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The antique markets in Tuscany, Arezzo, Lucca, Pistoia and many others dates all over the region

28 Oct

Visiting Tuscany is always a pleasure, but for the passionate of the antique markets Tuscany represents also something more.

Many, between villages, towns and cities hosts every kind of antique markets, and most of them do that following a recurring calendar. Here you can find a list of some of the main events in Tuscany.

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Agliana (Pistoia) – very first Sunday of the month, excluded in July and August (the market is suspended);

Anghiari (Arezzo) – every third Sunday, only in the odd month;

Fiera Antiquaria

Arezzo – Antiquaria: this is one of the most important and larger antique market events in Tuscany. It is hosted in the downtown of Arezzo, every first Sunday of the month, and the Saturday before. For more information Tel. +39 055 910821;

Barga (Lucca) – In the downtown of the town, every second Sunday of the month;

Bolgheri (Livorno) – In the old town, every second Saturday and Sunday of the month;

Calcinaia (Pisa) – In the old town, every third Sunday of the month, excluded July and August;

Camaiore (Lucca) – In the old town – During the mid August week;

Carmignano (Prato) – Vittorio Emanuele II and Matteotti square – the first Sunday of the month, excluded August – For more information call tel. +39 055 8712468

Carrara (Massa Carrara) – In Verdi street, every first Saturday of the moth;

Cascina (Pisa) – In Matteotti boulevard, every first Sunday of the month, – every first Sunday of the month, excluded July and August. Tel +39 050.719111

Castelfranco di Sopra (Arezzo) – Vittorio Emanuele square, Vittorio Veneto, Cavour and 25 aprile street – For more information tel. +39 0575 9149571

Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo) – in the old town, Municipio square- the fourth Sunday of the month from March to June and from September to December – Tel. +39 0575 658278

Cecina (Livorno) – in the old town, in Guerrazzi square and  Cavour street – the fourth Sunday of the month, every month, excluding July – Tel. +39 0586 681691

Certaldo (Firenze) – every third Sunday of the month

Chianciano Terme (Siena) – in Baccelli boulevard – every first Saturday and Sunday of the month

Dicomano (Firenze) – in the old town, Buonamici square – every third Sunday of the month – Tel. + 39 055 838541

Fiesole (Firenze) – Mino square – every first Sunday of the month, excluding August – Tel. +39 055 5961239

Florence –  Ciompi square – every fourth Sunday of the month, excluding July – Tel. +39 055 32831

Florence – Giardini della Fortezza – every Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 055 2705233

Florence –  Ciompi square – every day, excluding Saturday and Sunday and July  – Tel. +39 055 3283549

Florence – Santo Spirito square – every second Sunday of the month, excluding August – Tel. +39 055 27055233

Florence – dell’Agnolo street – every last Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 055 27051

Fivizzano (Massa Carrara) – Medicea square – every last Sunday of the month

Follonica (Grosseto) – della Chiesa square and Vittorio Veneto square – every third Saturday and Sunday of the month from March to May, and in September and October

Forte dei Marmi (Lucca) – in Mazzini street and Carducci street – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month

Greve in Chianti (Firenze) – Matteotti square – Easter Monday and the second Sunday of October – Tel. +39 055 85451

Grosseto – every last Sunday of the month

Lastra a Signa (Firenze) – in the old town – the 25 of April, the last Sunday of August and the 8 of December – Tel. +39 055 87431

Livorno – in the old town, Cavour square- every first Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0586 820111

Mercatino antiquariato a Lucca

Lucca – in the old town – every third Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0583 442824

Marina di Carrara (Massa Carrara) – Menconi square- every last Saturday and Sunday of the month

Marina di Grosseto (Grosseto) – XXIV maggio street – every third Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0564 4885128

Marradi (Firenze) – in the oldtown – every Thursday in July and August – Tel. +39 055 8045170

Massa (Massa Carrara) – in the old town – every third Sunday of the month, excluding June, July, August and September

Massa Marittima (Grosseto) –  Garibaldi square- every second Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0566 902756

Montecarlo (Lucca) – every second Sunday of the month

Montepulciano (Siena) – Grande square – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month

Montevarchi (Arezzo) – dei musei street – every fourth Sunday of the month , in July and August night edition – Special edition: the 8 of December – Tel. +39 055 9108212

Orbetello (Grosseto) – in the old town, Corso Italia – every Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0564 4885128

Palazzuolo sul Senio (Firenze) – in the old town- every second Sunday from June to September – Tel. +39 055 8046125

Pescia (Pistoia) – in the old town – every fourth Sunday of the month, excluding July and December

Piancastagnano (Siena) – Giardini Nasini – the first week of August

Pietrasanta (Lucca) – Duomo square- every first Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0584.7951

Piombino (Livorno) – Corso Italia – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month

Pisa – in the old town – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 050 910384

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Pistoia – ex Breda area – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 0573 3711

Poggibonsi (Siena) – Matteotti square – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 0577 986203

Pontedera (Pisa) – every second Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 0587 299247

Pontremoli (Massa Carrara) – Centro storico – 3ª domenica del mese – Tel. +39 0187 4601233

Prato – del Mercato nuovo square – every second Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0574 18361

Prato – San Francesco square – every fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 055 243188

San Giuliano Terme (Pisa) – every first Sunday of the month, from March to November – Tel. +39 050 815064

San Miniato (Pisa) – Loggiate di San Domenico – every first Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 0571 418739

Sansepolcro (Arezzo) – Santa Chiara square and Luca Pacioli street – the Easter Monday – Tel. +39 0575.732238

Sarteano (Siena) – in the old town – every third Sunday of the month, excluding June, July and September – Tel. +39 0578 265312

Scandicci (Firenze) – Matteotti square – the fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 055 215783

Scarperia in Mugello (Firenze) – in old town – every first Sunday of the month, excluding November – Tel. +39 055 215783

Seano (Prato) – Via Carlo Levi – every second Sunday of the month, excluding August – Tel. +39 055 8712468

Siena – del Mercato square – every third Sunday of the month, excluding August – Tel. +39 0577 281619

Sinalunga (Siena) – in the old town, Garibaldi square – the 2 of June – Tel. +39 0577 636045

Tavernuzze (Firenze) – in the old town- every second Saturday of the month, excluding July and August – Tel. +39 055 2372130

Viareggio (Lucca) – d’Azeglio square – every fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month – Tel. +39 0584 962350

Vicopisano (Pisa) – Cavalca square – every second Sunday of the month (July, night edition), excluding August – Tel. +39 050 798552

Arezzo, Pistoia, Lucca are the most important ones, but you can find nice things also going around, visiting the many others markets all around Tuscany. Find the date and the location for each of them in the above mentioned list.

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Pistoia Blues, the 2014 concert program

24 Feb

The summer seems to be still far away, but for the lovers of music and in particular for the blues’ fans, it is already time to plan their participation to one of the most important Blues festival in Italy, the Pistoia Blues festival.

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Here it is the calendar of the 2014 concerts:

July 11: Robert Plant and Sensational Space Shifters & North Mississippi Allstars
July 13: Morcheeba
July 14: Jack Johnson
July 15: The Lumineers
July 17: Arctic Monkeys

 If you wish to take the opportunity of the Pistoia Blues Festival to organize your holidays in Tuscany, contact Vacavilla. You will be able to choice a villa with pool or an apartment. In any case, the best solution according to your needs.

The chocolate valley – Andrea Slitti and Roberto Catinari, maitre chocolatier in the Pistoia province

13 Dec

The Chocolate valley. This is the appellative given to the Pistoia district, due to the born of many great quality artisanal chocolate laboratories born there in the last 30 years.

Roberto Cainari in Agliana, before and later Andrea Slitti in Monsummano Terme, are the two undisputed champions. They are known all over the world, thanks to the unreachable quality of their products, but many others good asrtisans opened in the same area chocolate shops and laboratories, producing excellent chocolate.

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Andrea Slitti has won all the most prestigious international awards dedicated to cocoa and chocolate, from the Grand Prix International Chocolate in Paris (the largest worldwide competition dedicated to chocolate ) to the Culinary Olympics in Berlin, the Eurochocolate Award (basically the Oscars of chocolate) and the International Culinary Art in Salzburg, as well as being reported on best international guides chocolate.

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The store of Andrea in Monsummano Terme is a paradise for lovers of cocoa and chocolate. It is possible to find: the tablets,  high-quality (up to 100% dark chocolate) cakes to soft, spreadable cream (at that proposal don’t miss the #Slittosa), cranberries of Canada, coffee beans and nuts covered (Avola almonds, sweet almond Puglia, Langhe hazelnuts). The shop offers also a tasting corner where you can sip coffee by turning the sugar with the traditional teaspoons of chocolate that will melt in the cup.

Roberto Catinari begins in Agliana, where the shop is still located. Roberto produces any kind of fantastic chocolate and cocoa product, but for sure the praline and the gianduia cake, as well as, the Easter eggs are its own strong suits. Taste the hand-made grappa-filled chocolates, the baskets of “chestnuts” and “mushrooms”, made of chocolate and hazelnut paste.
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Some years ago, due to its great fame, Roberto Catinari decided to open also a shop in Florence, between the #Ponte_Vecchio and #Piazza_della_Signoria, to give the opportunity to the Florentines and to the international tourists to find its high quality chocolate easily, without being obliged to move to Agliana.
The name of the Florence shop is #Arte_del_Cioccolato.
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Luca Mannori, maitre chocolatier, who won the World Championship with the Sette Veli cake, opened an Espace Mannori, in Agliana (Pistoia). It is a chocolate laboratory, where it is possible to attend courses and seminar, in addition to taste extraordinary chocolate.
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Mille Miglia – La corsa più bella del mondo – Mugello again the perfect set to admire the historical race

19 Jan

The 31st edition of the historical race will start the 16th of May and will finish on the 19th of May.

For all the information: http://www.1000miglia.eu/Edizione-2013/Informazioni-generali/

Also this year the Mille Miglia race, “La corsa più bella del mondo”, will take place in May. It will start on the 17th and finishes on the 20th of May, in Brescia.

As usual, coming back from Rome, the Mille Miglia will cross the beautiful roads of Mugello. San Piero a Sieve, Scarperia, Barberino del Mugello, Firenzuola.

The passionates could assist to the race in the beautiful set of Mugello, and having the chance to admire the  most significant cars in the context of race history, and also to assist to unique cavalcade, portraying thirty years of the evolution of motor racing, from 1927 to 1957.

If you wish to take the Mille Miglia opportunity to visit Mugello and Tuscany, and for you stay you wish to rent a holiday apartment or a villa, or if you wish to stay in a agriturismo, you can visit the Vacavilla website.

Vacavilla is a tailor made rentals agency, offering a wide selection of charming apartments and villas, also with pool, in Mugello and the more beautiful Tuscany area, such as San Gimignano, Chianti, Montalcino, Versilia, Val d’orcia, Etruscan Coast, Argentario, Maremma, and also in other italian destination (Veneto, Venezia, Amalfi Coast, Liguria and Umbria).

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MILLE MIGLIA 16th – 20th MAY 2012 DRAFT PROGRAMME

WEDNESDAY 16th MAY

9.00 am 8.00 pm

12.00 pm

5.00 pm 9.00 pm

Cars brought to the Fiera di Brescia (Brescia Trade Fair). Welcome coffee, administrative and technical checks, assignation of event numbers, distribution of road books. Night-time security surveillance of the cars and parking of trailers and transportation trucks inside the Fiera.

Press conference

Holy Mass in the Duomo Vecchio, Piazza Paolo VI. Gala dinner

THURSDAY 17th MAY

7.30 am 1.30 pm

8.30 am 3.30 pm

8.30 am 12.00 noon

8.30 am 3.30 pm

10.00 am

4.45 pm 8.00 pm

6.30 pm 12.30 am

Cars brought to the Fiera di Brescia. Welcome coffee, administrative and technical checks, assignation of event numbers and road books. Parking of trailers and transportation trucks inside the Fiera.

Cars entered head for Piazza della Loggia for the sealing.

Cars presented to the public in Piazza della Loggia.

Cars exhibited in piazzas and specially designated areas of the city centre.

Blessing of a representative of the cars in Piazza Paolo VI.

Buffet dinner at the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia.

Start of the first car from Viale Venezia and presentation of the cars to the public.

Arrival of the first car in Ferrara, end of the first leg. Cars parked. Shuttle service to the various hotels. Welcome snack in hotel rooms with appetizer and fruit. Overnight stay.

FRIDAY 18th MAY

1.30 pm 4.00 pm

6.30 am 10.00 am

Shuttle service from the hotels to the parking area reserved for Mille Miglia cars. 8.00 am Start of the first car from Ferrarra for the Ferrara – Rome leg.

Buffet lunch.

Arrival of the first car in Rome.

On-stage parade of cars to present them to the public at Castel Sant’Angelo. 8.30 pm Cars parked overnight in the Villa Borghese car park

Shuttle services to the various hotels. Buffet dinner in the hotels and overnight stay.

SATURDAY 19th MAY

11.30 am 2.00 pm

10.15 pm

10.30 pm 1.30 am

5.00 am 8.30 am

Shuttle service from the hotels to the Villa Borghese indoor car park 6.30 am Start of the first car from Rome Castel Sant’Angelo for the Rome– Brescia leg.

SUNDAY 20th MAY

Buffet lunch in. Arrival of the first car in the centre of Brescia, in Borgosatollo.

Presentation of the cars to the public in Viale Venezia. Cars parked in the secure areas of the Fiera di Brescia. Overnight stay .

Shuttle service from the hotels to the Teatro Grande. Awards ceremony.

11.00 am 1.30 pm Aperitif and farewell lunch in Brescia.

Tuscany, a way of life – 1st part

17 Dec

Desidero inaugurare questo blog scrivendo del Mugello. Un territorio che si sviluppa a nord di Firenze, lungo la dorsale Appenninica che collega la Toscana all’Emilia Romagna.

Il capoluogo è Borgo San Lorenzo. Barberino di Mugello, Scarperia, San Piero a Sieve e Vicchio sono le località più importanti nell’area di prossima a Firenze, mentre Firenzuola e Marradi sono più vicine all’Emilia Romagna.

Il Mugello è caratterizzato da verdi valli, e dolci colline, in particolare nella zona più vicina a Firenze, splendidi borghi, castelli e ville Medicee. Il Mugello è famoso nel mondo per ospitare da tanti anni il Gran Premio d’Italia di motociclismo, che si svolge nell’autodromo Ferrari di Scarperia. La vocazione sportiva del territorio è confermata dalla presenza di uno dei più importanti campi da golf d’Italia, il Poggio dei Medici Golf Club.

Inoltre sul lago di Bilancino è possibile svolgere attività sportive come vela, surf e canoa.

Arte, storia, gastronomia sono altri importanti motivi per visitare il Mugello. Una delle zone più verdi e autentiche della Toscana.

Importanti artisti del passato come Giotto, Beato Angelico, Furini, Foggini, la famiglia Chini, hanno impreziosito con le loro opere chiese, ville e palazzi di questa valle. La vocazione artistica della zona è confermata anche per la presenza di numerosi artisti contemporanei, il più illustre dei quali è sicuramente il Barberinese Giuliano Vangi.

Le occasioni per trascorrere una vacanza in Mugello sono tante, ecco alcuni esempi:

per vivere l’esperienza di una vacanza nella campagna Toscana, a pochi chilometri da Firenze;

per giocare a golf;

per partecipare al gran premio d’Italia di motociclismo

per assistere al passaggio della Mille Miglia

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Collina, casa indipendente con piscina per 10 persone, http://www.vacavilla.com/vacation-home/house/28588.html

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Piano Rosso, appartamento con piscina per 8 persone, http://www.vacavilla.com/vacation-home/house/29234.html

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