Tourism and travel

The farmholiday in Tuscany

The farmholiday in Tuscany is characterized mainly by farm houses carefully restored, the generality of holiday sites is completely surrounded by nature, vineyards and olive groves, with stunning views of the surrounding hills which represent the imaginary of quiet and tranquillità.L in Tuscany It is a positive example for all the landscaping plan and territorial around the world. It preserves treasures that have marked deeply the natural beauty, the identity and diversity of an incomparable environment having an immense economic and cultural value. The stay in the countryside of Tuscany is an opportunity to learn about monuments known and not so famous that are widespread in the region. You can find the traces of the Etruscans who made Tuscany their base to win the heart of Italy, the remains of the Roman Empire and the testimonies, scattered everywhere, of medieval communities. Just think of the abbeys and country churches that sink their story in a distant past, full of events that have profoundly marked the cultural and social identity not only of the region but of the entire continent. The stay in the old farmhouses surrounded by nature and is associated with admirably combines the proximity to the city beautiful and full of life, the quiet of the countryside is accompanied by the presence of numerous folk and cultural events that meet the needs of the most discerning traveller. A holiday in Tuscany is also enlivened by the friendliness of the Tuscan people known for his wit and sagacity.

Spa tourism is a major asset of Tscana. The region is dotted with geothermal resources and spas that are matched by excellent facilities and accommodation of the highest standard both technically and tourism.
The spas have a large and qualified range of services and oprestazioni health and well-being that place them at the very top of efficacy in the therapeutic Continental.
Spas equipped with the latest equipment and supported by the quality of the natural thermal waters are pleased to satisfy the customers with massage centers, ayurvedic, swimming pools and spa of high quality.
Main events in Tuscany
One of the first things that come to mind when you think of Tuscany is the Palio of Siena
The Palio horse race takes place twice a year on the famous Piazza del Campo: two dates in July 2 and August 16. The whole city of Siena is involved and participate in this event, fighting for a victory that bear despite Contradas enemy for the rest of the year.
For tourists are two opportunities to attend participate and enjoy the atmosphere that you live in those days throughout the city, mixed with the inhabitants. However, the Palio is absolutely NOT a tourist event organized to attract tourists it is an event for which the city lives and find reason to social cohesion as well as economic. All Sienese are born in the district to which belong inseparably to the rest of his life ..
Anyone who has seen only during the Siena Palio can only have guessed what this event is for Siena. The districts open their doors to all those who are interested in a closer look and try to understand what is for the Palio of Siena and how you live your life in a Contrada.
Giostra del Saracino takes place every year on the Piazza Grande, in the heart of the citadel, the main event is the reenactment of the city it takes place twice a year: the second Saturday of June and the first Sunday in September.
The Tournament of Saracino in Arezzo
It is a jousting tournament preceded by historical procession, admired by thousands of tourists who crowd the streets. The procession is able to give life to the city back in time thanks to the procession attended by hundreds of people in medieval costumes walking and riding. They hear the ringing of trumpets accompanying the evolution of the flag-throwing flags carry the colors of the neighborhoods, so as to submerge the Arezzo and tourists in a festive atmosphere.
The event has its roots in the Middle Ages. It has no memory of baroque rides that were organized between the sixteenth and the end of the seventeenth century in Arezzo. Knight games are cited by Dante Alighieri, the beginning of the XXII Canto, "Corridor saw your land, or Arezzo, and saw gir Gualdane, Fedir torneamenti and striving carousel".
The game of bridge in Pisa
The game of bridge is historically evocative event, which is divided into two phases: the historical parade that winds along the Arno, a huge military parade, and the battle itself, which fought on the Ponte di Mezzo, where the teams Mezzogiorno and Tramontana feel the texture of their own physical strength in a surreal and exciting. The event is traditionally held on the last Saturday in June and provides, as part of the wider program of events take place in June Pisano.


Located near the center of the ancient medieval walls, the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta and San Giovanni Evangelista is mentioned in documents dating back to 750. The current arrangement dates back to the eleventh century,the church made of blocks of verrucano presents a gabled facade.

The interior,  with basilical layout, is punctuated of monolithic columns to form the three aisles. To the north, adjacent to the church, there is the Sacrament Chapel built in the late seventeenth century in late Baroque style. The chapel was  initially separated from the church by a cemetery area. Inside the Chapel, is a nice painting by  School of Lucques dated by end of XVII century  representing St. Catherine of Siena .

The importance of the church and its rectory function is mentioned in a document dell'876, which speaks of the plebs paptisimalis Cassina.

The façade made of Verrucano  stones   is punctuated by five arches and enriched by cruciform and square inserts in slate and Carrara marble .

The church contains several valuable works. These include a terracotta sculpture of the Madonna and Child attributed to the artist Benedetto da Majano and two frescoes, both dating from the fourteenth century.

 Of particular interest is also a baptismal  font of white marble embellished with rams' heads. Separated from the church stands the massive square bell tower (XII century).

The castle of Vicopisano, was built around the year one thousand because  the position of the place allowed to control the Arno Valley.

Vicopisano has always been fortified position of the border between  the territories of Pisa and Lucca

In 1138 the castle was acquired to the possessions of the bishop of Pisa and became a crucial military stronghold in organizing the Republic of Pisa . The Pisan army  repeatedly rejected attempts by Lucca’s army  to conquer the important stronghold, which remained under the control of the maritime republic until 1406 when it capitulated after an eight-month siege by the Florentines who shortly afterwards also conquered Pisa.

At that time the Arno River was navigable and passed under near the walls of the town.

After the conquest of Pisa The Florentines gave mandate to the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi to strengthen the fortifications of Vicopisano who acquired the current status. The stronghold consists of a bastion than fifty feet from the side situated in the highest point of the village. In the west corner is a square tower 31 meters high  overlooking a wall that connects the tower itself to one of the towers of the city walls, the Tower of the Selvatici, and the circle the castle walls interspersed with square and semicircular towers. The access to the fortress was via a drawbridge now disappeared.

In later centuries, failed the strategic importance, the fortress of Vicopisano was first abandoned and then became private property.