Exciting places to visit and things you won't want to miss. A few
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- From Gothic to Renaissance:
Ghiberti won the competition to do the Baptistery doors. So Brunelleschi
changed the world of art.
- Sant'Ambrogio: One of
Florence's oldest oldest and most interesting churches.
- San Lorenzo: One of Florence's
oldest neighborhoods combines art, spirituality and commerce most
- Monte Oliveto Maggiore: A
beautiful monastery with spectacular frescos of the Life of Saint Benedict in
the cloisters, and much more.
- Trekking Urbano: Siena has
organized several beautiful day hikes through the prettier and less known parts
of town. A fascinating concept that one could also export elsewhere.
- A Tu per Tu con il Grande Blu:
Genova's Acquarium is the largest in Europe.
Dolomiti: Thoughts, photos, and links to some excellent trip-planning
- Lucca: A quick overiview of
Tuscany's least-known jewel.
- San Silvestro: A delightful
ghost town in the Maremma, with a fascinating minerary park.
Beaches: Ideas for escaping the summer heat.
Sir John Temple Leader's Romantic garden overlooking Florence.
Viareggio celebrates with parades, and Venice with costume balls. You won't
want to miss either.
- Rent a Boat in Baratti: It's
much easier to reach Populonia's coves and inlets by sea.
The shady valley in the mountains above Florence, where people go to escape the
Cavour: It looks like something out of a fairy tale, but it's not. Near
Alba, in Piemonte.
- The Artisan's Quarter: An
idea of what you may find as you explore the Oltrarno
Passion: For centuries now, the townspeople of Grassina have re-evoked the
Crucifixion on the night of Good Friday.
- Il Museo
Ratti: A fascinating recap of the history of wine, just outside of Alba, in
- Siena's Palio: A bruising
three-lap bareback horse race around the town square; on July 2 and
- Pisa's Gioco del Ponte:
The last Sunday in June; the city's neighborhoods compete over the
bridge in the heart of town. Beautiful.
- Lago Santo: A wonderful place
for a cookout.
- Winefests: with the fall
harvests comes reason to celebrate.
- Truffle Fairs: Romantic fall
weekends with the food of the gods.
Galgano: A Tuscan Marvel, and Italy's most beautiful Gothic church.
- Florence with the kids:
Armor, costumes, fossils & more!
- San Pietro in
Lamosa: An astonishingly pretty, and fascinating Romanesque church on the
shores of Lake Iseo, just west of Brescia.