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Val di Cecina

Riparbella

Riparbella - Panorama Riparbella

Riparbella is a town in the Val di Cecina located at the southern end of the Pisan Hills. Unlike neighboring countries, the urban structure of circular Riparbella grew longitudinally along the main road.

Retains its medieval church of San Giovanni, where every year from Christmas to February is prepared a mechanical crib. Nearby, in places Belora, were found the remains of an Etruscan necropolis, some of which are on display at the Museum of Volterra Guarnacci and the Hermitage in Moscow. The area is included in the Nature Reserve Garden Belora-Cecina River, which provides an ideal habitat for species that live in wetlands.

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Volterra

Volterra - Panorama Volterra

In the heart of the Tuscan countryside rises Volterra, charming town of Etruscan origin (seventh century. AC) which contains testimonies of thirty centuries of history.

Going beyond the medieval walls, built within the existing and more extensive Etruscan walls, leads to the architectural beauty of this jewel of Italian art, starting with the beautiful scenery of Piazza dei Priori, the town center of civic life, where overlooking Palace Priori (XIII sec.), Praetorian Palace and the Tower of the Pig, Bishop's Palace, Palazzo del Monte Pio, Palazzo Incontri. Piazza San Giovanni on the face instead of the religious buildings: the Cathedral, Baptistery and Santa Maria Hospital (now the Centre for Studies and Conferences). Along streets and alleys, elegant Renaissance buildings alternate with the more austere medieval tower houses, up to the imposing size of the Medici fortress, now converted into a prison.


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Casale Marittimo

Casale Marittimo Casale Marittimo

Casale Marittimo stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Cecina. The sea is just 12 km from the coast are clearly visible and the Tuscan Archipelago. Around the country, and between it and the sea, lies a country richly worked producing cereals, oil, honey and a fine wine, the DOC Montescudaio.

Casale Marittimo is inserted in the path of the Etruscan Coast Wine Route, which tells of a territory marked by the Etruscan and Roman ruins and medieval villages, wooded hills, cultivated fields and slopes, landscapes that combine the green of the vegetation with the blue the sea and offering natural foods and flavors.


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Montecatini Val di Cecina

Montecatini Val di Cecina Montecatini Val di Cecina

The story of Montecatini Val di Cecina is linked to the copper mines Camporciano, already used in Etruscan and remained in business until 1907. The cessation of mining, which had contributed to the development of the area, led to a profound social and economic crisis.

Walking through the streets of the charming old town is Piazza del Castello, dominated by? Imposing Tower Belforti (XI century), quadrangular base, no battlements, with thick walls banded eagle. The tower, owned by households filler Belforti, Pannocchieschi and Ingham, was the site of the Captains of Volterra and Florence before moving to the French barons de Rochefort. Two holes opened across act as a telescope at the keep and the Fortress of Volterra Sillana.


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Val di Cecina

Val di Cecina The Val di Cecina, in the southern province of Pisa, offers a unique landscape. Along the roads, paths and old tracks that run through this vast territory one is faced with a scenario that changes constantly.

From that typical of the Tuscan countryside with rows of cypresses, olive groves and vineyards we pass to the clay hills with the changing colors of the seasons and here and there dotted with bare slopes, gullies and biancane, the vast wooded areas and steep hills that contrast with deeply incised valleys, up to the fascinating spectacle of the cliffs of Volterra and the charming and picturesque landscape of the area crossed by a network of geothermal steam ducts.


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