Montaione and Valdelsa, a real paradise for the bikers vacations

12 Jan

Montaione is a village located in the Valdelsa district, a very beautiful part of Tuscany countryside. San Gimignano, Volterra, Castelfiorentino, Gambassi terme and San Miniato are the closest towns around.

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The medieval village of Montaione is on the hills, and from there, many different unpaved scenic roads to reach San Gimignano, Volterra, Certaldo and Montespertoli, enjoying beautiful landscapes.

The Valdelsa area is really a great destination to be discovered on the two wheels, especially by mountain-bike.

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Every day it is possible to choose a different route: dirt trucks and single trails. One of these go through the Via Francigena, that moving  From Montaione and following Via Santo Stefano until the valley of river Orlo. From here climbing to the Pieve di Coiano and start riding on the Via Francigena until to Gambassi Terme. From Gambassi Terme leaving the Via Francigena and get back to Montaione.

Montaione offers over than 10 trails with different difficulties and some organizations ready to provide guides, rentals, bicycle shops and repair shops.

The Valdelsa area is very reach of self-catering villas and farm-houses for rent. Most of them also have private gardens and swimming-pools. A real relaxing and exclusive solution for a great bike vacation in Tuscany.

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Eroica, the Tuscan race

2 Jan

L’Eroica 2018 wil take place on October the 7th.

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The registration only to The Eroica event is going to be opened during this month of January 2018, whilst the COMBO registration to The Eroica + Nova Eroica, and The Eroica + Montalcino have been already opened since last December 2017.

As usual there differents kind of routes:

  • The Leisure route of 46 Km: to be covered in around 3 hours, to taste The Eroica atmosphere;
  • The Short route of 75 Km: to be raced in about 4 hours;
  • The Chianti Classico route of 115 Km: it takes about 6 hours, and it is suggested to well-trained bikers;
  • The Medium route of 135 Km: to be covered in 10-12 hours. Inside of the great history of The Eroica race;
  • The Long route of 209 Km: it’s The Eroica, what else?

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This great route now is possible to be raced all year long. Look at The Eroica website to receive all the information to discover this beautiful and unique race.

If you wish to rent a beautiful villa or a farmhouse for your stay in occasion of The Eroica race, or just to race your own this route of the myth, look at @vacavilla.com to find the best solution for your specific needs.

 

The Vasari Corridor in Florence

19 Dec

The Vasari Corridor is a raised path connecting Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, passing through the Uffizi and over the Ponte Vecchio.ponte-vecchio_corridoio-vasariano_Florence_Vacavilla

It was built by Giorgio Vasari, who already created the Uffizi Gallery, in just 5 months at the behest of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1565. The Vasari Corridor was realized in occasion of the marriage between the son of the Grand Duke, Francesco, and Johanna of Austria.

It was realized to give opportunities to the grand dukes to move freely and without danger from their residence to the government building, given the still uncertain support of the population towards the new Duke and the new system of government that had abolished the ancient Florentine Republic.

Some curious stories:

the Vasari corridor had to tour around the Torre de ‘Mannelli at the end of the Ponte Vecchio, because of the strenuous opposition of the family that owns this medieval stone tower to overthrow it.

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At the center of the Ponte Vecchio there are a series of large panoramic windows on the Arno river towards the Ponte Santa Trinita. Two of these ones were made by Mussolini in 1938 on the occasion of the official visit by Adolf Hitler (May 1938) to tighten the Axis between Italy and Germany, visiting Rome and Florence.

It is said that the sight was very pleasing to the Führer and the Nazi hierarchs who could enjoy it, and perhaps it was the possible reason that saved the bridge from destruction, unlike the fate of all other city bridges following the Nazi retreat.

The Vasari Corridor can be visited starting from the first floor of the Uffizi Gallery.
Beyond the Arno one observes another ‘curiosity of the Corridor or the’ overlooking the Church of Santa Felicita. Suddenly on the right there is a large window with iron grates and a balcony directly overlooking the Church. From here the Medici assisted at Mass, being able to count once more on a private and privileged position, which allowed them not to mix with the people.

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The Vasari Corridor ends at the side of the famous Grotta del Buontalenti, in the Boboli garden.

The visits are generally reserved for groups with a limited number of people, due to the rather small size of the passage.

Living in Florence, staying in a private villa with pool, it is a privileged experience. Contact Vacavilla to book Villa Michelangelo

Greve in Chianti and the five things to visit

13 Dec

The five place to visit during a stay in Greve in Chianti.

The Matteotti square in Greve in Chianti

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The square is the hearth of the village of Greve in Chianti. The main feature of square are the colonnades that enclose it. Under the colonnades there are restaurants, artisans shops, winery and the famous butcher shop of Falorni. The square hosts: the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, a famous Italian explorer, who was the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America, born in Greve in Chianti, and a beautiful work of Igor Mitoraj, just of the town hall. On Saturday morning, the square hosts the large coloured market, it’s a pleasant popular chaotic happening.

The Montefioralle Castle is 2 km far from the square of Greve in Chianti (20 minutes walking), on the road to Panzano.It is one of the oldest fortified castle in Chianti, built around the 930 a.c. During the Middle-Ages was one of the largest military hamlet of the area. It belonged to some of the most important Tuscan families such as Ricasoli, Benci, Gherardini and Vespucci. Now it is a car-free location where to walk together with your children, where discovering from the ancient passageways great views of the surroundings Vineyards. It is also a good starting point for bikers and hikers to move through the strade bianche di Toscana.

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The Falorni butcher shop is much more than a place where to buy high quality meat product. It is a charming location where to experience lively the long tradition of the Tuscan food and lifestyle. Here it is possible to buy every kind of pork and wild pork salami and ham, great Fiorentina’s steaks, but also pecorino cheese and to make wine tastings both with the best Tuscan wines, including the best Super-Tuscans’. Easy to find, as it is located just under the colonnades of the Greve square.
The Pieve di San Leolino in Panzano in Chianti

The Pieve is a very charming, secluded place, full of works of art. Pieve was built in the twelfth century, has front porch of the sixteenth century. The interior has three naves with quadrangular pillars, adorned with numerous paintings by Tuscan school painters. It is located in a very beautiful location with an amazing view on the Chianti Vineyards.

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The Pieve di San Cresci in Montefioralle

It is one of the oldest church of the Chianti area. The first document talking about the Pieve di San Cresci is dated 963. The original building had been modified many times during the centuries. Inside of the Church there is a paintings by Francesco Boldrini, of the Vergine del Rosario, dated 1715, and a holy Cross dated eighteenth century.

Greve in Chianti is of course much more than these 5 attractions. Greve is the capital of the Florence’s Chianti area, and the main beauty is done by the surroundings countryside. The hills of olives and Vineyards, stone-farmhouses and Villas.

It is not by chance, if Greve in Chianti is one of the main Italian countryside destination, where tourists likes to rent villas and stone-farmhouses and apartments all over the countryside.

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The 2018 Italian MotoGP will be the 3rd of June in Mugello

4 Dec

The calendar of the MotoGP has been official since some weeks, and the expected Italian race will be held, as usual, at the Mugello Circuit in Scarperia on the 3rd of June.

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The Mugello Circuit, one of the most spectacular of the world, is located 30 km nord of Florence, in one of the most beautiful and authentic area of the Tuscany countryside.

It is one of the most important sports’ event in Italy, and without any doubts in Tuscany.

Every year, thousands of passionates crowd the Mugello Valley to follow during all the week the trials and the race on Sunday.

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Teatro del Silenzio 2018

29 Nov

Andrea Bocelli will come back on the 28th of July 2018, for the twelfth consecutive time to Lajatico, for the concert at the Teatro del Silenzio.

The Teatro del Silenzio is a unique occasion to listen live the voice the Maestro Andrea Bocelli, in the place where he was born.

Teatro del Silenzio is also another good reason to visit or to come back to Tuscany. Lajatico is located in the Pisa countryside area, not far from San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Firenze and the Tuscany beaches.

 

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The Italian MotoGP, the race under the Tuscan sun

5 Feb

The Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit, -one of the most important appointment of the MotoGP-, this year it will be from the 2nd to the 4th of June in the spectacular Mugello Circuit, at Scarperia, few km north of Florence.

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During the motogp week, Mugello becomes the center of the attention of all the moto’s passionates, and it is full of life and events. If you are planning to attend this great moto’s event, think about to stay in a beautiful home.

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You could have relaxing time with your friends and family in the garden or in the private pool of your Tuscan villa or farmhouse, as the charming Casa del Mugello. For further information ask to Vacavilla. Andrea, Elisa and Susi will be happy to assist and support you to find the best solution for your needs. Exclusively for the Vacavilla’s guests, the Fashio Passport giving access to 10% discount on your shopping at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.