Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2016

27 Sep

This year Lucca Comics and Games Festival takes place from October the 28th to November the 1st.

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It is not only one of the most important comics’ festival in the world, but it has also a unique features, the location: the amazing city center of Lucca, one of the more beautiful and charming Tuscany cities.

A unique gem, a perfect magic location for this fantastic festival.

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It is very difficult to find a stay in Lucca or in the surroundings nearby, during the Lucca Comics & Games Festivals. The best solution is renting an apartment or a house in the Lucca and the nearby countryside, where there are many. In that period these properties are often non-occupied, and offers good prices.

Look at the @vacavilla website to find the best solution for you and for your friends.

 

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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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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

Il Cucchiaio della Nonna, restaurant and pizzeria, offers excellent gluten-free food in Forte dei Marmi

4 Aug

Il Cucchiaio della nonna is a restaurant and pizzeria offering pizzas and flatbreads cooked in wood, local and fish food, but also a take away service, for the beach lovers. The restaurant is located at the end of Forte dei Marmi, in the department of Vittoria Apuana, in the parallel of the seafront street, 50 meters far from Versilia’s largest free beach .

The food is good, prepared with genuine ingredients (it seems it is prepared by Mrs Paola, the grandmother), and despite the service is not ever very quick, the staff is pleasant and courteous. As soon as you arrive at the table, they are quick to serve you an appetizer, usually a variety of pizzas’ stripes. The opening of Il Cucchiaio della Nonna is a good news also for the celiacs. The restaurant indeed offers a very large gluten-free menu, and serves very good pizzas for celiacs. For reservation Tel 0039 0584 752340 info@ilcucchiaiodellanonna.it

Piaggio Museum, Pontedera in Tuscany

14 Jul

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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.

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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

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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.

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This is the 2015 concert calendar:

BOB DYLAN & FRANCESCO DE GREGORI – July, 1, 2015

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

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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.

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The ticket can be bought on ticketone.it 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Venice is always an amazing surprise

17 Nov

 

Venice is always a surprising city. Ponte di Rialto, Canal Grande, San Marco, are for sure worldwide known, but at the same time, they are normally besieged by multitudes of tourists.

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Walking far from these very famous attractions, is what I normally do, during the periodical visit of the Vacavilla’s Venice apartments. This is the reason why of this article, as I normally write about about my beloved Tuscany.

This time I decided to come back to the Sestiere of Cannaregio and Dorsodure, visiting also the Ghetto,  Campo San Polo and le Zattere, facing of the Giudecca channel.

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During the weekend, I had great food experiences, starting from the Osteria Bancogiro, having a lunch outside on the more than beautiful, let’s say: unique outside, just over the Canal Grande, few meters far from the Rialto bridge, but at the same time in a quite place. Great dishes are the six cicchetti veneziani (nice to see, and excellent to eat), such as the green hollow spaghetti with calamari and chanterelles (mushrooms), the breaded chicken with wild herbs and sweet & sour tomatoes sauce or the tuna steak with pistachios, pinenuts and orange sauce. Address: Campo San Giacometto, 122, tel 041 523 2061 

As usual, I decide to dine by the Vecia Cavana restaurant. It is located in the Sestiere of Cannaregio and it is a very classic restaurant with a wide choice of Venetian dishes. Excellent products, and very tasty dishes. I love their  baccalà mantecato with a tender commeal mush, but the best dish is fried moeche (tipical lagoon crab, fried entire nude of its shell), also the cakes trail is great. There is a nice atmosphere, and what I like more is that, the Vecia Cavana is an authentic place, mainly attended by Venetians’ people, instead of the only tourists. In addition to that, the restaurant also offers a wide gluten-free menu. For sure one of the best, and with a larger gluten-free offer I have ever found.

Address Rio Terà SS. Apostoli, 4624. Tel ‎041 528 7106 

I wish also to suggest other addresses:

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Gelateria Nico, in Dorsoduro, at Le Zattere. Don’t live Venice, without having tasted their gianduiotto ice-cream.

It is a bar of gianduiotto ice-cream, fully immersed into a glass of fresh cream. Unbelievable!!!!

Gianduiotto is also a gluten-free ice-cream.

Address Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo, 922 tel 041 522 5293

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Always in Dorsoduro, OKE restaurant and pizzeria is a good address, with a very pleasant outside, just facing the Giudecca channel. The food is good, also the pizza’s. OKE offers also a large choice of gluten-free pizzas of good quality.

Address Calle Frati Dorsoduro, 1414, Tel 041 520 6601

For your stays in Venice, contact Vacavilla at info@vacavilla.com or at +39 0577 165 6690