‘Villas and gardens’

Tourist destinations in Tuscany: parks, gardens and villas for your Tuscan holidays



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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The Garzoni Villa: A Fairytale in Green

La Toscana: Arts, Villas and gardens

Collodi, situated near to Pescia, is known worldwide for its park which, dedicated to the treasured story of Pinocchio, is fairytale land for children everywhere. However, more often than not, the parents of the many children which flock to these gardens throughout year are dragged here against their will by their children, crazed fans of [...]

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Villa Demidoff of Pratolino

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Villas and gardens

Take one melancholy prince, Francesco I de’ Medici, interested in natural sciences and art, and eager to create splendid surroundings for his beloved Bianca Cappello, for whom, it was rumoured, he once killed a man. Add the exhuberant and multi-faceted genius, Bernardo Buontalenti, architect, engineer, inventor of machines, fireworks, set design, fountains and many other [...]

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Spoerri Garden in Seggiano: An Artist’s Dream

La Toscana: Arts, Villas and gardens

Situated on the slopes of the Amiata, Seggiano is an area covered with old olive trees, chestnut trees and blooms whose quiet villages, with their rocks and castles, tell of a dark and mysterious past. A vast and fascinating landscape which is easily distinguished from the rest of Tuscany, due to the unmistakable profile of [...]

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The Castello Villa and Garden

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Villas and gardens

Tourists that visit Florence often do not feel the need to leave the city centre due to the sheer beauty which can be found there, but those who have a little patience will find, outside the city centre, amazing treasures without the crowds: the lesser known gems of Florence. Such is the case with the [...]

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Villa Cetinale

La Toscana: Arts, Villas and gardens

  Tebaide is the name of the High Egyptian desert dating back to the third century a.d., where many people sought refuge or some sort and some often went on life changing missions to find God in the serenity of this isolated desert. But why are we talking about this in an article about a [...]

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The Boboli Gardens of Florence

La Toscana: Arts, Florence, Villas and gardens

Located in one of the most fascinating places in the world and taking up an area of 45 square metres, the Boboli Gardens, in Florence, can only be described as a wonderland filled with amazing fountains, statues, Egyptian style stone pillars, bath-tubs originally from thermal spas of ancient Rome, columns, mazes, elaborately decorated caves, amphitheatres, [...]

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Villa Reale di Marlia: When the Kings lived in Capannori

La Toscana: Villas and gardens

We’re in Capannori, near to Lucca. A place filled with splendid villas, surrounded by some of Tuscany’s most beautiful parks. Situated in the beautiful village of Marlia, we find a property which is appropriately called Villa Reale of Marlia, seeing as it has been the residence of both Elisa Bacocchi Bonaparte, Napolean’s most famous sister [...]

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Villas de’ Medici around Florence

La Toscana: Florence, Villas and gardens

Villa Demidoff of Pratolino, Appennino What makes the Tuscan landscape around Florence amazing and unique worldwide is the block of villas disseminated in the green hills. Almost all the villas date back to the XV and XVI centuries, in full Renaissance, when Florence and the whole Tuscan probably lived the most famous, glorious and prestigious [...]

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Florence parks and play centres for kids

La Toscana: Villas and gardens

Boboli Gardens Labyrinths, grottoes, fountains, statues and hiding places make the Boboli Gardens a great diversion for children, not to mention the amazing views over the city. Le Cascine Florence’s largest park to the west of the city, is also the site of regular fairs and markets. Racehorses are often exercised in the Ippodroma in [...]


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May: A wonderful month for walking among the green landscape of Tuscany!

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany, Florence, Newsletter archive, Villas and gardens


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A blooming…May

La Toscana: Events in Tuscany, Florence, Newsletter archive, Villas and gardens

What do you think about a dip into the floral world of Tuscany, and in particular, of Florence? Maybe all of you are already enjoying the spring arousal of Nature we all have been waiting for so long… Even if Spring has already peeped out from under the winter clouds since a few months, the [...]


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