Tag Archives: Tuscany

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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: info@vacavilla.com

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Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato reopens with “The end of the world” exhibition

17 Oct

The Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art reopens, after the completion of the futuristic spaceship-shaped extension by the Rotterdam-based Indonesian architect Maurice Nio, and of the renovation of the original building designed by the Rationalist architect Italo Gamberini.,presents the exhibition The End of the World.
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Through the works of over 50 international artists in a showing that will span the entire exhibition area of the museum, the exhibition has been set up as a kind of exercise of distance which incite us to take a look at our present from a great distance.
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Along the way the audience will experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.
Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages are interconnected.
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Contemporary art, and now the reopening of the Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Museum in Prato is a further reason to visit Tuscany and this very authentic city which is Prato.
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Pastry-shop Francesco Cecchi, Cinquale: amazing pastries & cakes in Versilia

1 Oct

This is a real gem. It is not a secret to reveal, but for sure a very special address where to taste excellent cakes and pastries, typical of the traditional italian haute patisserie.

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The Pasticceria Francesco Cecchi is almost hidden  between the streets of the little seaside resort of Cinquale, adjecent to the celebrated Forte dei Marmi, the capital of the Versilia riviera.

The café is very small. There few tables at the exterior, where it is possible to taste the fast-italian breakfast, made of amazing breakfast pastries (the best rice pudding in Tuscany), and also a very good coffee or cappuccino.

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After the breakfast test, you will not be able to live without buying some of their excellent cakes (don’t’ miss the chocolate and pear pie).

If you love cakes & pastries, you will simply fall in love with this Pasticceria of Francesco Cecchi.

The address:

Via Cateratte, 130 – 54030Cinquale – Montignoso (Ms)

Tel 388-4626060 / 349-2325921

If instead you wish to rent a villa or an apartment for your stay in Versilia, in the land of Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta this is the address for you:

Vacavilla

Via Fratelli Bandiera, 67, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa SI
Tel: 0039 0577 165 6690

Maga Magò restaurant, Montecarelli (Barberino di Mugello), Florence in Tuscany

10 Nov

Maga Magò is a very good restaurant, owned directed by Luca Percorini.

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High quality products, excellent and well cooked dishes, generous portion and nice presentation.
Real traditional Italian and Tuscany dishes. Quite a large menu and plats du jour, offering from pasta alla carbonara, in this season, porcini mushrooms tagliolini spaghettini cacio and pepe, mixed boiled meats with sauces, fried porcini mushrooms, artichokes and brain, meatballs with mayonnaise, pigeons, saltred black cabbage, and many others dishes. The dessert is amazing: there is a large buffet offering a rich selection of different cakes (torta dell nonna, cheese cake, hand-made panforte, beignets, maritozzi with cream, and more …. dried fruits, liquor and coffes.

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The wine menu is very original and offers a selection of uncommon Italian and French wines’ labels.

All the dishes are accurately thought and prepared. The restaurant is nicely decorated in a romantic country style. Candles create a very warm atmosphere.

It is the kind of restaurant I would like to find all over the world to eat good local food and enjoy a nice place mainly attended by local people.

To reach Maga Magò from Barberino di Mugello you will need 15/20 minutes, it is located on the Futa National road, in the village of Montecarelli, where in summertime it is pleasant to dine in the garden of the restaurant, whilst in winter time, it is possible to find the snow.

Don’t forget to book a table, as the restaurant is always full.
Contact: Maga Magò, calling +39 0558423041, Via Montecarelli, 2, Barberino di Mugello Florence.

If you want to rent a villa in Mugello or in any ohter location in Tuscany, contact http://www.vacavilla.com at +39 0577 1656 690, or email to Susi and Andrea to info@vacavilla.com.

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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;

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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

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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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Lucca Comics and Games 2014, International festival of comics, animation, illustration and games

11 Oct

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Lucca Comics and Games has becoming one of the most important comics’ festival of the world.
This year it will take place from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November, always of course, in the beautiful old town of Lucca, in Tuscany.

This year the festival welcomes great authors as: Gabriele dell’Otto, author of the festival’s poster, Robert Crumb, the aauthor of Fritz the Cat, Joan Cornellà, author of Fracasa Mejor and Abulia, and many others, presenting their new works.

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The exhibtions instead will start the 18th of October. The program is rich. Just to mention to titles, Silver: dal Pollaio alle Stelle and Paul Pope: Razza di Cavallo.

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To know more, contact tel. +39 (0) 583 401711 or info@luccacomicsandgames.com.

For you stays in Lucca, Versilia or in Tuscany countryside, in apartments or in a villa with pool, instedad, contact directly http://www.vacavilla.com; call +39 0577 1656 690 or email: info@vacavilla.com.