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Volterra, Italy, a charming mediaeval Tuscan hilltop town

Church of San Giusto in Volterra

Volterra is a charming Tuscan hill town that was “discovered” by a popular author of travel guides a few years back and more recently became the setting for a series of vampire movies. Despite the consequent upsurge in tourism, Volterra is still a “must visit” for anyone interested in Tuscan life, art and history. Volterra […]

How to enjoy a vacation in the Chianti countryside and still easily visit Florence

Visit Florence from Chianti

Lots of visitors to Tuscany would like to be able to visit the great art cities, especially Florence, but would prefer not to stay there, especially during the hot and crowded summer months. Many also do not wish to drive in Florence because of the limited traffic zones, bus lanes and other tiresome traffic issues. […]

The Etruscans – who were they and where did they come from?

Etruscan

The origins of the Etruscans – indeed almost everything about them – remains mysterious. It is even unclear when they first arrived in the Italian peninsula and whether an entire people migrated or only what became a ruling caste. Recent genetic studies of both Etruscan human remains and local oxen provides evidence that a connection […]

What to see when you visit the charming town of San Quirico Val d’Orcia

San Quirico Val d'Orcia Tuscany Italy

San Quirico Val d’Orcia is a town of great charm that is often overlooked by visitors to the Val d’Orcia. San Quirico is of Etruscan origin and its present appearance, with its almost intact walls incorporating fourteen towers, dates mainly from mediaeval times when it was an important stop on the Via Francigena pilgrimage and […]

Sights and history of Pienza in the Val d’Orcia of Tuscany, Italy

Pienza in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany, Italy

A visit to Pienza provides unalloyed pleasure to anyone who enjoys Renaissance architecture, italianate gardens, Tuscan food – particularly pecorino – and splendid vistas. Pienza shares the unspoiled Val d’Orcia with Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Quirico and owes its wonderfully harmonious town plan to Rossellino (probably working under strong influence of Leon Battista Alberti), thanks […]

Italianate gardens of the villas of Tuscany

Tuscan garden of Villa Gamberaia

The formal gardens of Tuscany have been an integral part of the villas of Tuscany since Renaissance times when they first made their appearance as conscious attempts to create for wealthy and influential Florentines the ideal place for humanist debate, based upon ancient Roman ideals. After a period of landscape design in the English style […]

Abbeys, basilicas, monasteries, hermitages and parish churches of Tuscany

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

The Abbeys, Basilicas and Monasteries of the Tuscan countryside and villages are sometimes overlooked as we enthusiastically feast on the masterpieces in the churches of Florence, Sienna and the other “art” cities of Tuscany. In fact there are abbeys (abbazie), basilicas (basiliche), monasteries (monasteri), hermitages (eremi) and parish churches (pievi) in every corner of Tuscany, […]

Greve in Chianti activities, castles and other sights

Piazza Matteotti in Greve in Chianti

The whole area of Chianti around Greve is packed with castles, even more so than other parts of Tuscany, in addition to walled villages such as Montefioralle, Vertine and Volpaia, fortified abbeys and farmhouses that have developed from watch towers. Day excursions taking in several of these sights add enormously to the enjoyment of a […]

Sights of Massa Marittima and the Maremma in Tuscany, Italy

Massa Marittima

Massa Marittima is an under-estimated Tuscan destination: it is what Volterra was five years ago – an “undiscovered” Tuscan hill town full of interest and charm. Massa Marittima was founded by the Etruscans, like many cities in Tuscany, and is located in the Colline Metallifere so that its history is closely linked to the copper […]

Events, festivals, fairs, exhibitions and historical re-enactments in Tuscany

Events in Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for the number and quality of its festivals and events. Why are they so many and so good? Several reasons. One is that annual folk festivals such as grape and wine festivals as well as religious holidays have lasted longer or been revived more often in Italy than in most other European […]

The town of Colle di Val d’Elsa in Tuscany

Colle di Val d'Elsa

Colle di Val d’Elsa has a congested and uninteresting new town in the valley which often causes visitors to miss its small but attractive old town on the ridge above, overlooking the River Elsa. The older part of Colle di Val d’Elsa is entered through the huge Porta Nova. The narrow main street has a number […]

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