Being the capital of one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Florence is not just a great starting point for the many wine tours the Tuscany countryside has to offer, but has a great wine culture of its own.
Villa Garzoni or Garzoni Garden was built before 1652 by the Garzoni family, near their old castle, which stands slightly apart and is a beautiful example of Baroque style.
Villa Garzoni at Collodi, Lucca, Tuscany, features a garden with a number of pagan statues, fountains and watern garden (giochi d’acqua) at the foot of a series of terraces and symmetrical staicases connecting the lower water gardens at the base of the hill. The villa, which was thoroughly rebuilt in the eighteenth century, belonged to the Garzoni family until the beginning of the twentieth century. The garden has a bamboo wood, mythological statues, caves, greenhouses, bridges and a maze.
The father of Carlo Lorenzini (Carlo Collodi), the author of Pinocchio worked here as a gardener, while her mother was a waitress. Collodi spent most of his childhood at the Castle.
A small island full of history: Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, hermits, prisoners inhabitated this island for more than 3000 years before to become a nature reserve.
San Galgano is Cistercians abbey not far from Siena, in Chiusdino area. The site is composed by a big abbey, now in ruins, and by the Hermitage (Rotonda di Montesiepi), the religious retreat.
Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was a French artist, illustrator and sculptor. In Italy, he gained endless fame because of his beautiful illustrations of Dante’s Divina Commedia.
An impressive Etruscan road network, vertically carved into the tuff (sometimes 6 meters high), links Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano, in Maremma, Tuscany.
‘Father our pain’, they said,
‘Will lessen if you eat us you are the one
Who clothed us with this wretched flesh: we plead
For you to be the one who strips it away’.
… And I,
Already going blind, groped over my brood
Calling to them, though I had watched them die,
For two long days. And then the hunger had more
Power than even sorrow over me
(Canto XXXIII, ln.)