Category Archives: Curiosities

Is Massa Marittima on the sea or not?

This is certainly the first question that people ask when they come across the name of this town for the first time. How many visitors have asked themselves if Massa Marittima is on the sea or not! We will immediately … Continue reading

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Florence – Curiosities – “Siamo alle porte coi sassi„ “We‘re nearly there”

“Siamo alla porte coi sassi” (we‘re near the gates with stones) is one of the old Florentine sayings. It means “we’re nearly there” as well as “there’s not much time left”. Where on earth did such a strange and so … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Bridge of Borgo a Mozzano – Lucca

Only 20 Km from Lucca, in the location of Borgo a Mozzano, there is a magnificent bridge with the sembiance of the back of a donkey, constructed in the 12th Century by the will of Countess Matilde di Canossa. This … Continue reading

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Carrara – Curiosity – The strength of the wheel

The Carrara community has always shown great attachment to the wheel. It appears as an architectural motif on the cathedral façade and at the bottom of one of the small Gothic windows around the building. The emblem appears, once again, … Continue reading

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Volterra – The mystery of the gate of the severed heads

There are an extraordinary number of fascinating places to visit and things to see in Volterra, including the world famous Shadow of the Evening in the Guarnacci Museum, the Little Pig on the Tower of the Podestà and the children’s … Continue reading

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Florence – Curiosity: No ball play!

The streets and alleys around the monastic complex of Badia Fiorentina in the heart of Florence, we always cross quickly, were at the times of Dante, who lived there, one of the most silent districts of Florence. The presence of … Continue reading

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Florence: where perfume was created

Lets start off with a curiosity; have you ever asked yourself what “profumo” (perfume) really means? Few people know that it is a Latin word originating from the custom of burning aromatic oils in order to obtain the benevolence of … Continue reading

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Massa Marittima : Source of Abundance

A somewhat strange fresco has returned to a wall of the recently restored public fountain. It is a fruit-laden tree. What‘s so strange about that, I hear you saying. It is a well-known fact that popular imagination has always amused … Continue reading

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Chocolate Valley

When it comes to Chocolate Valley many think of exotic places, maybe in tropical countries where cocoa is produced. The Chocolate Valley instead is a part of Tuscany that stretches from Florence to Pisa, which has become popular in recent … Continue reading

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