Sunday April 21 2019 (Easter)

Pescia

GUIDED VISIT – URBAN TREKKING IN PESCIA

Programme
16.00 (or 4.00PM) meeting point Piazza Mazzini on the Terrace of the Town Hall.
16.10 (or 4.10PM) start of the urban trekking which is suitable for families and that will underline the link between the city, the river, the hills around and the architecture.
INFO max rise 200mt / length 6km – 2-3h / no challenges
TOOLS comfortable walking shoes, water
INFO price per person € 10,00 (€ 6,00 kids from 8 to 12). The guide is an official Tuscany region guide; Mandatory bookings at Danilo Giusti ph +39 3206015541 www.agirotrek.com.

GUIDED VISIT AT VILLA GUARDATOIA – PESCIA

A special event with food & wine tasting at the Garden of Villa Guardatoia, an historical villa from ‘600 in the heart of Valdinievole west, visiting its incredible Italian Garden.
The garden, designed with the tradition of Italian architecture, has several very ancient plants and trees, organized in order to recreate peace and tranquillità in the eyes of the owner.
This visit includes the chance to taste two extraordinary products of the Villa Guardatoia, the Vinsanto Marzalla and the Olive Oil EVO.
MANDATORY Booking – visits from 15.30 (or 3.30pm) to 18.30 (or 6.30pm
INFO Via Collecchio, 5 – Pescia (PT) +39 348 3678778 email info@villaguardatoia.com, site www.villaguardatoia.com.

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

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

Special Openings

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

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

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

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: 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)

Monsummano Terme

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.

Montecarlo

– Apertura e visita Fortezza del Cerruglio. Una imponente fortificazione, più volte distrutta e ricostruita e molte volte oggetto di riprese e set televisivi, si taglia nell’ultimo avamposto della Valdinievole da sempre contesa tra Lucca e Firenze: bastioni, barbacani e torri in mattone rosso acceso sono ben visibili da tutta la valle, e il giardino all’italiana all’interno crea un equilibrio di colori e forme che lascia senza fiato. Paradiso dei fotografi, appartiene da secoli ai discendenti della stessa famiglia.

Orario di apertura: dalle 15:00 al tramonto

Ingresso a pagamento: 5 euro biglietto intero, 3 euro ridotto (oltre 65 anni)

ragazzi gratis fino a 12 anni

Per informazioni: Tel. 0583-22401 – mail: valter_menchini@yahoo.com

Indirizzo: Via della Fortezza, 4 – 55015 Montecarlo (LU) – Si consiglia di parcheggiare ai piedi del paese e salire a piedi, anche per gustare la vista dell’imponente fianco della fortezza.

Ponte Buggianese

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

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/