Monday April 22 2019

Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Alto (Montecatini Terme)

GUIDED WALKING TOURS IN MONTECATINI ALTO

A guided historical walk organized by pro-loco Montecatini Alto to find out more about the castle and the village of Montecatini Alto: the bell tower, the clock tower, its churches and panoramas, shops and restaurant, and to know more about the connection with Leonardo
SCHEDULE Sunday 21st & Saturday 27th April at 15,30 (or 3.30PM); Monday 22nd April at 10,30; meeting point square in front of the exit of funicular.
HOW TO REACH MONTECATINI ALTO (other than with your car)

  1. Funicolar from Piazza Lido Cardelli, from 10.00 to 24.00 (12.00AM) everyday (with lunch break from 13.00 to 14.30) www.funicolare-montecatini.it
  2. walking or Biking, on our walking path LA CORTA (next to Funicolar) or VIA AMORE, starting from Viale Fedeli, Montecatini Terme. Download the app FIND YOUR FUN – Montecatini Outdoor to find out the GPX files of the tracks

Monsummano Terme

Leonardian Itinerary

GUIDED VISIT of the MAC,N Musuem of contemporary art and ‘900 at 16:30

An interesting guided visit at the location of this museum, the Villa Renatico Martini, including the temporary exhibition dedicated to the 500 LEONARDO
INFO bookings at ph +39 0572 952140 Via di Gragnano, 349 Monsummano Terme www.macn.it

Montecarlo

GUIDED TOUR OF THE HISTORICAL CITY CENTER

Guided walk in the medieval city center, through the suggestive fences and doors, finding out new and old perspectives. A visit of the Theatre of Rassicurati is also included
SCHEDULE all days above from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 (or 3.00PM) to 17.00 (or 5.00PM)
INFO Pro Loco Montecarlo, ph +39 0583 228881 e-mail prolocomontecarlo@gmail.com

Larciano

Castelmartini (Larciano)

PADULE MARSHLAND Guided Visit in ENGLISH
The padule Marshland, the biggest inland marsh in Italy, plays a fundamental role in the migratory lines between tyrrenian sea and the inlands: over 300 species of birds pass by here yearly, hence this is a paradise for nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers.A sketchbook to thick the birds you’ve seen i salso available.
SCHEDULE from 9.00 to 12.00
COST The english guide is an official one. Cost per participant € 10,00
BOOKING is mandatory by calling ph +39 0573 84540 or email to fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
ADDRESS Via Don Franco Malucchi 115 – Larciano

GUIDED TREKKING IN PADULE MARSHLANDS OF FUCECCHIO to“LE MORETTE”
A Guided excursion within the Natural Reserve of Padule Marshlands of Fucecchio: a nice walk on a flat country road which allows every participant to see a fantastic panorama, passing through a wood, called Wood of Chiusi, made of very old oaks, until the former port named “Le morette”. This nice walk goes on over the bank called “del Terzo”, in the heart of the marshlands, with an incredible view over the mirrors of water, where hundreds of birds stop by and live their life in nature, this being a paradise for birdwatchers.
SCHEDULE From 9.00 lenght 9km no particular challenge for walkers
TOOLS: trekking shoes and/or rubber shoes (depending on the weather, please ask at the act of booking); binocolus;
INFO Research and Visitor Center of Padule di Fucecchio Marshlands ph +39 0583 84540 email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it

Pescia

Collodi (Pescia)

FREE GUIDED VISIT TO THE PINOCCHIO PARK and GARZONI GARDEN

GUIDED VISIT of the Castle of Collodi , Garzoni Historical garden and Pinocchio Park
With a limit of 35 participants per day: don’t miss the chance to visit the historical wooden puppet park and the medieval borgo of Collodi Castle, where everything seems to be living out of the famous novel. Villa Garzoni majestic garden will also be open for visits.
SCHEDULE as follows (GUIDES LANGUAGE ITA& ENG)
10,30 free shuttle in front of Garzoni Historical Garden up to Collodi Castle;
11,30 free guided tour at the Historical Garzoni Garden and Collodi Butterfly House;
15,30 guided tour of Monumental Pinocchio Park.
TICKET Guide service is free, ticket must be purchased: please check www.pinocchio.it for costs and purchasing;
ADDRESS Parco di Pinocchio, loc. Collodi – Pescia (PT)
INFO please check www.pinocchio.it/en for more info, including “how to get there” with a shuttle from Montecatini Terme, Viale Verdi BUS Stop
WEB ADDRESS for info www.pinocchio.it/en

Vellano (Pescia)

GUIDED VISIT OF THE STONE CAVE “NARDINI” in VELLANO (Valleriana)

Don’t miss the chance to visit the only active stone cave of the area: it will be possible to visit it with the expert guide of the owner Marco Nardini.
SCHEDULE from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 (or 3.00PM) to 17.00(or 5.00PM)
INFO mandatory booking with Marco NARDINI ph +39 339 5438705

Collodi Castello (Pescia)

PESCIA – COLLODI Pinocchio writer’s Home Village
PIEVE DI SAN BARTOLOMEO Church – COLLODI CASTELLO

OPENING of the ancient “Pieve” Church of Collodi Castello, overlooking the Valleys of Valdinievole and Lucca, opposite of Montecarlo, and visit of the enchanting medieval village of Collodi Castello.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 7.00pm – FREE SHUTTLE from VILLA GARZONI (Collodi village)
ADDRESS Please refer to INFO +39 0572 490919 to obtain MEETING POINT
INFO: Roberto Rossi cell 339/5698255
WEB ADDRESS for additional info www.pinocchio.it (combinable with Pinocchio park option)

Special Openings

Pescia

Special opening: WOMEN CONSERVATORY and PINACOTEQUE “SAN MICHELE” Foundation

The Art Gallery is located in the former benedictin monastery of San Michele,which we know about since 1104. Many important paintings are exposed here, such a “Last supper” from Fieravante Sansoni di Sorana.
The church of San Michele will also be visible with its artistic glasses, or the wooden choir originally built in the XVI century
SCHEDULE all days above from 15.00 (3.00PM) to 17.00 (or 5.00pm)
INFO Piazza Matteotti, 13 Pescia – GUIDED VISITS pls call +39 349 3618421

Special Opening: CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO (with wooden paintings from Berlinghieri)

This church belongs to the old diocesis of Pescia, and it was built on the XIII century, after the legend that says San Francisco passed from here at the time.
The church has got jus one navate with some chapels on the sides: on one of this the legendary wooden pale of San Francisco and his life from Berlinghieri, known worldwide because it was painted just 6 years after the death of the Saint, so it means the resemblance must be realistic, provided that the author met the Saint. (1235)
SCHEDULE
Sunday 21st April & Monday 22ns April from 14,00 (or 2.00PM) to 17,00 (or 5.00PM)
Thursday 25th, Sunday 28th April and Wednesday 1st May from 14,00 (or 2.00PM) to 17,00 (or 5PM)
GUIDED visit on Thursday 25th 16.00
INFO Piazza San Francesco – Pescia

Special opening: ANCIENT PRINTING Machines and ANCIENT PRINTS and GRAPHICS Exhibition

BENEDETTI Historical Print-shop
Historical printing machines exhibition, with industrial design elements and ancient original prints and graphics: guided visits with the print-shop owner and artisanal workers.
SCHEDULE from 10,00 to 12,00 and from 15.00 (3.00pm) to 17.00 (5.00pm) FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti,10 – Pescia (PT)
INFO mandatory booking for guided tours ph +39 0572 477998 or ph +39 334/8091315
www.stamperiabenedetti.it (only Italian)

Montecatini Terme

TERME DI MONTECATINI – MONTECATINI SPA

Special opening of the Montecatini SPA Tettuccio building (FREE entrance); the liberty bar and the commercial gallery will be open for these dates.
GUIDED VISIT in Italian and English at 11.00 and 16.00 (or 4.00PM)
SCHEDULE opening from 10.00 to 19.00 (7PM)
INFO Terme Tettuccio Viale Verdi – Piazza Giusti www.termemontecatini.it

A special deal at the SPA for Open Week 2019
Olystic Proposal
1 Ayurvedico detox massage 50 min / 1 Sauna & turkish bath 60 min
Totale: 81 euro pp
Esthetical Proposal
1 facial mud mask + massage 20 min/ 1 Montecatini Relax massage 50 min
Totale: 96,30 euro pp
INFO& BOOKINGS www.termemontecatini.it

LA SALUTE Terme building special opening “LA SALUTE IN FESTA”

Everyday opening of the historical building of Salute and its park from 10.00 to 18.00 (or 6.00PM)
SCHEDULE Monday 22nd April selling of Pic Nic kits in the park, with games and animation for kids; Thursday 25th April and Wednesday’ 1st May Musica Live music in the afternoon
INFO https://www.facebook.com/La-Salute-Montecatini-Terme

Special Opening: Photography exhibition “Lawn Tennis, Torretta: stile ed eleganza” with historical pictures of the tennis of Montecatini Terme, dedicated to Arrigo Conti and organized by Angeli del Bello association.
SCHEDULE every opening day from 16.00 (or 4.00PM) to 19.00 (or 7.00PM)
INFO Circolo Casina Rossa, Viale Fedeli Montecatini angelidelbellomontecatini@gmail.com

Leonardian Itinerary

Montecatini Alto (Montecatini Terme)

Exhibition “Valdinievole: a look by Leonardo da Vinci”
The exhibition is dedicated to the visions of Leonardo in Valdinievole; a big expositions of the machines of Leonardo will be kept in the rocca, the highest fenced area of the village.
SCHEDULE every day of the open week from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.30 (or 2.30PM) to 18.30 (or 6.30 PM) at the Civic Center in via Lemmo di Balduccio, 5. Cost per person € 5,00
INFO www.montecatini-alto.it or www.congliocchidileonardo.it
HOW TO REACH MONTECATINI ALTO (other than with your car)

      1. Funicolar from Piazza Lido Cardelli, from 10.00 to 24.00 (12.00AM) everyday (with lunch break from 13.00 to 14.30) www.funicolare-montecatini.it
      2. Walking or Biking, on our walking path LA CORTA (next to Funicolar) or VIA AMORE, starting from Viale Fedeli, Montecatini Terme.
        Download the app FIND YOUR FUN – Montecatini Outdoor to find out the GPX files of the tracks

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ruggero” – International Lyric GALA
This happening is part of the celebrating programme of Ruggero Leoncavallo death anniversary.
Ko Myung San, soprano from South Korea, Angela Avanzati and Giuseppe Tavanti will be exhibiting; Musics from Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Puccini, Mascagni, Verdi.
SCHEDULE Monday 22nd April from 11.00. Free entrance, first come first serve basis
INFO Portoghesi room in Tettuccio building, Piazzale Giusti Montecatini Terme

Larciano

Castelmartini (Larciano)

Special Openings of the Research and Visitor center of Padule Marshland, and of the LE MORETTE observatory.
The center guests a permanent exhibition about the humid area and several temprary exhibition of naturalistic photos or drawings. From the Research and Visitor center the Observatory of LE MORETTE can be reached within an easy walk through the tuscan woods of oaks: once there many species of birds can be seen from a close distance.
SCHEDULE: these days from 9.00 to 12.pm and from 14.20 (or 2.30pm) to 17.30 (or 5.30pm)
INFO please call +39 0573 84540 email mailto:fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
ADDRESS Via Don Franco Malucchi 115 – Larciano

Leonardian Itinerary

500 – LEONARDO EVENT

Special opening: Exhibition and Tribute to Carlo Pedretti: “Leonardo da Vinci, La Bellezza & l’Anatomia”, an exhibition related to the beauty and the anatomy in the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.
Organized by kind concession of the Pedretti Carlo and Rossana Fondation, with Proloco Larciano.
SCHEDULE Opening times Mon – Fri from 9.00 to 12.00pm / Saturday 9.00 – 12.00pm and from 15.30 (or 3.30pm) to 18.30 (or 6.30pm)
INFO Please call ph +39 3492103987 or +39 347 6378617 or email info@prolocolarciano.it

Chiesina Uzzanese

Throughout OPEN WEEK 2019
SPECIAL OPENING OF THE XENODOCHIO Pilgrims hospital
Visit of the Xenodochio Pilgrims hospital, located on an old branch of the Francigena road.
Chiesina Uzzanese was founded and developed around Medieval Age, as the only monument of that age testifies, that is the Xenodochio, a former pilgrims hospital.
This building was originally made by a church and a little area to provide hospitality to the pilgrims travelling to or from Rome. There are many Xenodochio pilgrims hospitals in europe, and the ethimology of the names comes from the ancient greek XENO = guest and DOCHEION = big number.
INFO on the possible visits from Monday to Saturday ph +39 0572 418032
The Xenodochio is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II square, Chiesina Uzzanese

Throughout the OPEN WEEK 2019
SPECIAL OPENING
The CHURCH of CHIESANUOVA and its PORTAL
The church of Holy Mary of Loreto in Chiesanuova Uzzanese was built in the XVII century from a family of the village, willing to thank God for the vocation of one of their son to be a priest. Officially it was named a consecrated church in the 1671. Recent restoring works brought to the church new artworls such as the Portal with some sculptures from Amerigo Dorel about the life of Jesus and St Joseph.
OPENING HOURS every day from 10am to 12pm and from 16 (or 4PM) to 18 (or 6PM)
INFO call from Monday to Saturday from 8.00to 13.00 (or 1PM) or call +39 0572 418032
Per l’intero periodo OPEN WEEK 2019
APERTURA STRAORDINARIA – CHIESA di CHIESANUOVA e PORTALE
The Church of CHIESANUOVA is located in Piazza Togliatti square in Chiesanuova (Chiesina Uzzanese)

BIKE @CHIESINA UZZANESE
To visit Chiesina Uzzanese or other areas of Valdinievole renting a bike or touring with a bike guide please contact TUSCANY FOR CYCLISTS mr Daniele Marchi ph +39 328 9362984 email marchibike@gmail.com

Serravalle Pistoiese

Special Opening: Open week 2019 guests SERRAVALLE PISTOIESE again! It is possible to visit the Medieval Village and its Barbarossa majestic Tower will be available for FREE VISITS! The tours will start from Castruccio medieval castle and goes on at the San Michele church and the Virgin Oratory, with frescoes from 1300. The visits will end at the Barbarossa medieval tower, erected in 1140 and climbable up to the top.
SCHEDULE from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 14.00 (or2.00PM) to 18.00 (or 6.00PM) FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Castruccio Castle square – please park down the hill, alongside the road up to the Village!- restaurants open and available –
INFO ph +39 0573 917308 email turismo@comune.serravalle-pistoiese.pt.it OR Ufficio Cultura ph +39 0573 917204 cultura@comune.serravalle-pistoiese.pt.it
WEB ADDRESS for additional info https://www.visittuscany.com/en/destinations/serravalle-pistoiese/

GUIDED WALK FROM SERRAVALLE PISTOIESE TO MONTECATINI TERME

A Guided Walk from Serravalle Pistoiese to Montecatini Terme, ending in the former SPA building LA TORRETTA, through the hills path in Pieve a Nievole. A little food break to the
participants, at the end of the walk
SCHEDULE Meeting point 9.30 at the Turistic office of Serravalle. Mandatory booking at
Ph +39 0573 917308

Ponte Buggianese

Special Opening: The Dogana Palace of Capannone opens to public from 14.00 (or 2.00PM) to 19.00 (to 7.00PM)

With a nice local food break (only on Monday 22nd); the Dogana Palace guests a permanent exhibition over the terrible massacre of Nazis during the 2nd World War in the area, together with documentations related to life in Marshlands. FREE ENTRANCE
INFO Dogana del Capannone Via Capannone, 252, 51019 Ponte Buggianese PT

ON BOAT AROUND THE FUCECCHIO MARSHLANDS – GUIDED Boat “BARCHINO” tours.

Guided visit with the typical small boat “barchino” used by countrymen in the past: hundreds of birds can be spot on their spring and summer habitat, the largest inland humid marsh area in Italy and Europe.
NEW! SUNSET VISIT: departure at dawn, with final aperitive.
SCHEDULE from SUNRISE – 6.00am – until SUNSET, last departure
COST € 30,00 per adult and FREE for kids under 14y – Reservation is MANDATORY
INFO ph +39 329 4340338 email  associazionevolpoca@virgilio.it
ADDRESS Meeting point at Associazione Volpoca (loc. Anchione) – Dogana del Capannone
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/padule-di-fucecchio-riserva-naturale

Cerreto Guidi

Leonardian Itinerary

SPECIAL OPENING WITH GUIDED TOUR
Monday 22nd, Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th April from 10.30 am to 12.00pm
Guided visit of the VILLA MEDICEA of CERRETO GUIDI, worldwide famouse because of the monumental staircase from Buontalenti, an architect who most probably was inspired by the scenographic design of Leonardo da Vinci theatre scengraphies in Milan, years before, at Sforza’s. A huge miniature in crochet of Cerreto Guidi and Vinci will also be visitable during these dates.
For INFO please call the Tourist office of Cerreto Guidi ph +39 0571 906225 email v.bonfanti@comune.cerreto-guidi.fi.it every morning.

Buggiano

Buggiano Castello (Buggiano)

Palazzo Pretorio palace special opening
The Palazzo PRETORIO palace, dating back to the XII century, shows on its facade many shields from XV and XVI century, and dominates the Valley Valdinievole.
OPENING HOURS: on Monday 22nd April from 15 (or 3PM) to 19 (or 7PM);
on Sunday 28Th April from 9am to 19 (or 7PM)
During these special openings a Paintings exhibition from a local artist will also be visible inside the palace.
INFO on www.buggianocastello.it

 

Monsummano Terme

Leonardian Itinerary

MAC,N Museum of Contemporary and ‘900 art

Permanent exhibition and temporary exhibition of the artist Andrea Dami dedicated to the 500 LEONARDO
SCHEDULE from 9.30 to 12.30
INFO Address Via di Gragnano, 349 Monsummano Terme www.macn.it

Special opening: Church of Holy Mary of Fontenova and its crypt , with exceptional access to the miracle source of water as per per the popular catholic legend
SCHEDULE Sunday 21st April 9.00 – 10.45 and 15.00 (or 3.00PM) – 18.00 (or 6.00PM)
Monday 22nd April 9.00 – 10.00 and 15.00 (or 3.00PM) – 18.00 (or 6.00PM)
INFO address of the Church is Piazza Giusti square, Monsummano Terme

Montecarlo

SPECIAL OPENING AND GUIDED TOUR OF THE CERRUGLIO FORTRESS

An imposing fortification, many times destroied and rebuilt and many times used as a set for medieval movies, series or docs: it has been forever the last castle of Valdinievole, contended from Lucca and Florence, and perfectly identified for its red bricks and towers, that design a profile recognizable from all the angles of the valley. Offering great news and panoramas, it is a paradise for photographers, and belongs from centuries to the same family.
SCHEDULE all days above from 15.00 (or 3.00PM) to dawn
INFO for bookings ph +39 0583 22401 or email valter_menchini@yahoo.com
address Via Fortezza, 4 – 55015 Montecarlo (LU) – We recommend to park at the feet of the village.