Spend your holidays in Tuscany

Check it out here  to book directly your holydays in Tuscany’s Maremma in farmhouse, bed and breakfast, room rentals and so on. You can find here in Tuscany also a real good italian style food, like Cinghiale alla cacciatora (wild boar), made with pasta or cooked with local wine, but, really, receipts are too many to say it all, and only a real italian cook can give food the real Tuscan taste… Cheers!

Jazz Festival 2013 in Barga (Lucca)

Barga Jazz Festival 2013 is entertained  in Barga, ( in Garfagnana area of Tuscany, province of Lucca). From August 17 to 31 the city of Barga is not only jazz music: there is an arrangement and composition game for jazz orchestra, concerts, masterclass, a contest denominated Barga Jazz and “enojazz” that  represents wine tastings accompanied by jazz music!

Edit in 1986, BargaJazz Festival arrives at XXVII edition and it should be the perfect opportunity to visit this delightful town situated between the Tusco-Appennine hills and the magnificent Apuan Alps. Barga exists from the early Middle Ages (VI-VIII centuries), it is surveied by a castle and defended by the city walls. Some steep and restricted streets lead up to the cathedral at the top of the hill, with beautiful panoramas over the town and surrounding valley.

Barga Jazz Banner

Barga Jazz Banner

Calendar of events

August 17 – 9 pm Stefano Onorati Trio plus Francesco Bearzatti

August 18 – 5 pm Barga in Jazz: music in the streets and squares of the centre of Barga with Magicaboola Brass Band and more.
6 pm – Opus Duo in Duomo di S. Cristoforo
9.30 pm Note Noire

August 19 and 20 – Barga Jazz Contest 2013 (for emergent bands)

August 21 Tonolo – Tchakerian – Birro

August 22 – Impermanence Dance Theater: improvisation of music and dance with musics of Nicolao Valiensi

August 23 and 24 – XXVI International contest of composition and arrangement for jazz orchestra. Barga Jazz Orchestra directed by Mario Raja with special guest Pietro Tonolo presented by Michela Lombardi

August 25/26/27 – Jazz for Dinner in the restaurants of the city centre.

August 28 – Arrighini – Bassi Duo

August 29 – Jacopo Martini Quartet feat Mirco Mariottini

August 30 – “Sonata di Mare” Project

August 31 – Barga Out Jazz… Enojazz Night: concerts and wine tastings in the squares of the city centre.

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[Photo Credits: Adrian Fagg]

Information and reservations

tel. +39 0583 723860
info@bargajazz.it
www.bargajazz.it
Website

Discover the Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany

Each person has her/his own favorite beach: some like sand, others choose rocky coastlines; some seek wild, natural beaches, others require beaches with well-equipped resorts. The Island of Elba presents you all of these opportunities – you just need to know where to go!

1. Cavoli

The beach of Cavoli lies on the southern littoral of the island, at about 4.5 km from Marina di Campo, in the direction of Fetovaia. Its 300 meters of beautiful white sand are judged the most cosmopolitan on Elba because there are a always a lot of parties and young people there. The Cavoli beach is always very congested, so it is not ideal for those looking for quietude and repose, or for families.

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Cavoli

2. Sansone

The beach of Sansone is lsituated after the beaches of Acquaviva and La Sorgente, and before the Enfola headland, beside the road from Portoferraio. It is a white pebble seaside that exhibits crystal clear waters. It is largely popular and a splendid backdrop for photographs!

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Sansone [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi]

3. Fetovaia

The town of Fetovaia is about 8 km from Marina di Campo. It has magnificient views of the Punta di Fetovaia, expanding out to the sea, and it also boasts golden sandy beach, and crystal clear waters, with the mountains and rocks in the backdrop.

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Fetovaia [Photo Credits: Alessandro Gambadoro]

4. Chiessi

Chiessi is on the west side of the island and has a pebble littoral, limited by unusual rocks with smooth sides. If you like to slide off rocks and have fun in the water, this is your area!

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Chiessi [Photo Credits: Roberto Miliani]

5. Sant’Andrea

Sant’Andrea is a incredible small sandy beach with big rocks on the borders, in the Sant’Andea bay in the north-west side of the island, about 6 km from Marciana Alta. The little beach of Cotoncello, located at 800 metres on the right side of Sant’Andrea, also merits a stop.

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Sant’Andrea [Photo Credits: ingridf_nl]

6. Laconella

The “little sister” of the biggest and best-known seaside of Lacona is undoubtedly quiet and relaxing. The sea is cristal clear and the rocks under the water are full of fishes. laconella_elba

Laconella [Photo Credits: ed.h]

7. Pareti

Pareti is one of the several beaches of Capoliveri. The sandy lido is approximately 50 meters long and, due to the secured position and the services provided, it is perfect for families with children

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Pareti [Photo Credits: ViviCapoliveri]

8. Le Ghiaie

Le Ghiaie is the “town beach” of Portoferraio, with crystalline and limpid waters and a pebbly beach. It is also a protected territory. You can also discover gardens on the side of the beach.

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Le Ghiaie [Photo Credits: malpelo61]

9. Biodola

Biodola coast is the largest beach in the Biodola gulf, where you can also discover the beaches of Scaglieri and Forno. You can facilely arrive at it; it is just 3 kilometres from Procchio. It has beautiful, white sand and all the essential services and facilities for families.

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Biodola [Photo Credits: fabcom]

10. Barabarca

Barabarca is located just about 1.5 km from the town center of Capoliveri. It is a little pebbly beach in front of the Capo Stella peninsula and is encircled by green territorys.

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Barabarca [Photo Credits: luiginter]

 

Where to go for Surfing in Tuscany

Tuscany is not California, but this doesn’t signify there are no chances to surf in Tuscany! Here you can encounter a lot of surfers along the coast expecting the ideal wave! Indeed, Versilia is the centre of surfing in Italy, since the high recurrence of large waves and the winds of Libeccio and Maestrale virtually secure constant surfing, ideal for surfers of all grades. But there is also Livorno and Piombino for example.  Here you can find the names of some places where you can surf.

Pontile – Forte dei Marmi

Description: Beach Break with sea storm from south-west and west without wind.

Something about the position: the promenade at Forte dei Marmi was builded at the end of the road designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti to transfer the marble he needed for his statues. Now the pier is not longer used for this function but it still presents the best panorama of this marble Riviera and it’s a place where surf aficionados are in the running.

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Forte dei Marmi [Photo Credits: Daniel Depaoli]

Lido Di Camaiore

Description: Beach Break with sea storm from south-west without wind.

Something about the position: “Bagno Aloha” Surf School is a confluence place for surfers in the territory, from beginners to advanced. There are also many surf stores up and down the littoral. From the landing place in Lido di Camaiore you can include the long expanded horizon from the sea to the Apuan Alps.

Piazza Mazzini – Viareggio

Description: Beach Break with sea storm from south-west and west without wind.

Something about the position: Piazza Mazzini is one of the biggest square in Viareggio, where the annual Carnival and all the most important events take place. Many palaces like Palazzo delle Muse and Palazzo Moretti overlook on Piazza Mazzini and you can also 9observe the statue of Burlamacco, the emblem of Viareggio’s Carnival. On the sea side of the square there is an extended sandy litoral.

Darsena – Viareggio

Description: Beach Break with sea storm from south-west and west without wind.

Something about the position: Darsena is well known for the extensive beaches of fine sand and for the glory district where you can perform during the nights or sample seafood specialities at restricted restaurants. But Darsena is also fishermen who employ hours together thanks to their attachment for the sport and their affection to the sea.

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Viareggio [Photo Credits: David Gemignani]

Il Sale – Livorno

Description: Reef A-Frame on rocks with sea storm from south-west and west without wind.

Something about the position: the place is located 6 km south from the anchorage of Livorno, on the right side of Bagni Roma.

Perelli – Piombino

Description: Beach Break left on sand with sea storm from south-west without wind or with big sea storm from west without wind.

Something about the position: The shallow water and wide beach at Perelli, and at nearby Carbonifera, make it possible to practice surf, windsurfing and kitesurfing in absolute safety. This site is very popular in summer with its hot winds, and can occasionally offer extraordinary days when unsettled conditions generate east winds and south-generated waves of up to two metres.

Visit Versilia: your Blog Tour in photos

The Versilia Blog Tour has recently completed, here are some pictures of the locations we inspected. You can discover more photos on Instagram with the hashtag #versiliablogtour. I would also like to remind you that you can identify your images of Tuscany with the hashtag #instatuscany so we can distribute your pics on our social media! ;)

Day 1

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Massaciuccoli lake

 

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Roman evidences in Massaciuccoli

Day 2

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Villa Borbone in Viareggio

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Viareggio seen from the terrace of the Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Day 3

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Badia di Camaiore

Lard of Gombitelli @ Salumi di Gombitelli

Lard of Gombitelli @ Salumi di Gombitelli

Day 4

Henraux quarries in Querceta

Henraux quarries in Querceta

Marble of Versilia

Marble of Versilia

Day 5

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Forte dei Marmi [Photo Credits: Ian Styan]

The Chianti Classico wine in Tuscany

If you passage out from the A1 motorway at “Firenze Sud”, you will encounter the Florence – Siena road. It seems that these two antique cities, Florence and Siena, never really wanted to “get closer” regardless of their rescrited geographic distance. For centuries, in fact, these beautiful hills were the theatre of cruel battles between the governors of Florence and those of Siena. But if you consider about Chianti, the principal thing that comes to your mind might be its wine production, since this institution has been effected there for three centuries. Today, the Chianti Classico wine has become famous all over the world, with the denomination that associates these provinces and with its symbol, the “Gallo Nero” (black roaster).

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The black roaster [Photo Credits: Antonio Duilio Puosi]

To arrive at these productive hills, leave the Firenze-Siena roadway at the Poggibonsi exit. There you’ll arrive at a series of country roads that pass through forests and mounts which divide them from the principal urban centers of the territory, full of history and antique fortresses. To illustrate the Chianti, just think that in every single extension exposed to the sun there are vineyards and olive trees. It’s doubtlessy the reason so many outlanders are exceptionally attracted by these territories.

The most proximate  city to Florence is Greve in Chianti, where the predominant fascination is the funnel-shaped piazza Matteotti,  encircled by arcades with small shops and emporiums selling local products and creations. There, you can also meet some “historic” butchers selling: wild boar, cinta senese, and Florentine T-bone steaks (the famous “Fiorentina”). On the longer side of this triangular square, you’ll find the public edifice, home to a attractive statue by Mitoraj.

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Mitoraj statue in Greve in Chianti [Photo Credits: Antonio Duilio Puosi]

From Greve in Chianti, proceeding south toward Siena, you will meet the so-called “Chianti Triangle”, embracing the towns of Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti. Castellina and Radda have very nice city centers, saturated of cafes and restaurants provisioning good food and, of course, wine tastings. While Gaiole is planar, the other two towns are positioned in the hills and they also exhibit beautiful panoramas of the surrounding countryside. Near Gaiole, there are smaller towns that merit visit, together them Lecchi and Vertine. In the same  locality, there are two castles, extraordinary for their beauty and for the fact that they host two of the most important wineries in the area: Meleto and Brolio, appertaining to Barone Ricasoli,  prince of Florence.

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The Castle of Brolio [Photo Credits: Antonio Duilio Puosi]

The Castle of Meleto coordinates guided tours of the castle’s main floor and its little theatre and cellars. It also presents events and weddings (there is the parish church of Spaltenna, dating back to the tenth century).

The Castle of Brolio can be contacted by driving, walking or cycling along a 600-meter extreme road. The Ricasoli Barons still reside there, but you can visit the gardens, the private altar and the crypt, where family members are interred. Part of the secret and remote interior of the castle can be visited only through guided tours. If you regard out of the castle, you can observe Italian-style gardens and vineyards as far as the eye can see. This is the most representative Tuscan scenery: vineyards, olive groves, white dirt roads and sequences of cypress trees.

 

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Italian garden [Photo Credits: Antonio Duilio Puosi]

 

Coastline, Islands and Sailing in Tuscany

I’m rather sure you recognize  that Tuscany has a western coastline on the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea and a Tuscan Archipelago, composed by the largest Island of Elba and other six island denominated Capraia, Gorgona, Montecristo, Giglio, Pianosa and Giannutri.

Do you know what the ancient  legend says about the Tuscan archipelago? That these island were generated when Venus springed up from the Tyrrhenian Sea to involve the sunset and, while performing this, seven pearls descended from her necklace into the sea generating the Tuscan islands. Isn’t it enchenting?! Ok, let’s go back to our main subject!

Since the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are not very close one to each other, a good manner to inspect them is sailing! The Tuscan archipelago presents open sea sailing without exception with land in sight. The marinas of Tuscany are well furnished, with most of the big harbors providing a full serie of utilities, including refueling equipments and parking.

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[Photo Credits: Who killed Gregory??]

When is the best time for navigating? Anytime is ok for sailing here, notwithstandin in July and August it weather is considerably hot, the sea a bit crowded and sailing more expensive. The marinas are open all year round and temperatures in Tuscany are generally quite warm, so anytime of the year could be contemplated. Best periods are April, May, June, September and October: it’s warm but not too hot and it is not congested so it is possible to find unfrequented anchorages.

The climate in the Tuscan sea is essentially Mediterranean: summers are warm, dry and airy and the ordinary wind is W – NW and it rarely arrives at tornado force.  Around Capraia, Elba, and down the mainland coast to Giannutri there will often be SE winds with recurrent periods of quiet.  At night there is often a fair W or SW wind.

Let’s discover where you can go sailing in Tuscany:

  • Elba is the largest island and is opposite the gulf of Follonica just 6 miles off Piombino on the Tuscan Coast;
  • Giglio is a splendid paradise lying facing the Argentario peninsula;
  • Giannutri has attractive bays and evocative vestiges of old Roman villas;
  • Capraia is an island of volcanic derivation which is the closest island to Corsica;
  • Pianosa is a little, levelled island not at great distance from the isle of Elba;

The Islands of Gorgona and Montecristo have no open passage: there is a special penal institution on Gorgona while Montecristo is a natural reserve that can only be visited with a special authorisation.

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[Photo Credits: PrinceVlad]

Sailing schools in Tuscany:

  • Circolo Nautica Foce Cecina

Località Porticciolo, 57023 Cecina Mare (LI)
Tel: 0586 620 602

  • Circolo Velico Artiglio

Porticciolo di Torre.del Lago, Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 351 211

  • Circolo Vela Mare ASD Viareggio

UISP V. Leonida Repaci 1, 55049 Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 407 270

  • Aquaria Natura Club

via Lago di Varano 47, 58100 Grosseto (GR)
Tel: 338 501 0513

  • Circolo della Vela Marciana Marina

Viale Regina Margherita 52, 57033 Marciana Marina (LI)
Tel: 0565 990 27

 
 

 

Do you like Extreme Sports in Tuscany?

Everyone understands that in Tuscany there is a long established practice for football, basket, marathons… but do you know that it is also possible to execute a lot of extreme sports? Here is a list of excertions you can practice in Tuscany… just for brave and intrepid people!

Water

  • Bodyboard
  • Canoeing & Kayak: Elba Island, Lipu Oasis of Massaciuccoli, Bilancino Lake, Lima Valley, Pisa province
  • Canyoning
  • Jet Ski
  • Surf and Kite surf: Livorno area, Etruscan coast, Baratti Gulf, Versilia here  and here.
  • Rafting and hydrospeed: The Lima Valley and the Orrido di Botri
  • Sailing: Grosseto, Maremma, Elba Island
  • Snorkelling – Scuba diving
  • Wakeboard: Gabbiani Lake in Signa
  • Windsurf: Vada to Castagneto Carducci
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[Photo Credits: Conanil]

Air

  • Glider: Mugello
  • Parachuting: the Folgore Brigade based in Livorno and stationed in Livorno, Pistoia, Siena, Pisa , Lucca
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[Photo Credits: Antonio Buccella]

Snow

  • Freestyle Ski
  • Heliski
  • Kite wind
  • Sled dog
  • Snowboard
  • Snow kite
  • Speed riding

For all these activities you can read this post.

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[Photo Credits: Scuola Paracadutismo Lucca]

Ground

  • 4×4
  • Quad
  • 2 weels:
  • Enduro bikes
  • Motocross
  • Stunt Riding
  • Super Motard

Places: just find a dirt footstep in the countryside!

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[Photo Credits: Alex Valli]

  • Frisbee Freestyle
  • Alpinism and Rock climbing
  • Indo Board
  • MTB
  • Parkour
  • Skateboard everywhere!
  • Sky running
  • Soft air
  • Streetluge
  • Trekking: Apennines

Read more posts here, here and here.

Events in Tuscany between April 27 and May 1

Maybe you already know that in Tuscany, as well as in all the other regions of Italy, we celebrate  the Labour Day on May 1. That is a very important celebration because  the Labour Day on May 1st is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. During this week, aided buy the fact that there is a week-end in between, there are thousands of events spread in Tuscany. Choose the best for you and enjoy Tuscany!

ART

  • In Siena, till October 27, you have the great opportunity to take advantage of the extraordinary opening of the Porta del Cielo (Gate of Heaven) to discover the recently restored ceiling and high walkways within the building. In the crypt Caravaggio’s painting San Giovanni Battista di Michelangelo Merisi is also on display. For more information you can read this post on Tuscany Arts.
  • Till April 28 there are the “invasionidigitali”, a network of self-organized events through the entire country with the aim of disseminating and enhancing Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage through the use of the internet and social media. See here where they are.
  • In Siena, till May 31, return to unravel the treasures of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini. The historical Musical Academy Chigiana opens its doors with guided tours to discover the rooms of the Gothic building built in the thirteenth century by the Marescotti family and a part of the twelve pieces of his important collection of art.
[Photo Credits: Opera - Civita Group]

[Photo Credits: Opera - Civita Group]

FESTIVALS

  • On April 27 and 28 from 10am until midnight, the Cascine park of Florence  will relive the Middle Ages with music, games, sports and market stalls for the Giochi di Carnasciale.
  • In Florence, till April 28 at the Fortezza da Basso there is the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato with artisans from 49 countries displaying their great traditions and designs.
  • As we already told you on  April 30 Florence will be filled with music, installations, shows and much more for the White Night. The civic museums will also stay open late and will be free. The night will finish at dawn with a breakfast in Palazzo Vecchio.

CONCERTS

On April 27:

  • Finaz will perform at the Viper Theatre in Florence,
  • Raphael Gualazzi at Teatro Verdi,
  • Giovanni Allevi at Teatro Politeama in Prato,
  • La Pegatina at Flog in Florence
  • I Ministri at The Cage in Livorno.

On April 28:

  • the Gatti Mezzi will be in Cascina

On April 30:

  • Melvins will perform at The Cage in Livorno.

On May 3:

  • Vladislav Delay will be at The Cage.

On May 4:

  • Francesco De Gregori will be at Florence’s Teatro Verdi
  • Baustelle will perform at the Nuovo Teatro Verdi in Montecatini Terme
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[Photo Credits: Gioacchino Sparrone]

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE NATURE

Don’t miss the appointments with:

  • the Tuscany Walking Festival in the national parks of the region with a series of guided walks for all abilities;
  • the great Maritime Walking Festival in the Tuscan Archipelago;
  • the Treno Natura in the Terre di Siena from San Quirico d’Orcia for the Orcia Wine Festival on April 28).

FOOD

  • On May 5 Sapori delle Crete will move to Arbia for the Sant’Isodidoro Festival.
  • At Rosignano Marittimo (LI), VerdeOro will take place (April 27-28), an event dedicated to the best extra virgin olive oil, including tastings, exhibits, music and visits to the Archaeological Museum.
  • There will also be Castagneto a Tavola, an event celebrating the chestnuts of the area.
  • On May 4 and 5 at San Vincenzo there will be the event Tutti Pazzi per la Palamita – an annual event celebrating sea food and traditional flavors.
  • Sagra del Baccello in San Miniato, April 25 – 28 and May 1,
  • Sagra del Tortello e della Bistecca in Vicchio
  • Sagra del Cinghiale in Certaldo, April 27-28 and 30, and May 1, 3, and 4.

Click here to find out about all the food festivals in Tuscany.

Last but not the least, enjoy the Tuscan countryside!

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[Photo Credits: Francesco Sgroi]