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Lunigiana: the land of a thousand castles

Explore an authentic land at leisure: this is the recommended approach to admire the abundant riches that the Lunigiana has to offer. The northernmost patch in Tuscany, the area borders with ...

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Adventure sports in the Pisa area

If you’re looking for a miniature Tuscany, the Pisa area is a find. Drawing an imaginary circle with a 50-kilometre radius (which translates to a half-hour drive) with Pisa at ...

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Diving into Doganaccia and Abetone

Tuscany is a veritable winter wonderland during the colder months. The Christmas lights, the nativity scenes dotting the region’s myriad medieval villages, the snow-capped mountains calling sports lovers to take ...

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Val d’Orcia: Into the wild, into the open

The Val d’Orcia has earned a steadfast place in the collective imagination as the typical – if not ideal – Tuscan landscape, its gentle, rolling hills shifting in colour and ...

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Adventure in Montecatini Terme and Valdinievole

If Florence and Tuscany inspire you, just imagine the creative and physical regeneration to be had when walking in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci. The cooler breezes of Fall ...

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Seven islands for several adventures: Capraia and Pianosa

Legend has it that the seven islands comprising the Tuscan Archipelago were birthed when Aphrodite mislaid her pearl necklace in the Mediterranean. Goddess of love aside, Elba, Capraia, Pianosa, Giglio, ...

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Day-by-day ideas for August in Florence

First August in Florence? This is the month of shop closures and “chiuso per ferie” signs as most residents run for the beach. Outdoor cinema and cultural events are still ...

ART + CULTURE

The park of Villa Il Ventaglio

The romantic English garden of the Villa Il Ventaglio was restored in 2018 and will reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown on Wednesday, May 27.       Situated in panoramic ...

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Picnicking in and around Florence

Beaches and bathing suits aside, nothing signals the imminent arrival of summer quite like the art of eating all’aperto. Seeing and being seen dining outdoors – whether hunched over tiny ...

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Walking from Pontassieve to Pievecchia

In June, there’s no more nostalgic walk in Pontassieve than from via Palagi to Pievecchia.   Ph. @helencfarrell      On June 8, 1944, the hushed hamlet of Pievecchia would ...

ART + CULTURE

L’Erta Canina

On May days when tourists descend in droves by plane, train and automobile, it’s time to take to the hills—and one steep ascent in particular. Photos by Helen Farrell @helencfarrell ...

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Giardino Piero Filippi: a San Niccolò story

Sanniccolini proudly take their children there for play dates. Giardino della Carraia is a breath of fresh air extending up the hill from Porta San Miniato. The name comes from ...

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Elba Island: finding paradise off the Tuscan Coast

Elba Island can be what you want: a romantic getaway, a family gathering or a personal vacation da solo.

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Canyon Park: adventuring near Bagni di Lucca

Adventurers on the hunt for their next adrenaline rush should turn toward an unexpected spot this summer: Scesta. This small fraction of Bagni di Lucca (LU) is home to Canyon Park, ...

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Outdoors in the Valdinievole and Montecatini Terme area

The typical hills of the Tuscan landscape offer the best possible escape from the summer heat and extend over numerous miles. For decades traditional tourism has been coming back to ...

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A spring walk in the Maremma

Walking in the Maremma is as natural as cantucci and vin santo.     One of Tuscany’s most beautiful holiday destinations outside Florence is mainly countryside: the fields and hazy ...

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7 gardens in Florence that you have to see

It had never really dawned upon me to visit the gardens of Florence. Maybe because until recently I was still trying to avoid doing things that my mother would do. ...

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Explore Maremma Walking Festival: out of the city

Pull on those comfortable shoes, pray for good weather and see some of Southern Tuscany’s (and Lazio’s) most spectacular natural sites at the Explore Maremma Walking Festival this September 20–28. There’s no denying it has been a rubbish summer in Tuscany. The

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Tuscany’s white sand

With its 4km-long, white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, Vada, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, is called by many the Caribbean of the Tyrrenhian Sea. The whiteness ...

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A quiet day in the mountains

Ineeded a break.  From what, I’m not sure.  It wasn’t work; I had just spent 3 weeks at the sea.  Actually, I needed some hard, tough, exercise.  Plus some solitude.  Something that only comes from being in the mountains, and mountains

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