VAL DI BISENZIO - LOCALITA' USELLA

Valdibisenzio is a strip of land, running from the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano to the plain of Prato and Florence, enclosed by the three municipalities of Cantagallo, Vaiano and Vernio. From the ancient times it has always been a passageway, a borderland. The most recent archeological discoveries validated toponyms and Etruscan evidences found for centuries by the farmers of that valley. A land that has been seen by many glances and has been crossed by many feet, like the Etruscan ones, leaving from Gonfienti to Marzabotto, or like the medieval merchants and peregrines ones, who passing between towers and fortresses, were welcomed in the parish churches and abbeys that still surround the area. discover more

PRATO

With its 192,492 inhabitants (2017) spread over an area of ​​97.45 sq. Km, the municipality of Prato is not only the provincial capital but also the third city of central Italy. Located in the center of northern ​​Tuscany, just a few kilometers from Florence, it is also close to the major art cities of the region (Lucca, Pisa, Pistoia, Siena, Arezzo). Prato joins the ancient charm of the old town with the alternative of the modern business and contemporary art district, in an itinerary that reaches the Vanguard from the Middle Ages. discover more

LAMPORECCHIO

The popularity of Lamporecchio is linked especially to its typical sweet known all over Italy, the “brigidino”, and to the figure of Masetto, the main character of a famous novella by Giovanni Boccaccio. In the heart of Northern Italy, from Lamporecchio it’s possible to reach easily a lot of art cities in Tuscany, and this makes the village, with the beauty of its places, a beloved tourist destination. It’s a rich territory, in which medieval villages on the hills alternate with noble villas and abbeys, the thick greenery of Montalbano alternates with olive groves and where good Tuscan cuisine, wine and extra virgin olive oil being supreme. discover more

MONTAIONE

Immersed within the Valdelsa hills, Montaione is just a short distance from the via Francigena and is the ideal location for an unforgettable holiday. The historic centre is arranged around the central square. The Palazzo Pretorio and the ancient Pieve di San Regolo (housing a Madonna with Child from the school of Cimabue) remind us of the development of the castle of Montaione during Medieval times.The unique Jerusalem of San Vivaldo shrine, just a few kilometres from Montaione can still be visited today. In this extraordinary place, you get the feeling you are stepping back in time. discover more

MANCIANO

Manciano is located on a hill between the sea and the mountains, guarding the Maremma. The location allows for a privileged view of the Maremma with a view stretching to the sea of Amiata, which is what gave it such strategic importance throughout history. At the highest point of the village stands the castle, around which the town center has grown like a labyrinth in the intriguing shape of a fan. The village is a maze of up and downhill streets which all lead to the Piazza Magenta: the panoramic views of the Piazza, the Castle and the newly renovated and interactive Museum of Prehistory and Early History will make this visit one to remember. Manciano is home to two famous artists: Pietro Aldi and Paride Pascucci, the painters who symbolize the culutre of the Maremma. Some important works of these two artists are visible inside the castle, the Church of San Leonardo and the SS.Annunziata. discover more

PRIVERNO

Home of Queen Camilla and the Volsci capital, this was born out of the destruction of Privernum (329 a.C.), which stood at Mezzagosto, on the plain crossed by the Amaseno river, now an archaeological site. The old mediaeval centre is arranged in a circle around the main square with the Cathedral of St. Maria and the Town Hall. Other works of his-toric interest area Palazzo Antonelli, part of the defence walls with the gates, palaces and tower-houses incorporated in the urban fabric and external towers. discover more

ISERNIA

Situated on a rocky crest rising from 350 to 475 metres (1,148 to 1,558 ft) between the Carpino and the Sordo rivers, the plan of Isernia still reflects the ancient layout of the Roman town, with a central wide street, the cardo maximus, still represented by Corso Marcelli, and side streets at right angles on both sides. In 1970 Isernia became the capital of the province of the same name discover more

ORTONA

Ortona is an ancient marine center up on a hill, 71 meters above the sea level. The city, with a population of 24.000 habitants, raises between the Adriatic sea and the Majella mountains and awarded the gold medal for civilian value. Its economy is based on the harbor activities and agriculture, with a flourishing wine production and tourism. The apostle Thomas’s relics are kept inside the cathedral since 1258, when he became the patron of the city. discover more

BUSCA

Busca is a city of 10.000 inhabitants, near by the main city of Cuneo. The city, located next to Monviso mountain, has a mild climate due to the morainic hill that surrounds it, like an amphitheater. In this area you can find wonderful hiking trails and mountain bike paths. The medieval historical center is surrounded by a lot of small districts all around the plain. discover more

REVELLO

Revello is situated at the foot of Mombracco and dominates the outlet of the Po Valley towards the plain around Saluzzo. The Roman origins of the village are proved by some archaeological remains that were found in the surroundings of the San Biagio Pass. Today Revello’s economy, as well as that of its neighbouring municipalities, is based on livestock breeding and on agriculture specialized in fruit cultivation discover more

VIU

The Val di Viù is the most southern of the three Lanzo Valleys. The Stura di Viù, branch of the Lanzo Stura, has excavated it. In the higher part of the valley it lays in an East-West direction, slightly turning northward in the lower valley. Small artificial lakes, Lago di Malciaussia at 1.805 m altitude, and the bigger one Lago della Rossa, to the North-West at the foot of mount Croce Rossa. The Rocciamelone, 3.538 m, recognizable from the lower valley due to its pyramidal shape, closes up the valley to the West while the Torre d’Ovarda, a rocky trapezoidal massif, borders to the North with Val d’Ala. discover more

MALONNO

Malonno (Malòn in camunian dialect) is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, northern Italy. Neighbouring communes are Berzo Demo, Paisco Loveno and Sonico. It is located on the right bank of the river Oglio, in the Val Camonica. discover more

QUINTO DI TREVISO

E’ sul Sile che nasce e si sviluppa il territorio di Quinto di Treviso: fortuna e bellezza sono derivate da questa ricchezza naturale, un fiume che attraversa tutto il borgo e con il suo dolce scorrere lento offre l’opportunità di scoprire scorci naturalistici e percorsi “green” incantevoli. Di particolare pregio la presenza di alcuni edifici storici di rilevante valore culturale quali: Villa Memo Giordani, la chiesa di Santa Cristina con la Pala di Lorenzo Lotto e la Pieve di San Cassiano. discover more

TUSCANIA

Tuscania stands on seven tuff promontories, in a beautiful area just 18km from Viterbo, and the history of the first inhabitants, begins at the end of the Bronze era. The waterway of Marta River and its tributaries, are the place of attraction of the earliest archaic settlements of the area, on natural elevations formed by water erosion. During this time, it is not possible to speak of a single inhabited center but (as indicated by the discovery of twelve distinct rocky necropolises), most probably of a group of small agricultural villages that had as economic, administrative and religious point of reference San Pietro hill which became, in short time , one of the most important political and religious centers of Tuscia. discover more

PITTIGLIANO

To outsiders, Pitigliano looks like a fairytale village, jetting from striking, wild ridges and surrounded by lush valleys carved by the Lente and Meleta rivers. The soaring tuff walls, lined with myriad caves and tower houses, are nothing but the best of medieval architecture. The city’s layout, with houses built vertically on the tuff overhanging, might not need city walls, but you’ll be sure to find some spectacular military structures, such as the 12th-century Palazzo degli Orsini. discover more

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