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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Monte Pisano goes to Adventure Travel world summit 2018!

We proudly announce our participation in the Adventure Travel world summit 2018 which will be held in Montecatini Terme 15-18 October. Produced by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, in collaboration with Toscana Promozione Turistica, ATWS is not just a conference but a place to network with adventure-based tour operators and media from around the world. The four-day conference kicks off with a “Day of Adventure,” giving attendees the opportunity to connect with...

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...

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...

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...