Sunday April 28th 2019

Pieve a Nievole

GUIDED TREKKING following the path of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of Montecatini Terme

A nice walk between history and legend, including the visit of the Church of San Pietro Apostolo and San Marco, with some historical hint about the organ and the medieval original Pilgrim’s Cross.
SCHEDULE 3.00pm FREE ADMISSION – EQUIPMENT comfortable shoes and water
INFO Centro RDP Padule di Fucecchio ph+39 0573/84540, email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
ADDRESS Piazza san Marco, Pieve a Nievole (PT)

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

Buggiano

Buggiano Castello (Buggiano)

Special event. “La campagna dentro le mura X° Edizione
That is an event dedicated to the secret gardens, litterally “ a countryside within the walls”: this is the Xth edition and it attracts garden lovers from all over the world.
This event is organized by the Municipality of Buggiano and the cultural association Buggiano Castello, more info on www.buggianocastello.it
Entrance: €9,00 per person, reduced ticket €7,00 (for people with a valid Trenitalia train ticket), free for kids under 13 years of age. Shuttle provided from Borgo a Buggiano.

Lamporecchio

Leonardian Itinerary

THE PANORAMAS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
A Guided visit of the Church of Orbignano and of the Leporaia Colle hill
A 6km hiking among the panoramas of Leonardo da Vinci, stopping by the very old church of Santa Maria del Pruno, which still has some frescoes from over 700 years ago, and within the hill of Leporaia.
MEETING POINT. IP Petrol station, Via Leonardo da Vinci, 44 Lamporecchio at 15.30 (or 3.30PM)
End of the hiking 18.00 (or 6PM)
Average challenge with some rising parts.

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

Massa e Cozzile

GUIDED WALK THROUGH OLIVE GROVES AND MEDIEVAL AGE
This walk will bring you back to the Medieval Age while entering the old village of Massa: like many other villages of that era in Italy, it used to fenced by big walls, guarded by bell towers and only accessible from big and strong portals, with a castle on the highest point of it.
A nice museum of Sacred objects is visible in the village: once pasti t, the walk goes back up on the top of the village, where hidden by the olives there are the remains of the old medieval castle. The path rises up to the other village of Cozzile, where the wide panorama of Valdinievole valley is simply breathtaking.
SCHEDULE Sunday 28th April at 10.00 at the public parking of Massa (next to the graveyard); 4km
TOOLS: comfortable walking shoes and water; strollers can be challenging on the stone paths.

Monsummano Terme

Leonardian Itinerary

Montevettolini (Monsummano)

GUIDED TOUR of the Castle of Montevettolini
The old village of Montevettolini, dating back to the XIIth century, is one of the defensive structures of the Montalbano hill, a natural barrier to the foreigners dominations throughout the centuries. This guided tour is developed on a ring path: after the observation of the countryside around the hill, the walk steps inside the village, in the main square and in front of the Church of San Michele. The Medici Villa at the top of the Montevettolini Hill is visible throughout the guided walk: at some point it is possible to locate the exact point from where LEONARDO DA VINCI realized the famous drawing “DISEGNO”, exhibited in Vinci from 15th April this year due to the 500 LEONARDO.
A little restoration will be provided inside the Palace of Podestà.
SCHEDULE Sunday 28th April at 15.00 (or 3.00PM), no challenges
TOOLS comfortable walking or trekking shoes
INFO mandatory booking at ph +39 0573 84540 or email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it to know the meeting point

Uzzano

SPECIAL EVENT – SLOW FOOD MARKET

Lands of ERA: biological farming and tuscan rural panoramas
A hands-on open air workshop about the biological farming and the essential elements of traditional farming, with the history of the lifestyle in a villa, both for workers and for owners.
SCHEDULE from 10:00 to 13:00 (or 1.00PM) Mandatory bookings within 26th April ph +39 340 9198311 e-mail terrediera@gmail.com

Pescia

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 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)

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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: 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: 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: 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

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/

Special event: Historical festival in the Medieval castle of Serravalle:guests will be welcomed by actors dressed as in Medieval age, with drums and foods and tools as per that age. Games and plays throughout the day in a perfect Sunday for families and historical movies lovers.
SCHEDULE from 15.00 (or 3.00PM)to 18.00 (or 6.00PM)
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