Location

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In the town of Santa Croce sull’Arno in Via di Poggio Adorno, suburb Cerri there is a religious icon dating back to the century XIX dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The Madonnina is located on the edge of the road near the intersection of  Via di Poggio Adorno, Via del Bosco and Via Lungovalle.

For the travelers who once crossed the dangers of the forest along the path of the Via Francigena, the niche represented an important reference point. When they saw it they knew they had arrived “at the bottom of the coast”, where Gusciana flows, today called Usciana, the canal that comes from the Padule of Fucecchio and crosses this valley until it flows into the Arno river at Pontedera. At that time, without bridges, the stream crossed through a ford. Later a small canal control building was built with a guardian inside. Only a few years later the bridge was built. It is said that Beata Cristiana to escape from the brothers who wanted to punish her for her generosity, escaped from her house to Usciana and not knowing how to cross it stretched out her apron and believed in the help of the Lord. So Oringa de Menabuoi saved herself and fled to Lucca, a disastrous departure for a final full of glory, but this is another story and I’ll tell you another time.

But let’s go back to our niche. The first historical notes, as well as the first photos date back to the early ‘900. It is interesting to note the florid foliage of the cypress behind the Madonnina. The fact that this tree was already so voluminous, suggests that this religious corner was also present many years before.

Before the last restoration in 1987, the icon appeared as in the image below. Proven by time and two wars, the fresco was about to disappear altogether.

In 1987, the painter Enrico Fornaini took care of the restoration by Mrs. Liana Lami.

Today, 40 years later, our Madonnina has found a new owner who has great plans for her. Soon the new table will be placed with the replicated image of the fresco by Fornaini himself, waiting for the Belle Arti to follow to the recovery plan of the original fresco.

Historical sources:

  • Santa Croce D’Antan – I corpi i luoghi le storie
  • Sacra – nella terra del pane e del companatico di Marisa Baratolesi, Lisandro Chiari, Andrea Orsini e Savino Ruglioni – Rotary Club Fucecchio-Santa Croce sull’Arno FM EDIZIONI
  • Grandmother Carla Pagni
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It is autumn, but Tuscany sun is still shining. Very few rainy days and then the sun returns to illuminate our lands. Sunglasses are a must !! In days like these the best place to visit is Pisa. Devoted to the sea, Pisa embodies the city of creativity, the city where everything is possible even if it is to make a wrong tower stand! A university campus, where with the bases of the past you look with excitement to the future.

When I go to Pisa I do so:

I park my car at the Tower Parking https://goo.gl/maps/doTqyhLwqLJ2

(timetables and parking price at the following link)

https://www.parkopedia.it/parcheggi/garage/tower_parking/56100/pisa/?arriving=201711192200&leaving=201711200000

At 4 minutes I find Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower.

I lie down on the meadow, sunbathe, I make myself a selfie where I pretend to hold the Tower ahahahah

Then I get a bit hungry, it’s noon and I go back to the car and head to Marina di Pisa where is my favorite restaurant “LA RUSTICA“. Fish dishes and pizzeria, delicious cuisine, abundant portions and modest prices, even takeaway. Have you ever tried to take away fry? Other than fast food !! With my card of squid and fried shrimp and chips I walk on the rocks on feet or to the new beautiful marina, the sight is assured! Peace, sun and sea perfume.

This is my idea of ​​Pisa.

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Halloween is over and you already start thinking about Christmas lights.

Because Christmas is like building a Barbie house or a car trail … Christmas is not a day of the year, Christmas is prepared, it’s set up. Advent weekends, December 8th, Christmas gifts, Christmas markets.

Sometimes I wonder why this collective folly for the birthday of Jesus. Maybe this holiday period has so remote roots that we do not even know how to give a meaningful explanation to our mood. It is also true that even the most serious and orthodox people are unlikely to withstand the Christmas climate and so we are overwhelmed by a stronger feeling than we do not even feel the lack of sunshine, because the sun brings it inside us and we expect it to flourish new year, newer, more beautiful and better. Like a baby who is born and still has everything to learn, he does not know anything about our prisons, but looks only for the future and the future in his eyes is amazing.

Today I propose you one of the most beautiful events in our area: Natalia.

For a few years in the fairy frame of the Cloister of the Convent of Franciscan Friars of Fucecchio in December, this magical event takes place thanks to the commitment of all citizenship, but especially to the people of Contrada Porta Raimonda who, in addition to competing for the Palio of Fucecchio in May, during the year come up with several events to engage neighborhood residents and more.

In recent editions the event has taken on a dimension that also attract tourists from other countries.

Below I enclose the full program of the event, I hope you like it and that yours is a dense Christmas of events, but above all of inner peace.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

THE MORNING OF NATALIA

11:45 pm: Inauguration Ceremony; cutting the ribbon in the presence of the municipal administration, Santa Claus and all the characters of Natalia.

12.00 pm: Greetings from the organization and the authorities.

12.15 pm: Opening of the area of ​​the “6th Draw Competition and Poetry Nedo Nencioni”, Elf Laboratory and Art Nativity.

LUNCH IN NATALIA

12.30 am: Opening of “Santa Claus Tavern”, with typical dishes of Christmas tradition. No reservation required.

THE AFTERNOON OF NATALIA

15.00 hrs: Baby Christmas Dance with the elves of the Parade

15.20: Magical Show with Magician Gianluca and Stefano Orselli directly from Italy’s got Talent

16.00 pm: CHURCH BABY PARADE (Piazza della Vergine, via Trieste, Corso Matteotti, Largo Montanelli, Via Landini Marchiani, Piazza XX Settembre and back to Piazza La Vergine) with 100 figurines, the Queen of the Snow, our Mascotte Rudolph the reindeer, the toy factory and the big Santa Claus wagon with sled and reindeer.

17.00: The 4-meter-long Christmas Tree lighting ceremony featuring “Magic Christmas” by all the characters of Natalia with the participation of Raffaella Zambelli, Luca Nesti, Silvia Cirrito and the children of the Athena Dance Team of San Miniato Basso (PI )

17.30 pm: Magic show with Magician Gianluca and Stefano Orselli directly from Italy’s got Talent

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER

THE MORNING OF NATALIA

10.30 am opening of the doors of the village of Santa Claus, Breakfast at the confectionery of the Elfe and the Biscuits, Elf Laboratory, the Rudolph Bottle, Art Nativity, Santa Claus House and post office.

LUNCH IN NATALIA

12.30am – 2.30pm Opening of “Santa Claus Tavern”, with typical dishes of Christmas tradition. No reservation required.

THE AFTERNOON IN NATALIA

3:30 pm: Baby Christmas Dance with the Parade Elves

16.15 pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE PARADE (Piazza della Vergine, Via Trieste, Corso Matteotti, Largo Montanelli, Via Landini Marchiani, Piazza XX Settembre and back to Piazza La Vergine) with 100 figurines, the Queen of the Snow, our new Rudolph Mascot The reindeer, the toy factory, the Butterfly Dance Studio dance body and the big Santa Claus wagon with sledge and reindeer.

17.15 hours: FROZEN Elsa, Anna and Olaf will keep company with all the kids with songs, baby dance, children makeup and more, for an afternoon …. Iced!

SUNDAY DECEMBER 10

THE MORNING OF NATALIA

10.30 am opening of the doors of the village of Santa Claus, Breakfast at the confectionery of the Elfe and the Biscuits, Elf Laboratory, the Rudolph Bottle, Art Nativity, Santa Claus House and post office.

LUNCH IN NATALIA

12.30 am: Opening of “Santa Claus Tavern”, with typical dishes of Christmas tradition. No reservation required.

THE NATALIA POMERIGGIO

15.00 hrs: Baby Christmas Dance with the elves of the Parade

3:30 pm: “Christmas in Fairy”, animated fairy tales in the Elves workshop by Blume. After reading much animated activity with Blume’s staff.

16.15 pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE PARADE (Piazza della Vergine, Via Trieste, Corso Matteotti, Largo Montanelli, Via Landini Marchiani, Piazza XX Settembre and back to Piazza La Vergine) with 100 figurines, the Queen of the Snow, our new Rudolph Mascot The reindeer, the toy factory, the Butterfly Dance Studio dance body and the big Santa Claus wagon with sledge and reindeer.

17.15 pm: Natalia arrives …. THE MINIONS!

SUNDAY DECEMBER 17

THE MORNING OF NATALIA

10.30 am opening of the doors of the village of Santa Claus, Breakfast at the confectionery of the Elfe and the Biscuits, Elf Laboratory, the Rudolph Bottle, Art Nativity, Santa Claus House and post office.

LUNCH IN NATALIA

12.30 am: Opening of “Santa Claus Tavern”, with typical dishes of Christmas tradition. No reservation required.

THE AFTERNOON OF NATALIA

3 pm: “Christmas in fairy tale”, animated fairy tales in the Elves workshop by Blume. After reading much animated activity with Blume’s staff.

15.30 pm Magic show with Magatella

16.15 pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE PARADE (Piazza della Vergine, Via Trieste, Corso Matteotti, Largo Montanelli, Via Landini Marchiani, Piazza XX Settembre and back to Piazza La Vergine) with 100 figurines, the Queen of the Snow, our new Rudolph Mascot The reindeer, the toy factory, the Butterfly Dance Studio dance body and the big Santa Claus wagon with sledge and reindeer.

5 pm: Magic Bubbles – a show of soap bubbles with the Magatella

JANUARY, 6 2018

15.30: Prize of the 6th Draw Competition and Poetry Nedo Nencioni

17.00: Flight of the Befana – by C.A.I Italian Alpine Club – a befana “will fly” from the roof of the Cloister.

5.30 pm: The befana gives a stocking to all children and the elf workshop for the attendees

19.00 hrs: drawing of lottery and closing ceremony of Santa Claus country.

>>> EXTRA NATALIA <<<

From December 2 to January 6 ICE LEATHER JACKET (always open)

CHRISTMAS MARKETS (Christmas Organization Up) December, 16-17 2017

*** Christmas Train *** – December 2, a magical Christmas train will accompany you around Fucecchio. All Saturdays and Sundays (CCN organization)

Natalia – the magical village of Santa Claus Parade adheres to the bill of events promoted by the municipal administration “Natale a Fucecchio”

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It’s hard to write something that has not been said about this fascinating bridge.

The charm of the impossible, maybe that’s the devil we talk about.

A negative feeling that causes ill-feeling, impotence, anger.

The desire to get away, but do not know how. Feeling lost, while the river of life runs inexorably, with its natural, but terrifying noise.

Reach our goals that are on the opposite side of the river, see them and not grab them.

Meanwhile someone has gone swimming or flying, someone has fallen, others have succeeded, and instead of understanding you laugh at you, they slip on your pain, because they enjoy your fear, strengthens them, and somehow forgets their afflictions.

Who are you?

Are you with them?

Do you think they are right?

No?

Will you go ahead with the smile?

Then yeah, you’re diabolical!

If you build the bridge and leave all with their mouth open, then you will be addicted, you will be even more alone, because those who do it, do not like anyone, but not to give you too much will find the excuse that you have not been the best… you were only helped by the devil and may God has pity of your soul.

The scientific, mathematical, constructive genius, like other things that can not be explained, has always been aroused, especially in the Middle Ages. The Devil is a good scapegoat in this case. It justifies you, it protects you.

Devil or Holy, this bridge has been nearly 1000 years old despite the train, the dam, the earthquakes, the geological phases, the time it passes.

Although the arch looks so slim, delicate at its peak. I do not know why he reminds me of Michelangelo’s “Creation”.

Maybe this is the secret, letting yourself cross over without too much opposition.

Elasticity: mild and conscious endurance, more divine than human attitude.

This magical place lives every year for the most splendid moment during Halloween.

Which best place to celebrate the darkness?

Below I enclose the full program of the event, kindly granted me by the organizers that I thank and greet.

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION 2017

Halloween Celebration is the first and largest Halloween Fest in Italy, considered one of the most important in Europe, along with Derry’s in Ireland, Edinburgh in Scotland and Ferrol in Galicia.

Since 1993 every Vigilia of Every Saints the Lucca country of Borgo a Mozzano is crossed by 30 to 40 thousand people coming from all over Italy

to live in the first person the magic experience of a night of music, performances and terror.

Halloween Celebration was born from the union of the typical American festival and the folklore, legends and mysteries of the place.

It is a clear product of the show dedicated to Lucida Mansi’s lucchese noble story, who surrendered his soul to the Devil in exchange for thirty years more than a young beauty.

Each year the young man re-emerges to tell the events of his condemnation to the Inferi, to which he returns falling from the Devil’s Bridge to the midnight burn in a burning of fireworks after passing through the historical center accompanied by Lucifer himself and his faithful demons.

Meanwhile, Borgo a Mozzano has live concerts, traveling shows, magic, street artists and music in more than fifty locations around the country.

One of the central attractions of the party, is certainly the Passage of Terror. Born in 1994, it soon became a cult gathering for all such lovers.

It is a compelling journey through 20 horror scenes from films, stories and ancient phobias, to which viewers enter small groups of tutor-led people.

During the journey into the world of fear actors interact with visitors bringing them into a nightmare made alive and truthful by the quality of make-up, special effects and scenery. The event is artistically produced by Nero creativelab and Loga Studio Art Vision and has been organized for 24 years by Artistic Director Stefano Nannizzi.

Visit www.halloweencelebration.it

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION ANTEPRIMA

THE NIGHT BLACK
On Saturday, October 28, the appointment with Sarcanyra vampires

 

A great mystery to solve, a line of vampires, ancient and noble, four caste and 80 families: the alliance is renewed and in Borgo a Mozzano – or Borgo di Mezzo – returns “The Black Night”. The appointment, with the vampires of Sarcanyra, is scheduled for Saturday 28 October. For eight years Borgo a Mozzano is the land that welcomes one of the most exciting Italian role-playing games: “The Black Night”. Two days of Halloween, the par excellence this year at the 24th edition, Borgo a Mozzano will be the draconian theater of Sarcanyra’s vampires, gathering like every fall to strengthen the alliance and the bond between the families. And like every fall, the evening of celebrations is interrupted by an unfortunate event. Families will then face hard tests, complicated puzzles, and mysteries to dissolve to bring peace and save the entire lineage. Participants will have to face challenges of skill, intelligence and cunning, helped by the directions they will find along the route and by the citizens who will be able to indicate the way to go.

More than 2 km of event space; the whole historic center of the Borgo di Mezzo will turn into a stage that will host a hunting-and-hunting treasure hunt: 30 locations and over 80 actors and figures will guide the participants to the game’s solution. At Night Black takes part in groups of at least two people up to a maximum of five. Each group will have to choose their own Family and follow the directions for the disguise. The hunt will commence on Saturday, October 28 at XX September at 21 and will last about 4 hours: players will have to appear between 18 and 19.30 for registration and check-in. It is possible to subscribe until 19.30 on October 29th. For more information and registration, www.lanottenera.it

The event, created and coordinated by Art Director Stefano Nannizzi, is organized by Halloween Celebration, Nero Creativelab and Loga Studio Art Vision.

SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION ANTEPRIMA

Zoombie

NON LIFE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Halloween Celebration Organization, Loga Studio staff and Nero Creativelab, in collaboration with Z Nation Italia and Zombiadi, present Zoombie, the international non-life festival. A day in the nature of the human being’s zombie nature, with presentations, activities, aperice, music and flash themed Mob.

The day will start at 12 am with the Lombroso Fair, ZStreet Food

and the opening of the various Zombie Lunch and Aperizombie.

From 13.30 there will be openings to Zombiadi with the possibility to participate from humans or from Zombie. For the seconds, a special zombie room will be set up.

At 14.00 ZNation Meeting directed by Emanuele Mattana, head of Z Nation italia, where he will speak about the famous American television series, by George A. Romero and the genre he shares them with.

It will be the turn of ZombieGoose, the giant leap into zombie-themed and the opening of Probi Zombie Dance, Karazombie and Zombie Palace.

At 3 pm, the Zombie Games, 2018 Apocalyptic Games will be launched with various tests to support for zombies and humans: Oscillation, Zoomba, Aritmica Gymnastics, Zooling, Zombie Shooting, Zombie Walk, Ping Zong and Football Rigormortis.

On the 17th of the “race of the races” or “The Giro del Borgo in 80 Zombie”, a race / game where human competitors will have to avoid the contact of zombies on a 4 km journey into the historic center of Borgo a Mozzano. At 18 the opening of the roleplay YouZombie and concurrently the 80’Zombie Live show and the meetings with Chaos author of the novel “History of a dead not live” and Prof. Christian Orloff Petersen of Cana University who will scientifically address the history of zombies .

From the 21st in the Zombie Shot, the coronation of Misser Zombie 2017 and the award ceremony of Zombiadi winners. So evening finale with Zombie Dance. Throughout the day zombie street music and the show

“Thriller 35th Anniversary of the company Polyedric Vision the Factory

 

 

 

 

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The Manor of Poggio Adorno is a wonderful building placed halfway down between Staffoli and Santa Croce sull’Arno, althought it is part of the municipality of Castelfranco. Today the construction belongs to the four grandchildren of Germinal Giovacchini, who bought it from the marquis Bargagli. Thanks to the availability of one of the owner, Roberto Giannoni, and his wife Stefanella, I could visit the manor and realized how magnificence it is.

Background

The manor was built on a pre-existing tower in the second half of seventeenth century; the promoter of this initiative was Domenico Guerrini, the current owner. Named “Manor of Poggio Adorno” to be sourronded by the green, its real name is villa “Vettori-Bargagli”, to the name of familiy owners. One of these was the marquise Maria Ottavia Vettori Placidi, died in 1878. This woman gathered in this place artists and intellectuals, like the macchiaiolo painter Cristiano Banti, born in Santa Croce, who inherited the villa at the marquis’ death.

The Gardens

The park around the Manor is very large and includes several hectares of woodland. On the back there is a well kept giardino all’italiana (Italian Garden). Exiting by a hidden door and walking along the outer walls, you get to a “labirinth”; the path, bordered by laurel hedges, leads to the “Hermit Cave”. Here, in fact, there is a sculpure of San Benigno, whose remaines are kept in the church close the manor.

The interior of the Manor of Poggio Adorno

Built on three floors, of which the upper one carries out the functions of the service room, the villa shows a particular care in furnishings. The ground floor is occupied by a large living room with a serene stone fireplace and two separate rooms: the first one is a very refined studio made by a chapel, the second is a sitting room connected to a bathroom. Careful in detail is the antibagno, adorned with an oriental patterned tapestry.

What is truly gorgeous is the noble floor, which is accessed by two staircases of serene stone with barrel vault. The main lounge, with a balcony overlooking the valley from which you can see the towers of San Miniato, has its walls entirely frescoed with trompe-l’oeil reproducing the surrounding landscape. The effect of dematerialization of the walls is very impressive and is repeated in what is probably the most curious environment of the villa. From the living room, in fact, you get in Cristiano Banti’s bedroom, who probably freshned the walls.

There are many other annexes to the villa, such as the adjacent church with central nave and polygonal apse, or lemon house; all this enhances the pathos of this place, making it charming and inimitable.

Alessia Domenichini

http://www.5avi.net/2017/10/11/la-villa-di-poggio-adorno-un-itinerario-artistico-e-architettonico/‎

 

 

 

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Immersed in the green Tuscan hills and surrounded by centuries-old walls, Lucca is transformed every year from a medieval and fascinating European capital city of madness and fun.

Lucca Comics & Games at the end of Octobercolors the city of music, events, previews, meetings, masks and games all about comics, manga, movies and much more. The event, one of the most beautiful and largest of Europe, focuses all over the city center, between its streets and its walls, making it unique in its kind and loved by millions of people, as evidenced by the number of attendance each year ever higher. The event features international previews thanks to the presence of great names such as Warner Bros. and Marvel Comics, hosts from around the world, and the ability to play video games and role-playing games. Obviously there is also the possibility to buy gadgets and rarity in the pavilions scattered throughout the city, tasting typical Japanese dishes in the area dedicated to the village of Sol Levante, the home of the manga and having fun in search of stramberies of all kinds on display. But what immediately jumps to the eye as it sets foot in this alternative world and where the true soul of the event resides is the presence of cosplayers, boysand adults – who, with joy and ingenuity, enjoy playing and dressing like your favorite characters.

The cosplayers invade the streets with glamorous dresses, elaborate armor, parades and incredible interpretations that leave every visitor open. Their presence raises Lucca Comics & Games by a simple party cartoon convention where every stramber is granted and the desire to become her hero becomes reality. Do not be ashamed to ask for a photo or call them with the name of the character, for them there is no better compliment. Lucca Comics & Games is suitable for young and old, enthusiasts and not, just have fantasy and desire to enter a world where, for a few hours, you can be a hero!

Useful tips:

Comfortable shoes and clothes

Avoid strollers

Avoid the car, the train station is within walking distance.

Useful links:

https://www.luccacomicsandgames.com/it/2017/home/

by Domizia Iacopini

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Autumn in Tuscany explodes with events and certainly could not miss a Sunday in the name of Nature. Tired of spending the weekends at the shopping center? Did the doctor order long walks? Are you curious to know what’s in the end of that dirt road, but do you care about yourself alone? Do you want to bring children in safe places away from traffic and away from the temptations of modern life? Then it is time to slip your trekking shoes and join them in the woods walks organized by the Cerbaie Forestry Consortium in collaboration with the Municipalities of Santa Croce on Arno and Castelfranco di Sotto inside the splendid Montefalcone Reserve. The ring route starts from 9am to 4pm with a short lunch break with tasting typical products in the area. A whole day in search of our origins, to find that the essential is invisible to the eyes. To really breathe a different air and bring home an experience that will definitely change your vision of life. These are addictive trips, then do not say I did not warn you!

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One of the most interesting destinations of CasaLina & CasAlfredo’s guests is the Riviera of Levante in Liguria, here in the province of La Spezia are a series of villages that since 1997 have been included among the UNESCO World Heritage. Porto Venere, with the islands Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto and Cinque Terre (from west to east: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore) definitely deserve a visit. Porto Venere means Venus Harbor and Cinque Terre means Five Lands. In less than 90 minutes drive you can enjoy a fabulous, unreal landscape made of crystal clear waters, unspoilt beaches, wonderful naturalistic trails, stunning scenery, art, culture and food at the highest standards. Let us remember, however, that as a monumental hamlet our presence must not have too much environmental impact for them. These lands live in a fragile balance that can not be overwhelmed by the frenzy of modern life. For this reason, those arriving by car will surely have to deal with the parking problem, often crowded, far from the center and quite expensive. Some countries have been parked very externally with respect to the center, but well connected by a very frequent and economical shuttle bus. For further details, please visit http://www.cinqueterre.eu/en/parcheggi-cinque-terre

The train is a hinting alternative. Trenitalia proposes 5 Terre Express. In words all very beautiful, in reality we find ourselves in a nightmare journey, made up of delays, crowds, besides noting that in the past Italy has built tunnels and stations without respect for the surrounding environment and never making significant improvements to the structures. There is someone who likes to say that this is all very picturesque in Italy, I disagree. I want my guests to have a fantastic memory of Italy.

My advice to spend a wonderful day without stress is to take part in boat trips organized by the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico Cinque Terre Gulf of Poets. I generally suggest that you reach the Marina di Massa haven https://goo.gl/maps/2dhBZGiWacL2 with less than an hour’s drive. You must park in Via Zolezzi near the church for parking is free and close to the embarkation site https://goo.gl/maps/NjUy72uKhfC2. You can check out more useful information, timetables and rates at the following link http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/en/timetables-and-rates.html

The boat is certainly the most convenient and suggestive way to visit this area. A light luggage, a little camera, a beach towel and a sunblock in the beautiful season and the game is done. During the journey you can admire unseen glimpses and often in summer the ships approach into marvelous coves where you can swim. Upon arrival in the villages you will immediately find yourself in the little harbor of the historic center and without any parking problems you can easily walk to the area, try one of the many restaurants tasting the typical pesto trophies or pointing at the bakeries that propose the typical Ligurian focaccia note for its delicious softness, a soft dough that if I think I’m getting it now! You will love this place, not by chance in the last century was the typical destination of our grandparents’ honeymoon and one of the most famous trails is called the Way of Love. These are feelings that can not be explained, perhaps for this reason Lord Byron was a frequent visitor to these areas, the famous poet was inspired by the passion transmitted from this wild, uncontaminated nature and a bit harsh with its inhabitants. Here, where the mountains dive into the sea, the nature trails are mostly suitable for well-equipped and experienced trekking people. Those who want to get closer to this type of tourism put their skills to the test, but it also takes great satisfaction. The trails can take you to the most hidden and pure places in the Cinque Terre Park. In the summer the activities are multiplied, the sea is calm and clean and becomes deep only after 3 meters from the shore, so suitable for all ages and all levels of skill as swimmers. Even in the spring, if you leave for the Cinque Terre, do not forget to put your costume under your clothes, because tan is insured.

In short, Cinque Terre is for all tastes and it is not impossible to take a tour from the morning to the evening also with children. Just plan your trip well, assess the difficulty of the trails and get involved with the magical atmosphere you breathe here.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017, Staffoli, Santa Croce sull’Arno (PI).

Among the most fascinating events of the Medieval Festival, stands the Historic-Nature Route of Montefalcone Reserve named ”L’Oro di Pisa”.

As a match at Age of Empire, after harvesting the berries, it served wood to build a city, an army, a state. It was the year 1000 and Pisa, the young Seafaring Republic, needed oaks to build its ships. The gold of Pisa was our forest.

And today? A green lung in the midst of so much pollution, what is it? For me it’s a diamond of rare beauty. Guarded like the Gioconda in the Louvre, clean as a road in Switzerland, scented with aquatic mint, driven by Europe for its biodiversity heritage.

In this environment there is not only a dense forest, but also different ecosystems, resulting from the last ice age (12,000 years ago).


We are not talking only of animals, plants and trees, here it is a dense network of internal connections where if I fall, we all fall. The Nature lives of mostly unfamiliar underground relationships.

The good thing is that while we, carbon unity, think of dominating the world, we do not realize that Nature does not even need Plan B to survive. Nature suits, can live without oxygen, the planet may become desert and inhospitable, but will still be alive … can we say the same as Man? Who is the looser? When we have won and we have paved all the impossible, we will be extinct and Nature will restart with something else without even thinking about it. We humans will only be a brief and memorable memory, compared to the Earth’s age.

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Tuscany is a land that never ceases to astonish you. In every season you always surprise. Normally you think about autumn is a dry and gray season. Not in Tuscany, starting from the wonderful colors of our hills, this season, in addition to their usual lush greenery, they also take on all the shades of yellow, red and brown. Autumn in Tuscany means wine, oil, chestnuts, mushrooms. A great variety of excellent food products.

San Miniato, about 5 km away from CasaLina & Casalfredo, dedicates to Truffle a whole month of events. Perched on its hill, dominated by the Tower of Federico II of Swabia, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 13th century, San Miniato is a medieval village of great importance in the territory. The town’s historic center has a steady flow of tourism throughout the year, thanks to the fact that it is on the route of the ancient Via Francigena, even more in the autumn during the weekends dedicated to the fairs and the Market Show of the rare White Truffle of Sanminiatesi Hills (Tuber Magnum Pico, this is its scientific name). For 47 years San Miniato offers its visitors to discover with her the mysterious fruits of the earth. The search for truffles is a tradition that is rooted in the night of the times. San Miniato’s truffles have always come out the night, accompanied by their dogs to explore the woods and to find the precious tuber. An inevitable Slow vocation of this territory, which I invite you to visit, but above all to taste.
When I talk to you, the Tartufigena season has already opened in San Miniato.

The next appointments are:

22-24 settembre – Sagra del Tartufo Bianco e Fungo Porcino – Suburb LA SERRA

30 settembre – 1 ottobre – fiera Mercato Del Tartufo Bianco – Suburb CORRAZZANO

14-15 ottobre – Sagra del Tartufo Bianco e del Fungo – Suburb BALCONEVISI

28-29 ottobre – Sagra del Tartufo – Suburb PONTE A EGOLA

4-5 novembre – Tartufo al Pinocchio – Suburb SAN MINIATO BASSO

11-12, 18-19, 25-26 novembre – 47^ Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco di SAN MINIATO