Tuscany Off The Beaten Path

  • Wall of Pinocchio masks
    Wall of Pinocchio masks
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    the pool
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  • Abbey of San Antimo near Montalcino
    Abbey of San Antimo near Montalcino
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Tuscany Off The Beaten Path

  • Pratolino Park and Villa Demidoff

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in Tuscany . This square was dedicated to the Russian noble Nikolaj Demidoff (1773 – 1828). The Italians converted his Russian first name to the familiar...

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  • More than Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Off The Beaten Path

    Besides the Medicis which ruled Pisa after it lost to Florence in 1406, these Tuscan cities share one more thing - the Arno river. While the Arno looks romantic in Florence, it takes on a rather uninteresting 'industrial' character in Pisa, before it empties into the Ligurian Sea. Or was it perhaps because I visited the riverbanks on a cold, wet,...

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  • S.Galgano Abbey

    Siena Off The Beaten Path

    Really exists only one sword in the stone, all over the world. It's S.Galgano's sword. We find it in Tuscany, between Monticiano (Siena) and Chiusdino, near the wonderful ruins of an impressive Abbey without roof with a meadow of green grass as floor and one sword in the stone. A lot of Britan carried in Tuscany.The sword also seems to be...

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  • Excursions

    Pisa Off The Beaten Path

    When you are in Pisa for a longer time it might be nice on one of your daytrips to visit the "Ponte della Maddalana" in Borgo a Mozzano. In the photo you can see the Maddalena's bridge or also called 'Devil's Bridge' (ponte del diavolo). The bridge connects the two banks of the river Serchio at the height of Borgo a Mozzano. Look at the...

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  • Devil's Bridge draws Gothic revelries

    Main photo: Ristorante Il Gecko, across the Devil's Bridge, Borgo a MozzanoPhoto 2: Devil's Bridge, Borgo a MozzanoI didn't know this while I was ON that bridge, although the bats and strange animals painted on the Restaurant across the river seemed a bit strange... but once back home, when I looked up Borgo a Mozzano, I happened on a huge website...

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  • Colle di Val d'Elsa

    Colle di Val d'Elsa is situated on a half way in between Siena and San Gimignano, just a few kilometres after Monteriggioni. I was rushing to San Gimignano and Volterra since it was early afternoon, planning to go back from there and stay one more night in Siena. Monteriggioni and Val d'Elsa were supppose to be visited the next morning.Sometimes we...

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  • Villages of Toscana

    Is it possible to remember the names of all villages we have been passing by or taking pictures of them from the distance, of course it's not. Toscana is full of beautiful landscapes, enchanting scenes and charming small settlements. In some other occasion of visiting I might be attracted with something else, even if repeating the roads I did...

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  • Panzano

    Panzano is a charming little town situated in the heart of Chianti region. We had chosen it for our temporary home during our summer stay in Tuscany. Being located halfway between Florence and Siena, it was an excellent starting point for different trips in the region, and at the same time it offered peace and quiet far away from crowds. The...

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  • Certaldo, Tuscany

    Certaldo is a small town in Tuscany. It is very well located for travel to San Gimignano, 8 km. and SIena half an hour by train. You need a car to discover the local highways and byways.www.

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  • Ponte del diavolo (Lucca area)

    The Ponte del diavolo is at Borgo a Mozzano, a few minutes drive from Lucca.Recently, I happened to be in Lucca at the same time as my VT Friend Maurizio and we decided to make a day trip to Barga, in the mountainous region called La Garfagnana, north of Lucca. The Devil's Bridge is historic and popular so it was our first stop.This medieval bridge...

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  • PONTEDERA - the VESPA museum

    Pontedera is a small town on your way from Pisa to Siena.The most interesting sight for the tourists is a lovely small museum of the Piaggio-company, producing mainly small cars and Vespa-motorscooters.In former times they also built airplanes, trains and even a "flying motorscooter"For more infos and lots of pics, please have a look on my...

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  • Must see famous wine town of Montalcino

    Montalcino is a small town in Siena province, situated on a hill covered with olive groves and the famous Brunello vineyards dominating the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valley.Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino. Brunello is a local name for Sangiovese in Italian, and is one of the best-known...

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  • Must see Montepulciano town

    Montepulciano is one of the most attractive hills towns in Tuscany. It is built on a ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Sienna in Tuscany. It is the ancient Etruscan city of Nocera Alfaterna. In the Middle Ages, it was under the control of Florence, but was conquered by Sienna in 1260. The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 11.5...

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  • Corsignano is Way Off the Beaten Path!

    I had made reservations in a Bed and Breakfast called "Casa del Chianti" in Corsignano, and Allan and I had a most difficult time finding the place. We finally had to ask some locals for directions. The woman said, "Forget that and stay in our rental; I will take you there just follow me". So, being the adventurpus people that we are, we followed....

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  • The Boboli Gardens in Florence

    Photos:1. Top: gate in Boboli Gardens Bottom: Typical flowers in Boboli Gardens2. Left: Dee beside gigantic sculpture in Boboli Gardens Right: Statue of wrestlers in Boboli Gardens3. Top: Pegasus and a gigantic tub with lion face in Boboli Gardens Bottom: Sculpture of Father and Son with Large Barrel in Boboli GardensAfter touring the Palazzo Pitti...

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  • Monteriggioni: A Tiny Medieval Village

    On a bright, sunny day, Allan and I drove to the tiny Medieval village called Monteriggioni. This village was built by the Senese at the beginning of the 13th century as a defense against the attacks of the Florentines. Today, it is still completely surrounded by 14 towers and intact strong walls.We parked our car, along with many others, in a...

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  • Pienza, a Near-Perfect Tuscan Town

    Photos:1. Huge Wisteria Vine in Pienza2. Dee in front of flowering tree in Pienza3. Palazzo Del Comune in Pienza4. Countryside around Pienza taken from lookout promenade 5. Small park in Pienza with mothers and childrenIn 2001 we stayed in a lovely little town of Pienza, which sits atop a hill. From that position, the town dominates the Val d'...

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  • Church and Abbey of Sant'Antimo

    Photographs:1. Close-up of the outside entrance of the Abbey Church of Sant'Antimo2. Jesus on the Cross in the Abbey Church of Sant'Antimo3. Close-up of the backside of the cross in the Abbey5. Inside view of this somber Abbey Church of Sant'AntimoAfter seeing so many ornate, huge churches, it is refreshing to see the Augustinian monks and hear the...

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  • Santa Luce

    This is a beautiful little village where almost NO TOURISTS pass, close to Rosignano Marittimo and Vada, in the Livorno province.I hope it remains as unvisited as nowThe lake of the village is a natural reserve for birds and tickets to visit the reserve are available about 300 metre before the lake, where you park your car.tickets 2.60 euros for...

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  • Santa Luce

    This is a beautiful little village where almost NO TOURISTS pass, close to Rosignano Marittimo and Vada, in the Livorno province.I hope it remains as unvisited as nowThe lake of the village is a natural reserve for birds and tickets to visit the reserve are available about 300 metre before the lake, where you park your car.tickets 2.60 euros for...

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  • Santa Luce

    This is a beautiful little village where almost NO TOURISTS pass, close to Rosignano Marittimo and Vada, in the Livorno province.I hope it remains as unvisited as nowThe lake of the village is a natural reserve for birds and tickets to visit the reserve are available about 300 metre before the lake, where you park your car.tickets 2.60 euros for...

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  • Santa Luce

    This is a beautiful little village where almost NO TOURISTS pass, close to Rosignano Marittimo and Vada, in the Livorno province.I hope it remains as unvisited as nowThe lake of the village is a natural reserve for birds and tickets to visit the reserve are available about 300 metre before the lake, where you park your car.tickets 2.60 euros for...

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  • Santa Luce

    This is a beautiful little village where almost NO TOURISTS pass, close to Rosignano Marittimo and Vada, in the Livorno province.I hope it remains as unvisited as nowThe lake of the village is a natural reserve for birds and tickets to visit the reserve are available about 300 metre before the lake, where you park your car.tickets 2.60 euros for...

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  • Visit the town of Pitigliano 5

    you never get enough of small alleys with little bridges, balconies and everything is made with old stones... so romantic

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  • Visit the town of Pitigliano 3

    just stroll around the old downtown... it won't be anything like the chianti hills... which means.. this place still has its authentic soul, no tourism (yet)go and explore it now, before it becomes like San Gimignano!!!

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  • Visit the town of Pitigliano 2

    it's beautiful both during the day and at night, but what I loved was one of the most romantic sunsets i've ever seen

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  • Abbazia San Galgano

    San Galgano- The dramatic ruins of this former Abbey make up what may be Italy’s oldest Gothic structure. Having been abandoned in the 1700’s, the roof, glass, and other pieces of the structure are long gone. But what remains is the substantial architectural shell that provides a very powerful presence in the serene Tuscan countryside. The building...

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  • Passo della Futa & Passo della Raticosa

    The main reason we stayed the night in the middle of nowhere in Northern Tuscany was so that we could drive along the Passo della Futa & Passo della Raticosa.These roads were two that my motorcycle enthusiast husband had read about, as they form part of a motorcycle race circuit and have been known to be used by Ducati as a testing area.What this...

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  • Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

    For Americans traveling in the area, I feel this is definitely worth a stop to visit the final resting place of 4,402 Americans that gave their lives during WWII in Italy. Just as when we visited the American Cemetery in Luxembourg (where General Patton is buried), we were virtually the only ones here. The perfect alignment of the headstones and...

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  • Medici Villas

    A number of Villas, formerly places of retreat for the Medici Families, are located in the Northern outskirts of Florence. They are not in the most attractive area, suburban and industrial sprawl has taken hold, but the Villas and thier gardens are well maintained and offer a glimps into how the most powerful family of the time lived. Thees villas...

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  • DRIVE!

    Don't be intimidated that this is a foreign country. You've maybe heard the Italian drivers are crazy, that the roads are poor... it's not true, not for Tuscany anyway.The roads are well maintained and well signed. Rent a car, even if only for a day or 2. The train network is good, and you can get to all the major sites, but there is so much more...

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  • Fiesole - Florence

    Take bus #7 up the hill to the north about 8 km for this small hilltop town offering great views of Firenze. It's a few degrees cooler up here which was a welcome change when we visited in August. There are also ruins of a 2,000 seat Roman Teatro and an accompanying museum. But we just spent a few hours in the cooler temps, as a break from the...

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  • Castellina in Chianti

    Castellina in Chianti is absolutely worth of visiting. It is small townlet nearby Siena but full of very interesting historic sights, some of which are unique.TO BE CONTINUED

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  • Panzano in Chianti

    Panzano is another little gem of Chianti region which flippancy stands on the hill that dominates the local road from Firenze to Siena. The first that one can notice from a distance is the monumental church with beautifully adorned front facade. It is neo-classical church of Santa Maria built at the end of the 19th century, but looks almost like an...

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  • Castello Verrazzano

    The way to Castello Verrazzano seemed to me like too complicated, therefore I quit of approaching to it. It is situated off the road, a few kilometres west of Montefioralle in direction to Siena. Verrazzano is very famous brand of fine quality Chianti wines, appreciated in Italy and abroad. Close to the road, in a resting stop, stands its...

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  • Castello nearby Montefioralle

    Montefioralle is surrounded with several hills and on the top of each rises up a small and very pitoresque castle-town. It is definetelly one of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen in whole of Italy. I took this picture from a distance, therefore I cannot say weather the castle is inhabited with civilians or friars, which is morelikely....

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  • Montefioralle - the church of Saint...

    On the opposite hilltop to Montefioralle rises up this ancient church consecrated to Saint Cresci that was one of the most impostant evangelizes of the Firentine countryside. Its outside, built in simple Romanesque style, dates back to the 12th century, while the round arched porch was added in the 15th century. The facade of the church shows a...

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  • Castello Vicchiomaggio

    Castello Vicchiomaggio is situated on the top of the hill which is situated kilometer or two north of Montefioralle. It is famous for its production of Chianti Classico, one of the best in the whole area of Chianti. There is a wine cellar, next to the castle, where one can buy Classico for a very good price. The whole estate looks fabulous and is...

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  • Montefioralle

    I duuno weather tourists do not know yet about it existance, but the place was completely isolated, except for the locals and two or three couples who droped here accidentely like I did. Oh, I am not complaining about, quite on the contarary, was very pleased to had chance of strolling around undisturbelly. Since it was hot summer day, the locals...

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  • Montefioralle

    I had very simple plan, visiting Tuscany's major attractions, such as Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa and Lucca. My first destination was Firenze where I spend two lovely days. The third day I went to Siena taking local road through area of Chianti. The idea was to drive slowly and take some landscape pictures, but when in Toscana,...

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  • Beautiful landscape

    For many, the area south of Siena represents the "typical" Tuscany, and many of the classic postcard images come from the area called the Crete Senese, a landscape of rounded hills with cypresses and grain fields - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Beautiful!!!

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  • You never know what you may get to see

    The best way to see this region is by road. If you are courageous enough to drive against the Italians that is!! But driving allows you to choose to stop and proceed at your own pace. The result...this wedding party we bumped in to. Seemed like the entire town of 50 or so residents was present. Not a manufactured but a truely authentic experience.

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  • Old buildings

    Tuscany is full of them. It took us three days to drive from Florence to Siena as we covered all the small villages between them. Each one was more beautiful than the other.

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  • Look out for old buidlings

    We found this church while driving from Florence to Siena. It was seemingly in the middle of nowhere and was standing by itself. Turns out the DK guidebook on Florence and Tuscany has the very same church on their back cover!!! It was a beautiful setting...the Church, rolling hills, olive orchards and vineyards....

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  • Sunflowers

    I just loved the sunflower fields in Tuscany! I saw quite a few around and those big fields filled with these cheerful sunny flowers look so picturesque. One day I decided to take a closer look at one of these fields and took my camera with me. It was great to be in the midst of all these big flowers, although the zooming of hundreds of bees around...

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