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Trail 115: San Giuliano Ring, Dante Pass and Villa del Polacco

Which of you know the ring of St. Julian's? Dear lovers of hiking, nature walks, scenic views, and hiking with friends! Today we want to offer you a walk that is simple but at the same time full of unique sights and Mediterranean scents....

Pianosa: between nature and detention

What links an island surrounded by turquoise waters in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea and an impregnable fortress once occupied by Italy's worst criminals?...

Bikevillage: Sports and good food at the foot of Mount Pisano

The new Bike Village Sports and good food at the foot of Mount Pisano Are you ready for a virtual journey through the flavors of Mount Pisano by bicycle? Today we want to introduce you to the new Bike Village in Agnano where the world of cycling goes hand in hand with that of good food and local products. Will we be able to make you hungry and hungry for a...

How and when to visit the Vicopisano Towers

If you are wondering how and when to visit the Vicopisano Towers you are in the right place! One of the most beautiful villages of Monte Pisano, Vicopisan , and its recently restored towers await you to be visited. Guided tours, or independently, will allow you not only to immerse yourself in a now distant and perfectly preserved past but also to admire unique panoramas with otherwise unattainable points of view....

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...

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...

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...

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. Today we want you to rediscover with this article of October 2018 a magical place a few km from Lucca 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 lived...

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...

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...

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,...

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:...

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...

Three solutions to move without a car between Pisa, Lucca and Monte Pisano

We have already talked about the strategic position of Monte Pisano, which being right between the art cities of Pisa and Lucca is excellent for staying in the quiet countryside but close to all attractions. Now we want to explore the potential of public transport as an alternative to the car that can help you visit it better. Bus, train and bike are excellent solutions! Yes, because Pisa, Lucca and Florence are...

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...

Rafting, Epiphany frozen dip and lots of fun

Although it is winter, the days are sunny and clear, certainly not hot, but this is enough for us to decide to live an experience that will prove spectacular. 6th of January 2020 - Epiphany The Epiphany day we get up early and I, Francesca, Linda and Thom leave for the Val Di Lima, a wonderful gorge in the heart of Tuscany a few kilometers from Lucca and Monte Pisano. Stefano is waiting...

A Winter Sunday at the beach

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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...

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 the...

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...