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1 Feb

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

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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 form the hustle and bustle of city life.

The area boasts many farms which produce extra virgin olive oil, typical local restaurants, breathtaking views and a history of spires, merlons and medieval towers designed by the one and only Filippo Brunelleschi.

The Brunelleschi Tower, which you can read about in a previous article, is the icing on the cake of this area, which already offers ample opportunities to spend a pleasant day out.

2. Buti

This hilltop hamlet is incredibly authentic, with narrow roads that wind up the hill to the main square, where the locals gather and the water from the local stream flows.

You can walk along the roads and squares of the village and visit the Villa Medicea, which is particularly beautiful and offers a glimpse into the past history of the area.

3. Capannori

A trip in a hot-air balloon is a must, a unique experience which offers breathtaking views over the surrounding landscape.

Furthermore, among the rolling hills and the small hamlets on the Lucca side of the Monte, there are many things to see; the Camellietum Compitese, Sant’Andrea and Pieve di Compito and San Ginese!

4. Lucca

All or almost know this wonderful city, but not all know the neighboring countries that are still part of the municipality and Monte Pisano.

Gattaiola, a small village on the foot-slopes of Monte Pisano, is quite particular, with its narrow roads immersed in nature and its pretty houses with beautiful gardens, hidden by the vegetation. You must stop to taste the wines at Azienda Agricola F.lli Urbani and after an afternoon snack a walk through the village is an excellent idea.

5. Vecchiano and Marina di Vecchiano

Vecchiano is the municipality which is closest to the sea and this is its strongest selling point. The beach is located only a few kilometres from the heart of the town, with its main square and local shops.

To find out more, check out our previous article on a Winter Sunday at the beach of Marina di Vecchiano, part of the Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli.

6. San Giuliano Terme

Our offices are in San Giuliano Terme, but the town is best-known for its thermal baths located in the centre.

In addition to a relaxing day at the spa, you can stroll through the town, up to the amphitheatre or the Caffè delle Terme, which are located on the outskirts of the town, on the foot-slopes of the hill.

7. Calci

Calci, a delightful small town, is famous for its Natural History Museum and its Charterhouse.

The town itself is very pretty and if you continue along the road climbing up the hill you can discover enchanting views over the valley below. Further up you reach the peak of Monte Faeta and the Park in Santallago, a peaceful oasis immersed in natural beauty and quiet. You can take a picnic and enjoy the wonderful landscape and then stop off at one of the many holiday farmhouses dotted across the hill.

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Pietro Pestarini

Travelling is my constant passion and companion, in addition to sports, motorbikes and good food. I am an ex-chef and, after years spent in the kitchen, I decided to reinvent myself and to study Tourism and Marketing, which led me to Montepisano Store. I hope you enjoy reading my experiences, because they are authentic and first-hand.