‘Legends and misteries’

Misteries and legends of Tuscany, Tuscan literature



The hippo-routes: the future of transports leds eco sustainable paths

La Toscana: Ecotourism, English, Grosseto, Legends and misteries, Nature & Wellness, Newsletter archive, Pistoia, Siena, Transports in Tuscany, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan itineraries, Villas and gardens

With regards to eco sustainable tourism… Maybe yu have already heard about that if you are keen on equestrian tourism or you simply love nature and horses: in Tuscany, as well as in other locations of the Bel Paese, some horseback riding paths, called ippovie, or hippo-routes if literally translated into English (you can even cycle along or hike over them), have recently been opened.

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Tuscany: “Crocevia Mundi”

La Toscana: Legends and misteries, Newsletter archive, Tuscan culture and traditions

Maybe we should not define world what actually is just a part of it, but by that time, in the Middle Age I mean, the transoceanic continents had not been discovered yet and the world borderlines  were supposed to be around Europe, Africa and Asia. And, as a popular saying states, all roads lead to [...]

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Il Ponte della Maddalena: The Devil’s Bridge

La Toscana: Legends and misteries, Tuscan itineraries

  This bridge is known by three names; the first being Ponte di Matilde di Canossa as it was named after the great Countess Matilde. Secondly it’s known as Ponte della Maddalena. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s known as il Ponte del Diavolo*. We’re in the hills around Lucca, a setting where many fairytales and [...]


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A stone tree in Florence

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

We are in the centre of Florence, a maze of tiny narrow roads which cross and meet each other at irregular angles in typical style of an ancient roman city. It is often thought that Florence is city that is lacking in green spaces however enter the many old palaces and even churches of Florence [...]


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Virgin Mary Sculpted by Lightening

La Toscana: Arts, Churches and monasteries, Legends and misteries

According to an old legend, there once lived a shepherd who used to graze his sheep on the woodland hills of the Amiata. To pass the many hours he spent alone up in the hills, he spent much of his time carving a large branch that he had found nearby. His inspiration perhaps coming from [...]

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Veronica Cybo

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

A dreadful crime, a passionate woman and a ghost: this is only the beginning of the fascinating events of Veronica Cybo which took place between Florence and Figine Valdarno. A very dark and mysterious character, Veronica Cybo was the descendent of one of the more famous and stronger families of North-western Tuscany: the Cybo-Malaspina family [...]


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San Galgano and Siena’s Legendary Sword in the Stone

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

  Siena’s legendary sword in the stone is just one of the many tales of San Galgano, the knight who later became a hermit. Such Medieval legends are set in one of the more unique places in the world, small and isolated in the splendid countryside of Siena, so dense with mystery that it rivals [...]

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Strozzavolpe

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

Whoever said that ghost stories are limited to places such as Manica was wrong. Because, this is simply not the case. They are everywhere, even the Tuscan hills, which, with parts of its famous lush greenery being submerged in a thick fog and freezing cold atmosphere, almost ressemble the famous Loch Ness area of Scotland. [...]

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Lucida Mansi

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

    In Lucca, and the area which surrounds it, there are many legends which tell of the beautiful Lucida Mansi. According to these legends, she was a very pretty young woman who knew exactly how to use her charms and good looks to seduce one lover after another. It has also been said that [...]

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Montecristo, an island of treasures

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

Little more than a large rock, Montecristo is an island situated in the centre of the Tyrrhenian Sea, not all that far from the more well-known islands of Elba (43km) and Argentario (64km). A desolate island, which has been almost completely untouched by man, Montecristo has a coastline stretching for 16km that is, with only [...]


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Crevole Castle and the Bishop Who Howls at the Moon

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

Crevole is south of Siena, near Murlo. Better still, it’s a high point covered with dense shrubbery from which jut the striking ruins of an old castle. Judging by what little remains of the castle, it must have once been an imposing fortification, situated in a position of great importance. In addition to parts of [...]

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La bella Matelda

La Toscana: Legends and misteries

Go through the valley of Casentino, and you’ll always find yourselves with a view of the beautiful landscapes of Poppi, with its castle which was dominated by the Guidi family of Earls. A place which in the winter months really seems like a ship floating in a sea of fog; it’s tower seems like the [...]

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