The sad story of the massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema
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by Edoardo Pucciarelli
1M ago
When I was 17 I remember the mother of two of my best friends narrated to me the sad story of the massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. My friend’s mother’s name is Mita Piera in honor of the two siblings. Mita was the oldest sister of 17 yo, and Piero was her older brother of 12yo. They lost their life the morning of the 12th of August 1944. A day that disarranged the entire area, and passed into the annals of history as the massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. This horrible event inspired the book “Miracle at St. Anna” by James McBride, who collected different i ..read more
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Visiting Bolgheri, a village full of charm and wine
My Travel in Tuscany
by Nicola Bandini
2M ago
Set in the countryside of Tuscany, just a few miles from the sea of the Etruscan coast, Bolgheri in Italy is a historic medieval village amidst olive groves and vineyards. Bolgheri has extremely ancient origins, but its recent development is linked to the history of Della Gherardesca Counts. At the beginning of the XVIII century, the family did a big push for farming, began the reclamation of the swampland, and built an aqueduct. Where is Bolgheri Italy Bolgheri is very easy to reach. On the map of Tuscany, Bolgheri is located roughly in the center but along the coast. You need to l ..read more
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Enjoy Firenze with Dan Brown’s Inferno self-guided tour of Florence
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by Nicola Bandini
2M ago
It may sound weird to write an article suggesting exploring the birthplace of the Renaissance by walking a Dan Brown’s Inferno self-guided tour of Florence. I am sure, instead, that lovers of the novel (and not only them) will appreciate this itinerary following the footsteps of Professor Langdon and his companion Sienna Brooks. During their fast and exciting escape, they hit both some of the main attractions and some hidden places of the UNESCO historical center, so this Inferno self-guided tour of Florence could be interesting for everyone. I love Dan Brown’s novels for their historical set ..read more
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Discover Carrara, World Capital of White Marble
My Travel in Tuscany
by Edoardo Pucciarelli
2M ago
The town of Carrara is wedged and hidden by a narrow valley, in front of the majestic scenery of the Apuan Alps, in northern Tuscany. Its mountains host the amazing white marble quarries, already known by the ancient Romans that used the precious material to build buildings and statues of the Roman Empire. Here is where artists such as Michelangelo Buonarroti and Antonio Canova came to select personally the marble blocks for their artworks. Approaching northern Tuscany, both passing through the motorway or coming by sea, it is impossible not to notice with astonishment the ..read more
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How to Visit The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
My Travel in Tuscany
by Nicola Bandini
3M ago
Santa Croce in Florence is one of my favorite places in town. The big square, surrounded by little bars and leather shops, and the beautiful façade of the Basilica, have always had a hypnotic effect on me. In this post, I will talk to you about the Basilica of Santa Croce, the biggest Franciscan church in the world, and a precious chest of art, history, frescoes, and sculptures. With about one million visitors every year,  the Basilica of Santa Croce is one of the most-seen museums in Italy. A bit of history of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence The first stone of ..read more
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3 days in Tuscany: Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana
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by Nicola Bandini
3M ago
In spite of the freezing cold that is covering Italy during these first days of 2017, we had the desire to take a short break after Christmas celebrations. Instead of getting a plane flying somewhere in Europe, we preferred to organize a three days Tuscany tour between the Val di Chiana and the more famous Val d’Orcia. Being out of the season, and just after Christmas, we found some attractions, restaurants, and shops closed. This was not a big problem, and we enjoyed this Tuscany tour going back home happy, full of good memories and suggestions to share.  Fortunately, this kind of tour i ..read more
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Discover Pietrasanta, the Little Athens of Italy
My Travel in Tuscany
by Nicola Bandini
3M ago
Pietrasanta is a lovely medieval town known for its artistic tradition. It is named the Little Athens of Italy. Guess why? Thanks to the many international artists that chose it as their adopted country. You will find marble and bronze workshops, artists, and monuments. I really love this town and its historic center. I am glad to have found my job here. The first time I saw Piazza del Duomo, its beauty left me breathless. I consider Pietrasanta a tiny jewel of Tuscany set on a strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Apuan Alps. Enjoy a pleasant wal ..read more
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The Best Beaches in Tuscany Italy
My Travel in Tuscany
by Nicola Bandini
8M ago
Answering the question of what the best beaches in Tuscany are is not easy. Each person has their own needs and preferences, therefore there is no universal answer that everyone agrees on. Moreover, many people don’t even know that in Tuscany we have the sea. Having been born and raised on the Tuscan coast, where I still work and live, I will give my personal suggestions to help you choose between the best beaches in Tuscany for you.  Are there any beaches in Tuscany Italy? When you think of Tuscany your mind goes immediately to romantic rolling hills, fascinating villages, and cities ful ..read more
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Dip into The Wild Natural Hot Springs in Tuscany
My Travel in Tuscany
by Nicola Bandini
9M ago
If you feel tired along your journey, and your only wish is to relax your body and mind, how about bathing in wild and natural hot springs in Tuscany? Our region is rich in accessible hot springs where to recharge your battery and plunge into warm water pools. Usually, Medical Centers and Wellness Resorts manage the hot springs in Tuscany. But there are some great free options. We will introduce you to some of them, from the northern territory of Lunigiana to the southern area of Maremma. The great advantage of the hot springs in Tuscany is that wherever you are based, there is a wild hot spri ..read more
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Hunting for sunflowers in Tuscany
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by Edoardo Pucciarelli
9M ago
Hunting for sunflowers in Tuscany can be an enjoyable experience. This post gives you a little information about when and where to find sunflowers in Tuscany during their blooming season, to admire their beauty and the bright yellow color with the blue of the sky as background. And of course, to take great pictures as memories of your travel in Tuscany to show to your friends once back home. If you don’t already know, sunflower fields change every year following the rules of the crop rotation, so if last year you came to Tuscany, and you remember to have seen them in a certain place ..read more
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