By Category: Historical Landmarks

November 15, 2018

Palazzo Davanzati - how the well-to-do lived in the Middle Ages

Florence and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

​For the best look at how a well-to-do family lived in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, stop at this ancient Florentine tower house.


November 07, 2018

Gulf of Baratti, the great Etruscan seaport

Museums, Historical landmarks, Southern coast of Tuscany

The only Etruscan burial site ever found by the sea, the necropolis at Baratti was also for three centuries one of the most flourishing centres of iron smelting and trade...


November 06, 2018

Galileo: Astronomy and House arrest

Florence and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

Galileo, the great Italian physicist, astronomer and philosopher born in Pisa, finished his life in Arcetri, a region south of Florence, blind, suffering from insomnia, but ever prolific.


October 10, 2018

The Jewish ghetto of Pitigliano

South of siena, Museums, Historical landmarks, Culture

​In the striking town of Pitigliano, high on its tufo ridge, a Jewish settlement begun in the 15th C. flourished to such a degree that the city was known as...


October 09, 2018

Siena's hidden rivers: The Bottini

Siena and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

As a city built on a hill, Siena had to confront the problem of where to find a reliable supply of water, particularly if under siege. Taking inspiration from the...


October 09, 2018

The Partisans of Northern Tuscany and the village that doesn't forget

Museums, Historical landmarks, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

In the final years of World War II, German military reprisals against the Italian Resistance movement horrified Northern Tuscany with the brutal annihilation of a mountain village. Seventy-five years may...


September 28, 2018

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Accidental Beauty

Lucca and Pisa, Historical landmarks

The most photographed monument in Italy was never meant to lean - building on the vestiges of a sandy marshland gave the famous tower its perilous tilt.


September 28, 2018

Visit the Stately houses of Lucca

Lucca and Pisa, Tuscany, Museums, Historical landmarks

A surprising number of Elegant and beautiful historic villas for summer dwelling surround Lucca, set in formal designed gardens in the hills surrounding the city,


September 28, 2018

Three sights to see in Siena

Siena and surroundings, Tuscany, Museums, Historical landmarks

Siena is well known as one of Italy’s richest cities, due to its beautiful architecture and rich artistic heritage


September 28, 2018

Operas and concerts under the stars at San Galgano

Siena and surroundings, Tuscany, Historical landmarks, Culture, Events, Music

It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting for a summer opera or concert than this roofless Cistercian Abbey in Tuscany


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