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Monte Pisano in Toscana / Articles posted by Pietro Pestarini

The Nativity scenes of Monte Pisano

Christmas is on its way, but not all of you know about the Nativity scenes tucked away in the small hamlets of Monte Pisano and the Christmas markets where you can feel the magical atmosphere of this time of the year. Whether you live here or on holiday, here are the Nativity scenes of Monte Pisano! Nicosia Nativity Scene - Calci "Il Presepio che Cresce" (The growing Nativity Scene), at the ancient...

The Ghost of Teresa and when the Villa di Corliano inspired Frankenstein

Many of you know Villa di Corliano, the beautiful early 15th century villa built on the footslopes of Monte Pisano. This glorious villa, nowadays a luxury hospitality location and renowned restaurant Osteria all'Usssero (da Antonio), is also known for its mysteries: ghosts, experiments and the visits of poets and writers. The villa is owned by the Counts Agostini Venerosi della Seta, who recount the story of their ancestor Teresa who...

4 things to do on Monte Pisano in the Winter

Winter is fast approaching and with it the desire to spend more time indoors, even more so when the weather is not being kind. However this does not mean that there aren't activities that allow us to enjoy our beloved corner of Tuscany in this time of year. We have spoken a lot about our natural beauties in our recent articles, but Monte Pisano also offers several different activities. [Relax] Bagni di...

Wow, the ancient ships of Pisa!

As many of you know, Monte Pisano is nestled in between the two historical cities of Lucca and Pisa, rich in priceless art and monuments. For example in Pisa, in addition to the Leaning Tower and other world-famous monuments, you can also visit (even if work is still in progress) The Ancient Ship Museum, with archaeological artifacts discovered 20 years ago and impatient to be admired. 20 years ago...

Enchantment and history: a trip to the Parole d’Oro (Golden Words)

At the foot slopes of Monte Pisano, facing Lucca, you can find a place steeped in history and nature. This is not only part of one of the most interesting hiking paths of Monte Pisano (la Via degli Acquedotti), but also an ideal destination for photographers and nature lovers: we're talking about the Golden Words and the Little Temple in Guamo! Let's start at the beginning: to reach this spot you pass...

Poets, Counts and history on Monte Pisano: Dante’s Pass

As many of you know Monte Pisano is crisscrossed by many paths and trails, in the past the only roads connecting Lucca to Pisa. Among these there is one that takes its name from Dante Alighieri, the most important and well-known poet of Italy. It's called Dante's Pass, a beautiful scenic spot overlooking Pisa and the coastline and from which many paths, of varying length and difficulty, depart. But let's get...

Brunelleschi’s Fortress in Vicopisano, example of an impregnable masterpiece

There is a small hamlet at the foothill of Monte Pisano, rich in history and tradition: we're talking about Vicopisano, about 20 minutes from Pisa. You can reach this hamlet following the Vicarese provincial road, from where an impressive tower can be seen in the distance. Photo Credits: gosia_siudzinska This is Brunelleschi's Fortress, commissioned to the architect Filippo Brunelleschi, when, after a eight-month siege, the hamlet capitulated and from Pisa...

Macelleria Renato Bullentini, a gourmet heaven in San Lorenzo a Vaccoli

Monte Pisano, in addition to cultural and sport activities, offers a long culinary tradition, passed down over the years through the generations, which can pride itself on extraordinary dishes and first rate produce. Good food and Tuscany are often placed together, and so I would like to bring to your attention this place at the heart of the small village of San Lorenzo a Vaccoli, at the foot of the Lucca...

3 good reasons to experience the Monte Pisano in summer

With the arrival of Summer, both your mind and body start feeling the need to be outdoors, to immerse yourself in nature and to keep fit. We are lucky here in our beautiful corner of Tuscany, this little jewel nestled between Pisa and Lucca, close to the sea, lakes and mountains, where it is possible to do many outdoor activities. This is what Monte Pisano has to offer on long summer days. Mountain...

5 “instagrammable” spots!

But where are the most instagrammable spots of Montepisano? We have scouted out five, but we know that there are many, many more...

Fruit Cake [the recipes of Monte Pisano]

Antonio, manager of Osteria All'Ussero, located in the Villa di Corliano in Rigoli (San Giuliano Terme) would like to share with you this old recipe, found in the notebook of Teresa Agostini Venerosi Della Seta (1862-1946). ...

Monte Pisano in Lonely Planet!

Our main aim has always been to promote the Monte Pisano "brand" in order to make it an internationally recognized tourist destination. Over the years, step by step, the brand has become established and has grown stronger, thanks to our collaboration with local businesses but also, on an international level, to our participation to previous and ongoing European Projects. The road is still long and hard, but it's a great satisfaction to...

3 Walks with a View on Monte Pisano!

Monte Pisano offers many pathways, some more challenging that others: but they all have in common breathtaking views, on one side the coast, on the other Lucca and the Apuan Alps. You will cross streams, immersed in the forest, and you will encounter the ancient ruins of monasteries, churches and farmhouses. Are you ready? Here are three itineraries of varying length which can be hiked alone, maybe with the support of some...

La Bottegheria, a new member of the Montepisano network

We announce with immense pleasure that Bottegheria has joined the Montepisano network, a new member which specializes in e-commerce of high quality local products. Welcome Max and welcome Bottegheria! Our first encounter was during the Desco fair in Lucca and we connected immediately. We later met up to explore potential avenues of partnership. Bottegheria is an e-commerce portal specialized in the sale of high quality Tuscan products, not available on the mass market. Many...

3 things that You (maybe) didn’t know about Villa Real in Marlia

In one of our previous articles we told you about our visit to the Park of the Villa Reale di Marlia, which dates back to Medieval times and that has be enriched over the centuries. Today I would like to focus on three peculiarities that merit a closer and deeper look. 1. Dalì, Moravia and the (hidden) gym area It's not visible at a first glance, but hidden from view, behind the high...

Guglielmo Marconi, Coltano and the spotlights on Rio de Janeiro

Not everybody is aware of a neglected piece of history on the doorstep of Monte Pisano: I myself did not know of its existence, but as soon as I read an article on this extraordinary place I wanted to find out more about it! Coltano, a small district situated to the south of Pisa, is a large area of cultivated fields and pine forests; it is situated with Pisa Airport to...

Discover Molina di Quosa!

If you enjoy being out the open, eating excellent traditional food and relaxing “ar fresco”, as the many regular visitors like to say, you must visit this hill near Molina di Quosa and the restaurant at the top: 4 Venti Trattoria....

3 places where you can spend a day out in the open air on Monte Pisano

Spring has arrived with the first warm sunshine and we would like to present three places we love where you can spend a day out in the open air! Monte Pisano, less than ten minutes from the cities of Lucca and Pisa, offers nature, relaxation and areas which are accessible even to the elderly, easily reached by car. They are not overcrowded or noisy, luckily in our small corner...

An open air museum: the Park of Villa Reale

A few kilometers outside Lucca, located in a small district of Capannori, lies a unique treasure, renowned for its beauty: The Villa Reale of Marlia and its immense park. I decide to visit the Villa for the first time with Gianni, a friend and colleague. We pass through Lucca and leave the city's imposing walls behind us and after about 10 minutes by car we turn into a tree-lined avenue which...

Like a postcard

Se stai soggiornando nei dintorni di Pisa o Lucca e vuoi scoprire cosa c'è da fare nelle vicinanze, questo è il posto giusto. Ecco 5 cose da vedere assolutamente sul Monte Pisano!...

Flying over Monte Pisano in Tuscany

One of the best paragliding launch pads in Europe is located in San Giuliano Terme, one of the seven municipalities that make up Monte Pisano. I had always wanted to try, intrigued by the sight of the paragliders above my head on the way to work or to visit my best friend, who lives on the hill from where they take off.   "Finally the day has come" At noon, on a pleasant Sunday...

Villa Bosniaski: a story of love and past

The Villa Bosniaski, was built in 1881, on the peak of Monte Castellare in San Giuliano Terme. The building was composed by 12 rooms distributed on 3 floors. In the basement De Bosniaski had set up a sort of private museum of the fossils....

An ancient romanesque village: Borgo Mirteto

Asciano: one of the many small villages on the lower slopes of Monte Pisano. It’s not very well-known but from here a cobblestone path, which winds through olive groves and woods, leads to Borgo Mirteto, one of the most suggestive and magical places of our territory. It is an ancient abandoned monastery, which dates back to the 12th century, and preserves intact the layout of a religious hamlet, with the Romanesque church...

A great discovery! The Roman aqueduct in Caldaccoli

L'acquedotto romano di Caldaccoli è di epoca romana; serviva per portare l'acqua dalla sorgente termale di Caldaccoli a San Giuliano Terme ed alle terme di Pisa, conosciute in età medievale col nome di Bagni di Nerone....

Monks and monastery, history of the Charterhouse in Calci

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, you can reach a small village on the lower slopes of Monte Pisano, whose name comes from the Latin Calci, which means foot or heel of a mountain. There are many things to do here, tasting the excellent local cuisine, hiking and visiting the monuments. However the most important part is without doubt the Natural History Museum and the Charterhouse, which combine history, science...

Monte Pisano. Where it is and what to see

Monte Pisano is small mountain range located in North-central Tuscany, between the cities of Lucca and Pisa. It extends over the territories of 7 municipalities....

2017 Green Destination TOP 100

Monte Pisano, a little treasure between Pisa and Lucca, received for the second consecutive year the award for the TOP 100 Green Destinations in the World....