Monday, May 20, 2019
I have been tagged in " My 3 best kept "arttrav " -el secrets for Florence " a post by Alexandra . The post is a meme started by Katie of Tripbase.com .And now my selection for Prato , because it's impossible to hide corners and monuments in Florence .
Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates. The Senese Gate is at the base of a square tower while the Florence Gate is opened in the curtain and defended from one of the towers of the fortified perimeter.The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hilltop overlooking of the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed to control the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.
Every now and again there are moments in your life that you just know are going to be great even before they happen; a party, a journey, a gig, a feast, a sound, a taste, a show. Last night was one of these moments. The ingredients were all there. It was going to be quite a night! The occasion was to mark an important date in the career of five young creative individuals from the catering world whose indefatigable passion, effort, commitment and energy has earned an enthusiastic following in Tuscany. I say ‘important’ but I also mean a little sad, as the occasion was a farewell to “I 5 Sensi” (The Five Senses) as they hang up their aprons in the Osteria where they have delighted palettes, educated eyes and tantalised tongues for the past five and a half years. Anyone who has been welcomed to one of their tables in the lush green surroundings of the Il Borro Estate near Arezzo, and sampled one of their stunning menus (the Chianina beef and wild boar dishes without a doubt being amongst the best) will know that they will be missed!
Tuscany, land of great wines, will be devoting the precious nectar of the 10 days of events, conferences, exhibitions tastings, markets and museums open, dedicated to the vine and wine.The draft "winemakers and vignerons" was born from the desire to maximize this [Chianti Hills] valuable product, and especially to prioritize Tuscan producers, thanks to an ancient tradition, the attention in cultivating the vine,
The Citadel of the Carnival is the heart of the Carnival, where the great allegorical wagons born, thanks to a handicraft and artistic activity of great importance and originality.The Citadel of the Carnival comes to life and becomes a wonderful scenic structure of great value.Around the elliptic plaza the sixteen sheds are the structures where the great wagons of cartapesta, are built. In the citaldel there is also the Museum of the Carnival and hall of exposures.
IMAGINE...Imagine a city where every road is water, and every car a boat...Imagine Venice!Being a city of water it was fitting that we arrived under the November rain. The incredible thing was that you almost didn't notice the dark winter shower for the brilliance of the buildings which filled every corner of every glance. VAPORETTO #1Apart from the forbidding yellow border at each ‘station’, gliding down the Grand Canal in vaporetto no. 1 in the early evening couldn't have been more of a contrast to rolling underground on the northern line after a day in the London office. After 40 minutes of dark waves, cold air and twinkling lights we arrived at Arsenale in the east of the city.INSIDE THE LABYRINTHThe streets were gentle and quiet and you could hear the sound of the waves lapping against the road edge. The impressive lack of smog throughout the city and the silence of the streets is an instant and very welcome sensation.Admittedly November will be quieter than the height of summer but I was aware of a lovely overall sense of calm which filtered the calle. Within a matter of seconds we were already immersed in the gorgeous narrow backstreets of this magical city. There is something quite tempting about surrendering yourself to the labyrinth and seeing where it takes you...this time however, we knew where we were heading and once over the first little bridge,
Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates. The Senese Gate is at the base of a square tower while the Florence Gate is opened in the curtain and defended from one of the towers of the fortified perimeter.The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hilltop overlooking of the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed to control the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.
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Today your driver will pick you up directly at your accommodation for a visit to the splendid maritime city of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and more. The remote origins of Pisa and its name are lost in myth and legend but it is certain that this city had Eneolithic settlements and the presence of the Etruscans between the 6th and 3rd centuries B.C. Pisa was later Romanized and became a colony of Rome during the time of Octavianus Augustus in the 1st century B.C. Meanwhile the population was growing along with the development of shipbuilding and trade, thanks also to its harbor. The city expanded rapidly and soon Pisa was surrounded by a circle of walls. In 1062 the building of the Pisa cathedral was begun.The cathedral and baptistery, the tower of Pisa, and the Campo Santo or cemetery, together form one of the most beautiful and famous building groups in the world. The “Piazza dei Miracoli” makes a perfect showplace for these exquisite examples of Romanesque architecture.