Plants and flowers in Valdinievole
The lands of the Valdinievole, or as we say of the Open Week, the lands enclosed between Leonardo and Pinocchio, are covered to the north by chestnut, holm oak and acacia woods. To the south, the hills of Montalbano, located in the municipality of Lamporecchio, are softer and are covered by vegetation consisting of shrubs and aromatic herbs typical of the Mediterranean scrub, where the ancient villages are surrounded by terraces and wonderful expanses of olive groves . It is an “author” landscape, shaped by man and for man over time, whose beauty was loved by the noble Tuscan families who built farms, farmhouses, farms and splendid stately villas. The genius of Leonardo da Vinci was also nourished by this landscape, whose birthplace was built in the town of Vinci on the slopes of Montalbano.
The paths and nature trails of the Valdinievole
The paths and trails on the Montalbano ridge still preserve traces of a long history, of a land long disputed first by the feudal lords and then by the municipalities of Florence, Lucca and Pistoia. Linked to these events, the traces in the castles, in the fortified villages, in the abbeys, in the ancient paths still today practicable remain scattered on the hills. The Montalbano ridge is covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation. Here evergreen shrubs such as myrtle, laurotino, alaterno and fillirèa abound. In spring we witness the spectacle of the white blooms of the cistus, the anemone of the fields and some of the spontaneous orchids that constitute another important botanical peculiarity of the hill.
Don’t miss the Garden of Villa Guardatoia in Pescia. A botanical journey through ancient roses and camellias, aromatic, aquatic and bitter orange trees, to be observed immersed in a timeless atmosphere. Visitors can also walk in the adjacent bersò, cypress wood, an oasis of peace, coolness, shade and silence. Nature lovers will find joy in their eyes even in the villages of Switzerland Pesciatina, one of all that of Valleriana. The walk in this ‘castella’ of Pescia follows the circular path that winds through olive groves and chestnut groves, characteristic cultivations of this territory.
Discover the events related to plants and flowers during the Montecatini and Valdinievole Open Week
- Special event Sunday 28 April and Sunday 5 May in Buggiano Castello where the event ‘The Countryside inside the Walls X ° edition’ will be held. The citrus orchards and the secret gardens of Buggiano Castello will open to the public for an experiential walk in the citrus village characterized by exciting sensory paths. Event organized with the Municipality of Buggiano. Admission € 8; reduced € 6. INFO http://www.buggianocastello.it/ 9 am-1pm and 2-7pm.
- Visit of the extraordinary collection of citrus plants at the Hesperidarium , the Citrus Museum of Pescia. From 22 April to 1 May. Reservations are required by Friday 29th March. Special price on the occasion of the Montecatini and Valdinievole Open Week: 3.50 euros adults and free under 5 years.
Opening Hours Mon – Fri: 8: 00-12: 30; 14:00 – 18:30 Sat –dom: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; 15:00 – 19:00 Closed on Easter and Easter Monday. For info and reservations: Via del Tiro a Segno, 55 – Castellare di Pescia (Pescia) Tel: 0572 – 427928
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- Visit to Villa Guardatoia in Pescia with snack and tasting. April 21 and 22 The Garden of Villa Guardatoia, historic residence of the ‘600, in the heart of the beautiful Valdinievole, between Pistoia and Lucca, is a typical Italian garden that winds along the back of the Villa in two large quadrangular terraces joined by a walkway. Discover the history and tradition of Valdinievole through plants, colors and taste. Only on reservation with hours 15.30 / 18.30. Cost 5 euros. For info and reservations: Via Collecchio, 5 – Pescia (PT) +39 348 3678778
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- Bonsai Museum in Pescia. April 26th and 27th. A world renowned museum that exhibits bonsai specimens over 250 years old, amazing in miniature and in perfect conservation. The Museum was born from the commitment of the Franks in the 1960s, a commitment continued by the family members who now continue to keep alive the importance of the museum and the world production of Bonsai. Free entry. Open 8.00 / 13.00 – 14.30 / 19.00.
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- Botanical itinerary on the Monsummano hill to discover the blooms of wild orchids and Mediterranean maquis plants. April 25th Within the Montalbano ridge , the Colle di Monsummano offers a number of species that are not found anywhere else in Montalbano throughout the year. The geological path and the ancient Borgo of Monsummano Alto are also of considerable interest. Departure at 9 am from the Grotta Giusti plant.