Saturday April 27 2019

Larciano

“DOG FRIENDLY” GUIDED WALK in the FLORENTINE PADULE MARSHLAND Area
Guided walk on the east banks of the Padule di Fucecchio Marshlands, through the Municipalities of Fucecchio, Cerreto Guidi and Larciano, including the visit of the Museum of the Countrylife.
SCHEDULE Saturday 27th April meeting point 14.00 (or 2.00PM) at PONTE DI CAVALLAIA (Massarella, fraction of Fucecchio) – End of the walk by 18,30 (or 6.30PM); 7km length no challenges, with three food & beverage stops; cost € 8,00 per person
TOOLS: trekking or comfortable walking shoes. Your pets are allowed if guarded.
INFO: Booking is mandatory by calling Mr Paolo +39 33470993441 or Mrs Angela ph +39 3357789139 or email to associazionecasadei@gmail.com.

Uzzano

GUIDED TREKKING OVER UZZANO

Guided Walk in the historical centre of Uzzano and Visit of the Church San Jacopo and Martino, from 1200. Meeting point at the Door of the village “Porta delle Pille” and walk up the hill to admire the best panorama in Valdinievole east. Visit of the Palazzo del Capitano and meeting with Olive Oil Producers from “La Strada dell’Olio della Valdinievole”, with a nice piano concert with Puccini arias, since the composer used to spend up here some of his holidays. The local bar “circolo Bardelli” will be open and in service throughout.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 5.00pm FREE ADMISSION (porta delle Pille door)
INFO ph +39 0572 44771
ADDRESS Porta delle Pille, Uzzano Castello (PT) Zip 51010
WEB ADDRESS https://www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/comuni/uzzano/

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

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

SLOW FOOD MARKET

The Slow food Market in Montecatini Terme offers a selection of local products brought from local producers, aiming to spread the taste and the culinary use of many of our local ground products, such as the SORANA BEAN, and of many productions, such as the VINSANTO and the PECORINO cheese made by RAW MILK, also very peculiar.
Experiencing the market means getting to know more about the locals and their taste for food!
SCHEDULE Saturday 20th, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th April from 8.00 to 12.30
INFO Via Mazzini, Montecatini Terme
web: www.facebook.com/Mercato-della-Terra-Montecatini-e-Margine-Coperta-1657836344522190
Alessandra Leo ph +39 335-8747118 e-mail infoslowfoodtoscana@gmail.com

Monsummano Terme

GUIDED TREKKING at the AREA RIGHETTI in the Riserve of Padule di Fucecchio Marshlands
The Righetti Area is the northest part of the Padule di Fucecchio Marshland and it has important element of naturalistic interest.
In this part of the Marshlands there are water mirrors, guarded by two faunistic observatories, that are home to an incredible number of birds species, migrating from south to north or viceversa.
In this area there are two colonies of storks and cormorants that can be easily seen from the observatory.
SCHEDULE Saturday 27th April at 15.00 (or 3.00PM) no challenges
TOOLS comfortable walking or trekking shoes; binocular
INFO mandatory booking at ph +39 0573 84540 email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it

Pescia

Fibbialla (Pescia)

GUIDED TREKKING of the Villages of MEDICINA & FIBBIALLA

Programme
Meeting point 9.30 at piazza dei fiori in Pescia; transfer by own means to the Village of Medicina 10.00 start of the guided walk: the walk will be moving in rings within olive groves and chestnut woods, which are the center of the farm industry up in the Valleriana. Meeting with a real pastor and farmer from the Farm “Albero e Foglia”, mr Stefano Natali, who has dedicated his life to these traditional jobs and to these lands.
13.00 (or 1.00PM) visit of the farm and cheese factory
13.30 (or 1.30PM) lunch in the chhese factory
15.30 (or 3.30PM) guided tour of the Village of Medicina
Rise max 350mt, length 8km / 8hours including stops
TOOLS comfortable trekking shoes, water; we strongly recommend a camera.
INFO Costo of guided tour 10 € pp – 6 € kids from 8 to 12yrs including the official Guide with you. If you want to add lunch, the cost is additional 15 € pp and 10 € kids from 8 to 12 yrs;
Mandatory bookings with Danilo Giusti ph +39 3206015541 www.agirotrek.com.

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 (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

Special Openings

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

Bagnolo (Larciano)

Special Opening: Itinerant Exhibition “Casa Dei”
Temporary exhibition of historical pictures from the Padule Marshland area, and rural tools from the old times: history, evolution and everyday life uses in the marshlands.
SCHEDULE everyday from 15.30 (or 3.30pm) to 18.30 (or 6.30pm)
INFO Pls call +39 335 7789139 or email associazionecasadei@gmail.com.

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

Montecatini Terme

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

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/

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.

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

Chiesina Uzzanese

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

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

Pescia

PALAGIO & GIPSOTECA PALACE “Libero Andreotti”

The Gipsoteca (plaster cast) Libero Andreotti may be defined a museum of modern art, and represents quite a peculiar artistic event in Italy: counting more than 230 plasters directly donated by the author, this museum was indeed born because of the author’s family will.
The Gipsoteca museum is located inside the old palace named Palagio, originated in the XIII century, that through the centuries became the governor’s palace, then a school, a hospital and many other things.
SCHEDULE
Sunday 21st April (Easter) 10:00/12:30-16:00 (4.00PM)/19:30 (7.30PM)
Friday 26th April 09:00/12:00-15:00 (3.00PM)/18:00(6.00PM)
Saturday 27th April 10:00/12:30-16:00(4.00PM)/19:30(7.30PM)
Sunday 28th April 10:00/12:30-16:00 (4.00PM)/19:30(7.30PM)
Wednesday 1st May 10:00/12:30-16:00(4.00PM)/19:30(7.30PM)
INFO Piazza del Palagio, 7 – Pescia Tel. Ph+39 0572 490057
For guided visits Cooperativa Keras ph+39 331 6476766 e-mail: emanuel.carfora@keras.it

Special Opening: PALAZZO del VICARIO

This Palace was built between XIII and XIV century, owned by the municipality and used as a Town Hall ever since. It was fully restored at the beginning of 1900, and the facade has been reprojected into a new – medieval style, which was not his original.
Interesting frescoes inside the rooms and an oil on canvas painting of Domenico Buonvicini.
SCHEDULE guarded visits Friday 26th April from 9,00 to 18,00 (6.00PM) Saturday 27th April from 9,00 to 12,00
INFO Comune di Pescia Piazza Mazzini, 1 – ph +39 0572 4920

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: HESPERIDARIUM – CITRUSES Museum

This is an international garden, featuring more than 200 species of citruses coming from all over the world; it is also a reknown botanic parc due to the presence of essences from the XVI century, or coming from 5 continents. The collection is exposed into an itinerary inspired by the figure of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet whose park is just 2 miles from here.
An extraordinary collection to visit
SCHEDULE: days of opening 9:00 – 12:30; 15:00 (3.00PM) – 18:30 (6.00PM)
INFO. ticket OPEN WEEK 2019 euro 3,50 adults FREE under 5 years
Via del Tiro a Segno, 55 – Castellare di Pescia (Pescia) Tel: +39 0572 – 427928
www.oscartintori.it, www.giardinodegliagrumi.it; e-mail info@giardinodegliagrumi.it

Special opening: BONSAI MUSEUM

The Bonsai museum, opened in 1992, offers to the bonsai lovers a huge collection of plants coming from all over the world, among the rarest exhisting on earth, and very old.
The museum was founded by the family Franchi, and it is visited every year by hundreds of experts.
SCHEDULE 8,00/13,00 – 14,30 (2.30pm) /19,00 /7.00PM)
INFO Via Provinciale Lucchese, 159 51012 – Pescia Ph+39 0572 429262 mail info@franchi-bonsai.it.
FREE entrance

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)

Castelvecchio (Pescia)

PIEVE DI CASTELVECCHIO Church – Medieval “PIEVE” Church of Castelvecchio

Opening of the oldest medieval “Pieve” church of the area, fully rebuilt two centuries ago: a “Pieve” was a visible church on the top of a hill or mountain, with a considerably high bell tower to serve more villages in the nearbys of a mountain territory, where more often priests or bishops would come and serve for a Holy Mass. The visit may include the Oratory of Castelvecchio with some 1700 paintings and a scenic view over the valley.
INFO opening only upon reservation PH +39 335 5615543 – +39 0572 400115 (pls call 48hrs before)

Vellano (Pescia)

Special opening: A CAVEMAN COLLECTION: “La Miniera di Publio”

A long lasting life collection of caveman tools and mineral rocks kept in a small museum in the village of Vellano, the biggest one in the Valleriana, or Switzerland from Pescia as they call this area: the tools and rocks also come from the active stone cave “Nardini” close-by.
All the kids visiting with families will get a free gift from the museum!
Please call Mr Biagini +39 330 910517 or ph +39 0572 409181 in advance to arrange visits.
SCHEDULE from 9.00am to 1.00pm and from 15.00 (3.00pm) to 18.00 (6.00pm)
ADDRESS from Pescia drive up in Via Mammianese and follow to Vellano; Via 17 Agosto 1944 – Vellano (Pescia) – restaurants open in the village during Open Week-
INFO ph +39 0572 409181 or +39 330 910517 or email laminieradipublio@libero.it

ROMANESQUE PIEVE DI CASTELVECCHIO

Located in Via della Pieve — Pescia/Castelvecchio

Opening only by reservation from APRIL 23rd to  MAY 1st  10am/12pm — 3pm/6pm

The reservation must be made 2 days before the visit at 335 5615543 —- 0572/40011