Thursday April 25 2019

Larciano

GUIDED TREKKING with GRANDMA’S FOOD TASTING
A walking journey through the rural life in Padule Marshland: from the Medici Farm in Stabbia to the Museum of the CountryMan called “Casa Dei” and located in Bagnolo, with a possible food break Grandma’s way at the Museum porch.
The Museum offers a collection of rural tools, put together in years of research and passion from Angela and his husband, two great keepers of the memory of this area.
From the Museum the walk goes onto the “Vincio Vecchio” old river path, where the old signs of the river Vincio before the water drains are still visible and interesting.
SCHEDULE: Thursday 25th April at 15.00 (or 3.00PM) for c.a. 4km, no challenges
TOOLS: comfortable walking shoes
INFO: the entrance to the museum costs € 2,00 per person; if with Grandma’s Food tasting € 4,00)
Mandatory booking at ph +39 0573 84540 or email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it

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

GUIDED VISIT of the CHURCHES of SAN FRANCESCO and SANT’ANTONIO

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)
NEW! CHURCH OF SANT’ANTONIO ABBEY
The very tiny church of Sant’Antonio Abbey, one navate and latin cross based, has a number of frescoes from XV century of great value. In the left part of the alther there is a wooden sculpture from XII century, a deposition of christ called “santi brutti – ugly saints” from a popular local tradition due to the medieval factory of it.
SCHEDULE Thursday 25th April at 10,00 at Piazza San Francesco Pescia; mandatory booking ph +39 0572 490057 or by email gipsoteca@comune.pescia.pt.it

Valleriana (Pescia)

SPECIAL EVENT – SLOW FOOD MARKET

GUIDED VISIT of the CASTLE of MEDICINA and FARM “ALBERO & FOGLIA”
Programme
9.30 meeting point in the square of Medicina (Pescia) and walking tour of the village
12.00 drive with own means to the EREMO church of S. ANNA and Visit
13.00 (or 1.00PM) buffet lunch in the woods provided by the Agritouristic Fam “IL BOSCO DELLE FATE” with local cheese tasting included
INFO mandatory booking at ph +39 331 5961507 COST € 25,00 pp

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

Montecartini Terme

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 UP THE HILL OF MONSUMMANO ALTO
A bothanic itinerary finding out more about wild orchids and of the mediterranean bushes.
Within the Montalbano area the Monsummano Alto hill is one of the most important hills due to its geologic peculiarities, as well as animal and plants are peculiar in it.
In particular the area is well known for breathtaking panoramas and for the number of wild orchids and other species of trees and flowers that are present only here on top of all the area.
The old village is also very interesting, as well as the geologic history.
On the way back stop at the Pool of Grotta Giusti with a little food tasting
SCHEDULE Thursday 25th April at 9.00 from Grotta Giusti hotel; some part of the rise can be challenging but still accessible.
TOOLS Trekking or comfortable walking shoes and water
INFO mandatory booking ph +39 0573 84540 or email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it

GUIDED VISIT at the MUSEUM “Museo della Città e del Territorio” at 16.30 (or 4.30PM)
Guided visit at the Exhibition “An itinerary of architecture and art in the name of Leonardo. The oratory of Santa Maria della Neve church in Montevettolini” dedicated to the 500 LEONARDO.
SCHEDULE Thursday 25th April at 16.30 (or 4.40PM)
INFO Piazza Ferdinando Martini Monsummano Terme Bookings at ph +39 0572 959500 or 954463

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.

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/

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

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

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

Castelmartini (Larciano)

HONEY Tasting from 15.00 (or 3PM) AT THE Research and visitors Center: the delicious honey from the “gaggia” of Padule Marshland, offered and organized by the Farmer Mauro Cristofori
INFO ph +39 0573-84540, email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
ADDRESS Via Don Franco Malucchi 115 – Larciano

Monsummano Terme

Monsummano Alto (Monsummano Terme)

Special Event

PARAGLIDING EXPERIENCE
A breathtaking panorama from the top of Monsummano Alto hill where a special area of paragliding lovers will be organized and handled by the Aeroclub Pisa, with their own teachers and instructors.
SCHEDULE Thursday 25th April from 15.00 (or 3.00PM)
INFO Mandatory booking or info to Mr Walter Bardi ph +39 3347779747 or www.parapendiopisa.it

Museum “Museo della Città e del Territorio”

An itinerary of architecture and art in the name of Loenardo. The oratory of Santa Maria della Neve church in Montevettolini.
SCHEDULE from 9.00 to 13.00 (or 1.00PM) and from 16.00 (or 4.00PM) TO 18.00 (or 6.00PM)
INFO Piazza Ferdinando Martini, Monsummano Terme www.museoterritorio.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

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

CHURCH OF SANT’ANTONIO ABBEY

The very tiny church of Sant’Antonio Abbey, one navate and latin cross based, has a number of frescoes from XV century of great value. In the left part of the alther there is a wooden sculpture from XII century, a deposition of christ called “santi brutti – ugly saints” from a popular local tradition due to the medieval factory of it.
SCHEDULE Thursday 25th April 2019 from 10,00 to 16,00 (or 4.00PM) Guided visita t 16.00 (4.00PM)
INFO Via Battisti, 43 – 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 (Velleriana)

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

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