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Casciana Terme

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Casciana Terme – The square and the Bath entrance and café.

At 7 km – The large outdoor spa pool possesses a wealth of the most prodigious technologies which enable one to spend entire days between immersions and the pleasure of lying out on the soft turf of the surrounding gardens.  500 square metres of continually renewed spa water and its constant depth of 1.3 metres makes it the ideal place for single persons, couples or whole families, not least because the mild climate of Casciana and the light summer breeze make it easy to relax completely, or simply get a tan while using the comfortable deck-chairs.

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Casciana Terme – The Bath swimming pool and the Wellness Centre

The covered indoor spa pool is used chiefly for highly professional activities concerned with motor rehabilitation, organized in small groups and under the vigilant eye of the rehabilitation therapists. Persons who have suffered injuries of various kinds, or who have undergone surgery for the replacement of a joint, find that the spa water helps to speed up the full recovery of their motor functions.

A stay at Casciana’s Wellness Centre ensures you of complete relaxation, while taking gentle care of you with face and body treatments such as mud masks, anti-age peeling treatments, anti-cellulites treatment, shiatsu massage, yoga, saunaTurkish baths, solarium, and lots more, as advised and administered by highly qualified staff.

The ability to integrate treatments in total respect for the diverse western and oriental cultural traditions, together with the beauty of the landscape, its sounds and colors and aromas, make it possible to regain the equilibrium needed to face the stress of modern life.

Volterra

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Volterra – Piazza dei Priori

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The interiors of Volterra Cathedral.

At 30 Km –   is located in the east side of the province of Pisa, on the borderline of the province of Siena, Volterra’s origins date back to the ancient Etruscans and then the Romans. The Etruscan walls are still visible, well preserved and surround the city centre. You can really feel a medieval atmosphere walking through the narrow streets of the centre. Throughout the Middle Ages, the city was home to the bishop, then fell into the hands of Florence (and the Medici family), and then it fell under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

The heart of the medieval town is Piazza dei Priori with the wonderful Palazzo dei Priori: its façade has ancient emblems of marble and glazed earthenware. In the same square Palazzo Pretorio, whose tower is very ancient and is considered one of the first towers of the town. It is traditionally known as the Tower of the Little Pig because at the top there is a small pig in stone placed on a shelf. Then the Duomo or Cathedral  and the Baptistery.

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Volterra – The Middle Age Athmosphere

The Roman Amphitheatre, constructed in the 1st century BCE (it’s opened in winter only on weekends; the rest of the year it’s open daily); the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) in Palazzo Minucci-Solaini is a gallery containing works by Tuscan artists from the 14th to 17th centuries, including the Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino;  the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta  where is a  ciborium, a notable wood Deposition from 1228, a masterwork of Romanesque sculpture, and the Sacrament Chapel. Also noteworthy is the Addolorata Chapel, with a terracotta group attributed to Andrea della Robbia.

All around the small shops of alabaster artistic works, the traditional material used in the town and extracted nearby since ever.

In the 1st and 2nd Sunday of August the Volterra A.D. 1398, Middle Age Fest a jump back into the medieval days.

San Gimignano

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At 44 km – San Gimignano stands on a hill that was the location of a small Etruscan village during the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) and San Gimignano began its life as a town in the 10 Century. Today San Gimignano’s historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site for its architecture. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the “Via Francigena“, the trading and pilgrim route that passed through it. One source of the wealth of San Gimignano during the later middle ages was the cultivation of Tuscan saffron – red gold – the profits from which helped finance the construction of tower houses that belonged to the rich saffron merchants. The tower houses arrived to be 72, while now remains 14. This prosperity called many artists in town whose paintings and sculptures adorn the churches and monasteries. In 1348 San Gimignano’s population was drastically reduced by the Black Death throwing the town into a serious crisis which eventually led to its submission to Florence in 1353. In the following centuries San Gimignano slowly overcame its decline and isolation and its beauty and cultural importance together with its agricultural heritage were recovered. The construction of the towers dates back to the 11 century and 13 century. The architecture of the city was influenced by that of Pisa, Sienna and Florence.

San Gimignano is well-known for the production of the wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano. This is one of the most well-known white wines in Italy. It is golden yellow in colour and with a rich bouquet, and is suitable as an aperitif and also goes well with fish dishes.

Driving North of Tuscany

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Pisa

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At 35 Km – the Pending Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli !

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Unique, even more in the full moon light.

Lucca

At 45 Km – the perfect Tuscan ancient fortified town, well preserved inside its defense walls, ideal for an afternoon walk around and shopping in Piazza delle Erbe and a nice evening dinner (and maybe a concert!)

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Lucca – Piazza delle Erbe

Versilia

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Forte dei Marmi – Sea shore

At 70 Km from il Podere Casetta Rossa, by highway, entering gate Pisa Airport, in the so called Versilia, Forte dei Marmi and its sandy shore, famous for its nigth life and luxury shops (Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce e Gabbana, Cavalli….) and its street market on Wednesday morning.

Pietrasanta

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Not far from Forte dei Marmi, only inland, Pietrasanta well known worldwide for the marble masters since the Romans’, art galleries and very nice shops, café and restaurants.

Carrara

Carrara – Marble quarries

Carrara – Marble quarries

Carrara and its marble quarries are at 95 Km: from where Michelangelo Buonarroti took the white stone of his masterpieces, Pietro Bernini the stones for his building and churches, and where contemporary sculptors still choice the best “statuario”.
And also where in Colonnata the best lardo (the white aromatic fat of pork) is still produced.

A bit more far from home but not too much...

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Siena

Siena – Piazza del Campo

Siena – Piazza del Campo

At 85 km – One day trip to Siena gives the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful and still authentic cities of Italy, Unesco site.

Siena - The Palio Horse Race on July and August 16th.

Siena – The Palio Horse Race on July and August 16th.

In the hart of Tuscany, where the hart of Siena is Piazza del Campo, the starting point of every visit. It is one of the biggest medieval squares in the world and has an unmistakable peculiar shell-shape. Every year on July 2 and August 16 the famous Palio Horse Race takes place here. Since 1300, it has been the center of life in Siena and, an active market and place where the Sienese gathered during important political events, as well as for parties and celebrations. From the Torre del Mangia the sight is truly breathtaking, but if you are afraid of heights, you might not want to venture up the 88 meters (400 steps!). The Public Palace of Siena is the place of Siena’s political power: all the rulers of Siena have lived here. In the Palace you can find the Civic Museum of Siena, with its famous frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti representing the Allegory of Good and Bad .

Siena – The Cathedral

Siena – The Cathedral

Then the Cathedral has a mostly white and black façade. The best part of this church, which is dedicated to the Assumption, is its interior: the floor, full of esoteric symbols and religious stories; the Piccolomini Library with frescoes by Pinturicchio; the Piccolomini Chapel, where Michelangelo worked from 1501 to 1504, carving the statues of the four lower niches. Don’t miss the pulpit by Nicola Pisano, with Biblical scenes and the Life of Jesus. The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala right in front of the majestic Duomo of Siena, the complex is now a museum. In the 1330s Santa Maria della Scala commissioned many important interior and exterior frescoes as well as several significant altar pieces. The whole complex hosts several museums and splendid monumental areas. The museum is spread over four floors. The Church of San Domenico is characterized by the massive architecture and the relic of the Holy Head of Saint Catherine from Siena.

Firenze

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At 75 km – One day in Florence is too short to visit the so many artistic masterpieces kept in this unique city. So….just get lost…going around… using the map only to pass from the church of Santa Maria Novella (stop! at the Officina del Profumo di Santa Maria Novella, entrance in Via della Scala 16), then arrive to Piazza della Signoria just in front of the copy of the David di Michelangelo, walk to the Bargello Musem (it’s a small but interesting place with some of young Michelangelo’s artworks such as Tondo Doni) in a perfectly preserved environment, usually not so crowded as the Uffizzi Gallery.

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Firenze – Uffizzi Gallery – The Birth of Venere of Sandro Botticelli.

Pass below the windows of Uffizzi Gallery (unless you have booked your ticket) and arrive to Arno river and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Pass the bridge and for some rest the Boboli gardens are the ideal refuge. Then just get lost in this “oltr’Arno” side of Florence (i.e.the left bank) arriving to Piazza Santo Spirito and its church, where is easy to find nice shops and botteghe, so called are the artisans handcraft shops, mosaic-makers, wood carvers, gilders, goldsmiths carrying on a century-old tradition of both spirit and working methods. And last but not least a great number of restaurants and cafes mantaining the typical athmosphere. of the city night life.