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Towns in Tuscany Your Travel Agent Has Never Heard Of

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Towns in Tuscany Your Travel Agent Has Never Heard Of:

  1. Pitigliano - Pitigliano is a medieval town with Etruscan heritage. It’s found in the southern Tuscan region of Maremma in the province of Grosseto. The earth under Pitigliano is riddled with tunnels, caves and tombs that you can explore – hook up with the local tourist office to arrange a tour. There’s also a Christian cave chapel said to be the oldest in Italy, from about 400 AD.
  2. Capalbio - Capalbio is also located in the province of Grosseto, close to the Lazio border. The views from Capalbio give you an awesome picture of the entire Maremma region all the way to the sea. The old and lovely things that attract people to the town are the Renaissance Collacchioni Palace which houses the piano of Giacomo Puccini–Capalbio’s most famous vacationer.
  3. Manciano - The town of Manciano is built on a hilltop with massive views of the surrounding valleys and the sea. Visit Manciano to enjoy the thermal hot springs. Many people don’t know that Italy has some amazing natural springs and the Saturnia hot springs just outside of Manciano are famous within Italy.
  4. Montescudaio - Montescudaio is a miniature Tuscan town with a whopping 1800 residents. The village is a medieval borghi, a fortified town surrounded by protective walls. The town is located on a hill close to Pisa. This is a beautifully preserved town where you might want to plunk yourself at a restaurant with a terrace with stunning views of the ocean, the Islands of Elba, Capraia, Giglio and Montecristo. You’re just 12 km from the coast.
  5. Montefioralle - If you dream of staying in a farmhouse in the famous hills of Chianti Classico then Montefioralle might be your golden ticket for under the radar Chianti living. It’s on the road between Florence and Sienna where vineyards, scattered peasant houses and beautiful villages are dotted between hill-top woods. Montefioralle has just 2 restaurants and is virtually car free, so if you have kids then this would be a great place to relax.
  6. Monteriggioni - Monteriggioni conforms perfectly to the mental image of a walled castle village. The walls and towers are virtually intact and the streets are mostly traffic free. Check out their medieval festival on the first weekend of July every year. The locals dress in medieval costumes playing farmers, merchants, soldiers, cross-bowman friars, magicians, astrologists, ballad singers and jesters.
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Locanda la Pieve's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:59 AM

Thank you for Scoop it.......and this is only few things of Maremma, than we can add Sovana and Sorano that with Pitigliano are called "The City of Tuf" and with their own Etruscan site and Medieval Village are to be see. In Capalbio or nearby there is the "Tarot Garden" made by "Niki de Saint Phalle", also driving to the Monte Amiata in Seggiano there is another Open air Art Garden made by Daniel Spoerri, modern art. Within the area of Manciano enùùand before arriving in Saturnia another small village called "Montemerano" is also dominating the valley between see side and Monte Amiata. After SAturnia many other Village where to stay , Semproniano born by Sempronio a Roman soldier and with the Torre Aldobrandesca to overlooking at 360° .......and much more.

We can confirm thet Maremma still the "Undiscovered Tuscany to be Discoverede", still wild, true, green........What else.

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Buon Natale - 2016

Buon Natale - 2016 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you are in Italy during the holidays, be sure to wander the streets from the biggest city's to the smallest villages and enjoy the unforgettable sight of these beautiful, historic palazzi and homes warmly lit with fairy lights. If you couldn't make it this year, we have some shots of holiday cheer to share in the meantime. [...]

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Live In A Vegetarian City, Move To Turin, Italy

Live In A Vegetarian City, Move To Turin, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Turin's innovative new mayor has made her mark by turning it into Italy's first vegetarian city.
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Abruzzo, Italy, among The World's 10 Best Places to Retire

Abruzzo, Italy, among The World's 10 Best Places to Retire | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

We've rounded up places around the globe that have pleasant year-round weather, affordable living costs, and are situated near cultural sites, which could combat boredom. Many also have large expat communities that may take the edge off the initial culture shock and help travelers acclimate. Take a look at our top 10 picks, which also happen to make excellent vacations.

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Abruzzo, Italy, among The World's 10 Best Places to Retire

Highlight: <<Abruzzo is actually a region of Italy, but it's been making lots of where-to-retire lists thanks to its cheap housing, unspoiled terrain, and charming towns. The large stretch of land lies east of Rome and houses three national parks with rugged mountains and wildlife. Retirees looking for a quaint spot can look into cities such as L'Aquila and Chieti, while those seeking water views will prefer the more popular Pescara. This region generally has a good mix of traditional and modern life. Don't expect a ton of sites and international chain stores here, but Rome is under a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.>>

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Palermo Cathedral

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Palermo Cathedral was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and the Norman King William II's minister. One of his close relatives had Monreale cathedral built during an overlapping time period, and they were therefore regarded as competing with each other for glory. The Normans had…
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The farmers, their little pigs and the wolves: an Italy quake survival tale

The farmers, their little pigs and the wolves: an Italy quake survival tale | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Norcia, Italy (AFP) Dec 1, 2016 - Italy's earthquakes would not leave the Fausti family alone.
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The Italian Emma Morano, last person alive born in 1800s, turns 117

The Italian Emma Morano, last person alive born in 1800s, turns 117 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian Emma Morano, whose life spans three centuries, says her secret to longevity is not eating much ‘because I have no teeth’ [...]

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An alert and chatty Italian woman, Emma Morano, on Tuesday celebrates her 117th birthday as the last known person alive who was born in the 19th century. Another Article

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Roma: mercato centrale

Roma: mercato centrale | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What if all your favorite food vendors were in one place? And you could both buy food from them to take home, or else sit down and have them prepare a meal
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Padua, A City in the Shadow of Venice

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The beautiful city of Padua sits in the shadow of Venice and is sometimes overlooked by visitors to Italy. This is a pity as it has much to offer. It is worth visiting Padua for its frescoes alone…
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The Cappella degli Scrovegni inside the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, http://www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it/, is a MUST SEE of Italy

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Castel del Giudice & the Borgotufi

Castel del Giudice & the Borgotufi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A hop over the border into Molise stepping back in time to a slower, more traditional way of life and a visit to Borgotufi
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Procida island in Naples Italy is absolutely breathtaking

Procida island in Naples Italy is absolutely breathtaking | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Procida is an island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. Its picturesque landscape and somewhat scruffy charm are among the reasons it still attracts travelers.
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My Complete 3 Week Itinerary to Italy - To Vogue or Bust

My Complete 3 Week Itinerary to Italy - To Vogue or Bust | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Dreaming of taking off to Italy? The most overwhelming thing can be planning where & how you're getting around so I have my three weeks in Italy mapped out!
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The Island of San Giulio, Lake Orta, Piedmont

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The Island of San Giulio – the only one in Lake Orta, in the province of Novara – is “coquettish and simple, natural yet ornate, solitary and in good company [...]

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10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns

10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you are one of the lucky ones that get to travel to Italy, you will want to be sure to include a visit to these affordable Tuscany towns. Most people think that Italy is too expensive, but if yo…
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Trans-Siberian Train of Italy

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The Trans-Siberian train of Italy takes you to the discovery of majestic mountains, National Parks and medieval villages, between Molise and Abruzzo
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Why you should visit Tuscany or Italy in Winter

Why you should visit Tuscany or Italy in Winter | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Massimo Ferragamo explains why you should consider exploring the beloved Italian region during the winter months
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10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Campania

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Flying to Naples or the Amalfi Coast soon? Don’t miss these 10 insta-ready shots…

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Christmas in Molise

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Italian wine blog shares holiday Italian wines, Italian christmas dishes and Italian Christmas traditions showcasing Christmas in Molise.
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Italian Monastery Seeks Salvation in Beer After Devastating Quake

Italian Monastery Seeks Salvation in Beer After Devastating Quake | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Their basilica in ruins, monks from America believe their small brewing operation can help an entire town to recover from Italy’s worst earthquake since 1980.
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Castellaneta, Italy: Rodolfo Valentino’s birthplace

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Castellaneta is more than just Rodolfo Valentino’s birthplace. It is a splendid town in the province of Taranto, within the Gravine Natural Park, near Le Murge.
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10 Italian Hilltop Towns You Have To See Before You Die

10 Italian Hilltop Towns You Have To See Before You Die | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
So you're planning a trip to Italy but you don't want to just see the famous tourist traps. You long to experience genuine Italian culture. Yet everywhere you look for tips, be it from websites, travel agents, or your well-traveled friends, they only talk about the same old places: Rome, Venice, Florence...

Does the real Italy even exist any longer, you wonder?

Indeed it does, and it's in full magical display in the fairy-tale hilltop towns. The places where time has stopped, where secret pasta recipes are passed through generations. Where flowers adorn centuries-old stone houses, and where locals know each other by name.

Italy hides many hilltop towns like these, but the following ones are some of the most breathtaking:
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Lucas Galvez's curator insight, November 27, 2016 8:52 AM

Cet article met en valeur une Italie cachée, loin des grandes villes qui reviennent sans cesse dans les récits des touristes. Une Italie où l'on y retrouve son charme et son authenticité, une Italie qui pourrait s'apparenter à celle des temps anciens, mais qui demeure et existe bel et bien encore aujourd’hui. La preuve en est, cet article relate les dix villages perchés sur des collines les plus incroyables d'Italie, à visiter absolument au moins une fois dans sa vie.

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The best places and cities to visit in Italy and where to stay when there

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An insider's guide into the top places and cities to visit in Italy – and where to stay while you're there – including the best for couples and families, in locations including Venice, Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Milan, the Italian Lakes, Sicily and Puglia.
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Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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From the awe-inspiring Dolomites to the fairy-tale village of Alberobello, discover Italy’s road less traveled.
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Free Things to Do in Rome by National Geographic

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Find free things to do in Rome with this guide from National Geographic.
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24 things to do in Rome plus Restaurants and Theaters by the National Geographic

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24 hours in Val d'Orcia: Itinerary on What to See and Do in a Day in Valdorcia

24 hours in Val d'Orcia: Itinerary on What to See and Do in a Day in Valdorcia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Only have a day to explore the Val d'Orcia area in southern Tuscany? Here's what you should see and not miss on your way through!
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Travel+Leisure dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages

Travel+Leisure dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In this eastern Umbrian citadel, artisanal culinary traditions endure. Pecorino cheese is aged for two years, trained dogs sniff out black truffles in the woodlands, and honey is sourced from the red wildflowers that bloom in the plains. But it’s the cinghiale that takes pride of place. Throughout the centro storico, the scent of spiced wild-boar salumi carries from the norcineria (delis) into the traffic-free roads. Step past the prosciutti hanging in storefronts to find shopkeepers curing cuts of the pork with methods perfected over the past 800 years. Ask them to slice up fresh ciauscoli, and bring it to the Piazza San Benedetto, where villagers celebrate the Festival of Saint Benedict in the spring.

How to Get There: Norcia is 69 miles northeast of Rome.

Where to Stay: The 24-room Palazzo Seneca, set in a 16th-century palace.

Where to Eat: Il Granaro del Monte, for plates of black-truffle strangozzi pasta.

Local Take: Fabrizio Marini, director of the food shop Norceria Brancaleone da Norcia, recommends visiting during the Black Truffle Festival, in February and March.

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Travel+Leisure forget about the Earthquake and dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages

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