Articles for Cities


Monteriggioni Castle
Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape.
It is nestled in the province of Siena, between this beautiful city and Colle Val d’Elsa. Its perfect circular perimeter makes one suppose it to be an artficial construction while in actuality it was created by just following the curves in the natural ground.
The castle was built by the Sienese between 1213 and 1219 for defensive purposes: its strategic location atop a hill overlooking the Cassia Road allowed the castle to control the cities of the Val d’Elsa and Staggia and be on the lookout for any armies approaching Siena.

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Panorama of San Gimignano
The city of San Gimignano is a precious jewel in Tuscany. It is a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city and the surrounding valley.

At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power: the higher the tower, the higher the prestige of the family. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Walking uphill you will arrive to its two main squares (Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna) and it is possible to do some great shopping along its main street.

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Forte dei Marmi

Happy Birthday Forte dei Marmi

On April 26, 2014, Forte dei Marmi, celebrated its 100th anniversary as an independent town in Versilia.

One hundred years ago, a small village of a few hundred inhabitants, broke away from the City of Pietrasanta for political and economic reasons.

In fact, the ancient Forte dei Marmi, was seen as secondary area and not well cared for from the town of Pietrasanta.
In fact, the municipality took care to clean and keep in order their beaches and their possessions, Forte instead had to be taken care of by Seravezza, a town on the hills above Forte.

Despite the lack of care of the "Forte", the municipality in any case wanted to collect their own taxes from the citizens of this small village.

The future founding fathers were furious at this point and decided to sign a petition gathered in the still todays Piazza Garibaldi. The signatures were 288 and so began the short and fast race for Forte dei Marmis independence.

A politician of Lucca, Senator Montauti promised to the citizens of Forte dei Marmi to write and submit a law to the Government to make Forte independent but only if he was relected as senator.

Montauti, once reconfirmed, immediately presented the law to the government, which was approved in about 2 months.

On April 26, 1914, The King, proclaimed the independence of Forte.

From this moment began the raise of Forte dei Marmi. The economy, thanks to the marble began to grow and gave its citizens a good standard of life.

Then all the VIPs came and the still known Night Clubs in Versilia were opened. After that, a lot of events happened and created todays Forte.

Celebrations of the centenary

On April 26, 2014, the city was celebrating with fireworks and street markets .

The highlight of June 15, 2014:

Forte dei Marmi hosts the "Frecce Tricolori" (Italian Acrobatic Air Force Jets) over the skies of its waterfront to celebrate this centenary. An not unique event in Versilia. They were present in Cinquale a few years ago. These 10 Jets will perform fantastic aerobatic flights. We advise you to be present at this event, perhaps by booking one of our holiday in Versilia.

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