soldier and the safety for his family . Legends speak of underground tunnels and secret passageways that connected the underground places of the castle with fortifications nearby ... there is even talk of an underground road that came to Siena .

BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO

BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO  Apri
Loc. BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO, PIAZZA DI SAN LORENZO, 9, FIRENZE, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
The church of San Lorenzo is the oldest of Florence. The church was consecrated in 393 by St. Ambrose and dedicated to the martyr Lorenzo; little of the original building has come down to our day. The church of San Lorenzo in Florence was built for 2 times: once in 1059 (Romanesque) and the second (also thanks to the Medici family who wanted to make a temple staff) according to the project of Brunelleschi (from 1418 to 1421) and, after his death, finished by Antonio Manetti in 1461. The last renovation, what we see today, is considered one of the best buildings of the Renaissance. The facade remains unfinished even though there was a project of Michelangelo but was never realized.

CASTELLO DI MONTERIGGIONI

CASTELLO DI MONTERIGGIONI  Apri
Loc. MONTERIGGIONI - TOSCANA  Navigatore
44 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Poggibonsi, Siena, Radda in Chianti
  Brochure PDF
Monteriggioni Castle was built by the Sienese , by order of the mayor of Guelph Porcari , in a period between 1214 and 1219. The land was bought by the noble family from Staggia , it was the seat of an old farm Lombard ( the name of Montis Regis probably indicated a regal property fund or tax exemptions enjoyed by the crown) . The castle was built by the Republic of Siena was mainly for defensive purposes , because the village was built on Mount Ala in position of dominance and surveillance of the Francigena , to control the valleys and the Staggia towards Florence , the historic enemy of Siena. The building almost from scratch of a castle was new in the expansionist policy of Siena : Previously, in fact , the city had acquired castles that already exist , such as Quercegrossa . The circular alignment of the walls was obtained by simply following the natural contour of the hill. The Castle of Monteriggioni was also surrounded by so-called charcoal , or ditches filled with coal that was burned to repel assalti.Fino the mid-700 in the area between Siena and Monteriggioni , still known as Pian del Lago , was a lake - or perhaps I should call it the great swamp - called Verano , fully hardened and tempered for Grand Duke Peter Leopold ( still exists, and can be visited , the underground tunnel built to drain the waters of the lake) . The area , despite the disappearance of the lake , it has retained its charm , thanks to the lush and little populated and the many places of great charm and interest which arise. By setting the route there from north to south-west, you immediately stop at the ancient Abbey Island , whose name says it all about his past . Abbey is in fact for Abbey , a Cistercian foundation being the church , while island reminds us of the fact that it originally stood on the swampy Lake Verano . From here , take the road towards Monteriggioni and once passatolo , we head towards the tiny village of Santa Colomba , where there is a lovely medieval church , whose interior was frescoed in the Middle Ages , and the beautiful Villa Petrucci , perhaps designed by the famous architect Baldassarre Peruzzi in full 500. The last stop of this tour focuses on the fate of the most beautiful places on the banks or in the middle of this lake disappeared, is the Augustinian hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago, already interesting in its appearance, and of a fortified Gothic pure , and even more in its interior, whose apse is covered with frescoes by Lippo Vanni , Sienese painter of the second half of the fourteenth century.

FIRENZE

FIRENZE  Apri
Loc. FIRENZE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
18 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
  Brochure PDF
Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany, is situated on the banks of the Arno River (which divides it into two parts) and is surrounded by hills. Its territory is divided into six areas that are Area Florence, Mugello, Florentine Mountains, Valdarno's Chianti, Empoli Val d'Elsa, which collect similar characteristics according to the 43 municipalities. The history of this city rinomatissima begins in Roman times under the name of Florentia, became caught between the medieval city walls and towers and achieved fame in the fifteenth century art, architecture, politics and cultural unmatched. In the second half of the nineteenth century it was the capital of Italy (for five years) and this event has imprinted an indelible footprint to the whole structure of the city. E ', however, that marked the Renaissance Florence annoverandola more like real cradle of art: from that period remain churches, palaces, villas and works that are preserved in major museums such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and Palatine.

PECORINO TOSCANO DOP

PECORINO TOSCANO DOP  Apri
Loc. TOSCANA, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
  Brochure PDF
Pecorino Toscano is a DOP cheese, or a product to Protected Designation of Origin. He received the prestigious award by the European Commission in 1996. This award follows the one received in 1986 by the Italian state, according to previous national legislation. Since then, is achieved according to the rules defined by the Production Regulations that ensure the product all the requirements to claim the CTM. The Protected Designation of Origin is a protection reserved to those productions related in glove with the territory of origin and the people who participate in every stage of the production chain. It is the result of a delicate balance of natural factors (climate and environmental characteristics) and human (mode of production and craftsmanship) that will produce a unique product and not replicable outside the area of origin. This means that only the cheese, seasoned, packaged and distributed according to the rules contained in the Management Regulation of Pecorino Toscano PDO is 'Pecorino Toscano' and provides the consumer with the excellence of the raw materials and production processes. The characteristics of Pecorino Toscano PDO arise both on environmental conditions in which it occurs raising sheep, both from the production process that, with the help of modern technology, but in respect of a secular tradition, permit the construction of a cheese d 'excellence. The key element is of course the milk, exclusively from sheep, producing flocks reared in the area bounded by the Protected Designation of Origin. The sheep belong to different races, native (Apennine, Sopravissana and Massese) or imported later (Comisana and Sarda). The pastures are rich Tuscan herbs that give special quality milk which will be destined for cheese making. In each area, along with the common species, grow essences characteristics of the site that give each form a unique and inimitable. Pecorino Toscano DOP is kept in special rooms or natural cold storage until it reaches maturity and consistency in the product specification. During ripening the forms that have defects of any kind or discrepancies than indicated in the specification are discarded and can not bear the mark of origin of Pecorino Toscano DOP. Unlike other Italian cheeses made from sheep's milk, Pecorino Toscano DOP has milder flavor and harmonious. Compared to cheeses made from cow's milk or mixed however, has a stronger flavor - never exceeded - quite distinctive and different from many cheeses and cheeses generic. Pecorino Toscano DOP is consumed mainly as a table cheese; reached more advanced ages can also be used as a grating cheese. Delicacy and temperament are the characteristics, almost antithetical, which merged in a balanced way, define this masterpiece of taste that is the Pecorino Toscano DOP.

SCARPERIA

SCARPERIA  Apri
Loc. SCARPERIA FI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
29 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Borgo San Lorenzo, Barberino di Mugello, Camugnano
To be able to establish , the City of Florence had to contend with the feudal family Ubaldini , who opposed the creation of a new fortified town in Mugello . The Florentines had the better and we can still visit Scarborough , born with the name of Castel San Barnaba , with its 7,500 inhabitants and eloquent traces of the medieval period . Scarborough renamed to its location at the foot - or on the ' shoe ' - the Apennines, the Tuscan city of Florence is located in the province and is one of the most interesting of the Mugello, included among the most beautiful villages in Italy . Linked to the production of cutting tools since the early years of the fourteenth century, a period in which it defined the first statutes of the knife , the city is still full of companies that reproduce the knives of tradition. Nestled in a green valley , connected with Bologna and the Romagna by the Apennine , Scarborough was born as a Florentine outpost but in a short time has become an important market place and a stopover indispensable for travelers in the area. Even now, the center is split in two by the road to Bologna , around which developed the streets and has collected the urban core , surrounded by the ancient walls with their massive square towers . Dominating the center is the Palazzo dei Vicari , a fourteenth-century mansion from the austere lines , which occurs in the side towered fortress overlooking the square and on the opposite side . The walls, preserved only partially surround a beautiful courtyard , and the walls of the building are equipped with scarp and a tower , with battlements and corbels . Since , after the earthquake of 1929, has been restored, the pcomplesso resembles the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to decorate the facade there are the coats of arms of vicars , including symbols earthenware made in the workshops of the Della Robbia and Benedetto Bouillon . Inside are exquisite ornaments and Renaissance frescoes , in sharp contrast with the exterior appearance , so harsh and severe. To see the Madonna with Child and Saints kept in the first room on the upper floor, painted by Ghirlandaio's pupils in 1554. Worth a look also the Palazzo dei Vicari , fully open after a major restoration project , which is located next two religious buildings not to be missed . One is the Rectory , dedicated to Saints Philip and James and commissioned by Brother of Napoleon Galluzzi in the first half of 1300, expanded in the late nineteenth and caretaker of numerous works of art . The other is the Oratory of the Madonna di Piazza, founded around 1320 , ancient scenery of the inauguration ceremony of the Vicars : here received the solemn oath of allegiance on the part of the Podesta and came into possession of his office. Inside you can admire the Madonna di Piazza di Jacopo del Casentino , who according to tradition was found at the bottom of the well of the square.

BORGO SAN LORENZO

BORGO SAN LORENZO  Apri
Loc. BORGO SAN LORENZO FLORENCE, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
25 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Scarperia e San Piero, Barberino di Mugello, Firenze
  Brochure PDF
The town, considered the capital and most populated town of Mugello, where is the valley of the Sieve is wider . The original town was formed around a courtyard Ubaldini , where the ancient Roman hamlet of Annejanum . Towards the middle of the tenth century it was partly under the rule of the Florentine bishops , who rebelled in 1273 , then was d a municipality . It was the scene of struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines , faithfully following the changing fortunes of Florence. In 1351 the walls were built , of which only a few ruins , and two gates : Porta Fiorentina and Porta clock . In 1440 the town was besieged by Niccolo' Piccinino in favor of the Albizi , in 1527 it was a fortress against the French. In the period of the Grand Duchy , the administration of which conformed the country was modernized and improved. In 1906, Galileo and Chino Chini founded the manufacturing furnaces S. Lorenzo famous for the production of vases, cache-pot , mugs , jugs, ceramic and porcelain umbrella stand , wall building and vitrified tiles of taste Liberty . In 1913 it was the seat of the first Agricultural Show Industrial Mugello and Val di Sieve , it was partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1919. In 1943, was the bombing by British aircraft and in l944 were repeated attacks on railroad bridges . The old town of Borgo completely restored and is now home to numerous shops visited .

UFFIZI GALLERY

UFFIZI GALLERY  Apri
Loc. FIRENZE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato

The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's leading museums, dates back to 1560, when Cosimo I de' Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to build a grand, two-wing palace 'along the river and nearly in the air', which was destined to house the legal and administrative offices ('Uffizi') of the Florentine government. Vasari is also credited with the construction five years later of an elevated gallery over Ponte Vecchio and the Santa Felicita church, which connected the Uffizi to the new Medici residence in Palazzo Pitti, finishing in the Boboli gardens.. The first true heart of the Gallery was created by Francesco I, son of Cosimo, who, after converting the top floor of the Uffizi into a place in which to 'walk with paintings, statues, and other precious things', entrusted Buontalenti with the creation of a gallery to house furnishings and other works of art. The Medici theater was done by the same architect and built in 1586 in the same position as the current first and second floors of the museum's east wing. In 1589, Ferdinando I, Francesco's brother, then had the terrace near the gallery converted into a closed environment, which became the loggia of the maps. A hanging garden above the Loggia dell'Orcagna is located at the end of the Gallery's other wing. The Uffizi Gallery is currently home to an immense artistic heritage, including thousands of paintings ranging from medieval times to the modern era, as well as a vast number of ancient sculptures, miniatures, and tapestries. There is also a renowned collection of self-portraits, which continues to grow with the purchase and donation of works by contemporary artists, as well as another very important collection, the Gallery of Drawings and Prints.

CASTELLO DI SAMMEZZANO

CASTELLO DI SAMMEZZANO  Apri
Loc. CASTELLO DI SAMMEZZANO, LECCIO FI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
5 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Piantravigne, Impruneta, Firenze
The main building is a construction eclectic Moorish style and was built in 1605 at the behest of Ximenes D'Aragona. Subsequently passed in inheritance to Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes who redesigned it between 1853 and 1889. In the course of 1878 also hosted the King of Italy Umberto I. After the war it was used as a luxury hotel, while at present, despite the sale to 'auction of 1999 and some urgent restoration work, has been abandoned. In April 2012, however, has been the Committee FPXA 1813-2013 (FPXA stands for Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes of Aragon) which has among its aims to promote and enhance the castle Sammezzano. The park, one of the largest of Tuscany, was built in the mid-nineteenth century by Ferdinand Panciatichi, exploiting agricultural land around his property and a grove of oaks (a ragnaia). We had planted a large amount of exotic tree species, like redwoods and other resinous American, while the furniture was made of architectural elements in the Moorish style as a bridge, an artificial cave (with a statue of Venus), pools, fountains and other creations decorative tiles. Only a small part of the nineteenth century plants is known to us: already in 1890 of 134 botanical species planted several decades ago, it had survived only 37. Only recently has begun to put in some of the dwelling species lost in a project restoration that enhances the original botanical wealth: there are now examples of araucaria, sequoia, thuja, yew, cypress, pine, fir, palm, yucca, oak, maple, cedar, cedar of Lebanon, hackberry, ash, juniper, acacia, lime and many plants of interest floriculturale. The park is the largest group of giant sequoias in Italy, with as many as 57 adult specimens, all over 35 meters.

MONTEFIORALLE

MONTEFIORALLE  Apri
Loc. MONTEFIORALLE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
22 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Radda in Chianti, Impruneta, Poggibonsi
It seems that the original name , Monteficalle , he was referring to the many fig trees that lined the slopes of the hill dominated by the castle , but that has subsequently opted for a more elegant and aristocratic variant : the result was Montefioralle name of a charming Tuscan village , today a suburb of Greve in Chianti , in the lush province of Florence. Member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy , Montefioralle is a jewel nestled in a casket of jewels: the town of Greve in Chianti is one of the largest in Italy , in strategic position between the historic status Florence and Siena , dotted small great wonders including Fioralle , with its little streets and its pretty houses , is the country's best preserved thanks to the placement a bit ' isolated from the surrounding villages . Perched on top of a hill , from where you can admire the valley of Greve and the majestic hills of Chianti , the country is dominated by the castle , crossed by a road that connects the valley to the so-called road of Poggi , scenic route ranging from Val d'Elsa to the towers of San Gimignano, down to the basin in which it lies Florence and the hill that houses Fiesole. Vineyards, forests that appear to be painted , peasant farms and houses complete the idyll of a land that leaves you speechless . Montefioralle was originated from the deck, around which are arranged as concentric rings later , the houses and streets of the town , not to mention the ever-present church . To embrace the town 's fortifications elliptical- preserved and partially restored fairly recently. Conquered the country is savored the pleasure of discovering little by little glimpses , until you reach the real heart, dominated by the church of Santo

LAGO DEI PONTINI E LAGO LUNGO

LAGO DEI PONTINI E LAGO LUNGO  Apri
Loc. BAGNO DI ROMAGNA - EMILIA ROMAGNA  Navigatore
36 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Poppi, San Piero In Bagno, Pratovecchio
The Lake of the Pontini (748 m asl) and the Lagolungo (616 m asl) are located on the slopes of Mount Co'mero. They were formed as a result of a massive landslide on February 15, 1855 by San Cataldo, in the north-west of the Co'mero, and that in its slow casting destroyed fifty houses, including the village and the church of Baroncioni Crocesanta, and then to the Savio sbarrandone temporarily the course. Around them is an old chestnut that includes many old trees. Today the delightful lakes - the largest (2.5 ha) is that of Pontini - surrounded by centuries-old chestnut trees and lush vegetation, are ideal places for recreation and relaxation. There are dining with local gastronomic specialties, areas for picnics, hiking healthy walks on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Trout, carp, tench, pike allow the most diverse fishing techniques in every season there are organized races and schools for sport fishing.DAM AND LAKE Ridracoli Dam and reservoir RidracoliL'imponente work , completed in 1982, is a half-moon of reinforced concrete , 103.5 meters high and 432 meters long which prompted the Bidente Ridracoli at an altitude of 557 above sea level to form a lake of 100 square acres . This huge reservoir , secured by advanced technology, is capable of 33 million cubic meters of pure water which quenches all the Romagna . The artificial lake is set in a picturesque setting, it is set against the National Park of Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna , and is the catchment area of the waters of the Lama Forest and natural reserve full of Sassofratino . The dam can be visited on Sundays and public holidays throughout the year, and every day in the summer with the possibility of excursions on the lake with an electric boat to explore the hidden corners of the lake and watch the wildlife . With a visit to the splendid exhibition halls of HYDRO Eco-museum of the Waters in the village of Ridracoli and Polo natural and technological center around the dam .

CASTELLO DI ROMENA

CASTELLO DI ROMENA  Apri
Loc. PRATOVECCHIO - TOSCANA  Navigatore
23 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 593 mt. a.s.l.  Area Poppi, Bagno di Romagna, Piantravigne
The castle of the Romanian (framed within the Eco del Casentino, in the tem of civilization castle) is a fortress located in the municipality of Pratovecchio. It is located atop a hill 621 meters above sea level. It is placed in position over the Casentino and the town of Pratovecchio. The name of Romania or Ormena is a word of Etruscan origin. In the area of the castle were found during various excavations, fragments of vases and various tools for home use. The castle currently appears in the role given to it thanks to the restoration promoted by Count Octavian Flamini. Are still standing the keep, three towers and the three surrounding walls. The entrance to the castle is done by so-called north door and door Gioiosa Kiss. The formwork is accessed by a tower with drawbridge and moat, and once inside you can endorse the two nuclei of the structure: the so-called house of the Podesta, residential palace of the Guidi of Romena where inside is placed a reconstruction in the castle stairs as it appeared in the thirteenth century, and the tower, the tallest and most protected; there are also a cistern to collect rainwater and an underground tunnel that led outside. The defensive walls are still corbels, who have the task of holding up the walkway in wood, the result of the work of nineteenth-century restoration. Among the keep and the third surviving tower is the large space of the parade ground, where in 1901 pitched his tent Gabriele d'Annunzio. The last of the towers is the so-called Tower of Prisons. Recently undergone major renovations was reopened to the public in 2007 and can be visited for a fee.

PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA

     

PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA  Apri
Loc. FIRENZE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
16 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
Located in the historic center, Piazza della Signoria has always been the center of political and civic life of Florence. Piazza della Signoria is just a 10-minute walk from the train station of Santa Maria Novella and is attached to the Uffizi , Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. After several transformations and following the implementation of the Uffizi (1560 - 1580) Piazza della Signoria took on its present appearance , a great visual impact related to various sculptures and palaces. In the center is placed the equestrian statue of Cosimo I ( bronze work of Giambologna in 1598 ) and the Source or Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna, erected in 1575 next to the Palazzo Vecchio during the construction of a new aqueduct . On the left side of the staircase of the Palazzo Vecchio we find the sculpture of the Marzocco ( a copy, the original Donatello is kept in the Museum of the Bargello ) , a heraldic lion with the coat of arms of Florence during the republican era in fact lions were kept in captivity behind the palace . Moving to the right we find copies in bronze of Judith and Holofernes , Michelangelo's David (the original sculpted by Michelangelo in 1504, is preserved in the Galleria dell'Accademia ), and the marble group of Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli. Many sculptures are exhibited in the Loggia della Signoria ( also known as the Loggia dei Lanzi ), built in 1382 , on the left side of the square, next to the Palazzo Vecchio. Among the most important sculptures can remember Theological and Cardinal Virtues , The Fortress of John , Temperance , Justice, Prudence, Faith and Charity . But surely the most important and well-known sculpture is Perseus of Benvenuto Cellini which depicts the mythical greek hero who shows the head of Medusa just ed . On the other side of the square to the right of the Palazzo Vecchio there is an arch that holds the Rape of the Sabine Women , a collection of marble sculptures by Giambologna in 1853

PONTE VECCHIO

     

PONTE VECCHIO  Apri
Loc. PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
Built next to a crossing of the Roman era , the Old Bridge was until 1218 the only bridge crossing the ' Arno in Florence . The bridge, as we see it today was costruto in 1345 after a severe flood destroyed the previous year. During the Second World War , German troops destroyed all the bridges in Florence, except this one. However blocked the access to the bridge , destroying the two medieval buildings on its sides. On November 4, 1966, the Ponte Vecchio miraculously endured the ' huge wave of water from the ' Arno in flood, which broke its banks causing the ' flood of Florence. Over the Ponte Vecchio you can see a beautiful part of the Vasari Corridor . This hall, built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari , passing just above the shops of goldsmiths who are currently on the sides of the bridge. Commissioned by the Medici , allowing them to move from the Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti without having to go through the streets of Florence , in complete safety. At the time of construction of the Corridor , the Ponte Vecchio had gathered the butchers' shops , probably with their activities disturb the passage of the Medici, who in 1593 made the move , replacing them with the more decent goldsmith shops . In 1901 the bridge was inaugurated a bust of Benvenuto Cellini , a famous goldsmith of the sixteenth century , on the occasion of the fourth centenary of his birth. Those who visit Florence can not miss an evening walk on the Ponte Vecchio. At night, in fact, when the wooden doors of the shops are closed making them seem almost chests , l ' atmosphere on the bridge becomes even more beautiful and romantic and can not really be missed !

WWF: OASI GABBIANELLO

WWF: OASI GABBIANELLO  Apri
Loc. BARBERINO DI MUGELLO, FLORENCE, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
35 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 372 mt. a.s.l.  Area Scarperia e San Piero, Borgo San Lorenzo, Camugnano
  Brochure PDF
The WWF Gabbianello is an area of great interest to the rest of the water birds , surrounded by fascinating landscapes typical sharecropping The Oasis is located in the town of Barberino di Mugello, a few kilometers from Florence. The area of 25 hectares , is a moist environment that is home to hundreds of birds during the migratory period and where you can play many educational activities for all ages. environment It is a new wetland artificially created during the work on completion of the reservoir Sling, with good characteristics of naturalness. We are close to the Apennines, in an area of great interest to the rest of waterfowl , placed in a context organic farming and sharecropping surrounded by the typical landscapes of great charm . Extension of 25 hectares, of which 8 are flooded Flora and fauna And ' possible to see numerous species of flora typical of marshy areas : water buttercup , lily swamp, cattail and reed planiziari woods and around the oasis with fantastic specimens of oak and oak. The Oasis is busy, especially during the migratory period , numerous species of great interest: in particular, the bittern , the knight of Italy, the avocet . More and more frequently stop during the winter and spring migration specimens of pink flamingo , and even the rare osprey is increasingly host the Oasis. Other birds of prey : Hen Harrier ( wintering ) marsh harrier , hobby , peregrine falcon . The different environments also allow the parking of ducks ( Pochard , Shoveler , Teal , Wigeon , Gadwalls ) some of which are of great interest , such as the Red-crested turkish and private.

RISERVA STATALE BADIA PRATAGLIA

RISERVA STATALE BADIA PRATAGLIA  Apri
Loc. RISERVA STATALE BADIA PRATAGLIA, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
37 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Bagno di Romagna, San Piero In Bagno, Pratovecchio
The Regional Reserve Badia Prataglia, extends for most of the Romagna region in the province of Forli' and the Tuscan territory includes the area of Badia Brataglia, the town of Poppi. Pure or mixed forests of beech and fir trees to a abetina artificial approximately 69 hectares characterize the vegetation of the reserve.

GOLF CLUB: DELL'UGOLINO

GOLF CLUB: DELL'UGOLINO  Apri
Loc. IMPRUNETA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
14 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 207 mt. a.s.l.  Area Firenze, Montefioralle, Reggello
It was 1889 when the British colony in Florence founded the Florence Golf Club, the first golf association Italian, in the Cascine area, then moved Osmannoro after the First World War. Between the 20s and 30s took shape the idea of creating a new field; so, Ugolino was born in 1933 on the Via Chiantigiana designed by British architects Blandford and Gannon. A natural path, challenging for the gradients, obstacles, and the small greens and well defended. Considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world, was reckoned by the American writer Chris Santella among the 50 most beautiful courses in the world.

RADDA IN CHIANTI

RADDA IN CHIANTI  Apri
Loc. RADDA IN CHIANTI - TOSCANA  Navigatore
30 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Montefioralle, Monteriggioni, Poggibonsi
Few other areas of our country are able to give the visitor a deeper sense of contentment of the soul, deep peace of mind , as they can provide the magical hills of Chianti that follow each other with their sweet corrugated profiles in an alternating warm colors of iron oxide -rich soils and varied shades of green crops and stretches of vines that cover the sunny slopes between Siena and San Giovanni Valdarno . In this poem of landscape Radda in Chianti , a historic town of the Chianti region awaits you with its 530 m above sea level , a kind of natural balcony on the theory of valleys and hills, beautiful scenery where you can taste some excellent wines, among the best of all Tuscany . To get in Radda in Chianti , you can use the Autostrada del Sole A1 exit Valdarno . After the toll booth turn right onto the SP11 Poggialupi and right again on the SP 59, cross the Arno river and the roundabout in Montevarchi follow the SS408 ( Via Chiantigiana ) that climbs the mountains of Chianti in the direction of Cavriglia, Montegrossi , for then follow the SR429 leading up to Radda in Chianti. Alternatively, you can follow the Firenze Siena and exit San Donato follow the signs to Castellina in Chianti and then for Radda in Chianti. Radda in Chianti has a classic Tuscan climate , with hot summers and sunny , mitigated by the altitude factor and allows you to spend pleasant summer evenings in the countryside around , including songs of crickets and cicadas and the landscape becomes fantastic and mysterious moon nights full. The wettest period is autumn, while the most intense storms affecting the area during the spring. In general, however, the weather is sunny and is testimony to the excellence of the wine production area of Chianti.

MARRONE DEL MUGELLO IGP

MARRONE DEL MUGELLO IGP  Apri
Loc. MUGELLO, BORGO SAN LORENZO FI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
23 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 186 mt. a.s.l.  Area Scarperia e San Piero, Barberino di Mugello, Firenze
  Brochure PDF
The brown Mugello obtained from the European Economic Community that the PGI Protected Geographical Indication. The IGP Mugello Marrone has a medium-large, an ellipsoidal shape, a side face flat and the other convex. The base is generally flat and lighter in color than the rest of the fruit. The flesh is white, crisp and pleasant, sweet taste. In cultivation you do not use pesticides and fertilizers and for the preservation of the product are not using chemical treatments and additives: you can treat the fruits with a bath in cold water which may be preceded by a water calda.Marroni of MugelloMarroni Mugello In families is in use freezing of brown skinned. The brown for fresh consumption have size at least 80 pieces per kg. The production area covers the entire territory of the municipalities of Marradi, Palazzuolo sul Senio and Dicomano and part I of the regionally common Lorenzo Borgo, Firenzuola, by Lon, Rufina, San Godenzo, Scarperia, Vicchio. The brown Mugello is recognized as Protected Geographical Indication under the Regulations EEC n. 2081/92. The brown Mugello is produced by chestnut trees belonging to a number of local ecotypes all due to the variety Brown Fiorentino. The chestnut, quantifiable 3,322 Ha, are located in the range of altitudes ranging from 300 to 900 m sl m. with maximum densities of 120-160 trees per hectare. The brown Mugello fresh shell is characterized by a medium-large (no more than 80 fruits / Kg), mainly ellissoida the shape, not very pronounced apex with presence of tomentum, normally a side face is flat and the other markedly convex, the scar at the base is rectangular generally flat and lighter in color than the pericarp. The pericarp, which is easily detachable from the episperm, is thin, reddish brown with dark stripes along meridians in varying numbers from 25 to 30. The seed, normally one per fruit, is of white pulp, crispy and pleasant sweet flavor with almost no surface grooves. The quality and reputation is peaking with the Marrone from Marradi, also popular Italian varieties: Carpinese, Fragonese, Cecio, Montanina and Reggiolana.

AREA NATURALE PROTETTA DI INTERESSE LOCALE LE BALZE

AREA NATURALE PROTETTA DI INTERESSE LOCALE LE BALZE  Apri
Loc. AREA NATURALE PROTETTA DI INTERESSE LOCALE LE BALZE, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
19 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Reggello, Radda in Chianti, Montefioralle
Located on the slopes of Pratomagno Valdarno, between the river Resco north-west and south-east Ciuffenna river, on a surface belonging to four different municipalities, the protected area is intended to protect an important geomorphological emergency. The geological nature of the area - fluvial-lacustrine deposits varies in size and polygenic conglomerates - in fact over the centuries has allowed the formation of particular forms of erosion areas such as ravines, cliffs and pillars of erosion, so as to constitute a characteristic morphology of great scenic and environmental. The part of the territory, which is referred to as Upper Valdarno, between the Arno river and hill formations that form the prelude to Pratomagno, is characterized by geological structures of particular interest and beauty, consisting of sands, clays and gravels stratified as high as a hundred meters and succession of different forms, interspersed with deep canyons. These structures, called Ruffles are the result, at present, the dismantling of ancient sediments caused by atmospheric agents, but also marked by the presence, in time, man.

MUSEO LEONARDIANO VINCI

MUSEO LEONARDIANO VINCI  Apri
Loc. VINCI FI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
45 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area San Miniato, Campi Bisenzio, Pistoia
  Brochure PDF
The idea of a museum dedicated to Leonardo in his native land, was born in 1919 during the celebrations for the fourth centenary of his death when the Conti Guidi Castle was donated to the town of Vinci. After the restoration of the building of the years 1939-1942 , the Museum of Leonardo began his life April 15, 1953 for the generous gesture of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who gave the town a whole series of models reconstructed on the basis of Leonardo's drawings . At that time, the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci or Leonardo's machines occupied only four rooms of the castle , sharing space with those of the Library that is transferred in the current premises in 1983. Since then the collection of machines and mechanisms has increased steadily thanks to of scholars, donors and investments of the City , becoming one of the largest and most original collections for the critical knowledge of Leonardo in the context of the history and technique late-medieval and Renaissance art. Only in 1986 the Museum , after significant restructuring , finally took the title of Leonardo . In the summer of 2004 the exhibition spaces have been extended through the incorporation of the Conti Guidi Castle and the house Uzielli into a single new museum on two sites not far away in the old town of Vinci. The new entrance to the museum , consisting of square Guidi , is reconfigured in 2006 to a design by the artist Mimmo Paladino, who gave birth to a new and independent set design in line with the scientific and artistic figure of Leonardo. In the 2008-2010 period it was made a major new series of interventions in the ancient structure of the Rocca dei Conti Guidi, who led removal of architectural barriers and further re-equipping campaign . The collection and exhibition spaces have been renovated and expanded thanks to the close collaboration of historians , engineers and digital modeling .

WWF: OASI STAGNI DI FOCOGNANO

WWF: OASI STAGNI DI FOCOGNANO  Apri
Loc. CAMPI BISENZIO FLORENCE, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
30 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Prato, Firenze, Vinci
  Brochure PDF
Natural Area of Local Interest The WWF Focognano is a complex of 5 lakes , historic evidence of the typical landscape of the Plain Fiorentina , is an essential piece of the waterways followed by birds. The Oasis is located in the towns of Florence and Campi Bisenzio . The area of 65 hectares , represents the typical reconstructed historical landscape of the Plain Fiorentina , a few steps from the historic center . An important staging area for birds and a microenvironment essential for the conservation of amphibians. environment Complex of 5 lakes , historic evidence of the typical landscape of the Plain Fiorentina , is an essential piece of the waterways followed by birds. as well as a microenvironment essential for the conservation of fauna minor. A stone's throw from the historic center of Florence acquires an undisputed value for teaching and for the opportunity to volunteer in nature. Flora and fauna Reeds , rushes, cattail , sedges , little Buttercup and the water lily marsh Obligatory stop and transit during migration and wintering , home to numerous species of ducks : Mallard , Wigeon , Pintail , Teal , Shoveler . Many waders : Black-tailed Godwit , Greenshank , Albastrello , redshank and herons Egret , Night Heron , Little Egret , Grey Heron , which can be spotted in the lakes during the year. Many species that nest there : Knight of Italy, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe , Little Bittern , Marsh Warbler , Reed Warbler and Kingfisher . Amphibians : crested newt , newt , tree frog . Reptiles : Grass Snake casting , sand lizard , lizard . In addition to the great lakes were created small lakes , marshy areas , ponds and micro- refuges for fauna minor. for the protection of local populations of crested newt , newt , tree frog , lizard , grass snake and sand lizard.

OLIO TOSCANO IGP

OLIO TOSCANO IGP  Apri
Loc. FIRENZE, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
Altitude: 45 mt. a.s.l.  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
  Brochure PDF
The extra virgin olive oil Toscano PGI offers maximum certainty in terms of authenticity. The Consortium provides each bottle with his signature, verifying the entire chain of production, strictly made in Tuscany, from the plant to the packaging. The oil is also subjected to chemical tests and sensory (taste by commissions paid by the Ministry of Agriculture) to check its compliance with the specification. The result is a 100% oil Toscano. Oil Toscano PGI also means typical and strong ties with the territory, certified by the CTM PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and by a strict production regulations. That's why this virgin is fully part of the typical Tuscan products, loved all over the world.

VIA DEL CHIANTI

VIA DEL CHIANTI  Apri
Loc. POGGIBONSI - TOSCANA  Navigatore
40 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Certaldo
  Brochure PDF
Not all the wine produced in the Chianti zone is Chianti Classico. To have the right to a denomination is not sufficient. In fact, the provenance refers to a given territory but also all the rules stipulated in the production regulations must be respected. Those rules determine the conditions and the requisites that permit a wine to be decked out with the name Chianti Classico DOCG. Chianti Classico wine In addition, other fundamentals and other requisites concern the ampelographical base&or the types of grapes that can be used in the preparation of the wine. The rules provide for a minimum ratio of 80% for Sangiovese, the typical red variety of the zone. Along with the Sangiovese, other red grapes of the area can be used in a maximum percentage of 20%. These grapes include natives like Canaiolo and Colorino as well as 'international' varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all recommended and/or authorized for the production zone. Among the principal sensory characteristics indicated by the production rules, there is the ruby red color that can become at times intense and profound, depending upon the wine's origin. The odor offers floral notes of violets and irises combined with a typical character of red fruit. The flavor is harmonious, dry and sapid with a good level of tannin that fines in time, becoming soft and velvety. Other requisites requested include a minimum alcohol level of 12 degrees for young wines and 12.5 degrees for the Riserva. Minimum net dry extract amounts to 24 g/l, while total minimum acidity is registered at 4.5 g/l. In addition, the production rules require important factors. For example, it is stipulated that the yield of grapes per hectare cannot exceed 75 quintals four years after the vines are planted and that the yield of wine from grapes cannot exceed 70% or 52.5 hectoliters per hectare. In addition, the regulations note that the processes of vinification, preservation and bottling must occur exclusively in the production zone. And the wine may not be released for consumption before October 1. Minimum required maturation for the Riserva is 24 months including three months of bottle fining. As far as the label is concerned, the regulations contain some terms that are added to those already stipulated by the specific rules in effect in the sector. In the first place, the label must contain the indication 'Chianti Classico' with the more specific identification, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita and display the year when the grapes were produced (vintage). The name of the wine can be identified in connection with that of the estate or with a brand name or it can be a fantasy name or indication of the name of the vineyard of provenance. In any case, terms like extra, fine, , ed, superiore, old and similar may not be used. Sangiovese, the soul of Chianti Classico The minimum permitted ratio of Sangiovese grapes used in the production of the wine is 80%, a percentage that can rise to 100%. Sangiovese is the real soul of Chianti Classico. The Sangiovese grape is extremely sensitive to external factors, especially terrain and climate, and it is truly difficult to identify another variety that is so well able to interpret the characteristics of the soil and modify its aromas in accordance with the terrain in which the vine grows. Flowery bouquets are derived from sandy soils, while scents of wild berries are suggested by limestone and the aromas of tobacco are fresh with hints of tufa. But always, whatever may be its zone of origin, there is that scent of violets that the production regulations identify as the characterizing and specific element of Chianti Classico. Young and Riserva Chianti Classico In the first years of its life, Chianti Classico is odorous, fruity and rounded and the wine features a brilliant ruby red color. But Sangiovese is a grape of medium-long aging capacity and it is used in extremely high percentages or alone as is foreseen for Chianti Classico. This can result in products with big bodies and substantial complexity that can withstand many years of aging. Naturally, various factors concur in the establishment of the final quality of the product. Seasonal conditions are of great importance. In the best vintages those conditions assure perfect and uniform ripening of the grapes. But work in the vineyard whether during cultivation or during the harvest is also vital.

OLIO CHIANTI CLASSICO D.O.P.

OLIO CHIANTI CLASSICO D.O.P.  Apri
Loc. TOSCANA, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Impruneta, Campi Bisenzio, Prato
  Brochure PDF
Able to enhance any kind of food, oil DOP Chianti Classico is the perfect complement to pasta dishes, salads and cold dishes enrich and perfect cooking elaborate. The characteristics of this oil is well matched by the local cuisine, but also to that of other regions and internationally. Great in the kitchen, the Chianti Classico DOP Olive oil is also a good ally for our health. Rich in antioxidants able to block the free radicals responsible for the aging process of the organism, is also an important source of vitamin E in a correct and balanced Mediterranean diet.

PRATO

PRATO  Apri
Loc. PRATO - TOSCANA  Navigatore
34 Km from B&B VILLA FRANCESCA
  Area Campi Bisenzio, Pistoia, Vinci
  Brochure PDF
Prato is one of the capitals of the Tuscany region situated in the plain between Pistoia and Florence near the mouth of the river valley Bisenzio. Prato is situated in the center of Tuscany in very strategic position to reach the other cities of art like Florence. The ancient village of Prato developed in the IX-X century and became a free ocmune in the twelfth century is very important for the production of wool. At the beginning of the fourteenth century it came under the rule of the Angevins of Naples, who in 1351 ceded it to Florence. Prato experienced a period of decline in the fourteenth century that was resuscitated by the textile industry in the eighteenth century.

Excursions and attractions in TOSCANA close to RIGNANO SULL'ARNO Reggello Impruneta Firenze: 'CASTELLO DEI CONTI GUIDI'   'CERTALDO'   'LOGGIA DEI LANZI'   'MONTERIGGIONI'   'BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO'   'CASTELLO DI MONTERIGGIONI'   'FIRENZE'   'PECORINO TOSCANO DOP'   'SCARPERIA'   'BORGO SAN LORENZO'   'UFFIZI GALLERY'   'CASTELLO DI SAMMEZZANO'   'MONTEFIORALLE'   'LAGO DEI PONTINI E LAGO LUNGO'   'CASTELLO DI ROMENA'   'PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA'   'PONTE VECCHIO'   'WWF: OASI GABBIANELLO'   'RISERVA STATALE BADIA PRATAGLIA'   'GOLF CLUB: DELL'UGOLINO'   'RADDA IN CHIANTI'   'MARRONE DEL MUGELLO IGP'   'AREA NATURALE PROTETTA DI INTERESSE LOCALE LE BALZE'   'MUSEO LEONARDIANO VINCI'   'WWF: OASI STAGNI DI FOCOGNANO'   'OLIO TOSCANO IGP'   'VIA DEL CHIANTI'   'OLIO CHIANTI CLASSICO D.O.P.'   'PRATO'  

TOSCANA


Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape, artistic heritage and important cities, first of all Florence, make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of world tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless. You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuane Alps and in several protected areas, like Orbetello lagoon, which houses many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets. However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropolis and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories of the Roman Age. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defence tems, rural churches (the so-called 'pievi') and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant'Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma. Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatment. The provinces of the region are: Florence (regional capital), Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.