Introduction Unlike the other major art centres of Tuscany, Pisa is practically devoid of great Renaissance monuments for, in fact she made her fortune and accumulated her art treasures mainly during the Middle Ages. Actually, the peak of Pisa’s economic and political power was reached in the 12th-13th centuries when Pisa ships ruled the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was only during this time that the city, whose prosperity came from lucrative trade with the Orient could afford to commission the masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and architecture with which to embellish herself.
The City Volterra is situated in the province of Pisa and lies between the valley of Era and Cecina. Built on a hilly Pliocene ridge 545 metres a.s.l. surrounded by two defensive walls, one Etruscan and the other Medieval, it is one of the most important centres of Tuscany, for its monuments which testify 3,000 years of civilisation and for its traditional craftsmanship in alabaster whose product are one of Italy’s leading crafts. Useful links : • Click here to get directions • 4 unmissable things to do in Volterra
The La Spezia shore excursions need to feature on your next holiday destination La Spezia is an important Port on the western coast of Italy in the Ligurian region and is a major stop for Mediterranean cruise ships and passengers often stop at as it is a main departing point to visit the renewed mountainside villages of Cinque Terre, Portovenere and Lerici. La Spezia is a prime location to stop if you want to explore Tuscany and you can easily travel to Pisa, Lucca, Florence and in Liguria the pictoresque
Cinque Terre is a very particular Italian destination. Appreciated for a long time by foreign visitors, especially from the US and Northern Europe, lately, it has been living a sudden growth that makes it renowned all over the world. Under the name of Cinque Terre we find five old fishermen villages perched on the Ligurian coast, very close to Northern Tuscany, called Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We have already talked about some of the wrong assumptions about Cinque Terre and gave you more information about this charming destination.
Are you planning a visit to Volterra and you are not sure about what you should see first? Here you’ll find 4 different things to do in the small, ancient city and everything you need to know to plan your visit. 1. Discover the Etruscan Volterra The site where the modern Volterra is found has been continuously inhabited as a city since the end of the 8th century BC. At the time the hill top town was called Velathri (or Vlathri), but later the Romans gave to the town its
Cinque Terre is one of the most fascinating destinations in Italy, on the bucket list of many visitors from across the world. Nowadays, these five little towns overlooking a crystal-clear sea are as famous as other top tourist attractions like Rome, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, and Tuscany. Speaking of Tuscany, if you are planning a holiday to this marvelous region, it would be easy for you to plan a day trip to the five Cinque Terre towns too. They are located 130 km from Livorno, where many cruise ships dock
If you are planning to go to Tuscany, Italy, you may have been charmed by some friends’ travelling stories, or by the stunning pictures. The bright countryside where the sun is always shining, the shimmering blue sea, the fairy-tale-like little villages on top of the hills – Tuscany is all that, for sure. But what is the best time to visit Tuscany and best appreciate all its wonders? Contrary to what you may think, Italy is not all year round the agreeable sunny land we would expect – you can
If you have been to Volterra before, you surely know alabaster: a particular kind of stone, lightly colored and translucent, used to sculpture small and not-too-small artifacts. The streets and narrow alleys around Volterra are full of shops and workshops in which tourists can admire and buy almost every kind of alabaster-thing: from little ornamental eggs to giant statues. In this post we wanted to collect for you some facts and curiosities about Volterra and its alabaster, one of the finest craftsmanship in Tuscany. Did you know that the alabaster
In Tuscany, the weather in Spring is just perfect to stay outside: warm and generally sunny. Nature is colorful and smells of flowers. Spring is the period in which Tuscan people have picnics (or even rich outdoor meals) to celebrate Easter and other festivities. But Spring in Tuscany can be a little rainy too: so, be careful, and try to have an indoor alternative plan! So, if you’re planning a visit in Tuscany in Spring, you can try a lot of outdoor activities: in cities, villages, in the countryside, in
Just like many Italian regions, Tuscany is rich in ancient towns and villages. They have a special power – the power of bringing every visitor back in time, to when the houses were built in stones, noblemen used to live in mighty towers, and little towns grew within the perimeter of their walls. Indeed, all these places have some kind of magic, some of them are so well-preserved to seem like a dream. San Gimignano is doubtless one of them. Where is San Gimignano? San Gimignano is situated right in
Broadly speaking, all Tuscan wines are worth a tasting. Likewise, the places where they are produced are worth a visit – they are rich in nature, beautiful panoramas and pleasant villages. Here, we will tell you about three varieties among the best Tuscan wines. To have the chance to taste them gets you in touch with ancient and refined flavours, and gives you the key to discover some of the most magical corners in Tuscany. Chianti and Chianti Classico Chianti wine is doubtless the most popular red Tuscan wine abroad,
Is your wish list crowded with too many ideas for your cruise excursion in Italy? Not sure which one to choose? we understand, it’s quite difficult to decide, but if you have a one day stop at the port of Leghorn (Livorno) with your cruise we have some interesting suggestions for you! Small and classic ideas if it is your first time in Tuscany, and 3 great places to visit for you that are looking for something off the beaten paths. And if you want to try something different, not
There is no doubt that Florence is one of the most amazing cities in Italy, probably in the world, thanks to its rich cultural history. Talented artists and architects have lived and worked in Florence over the centuries: Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello, and many more. Here, they left their print, which everyone can still see and appreciate, such as beautiful monuments, churches, palaces, and works of art. If you think how extraordinary all of this is, you will be thrilled to know that Florence can unveil other pleasant surprises. It
Chianti wine is one of the most popular Italian wines, especially in the US. You may have heard about it, or even tasted it. Maybe, you bought a fancy fiasco bottle of Chianti in a store once, to make a good impression with friends or relatives. Or maybe, you don’t know anything about this wine at all. Whether you are a wine lover or a wine probie, one thing is for sure, a Chianti wine tasting in a real Chianti cellar is an experience worth doing at least once in