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Three beaches close to Monte Pisano

Three beaches close to Monte Pisano Summer has now arrived and although many people associate the word mountain with everything except the sea, Monte Pisano is an exception. This territory in fact located in the northern part of Tuscany a few km from the sea allowing anyone who stays in one of the seven municipalities of Monte Pisano to reach one of the seaside beaches in no time. So we decided to...

Three wonderful views on Monte Pisano

Today we want to help you choose some easily accessible places on Monte Pisano from which to enjoy unique views. Walk with a view? Are you aware of the feeling when you admire a vast panorama from a hill or a mountain? When opening our eyes in front of us cars, people and cities look like little ants? Freedom! Monte Pisano can give us this feeling in many ways and one of these is...

7 Municipalities for Monte Pisano. What shouldn’t you miss?

The Monte Pisano area, even though it isn't particularly vast, covers over 7 districts. Yes, seven municipalities for this corner of Tuscany. Each of these has its own unique history and many things to see: in this article we would like to briefly introduce the area, crisscrossing our beloved Monte. 1. Vicopisano In this small medieval hamlet you can still enjoy the peace and tranquility that once reigned in the countryside, far away...

Ripafratta underground – fosso del Mulino

The " Fosso del Mulino", history and technique. Whether you walk through San Giuliano Terme or you are going to Pisa, the Fosso del Mulin will always peep out along your way. Also known as the "Canale demaniale" or "Fosso Macinante", this stream is fed by the Serchio river and connects directly to the other large stream, the Arno river. The route is known to all visitors to the north-western long-mountain, in...

The castle in Nozzano, from theatre of war to theatre of history

If you catch the train that connects Lucca to Viareggio, looking north just outside the walled city, you can't miss a particular marble structure with two asymmetric towers, perched on a rocky cliff which dominates the surrounding territory. It is the Castle of Nozzano, a medieval fortress which was an outpost of the Lucca defence system. A position of great strategic importance, straddling the heatedly contested border between Lucca and Pisa. Nozzano...

We visited Maggiano’s Ex-Madhouse

We visited the Ex-Madhouse of Maggiano, discovering the history behind this huge complex now in disuse and brought to light by the Mario Tobino Foundation Early Saturday morning together with my collaborator and friend Thomas, we are in the square of Molina di Quosa ready for an electrifying visit. Before leaving, however, as usual we take coffee and croissant at our trusted bar: The historic Barbuti's Bar, a reference point in...

A day at the museum… of wonders! [part 1]

Have you ever seen up close a puffer fish from the Nile, a lyrebird, a pig-nosed turtle or a ring-tailed lemur? These and other other extravagant beauties that nature has created over the millennia are not native to Europe, but to see them you don't have to go to Africa or Australia. Here, in Italy, near Pisa, there is an extraordinary place "inhabited" by wonderful creatures which will leave you speechless:...

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...

From the source to the tap

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We visited one of the sources of Monte Pisano The water In our everyday life we often take for granted so many things, we just push a button to light up a room, it’s enough to turn on a tap to have fresh, clear water. We use water to brush our teeth, to wash our hands, do laundry or just to freshen up. But have you ever wondered what’s there, at the...

La caccia al tesoro più grande del mondo

Il Geocaching® un'attività divertente che possiamo definire come la caccia al tesoro più grande del mondo. Da fare sul Monte Pisano! Il Geocaching Oggi vogliamo farvi scoprire un'attività che in pochi conoscono ma che può spingere anche i più "pigri" ad intraprendere una passeggiata avventurosa sui nostri monti. Chi da piccolo non ha mai organizzato o partecipato ad una caccia al tesoro? Magari a scuola o ad un compleanno. Sta di fatto che...

14&15 June: the 1st major Monte Pisano Festival, with I Nomadi in concert

Many of our readers know how much dedication and hard work we put into the touristic and cultural promotion of Monte Pisano; throughout the years we have taken part in national and international fairs, met buyers and reported extensively on the territory. This year we have decided, with the support of the Monte Pisano municipalities, to go a step further: to organize an event based on music and sport! After careful...

Un faro di mare! In cima al Monte Pisano…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Un faro di mare in cima al Monte Pisano L'incidente aereo Era il pomeriggio del 3 marzo 1977 quando il volo denominato Vega 10 carico di allievi della Marina Militare Italiana colpì la cima del Monte Serra. Una giornata invernale con poca visibilità fu la triste causa della scomparsa di questi futuri marinai e dei loro istruttori. Poco dopo il decollo infatti i piloti non riuscendo a prendere la quota di sicurezza...

A Winter Sunday at the beach

The Christmas Holidays are upon us and even though the temperatures are still quite high a walk through the wonderful landscape of this corner of Tuscany is very welcome for both the body and mind. Monte Pisano, a small mountain range that divides Lucca and Pisa, is also very close to the lake and sea.  Only a few kilometres away there is a unique beach which is part of the Nature...

3 biking trails from San Giuliano Terme, along Monte Pisano

Three biking trails departing from our office in San Giuliano Terme, where you can rent bicycles. We offer e-bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes: each bike can be rented on the spot, depending on availability, from €25.00 per day. 1. Calci, the Charterhouse and the Natural History Museum Km: 26 Time: 5 hours Difficulty: easy Period: all year round Departure from San Giuliano Terme, a small town at the foot of Monte Pisano,...

The fire prevention reservoir in Praticelli di Verruca has been rebuilt

We are happy to announce that the fire prevention reservoir in Praticelli di Verruca has been rebuilt, a year after the terrible blaze in 2018. This was one of the projects for the territory funded by the Festa del Monte Pisano on the 14th of June, with the Nomadi concert. The completed work was presented on the institutional commemorative day at the Teatro Valgraziosa in Calci, Tuesday the 24th of September 2019,...

4 must-see exhibitions in Pisa and Lucca

In this weather we don't really feel like spending a lot of time outdoors, but Monte Pisano and its surrounding areas offer a variety of things to see. Be it music, food and wine or culture, there is a lot on offer, however today we are going to focus on only one: exhibitions. Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo – a spectacular exhibition In the Arsenali Repubblicani di Pisa, we can find this spectacular exhibition which...

Monte Pisano Trail, not only a Trail race

In March, a special Trail Running Race takes place on Monte Pisano: it winds along paths surrounded by unspoiled nature and historical evidences that makes the Monte Pisano Trail race really amazing....

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...

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...

Il Ponte delle Catene (the Bridge of Chains), an historical jewel set in the Lima valley

On the road towards Bagni di Lucca, 200 metres after the train station in Fornoli, you can't miss an imposing structure made up of two perfectly identical triumphal arches, which span the Lima torrent. It is the Ponte delle Catene, The Bridge of chains. It's not as renowned as it should be, given that it's one of the first suspension bridges built in Italy and one of the oldest existing...

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...

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...

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...

The Hermitage of Rupecava: contemplation and mystery, from the Middle Ages to now

Monte Pisano has always been of great strategic importance, situated between Pisa and Lucca and close to Florence. However the territory, with its mountains and nature, also lends itself to silence and retreat. There are many buildings which attest this aspect of history, from the Mirteto Monastery, the Cavern Hermitage and Rupecava (the most ancient of the three). The Hermitages from the Middle-East to Italy The Rupecava Hermitage is located above...

A Winter Sunday at the beach

The Christmas Holidays are far behind us and even though the temperatures are still quite low a walk through the wonderful landscape of this corner of Tuscany is very welcome for both the body and mind. Monte Pisano, a small mountain range that divides Lucca and Pisa, is also very close to the lake and sea. Only a few kilometres away there is a unique beach which is part of...

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...

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...

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...