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Out of town excursion: the Medici Park of Pratolino

Say you've come to Florence attracted by its immense artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Say you've already visited all the museums and churches and photographed all the beautiful panoramic views the city has to offer.Now add to all this that at this time of the year, days are sunny and...

Spiagge Bianche: the dark side of the Caribbean of Tuscany

Spiagge Bianche are a stretch of about five kilometers of white sand bathed by beautiful clear waters, in the municipality of Rosignano Marittimo in Tuscany, between Rosignano Solvay and Vada. A postcard landscape that attracts many people from all over Tuscany, but also tourists who have heard of this perfectly...

A trip out of town: Tarot Garden

Florence is beautiful and you should dedicate to its museums and attractions as much of your time as possible when you come in visit, but the rest of Tuscany has also a lot to offer. You can find so many wonderful little cities scattered among our hills, so if you’ve...

Out of town: the Castle of Sammezzano

A 30 minutes drive from Florence, there is a truly spectacular place, that looks like it came out of a fairy tale: the Sammezzano Castle. Sammezzano Castle is the most important example of Orientalist architecture in Italy and is located in the municipality of Reggello in the province of Florence....

Excursions out of Florence - Le Cave di Maiano

Monte Ceceri is a hill between Fiesole and Settignano north of the city. A protected natural area, very popular with Florentines for walks and picnics, and for climbing. It is said that the name of the place derives from the nickname given by the Florentines to swans, once present in...

Excursions out of Florence - The Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie al Sasso

At 20 km north of Florence, in the beautiful Protected Natural Area of ​​Monte Giovi (992 m), in the valley of the Sieci stream, in a forest of chestnut, pine, ash and oak trees, we find, isolated and in a panoramic position at 565 m., the Sanctuary of the Madonna...

Excursions out of Florence - The thermal bath at 52 °C of Bagno Vignoni

Tuscany is a land of thermal baths, especially the south, because it was a land of volcanoes. One of the most spectacular thermal baths is in Bagno Vignoni, in the Municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia, one hour driving from Siena. A small village (30 resident inhabitants) along the Via Francigena, traveled...

Excursions out of Florence - Monte Morello and the sad story of the black pines

Monte Morello is the highest mountain (934 mt) among those close to the city, easily reachable in half an hour by car or by bus, and is the favorite destination of Florentines for nature walks and picnics. You can find meadows, equipped paths, breathtaking views and a dense forest of...

Excursions out of Florence - Il laghetto delle colonne

North of the city, on the hills between Fiesole and Settignano, 15 minutes driving from the center, you find the Fattoria di Maiano, a large farm and and family attraction. Within the vast park, you will find the Laghetto delle Colonne (Pond of the Columns). Built between 1870 and 1893...

Excursions out of Florence - La Grotta Braschi (The Braschi Cave)

Twenty minutes walking from the main square of Fiesole along via Giuseppe Verdi, after a while you enter the wood and reach the Grotta Braschi, the most spectacular stone quarry in the Parco della Pietra of Monte Céceri, a beautiful protected natural area, equipped with paths, benches and signs. The name derives...

Excursion out of Florence - The Burraie and the Madonna's Roses

Half an hour by car or bus from Florence, above the Santa Brigida Village, you will find the "Ring of the Burraie", a 16-kilometer equipped trakking route through woods, meadows, rocks and beautiful landscapes. Along the path you will meet many “burraie” in excellent condition. But what are the “burraie”?...

Street Art from Tuscany - Picasso behind Trash Dumpsters

It is not in Florence, but it is special and worthy of mention. On the entrance of a Casa del Popolo, bombers dropping bombs were not in the original and have been added to clarify the events, in case of misunderstanding. Picasso was not clear enough. Ortonovo, Massa Carrara.

Excursions out of Florence --- The windmill of Monterifrassine

Do you have a day off? Take a ride to --- THE WINDMILL OF MONTERIFRASSINE . Tuscany is not a windy territory, if not on the coast and in some mountain areas. For this reason, over the centuries the mills to grind wheat have been pushed by the water of...

Day Trip from Florence: Fiesole

Fiesole is the perfect destination for a day trip from Florence, easily reached from the city center by bus or car. The city was formed in the Hellenistic age (late 4th - early 3rd century BC), and became a typical Roman city towards the second half of the 1st century....

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