La Verna Sanctuary, Tuscany, Italy – Nature and Spirituality

La Verna is a famous Franciscan Sanctuary in Tuscany, central Italy. The religious complex has an impressive location atop Mount Penna, which is part of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Surrounded by a thick forest of fir and beech tees, it’s built high up on a rocky outcrop on the ‘Saint Francis’ sacred mountain’. Pilgrims… Read more »

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Discover Casentino. A magical land in Tuscany

The Casentino is a peaceful and verdant region in North-Eastern Tuscany, Italy. Velvet valleys and thick forests form a beautiful backdrop to the small towns, hamlets, ancient churches and monasteries that dot the region. Here life is simple, slow, and truly beautiful. Poppi with its impressive castle is the most attractive town, while the famous… Read more »

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December in Florence – A festival of lights and Christmas markets

Florence always puts on a radiant show in December. From the Christmas atmosphere on the streets, to the glittering shop windows and sparkling decorations around the city centre. But there’s much more than just twinkly christmas lights to enjoy. During the month of December a very special show illuminates Florence’s landmarks, and the Christmas market… Read more »

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Christmas in Tuscany – Top Christmas markets and traditions

Get into the Christmas spirit in Tuscany! The trees are lit, markets are set up and parties prepared, and the atmosphere is wonderfully festive. But it’s more than just lighthearted fun. This is a place where traditions are honoured and Christmas has plenty of its own. If you travel to Tuscany at this time of… Read more »

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Casentino Road Trip. A two day driving itinerary.

This two day road trip explores the best of the Casentino region, in north-eastern Tuscany. We went in Autumn. It’s the perfect time to be driving around these thickly forested hills, which at this time of year turns all sorts of reds, oranges and burned yellows. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the charm of… Read more »

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Lorenzo the Magnificent. Where is he buried?

If you want to pay your respects to one of the most famous members of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, you’ll need to visit the Medici Chapel in Florence. Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as “Il Magnifico” (1449- 1492) is buried in a simple tomb in the New Sacristy, designed by none other than Michelangelo…. Read more »

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