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Montaione and Valdelsa, a real paradise for the bikers vacations

12 Jan

Montaione is a village located in the Valdelsa district, a very beautiful part of Tuscany countryside. San Gimignano, Volterra, Castelfiorentino, Gambassi terme and San Miniato are the closest towns around.


The medieval village of Montaione is on the hills, and from there, many different unpaved scenic roads to reach San Gimignano, Volterra, Certaldo and Montespertoli, enjoying beautiful landscapes.

The Valdelsa area is really a great destination to be discovered on the two wheels, especially by mountain-bike.

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Every day it is possible to choose a different route: dirt trucks and single trails. One of these go through the Via Francigena, that moving  From Montaione and following Via Santo Stefano until the valley of river Orlo. From here climbing to the Pieve di Coiano and start riding on the Via Francigena until to Gambassi Terme. From Gambassi Terme leaving the Via Francigena and get back to Montaione.

Montaione offers over than 10 trails with different difficulties and some organizations ready to provide guides, rentals, bicycle shops and repair shops.

The Valdelsa area is very reach of self-catering villas and farm-houses for rent. Most of them also have private gardens and swimming-pools. A real relaxing and exclusive solution for a great bike vacation in Tuscany.


Eroica, the Tuscan race

2 Jan

L’Eroica 2018 wil take place on October the 7th.


The registration only to The Eroica event is going to be opened during this month of January 2018, whilst the COMBO registration to The Eroica + Nova Eroica, and The Eroica + Montalcino have been already opened since last December 2017.

As usual there differents kind of routes:

  • The Leisure route of 46 Km: to be covered in around 3 hours, to taste The Eroica atmosphere;
  • The Short route of 75 Km: to be raced in about 4 hours;
  • The Chianti Classico route of 115 Km: it takes about 6 hours, and it is suggested to well-trained bikers;
  • The Medium route of 135 Km: to be covered in 10-12 hours. Inside of the great history of The Eroica race;
  • The Long route of 209 Km: it’s The Eroica, what else?


This great route now is possible to be raced all year long. Look at The Eroica website to receive all the information to discover this beautiful and unique race.

If you wish to rent a beautiful villa or a farmhouse for your stay in occasion of The Eroica race, or just to race your own this route of the myth, look at @vacavilla.com to find the best solution for your specific needs.


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.


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.


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.


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: info@vacavilla.com



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.
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.
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.
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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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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