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Siena, Complesso museale Santa Maria della Scala, “Viaggio intorno all’uomo” , Steve McCurry, from 15 June to 3 November 2013

5 Aug


The exhibition has been organized by the Siena Municipality in cooperation with Oper –Civita Group and Sud Est57.


Steve McCurry old hand at National Geographic, is not only one of the leader photographer of our century, awarded with more than World Press Photo Awards, that can be considered as a “Nobel Prize” pf the photography, but also an important reference point for a wide public, mainly young people, finding in his photos a way to look at our time in which they reflect themselves.


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Palazzo Pretorio, restaurant, pizzeria – Giovanni Santarpia – San Donato in Poggio – Chianti – Tuscany

31 Jul

Palazzo Pretorio Restaurant and pizzeria is located in a seventeen century building in San Donato in Poggio, a nice #medieval village, in the Chianti region, between #Florence and #Siena.

The reason why we have decided to suggest it, it’s because of the faboulous pizza we have eaten here. For sure, one of the best pizza in #Tuscany.

The restaurant offers tipical Tuscany dishes, such as the #bistecca alla fiorentina, and also good fresh fish proposals, but the pizza made by Giovanni Santarpia is very special, let’s say excellent, and we love to recommend it.


The Giovanni’s pizzas are prepared in the traditional napoletana way, with a double leavening mixture, for a soft and digestible pizza with a perfect cooking.

The pizza condiment is made with very fresh and high quality #mozzarella and #tomato, and in addition to the traditional pizza, there are also some innovative but very tasteful proposals, such as “tomato, zucchine and pesto”, or “pumpkin and bacon”.


Try also the dessert, you will enjoy them.

If you go there in summertime, the restaurant offers the possibility to stay on a panoramic terrace, that is perfect to enjoy the fantastic pizza and the fresh air of the Chianti hills.

In summertime and during the weekend we suggest you to reserve.

This is the address:
Via del Giglio, 26, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Province of Florence
Phone: ++39 055 807 2928 offers beautiful villas with pools and holidays apartments in agriturismo in Tuscany and also in the Chianti area.

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Fattoria di Celle – Santomato, Pistoia – Tuscany – Giuliano Gori modern art collection

29 Jul


The Villa of Celle in Santomato (in the Province of Pistoia), located on the nice hills between Pistoia and Prato,  originally exists already in the year 1000, but, its  present form was realized, in the late seventeenth century, by Cardinal Carlo Agostino Fabroni from Pistoia. The architect Giovanni Gambini enlarged the park, designing an English-style garden of  roughly sixty acres.


Bordering the garden, the Villa of Celle fam continues to produce Chianti Montalbano wine and extravirgin Tuscany olive oil.


In 1970, Giuliano Gori started creating the current unique amazing collection of modern artworks. His idea was to ask to many international artists to realize their own artworks made specifically for its space. 
This is the reason why  the collection of artworks is inseparable from the property, being became an integral part of the site and the wider landscape.

The Fattoria di Celle modern art collection is now one of the most important one in Italy and in Europe too.


These are some of the artists  present with their own sculptures in Fattoria di Celle:Image.

Vacavilla offers a wide selection of villas with pool and apartments in the Tuscany countryside, and therefore also in the Pistoia province, including Montecatini Terme, and Pescia.

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Siena and Stars

1 Jul

Siena and Stars

This year Siena offers to its inhabitants and visitors a very rich program of artistic events: pop music, ballet, jazz, international music attractions, recitals and comic show. The program will go along you during all the July month. The last show is the 2 of August. If you are spending your °holidays in the beautiful city of Siena or in the #countryside nearby, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of these appointments.

If you still need to find your #accomodation in the #Sienacoutryside, ask to The #agency based in the near #ColleVald’Elsa offers a wide selection of #villaswithpool and #apartments in the #Chianti area and in the other areas of #Tuscany.

#Florence #La Repubblica delle idee from 6 to 9 June 2013

30 May


Many international and Italian personalities will partecipate, from the 6 to the 9 of June, to La Repubblica delle idee, in Florence, between them:

Dan Brown, Roberto Saviano, Umberto Eco, Jovanotti, Sorrentino, Frida Giannini.

This is the calendar:

Giovedì 6 giugno: alle 16 nel Salone dei Cinquecento di Palazzo Vecchio ‘La bellezza ci salverà’ con Frida Giannini e Natalia Aspesi; alle 17.30 Salone dei Cinquecento meeting with  Carlo De Benedetti, Ezio Mauro e Riccardo Luna; segue alle 18 ‘Il nostro bisogno di mistero’ con Dan Brown e Vittorio Zucconi; alle 21 in piazza della Signoria conference of Alessandro Baricco,  alle 23 the show ‘La Cotogna di Istanbul’ con Paolo Rumiz e Alfredo Locosegliaz.

Venerdì 7 giugno: alle 12 nel Salone dei Duecento di Palazzo Vecchio, Marco Pesatori will talk about ‘Lo specchio magico dell’oroscopo,’ at the same time nel Salone dei Cinquecento ‘La Terra è un bene comune?’ con Carlo Pettini, Ermanno Olmi e Calo Botta; alle 15 all’Altana delle Oblate ‘La scienza e i poteri, i poteri della scienza’ con Umberto Veronesi e Francesco Merlo; alle 17.30 nel Salone dei Cinquecento di Palazzo Vecchio Fare Rete con Federico Rampini, Riccardo Luna, Giovanni Castellucci, alle 19 incontro con Orhan Pamuk, Marco Ansaldo, Elena Stancanelli e alle 21 ‘L’Italia salvata dall’economia criminale?’ di Roberto Saviano; alle 23 in piazza della Signoria ‘Lezione di rock: i Beatles’ con Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo.

Sabato 8 giugno: alle 13 nel Salone delle Oblate, ‘Dal made in Italy al made in Eataly: un’avventura post-industriale’ con Oscar Farinetti, alle 16 nel Salone dei Duecento di Palazzo Vecchio, ‘E’ la scuola che ci rende uguali’ con Roberto Vecchioni e Antonio Gnoli; alle 17 all’Altana delle Oblate meeting with Francesco Tullio Altan; alle 19 al Teatro Verdi ‘Quelle macchie d’azzurro’, meeting with Cesare Prandelli, Benedetto Ferrara, Gianni Mura; alle 19 nel Salone dei Cinquecento di Palazzo Vecchio ‘L’Italia postpopulista’ con Stefano Rodotà, Lucia Annunziata, Ilvo Diamanti, Gustavo Zagrebelsky; alle 21 al Teatro Verdi, spettacolo con Serena Dandini e Maura Misiti e alla stessa ora nel Salone dei Cinquecento di Palazzo Vecchio incontro con Umbero Eco e Stefano Bartezzaghi; alle 23 in piazza della Signoria Corrado Augias e Giuseppe Fausto Modugno indagano ‘I segreti della musica: Giuseppe Verdi’.

Domenica 9 giugno: alle 12 nel Salone dei Cinquecento di Palazzo Vecchio incontro con Eugenio Scalfari; alle 13 all’Altana delle Oblate ‘L’Italia in movimento’ con Enrico Deaglio e Michele Serra e alle 17 ‘La mutazione italiana in pellicola’ con Paolo Sorrentino, Anna Bandettini e Curzio Maltese. Dalle 17.30 chiusura in piazza della Signoria con Ezio Mauro, Riccardo Luna e incontro con Jovanotti.

Free entrance. For the events at Teatro Verdi and Palazzo Vecchio please book, using this link 

Siena – The ceiling of Cathedral is visible again

6 Apr


The magnificent ceiling of the Cathedral (Duomo) of Siena is visible again. This is a great news for everybody, but mainly for the travellers on the way to Siena. After an extensive refurbishment, one of the masterpiece of one of the more beautiful cities in Tuscany, has came back to be admired and to fascinate who will visit the Cathedral.

For your stay in Siena, contact

Telephone: +39 0577 1656690
Fax: +39 0577 1656675

Susy, the villa specialist, will be happy to find a villa for you holidays in Tuscany. Take a look to Villa Belvedere, one of the last arrivals.

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Prato, Palazzo Pretorio Museum – “The plaster works art” – Jacques Lipchitz, from March 22 to May 26 2013

23 Mar

Palazzo Pretorio re-opens after 16 years of refurbishment works exhibiting the “The Plaster Works”, the collection of drawings and plaster works donated by the Lipchitz Foundation to the city of Prato.

The Palazzo Pretorio refurbishment has not still been completed, and the the works of the Lithuanian artist are hosted on the first floor of the beautiful middle ages building

For information call: +39 0574 18361

Palazzo Pretorio, piazza del Comune, Prato (Tuscany – Italy)

Few meters from the Palazzo Pretorio, in Ricasoli street at the 22,  there is the historical shop of  Antonio Mattei, where you can find the best “cantuccini” in the world. The original one in the blue package.

Don’t miss Lipchitz and the biscuits of Antonio Mattei.

For you stay in Tuscany, rent a villa or an apartment, in a city of art or in the countryside, contact Vacavilla., e-mail: or call to ++39 0577 165 6690.


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