After visiting Tuscany, nothing will ever be the same
Tuscany is the term of comparison for future travel stories. Here’s a story that you feel you have to live out for many years after you’ve left, that’s where nostalgia was born.
No matter how much you travel, there is always the place where you come back at any time, who stretched to your feet about everything you wanted: a gentle, multicolored nature and history and art, that place Where the stories begin. Well, after visiting Tuscany, that place can not bear another name. Yes, here is the center of the Italian Renaissance, Florence, here you can prop up in the sloping tower in Pisa and ride a boat in Livorno, but it’s too unwise to think that Tuscany is all about it. “Vespuci” or “Galilei” There are many options to get to Tuscany: by plane to Amerigo Vespuci Airport in Florence or to Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa. But there is also the option to find a cheap flight to Rome and from there to rent a car that will prove to be indispensable if you want to discover the true Tuscany, even from the villages without a train station. Pay attention, however, that the car must be rented in time, when planning your trip, and you can not rent cars without a credit card. And one more thing: in big cities like Rome, for example, traffic is a viper, with countless scooters and motorcycles that seem to be guided by other traffic rules than the rest of the vehicles. The house for a week or ten days, as you need to explore Tuscany, can of course be a hotel or a guesthouse in one of the tourist towns, but that means you can visit the city more easily and also High costs, agglomeration and superficial contact with locals. To find a genuine, spacious home with hosts that would give you a meal just to feel good, we recommend consulting Italian tourism sites and searching for countryside locations such as Peccioli, in the province of Pisa. As an example, here is a price for a one-week stay at an apartment in the Pratini agrotourism complex for two people and one child: from 360 euros in the low season to 550 euros in the high season. But you can also negotiate, and if you go into a larger group, you can rent a five or seven-person villa for much better prices. Typically, on the kitchen table you will have wine and home-made olive oil, plus pasta, honey, cheeses or locals. It is worth mentioning that such an agro-tourist complex also offers huge gardens with idyllic dining and even swimming pools. And the last recommendation on accommodation: try not to catch your night looking for the guesthouse where you are to be accommodated, because the beautiful, even spectacular streets of the day seem to turn into tangled and fairly wild labyrinths during the night.
If we had to write an entire article just about Pisa, we would find it in great difficulty. But we can summarize this phrase: in Pisa you find a Dome Market, where there is a white marble cathedral and a tilted tower, a Knights Square, and a Santa Maria della Spina Church, but if you want to get your pictures well In which you try to turn the tower, it is good to visit Pisa early in the morning, maybe the very last day, on your way to the airport, otherwise it will be hard for you to be the only Hercule in the picture. About Florence there are many things to say. First, it is an ultraturistic city, being also the capital of the Tuscan region, but also of the Italian Renaissance. Although, despite the fact that the tourists with the cameras on either the Arno River or the Duomo bridges in all parts, there is still something in the medieval air of the city. And that, however much you want to avoid crowded places, the historic center of Florence deserves to be step by step. Perhaps the most beautiful city views you can admire from the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the definition of the Gothic architecture, made by Filippo Brunelleschi. Here, on the Dom, lovers are kissing behind, with a backdrop of vision, but they are not too much state because they are so much to visit in Florence. Of course, it’s the famous Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia, the museums that make it look like true art is no longer just for the privileged, that the access to the works of some of the greatest Renaissance painters and sculptors is a bagatelle. Wherever you go, you have a Giotto with Ognissanti Madonna, a Masaccio, and the birth of Venus, Botticelli, a da Vinci, a Titian (all at Galleria degli Uffizi) And, of course, Michelangelo’s agony and ecstasy: David (at the Galleria dell’Accademia).
One of the moments when you congratulate you for renting a car is when you want to visit the authentic medieval village of San Gimignano, full of history and a fascinating architecture. That’s because there is no station in San Gimignano, a village in the province of Siena, and to get here you have to change several means of transport. Walking on the streets of the fortress, among the 14 towers of stone, of different heights, gives you greater satisfaction at sunset, when the sun is no longer hot, when every corner, however hidden, smells of fresh flowers and when the local specialties flavors It stimulates more than ever the hormone of hunger. At the time, the dinner deserves to get to Volterra, a mountain town in the province of Pisa. The car leaves it outside the city and then you go up to the historic center, but it will not hurt you. From the entrance, Volterra welcomes you with one of the most picturesque buildings: one-story buildings with brick roofs that seem to look at the valley 555 meters below them. Then you are immersed in the old, winding streets of the Etruscan times, and you can even have some of the walls surrounding the fortress built in the 5th-4th centuries before our era, including Porta dell’Arco and Porta Diana, and the Acropolis, which houses The foundations of two ancient temples. Palazzo dei Priori is the oldest town in Tuscany, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta houses other works of art by Andrea della Robbia, Mino da Fiesole, Benozzo Gonzzoli and Andrea Sansovino, and the Ecomuze demonstrates why Volterra is also called the alabaster city . Also on the streets of Volterra were several scenes from the series with great success to the audience “Twilight” / “Twilight”. On a terrace like Ristorante da Beppino you can eat a unique specialty: pappardelle alla lepre, pasta with rabbit meat, drink a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (if there is time, you can also visit the town of Montepulciano in southern Tuscany, Famous for cheese and pork specialties here, but also for world-famous vineyards).
Probably all the stories that start with “It was Once …” were inspired by life in Siena. There is no other way. Sure, and the center of Siena, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Area, is one of Italy’s most important tourist attractions, annually visited by more than 150,000 tourists. Still, especially if you visit Siena during the week, you will not feel overwhelmed. You will be able to eat the best pizza right in the central square, Il Campo, at a reasonable price, and make friends with the Romanian naturalized staff from the terraces in the area. Even the beginnings of this magnificent city are shrouded in a story: it seems to have been founded by Senius, the son of Remus, one of the two founders of Rome, explaining why the symbol of Sheena is the wolf. But Siena is a whole dictionary of symbols. The city on three hills has in its heart the former Roman Forum, Il Campo, paved with red brick arranged in such a way to suggest the Virgin Mary’s cloak that protects the place. This top canvas is best seen on the Torre del Mangia, part of the Palazzo Pubblico (the city hall of Siena), or on the Duomo di Siena. The rivalry of the 17 contractors Ripped like any form of modern organization, Siena is divided into neighborhoods, the so-called “counter”. Each contractor has its own flag, represented by an animal or a mascot, has distinct borders and identity. The symbols of the contradictions are found everywhere in each neighborhood, on the walls, on the lanterns. But in cathedrals and churches, the area of each counter is well-defined with colored flags. There are 17 contractors in Siena, of which we mention only a few: Aquila / Eagle, Bruco / Omida, Chiocciola / Snail, Giraffa, Leocorno / Unicorn, Lupa / Lupoaica, Oca / Gâsca and Torre / Turnul. Contrades were born in the Middle Ages, when Siena had to supply troops of soldiers committed to defending the city’s independence in front of Florence. Each neighborhood has its own museum, its own well, motto, an ally (only the Goose has no ally) and an opponent. The rivalry between Siena’s neighborhoods is never more intense than during the Il Palio horse race. Twice a year, July 2 and August 16, Il Campo competes against the best jockeys of each contractor. She dresses in the colors of the neighborhood, climbs on a horseless saddle, and encircles at the dizzying speed of the Virgin Mary’s cloak. The competition consists of three rounds of Campo, which usually last no more than 90 seconds. Not many times, the jockeys are thrown aside by harsh horses, and even the tourists who are gathering in a very large number can be injured. The first rider who finishes the race receives a silk banner painted by local artists, called “palio”. As a rule, the winning contractor celebrates in bars for one month thereafter. The loser is not considered the last jockey, but the one who came second. The most successful contractor at Palio is Goesca, with 63 wins, followed, paradoxically, by Melc and Turtle. Outside of the competitive season, one can observe the traditions of all contradictions in religious processions. Each neighborhood has one or more young representatives, wearing the colors of the counter and waving the flag, but also shouting the specific motto.
Fixed in the south of Tuscany, after a long car ride on red and poppy fields, it is the pearl of the region: Maremma, a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. In “Divine Comedy”, Dante traced his borders “from Cecina to Corneto”. It is a vast, sheltered, seaside area, wild and yet incredibly gentle. Here you have to rent a bicycle and sail long paths through pine trees (coastal pine forests), wild horses, horned cattle, feathers over sparkling waters, friendly foxes and wild boar on your tracks.