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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.


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.


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.


Book Fiorello contry house with pool in Montefioralle

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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.


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.


Click here to rent a house or a beautiful private villa in the Mugello area.

Villa Ott and the other beautiful villas in the Crespina countryside district, in Tuscany

22 Oct

The countryside area of Crespina and Tripalle has been very popular since the sixteenth century, when the noble families from Livorno and Pisa, started building their holidays villas.


The most important and well known ones are Villa Belvedere, Villa Corsini Valdisonzi, Villa Museo Calo Pepi e Villa Ott, with no doubt one of the most beautiful one.

Villa Ott was built by the architect Silvestro Donati in the seventeenth century, instead of the Mecherini noble families.

The villa has not a regular shape. The main façade looks at the hamlet of Tripalle and, in the past it was preciously painted decorated.


The villa has 3 differents levels and there are two entrances located on the on the two ailes of the villa, whilst in the middle there is the family crest.

The villa has been restored due to the damages suffered during the second world war, when the frecoes of Domenico Tempesti and Gabrielli went lost.

The villa has also the Saint Isidtro and della Madonna of the heart, completely rebuilt in 1768 over the ruins of an old church.

In front of the Chapel there is the farm with the little tower in neo-medieval style in 1881, built by the Ott fanily.

The park is done by non regular grasses and timber trees, according to the English trends, whilst the internal area consists in an Italian garden.


This beautiful villa can be weekly rented for holidays. If you are interested in that, and you wish to receive the best rate and the best service on the market ask only to Vacavilla.

Tel 39 0577 1656 690 – Email:

Osteria Brucia Tegami, Bagno a Ripoli, Florence in Tuscany

4 Nov

Just 20 minutes far from Florence, in the little town of Bagno a Ripoli, at the 39th of Roma street, the thoughtful and lively Fiamma welcome her guests in the cozy space of the Osteria Brucia Tegami.


Light green and yellow are the relaxing colours dominating walls and furnitures of this nice osteria. A selected menu of traditional dishes, prepared with high quality, genuine products. Nice presentations and generous portions, in a young and familiar hospitality style. Selections of great pecorino’s cheeses and salami of Cinta senese, potatoes tortelli, spicy pici, excellent beef tenderloin, fiorentina steaks and tagliate, but also baccalà (salted codfish) and cacciucco soup (on request).


The dessert menu offers, a very good apple pie and an excellent tiramisu. The wine menu is not large, but very well built and realized. It is organized in geographical areas and in each of them some good there few selected wines, at reasonable prices.


There you can find gluten-free pasta, and some gluten free dishes will let also the celiacs enjoy a tasting experience.


Osteria Brucia Tegami is a recommended address for the Vacavilla‘s guests, staying in Florence or in the surroundings of the most beautiful city of the world.

To book, call 0039 055 682 1276

Piaggio Museum, Pontedera in Tuscany

14 Jul


The Piaggio museum is a special place. Located in Pontedera, Tuscany, where the Piaggio company was born, it is a beautiful example of recover of an industrial area.

The exhibition area hosts a permanent collection of Piaggio, Gilera and Vespa, designed by Giovanni Casiraghi, Luigi Pegna and Corradino D’Ascanio.


Unique pieces, part of the best Italian design heritage.

Thanks a special partnership, Vacavilla is proud to reserves to all its guests who loves the italian design to have access to a special discount of 10% on every product sold in the he Museum Piaggio Bookshop. Take advantage of this offer and visit the Piaggio Museum, while you are visiting the beautiful region of Tuscany


Lucca Summer Festival 2015

20 Jun

The Lucca Summer Festival is one of the most important music festival in Italy. The concert’s calendari s really impressive, hosting some of the most important artists in the world.


This is the 2015 concert calendar:


JOHN LEGEND – July, 5 2015

LOS LOBOS – July, 7 2015

PAOLO NUTINI – July, 8 2015

THE SCRIPT – July, 9 2015

BILLY IDOL – July, 10 2015

ELTON JOHN – July, 11 2015

MS LAURYN HILL – July, 20 2015

MARK KNOPFLER – July, 22 2015

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – July, 23 2015

FEDEZ & JAX – July, 24, 2015

LENNIE KRAVITZ, special guest GARY CLARK JR – July, 26 2015

SNOOP DOGG – July, 28 2015


The concerts, or better the shows will take place in the beautiful Napoleone squame, inside the old and famous walls of Lucca.

The Lucca Summer Festival is therefore the opportunity to combine a great international music event with a pleasant visit to one of the more beautiful Tuscan cities.


The ticket can be bought on or, if you are in Lucca, there are 2 Summer Festival Points, where you can buy tickets

– P.zza San Michele – via San Paolino

– Piazza del Giglio entry from via S. Girolamo


On the day of the concert only:

– Competition-winner tickets, guest list/ complimentary tickets and Press passes are available for collection on the day of the concert only from 6.30pm onwards at the box-office at the main Summer Festival Point ( Piazza el Giglio, entry from Via San Girolamo).

– Online ticket collections from 6,30 pm at Summer Festival Point Piazza del Giglio entry from S. Girolamo.

For further information call the Info line +39 0584 46477

Mitoraj Myth and Music – exhibition in Pietrasanta

6 Jun

The town of Pietrasanta, also known as the “ Little Athens of Versilia “, has become a symbol for the sculpture since the Renaissance, when Michelangelo and all the main sculptors of the period went to visit the nearby marble quarries in the Apuan Alps of Massa and Carrara.
Since the last 20 years, Pietrasanta, with its beautiful old town with Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings has became the most sophisticated destination in the Versilia region.


The centre of the town now is full of restaurants, art gallery and also boutiques, but the main reason why of this new golden age of Pietrasanta is that many of the most important contemporary artists have decided to work and sometimes also to live here.
Botero, Vangi and Igor Mitoraj are only some of the most important ones.
This year, to celebrate Igor Mitoraj, who passed away in 2014, the town of Pietrasanta has decided to dedicate the exhibition “Mitoraj Myth and Music” .
Until the 30th August the complex of Sant’Agostino in Pietrasanta (Lucca) hosts his most important sculptures, the giants faces and busts, often wrapped, worldwide famous. To enhance the works, gardening experts have made a real “enchanted garden” where the clay sculptures have been arranged as a sort of theatre set, designed by the author when he was still alive.


Mitoraj worked a lot also for theater and opera, and to complete the celebration, of the great polish artist, a rich musical program has been organized by the Puccini Festival Foundation, and every Friday, it will accompany the exhibition with music events and concerts. The scenic design will be enriched by the images of the photographer Giovanni Ricci Novara.