The Rolling Stones are coming to Lucca!


Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – alias The Rolling Stones –  are preparing a new European tour:  “Stones no filter”.  Following  last year’s South American tour, the famous evergreen band is coming to Italy with a single date in the Tuscan city of Lucca on September 23.

Formed in London in 1962, for the last decades the Rolling Stones – certainly among the greatest artists of all times –  have been attracting generations of fans  everywhere and have performed more than two thousand concerts around the world. But it’s the first time that one of their concerts is held in a small and characteristic town such as Lucca! For sure, a proof of the particular charm of this region.

The context is the Lucca Summer Festival, which has already been hosting a number of famous artists during the past years, from David Bowie to Bob Dylan, from The Eagles to Leonard Cohen..

For this occasion Lucca will host the concert on the magic setting of  the historic  Lucca Walls, on one of the green fields surrounding the Medieval Ramparts.

A unique occasion for visiting Luca, and an opportunity for spending a relaxing vacation in the Tuscan countryside!

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Verdemura – When the Walls of Lucca get greener


Verdemura is an open air trade show for plants and flowers, held every year on the first week-end of April on the Lucca Town Walls. On its 10th anniversary in year 2017, the exhibition will take place from 31st March to 2nd April.

Counting more than 150 exhibitors (Italians and foreigners), the event provides a very relaxing Spring walk with the possibility of buying or just admiring plants of different species, shrubs, bulbs, garden equipment or outdoor furniture, as well as handcrafted food products.

A lovely occasion for a Spring gateway in Tuscany, visiting Lucca, one of the more characteristics Medieval towns of the region.


Lucca Town Walls



An olfactory pathway


On March 31st it will be also possible to attend a particular Event:  On the footprints of Elisa Bonaparte (1805-1814) Princess of Lucca. This is an olfactory path involving a conference and going through an historical itinerary through the perfumes and the gardens related to Elisa.



Elisa Bonaparte






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San Miniato celebrates Truffles



“San Miniato” is located in the lower Arno valley, on the south-eastern hills dominating the river plains, halfway between Pisa and Florence, in Tuscany, Italy. The mediaeval village of San Miniato is in the centre of Tuscany and further than being rich in art and history it is famous for truffle.

A national white truffle fair is held here in November. An opportunity to discover many exceptional local products and important historical collections. This year it’s the 4th edition.


White Truffle

The first Festival of the White Truffle of San Miniato was held on the 26th of October 1969 in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) and after couple of years it has been held every year since then.

Over the years the festival has grown enormously and has become today an internationally recognized exhibition: together with the White Truffle, always the star of the celebrations, other local products such as wine, cheese and cold cuts are shown and this makes these three November weekends an important showcase for our area.

San Miniato has managed to retain the richness of popular customs which allows tourists to experience old Tuscan passions and memories.




There are many ways of cooking white truffle: on eggs, veal scaloppine,chicken, on a risotto, but one of the best is certainly with fresh tagliolini and original parmisan cheese… really delicious…



Further than being a unique experience the natural landscape is also worthing. The view of the hills where San Miniato is situated are simply breathtaking and the ancient village is just like an old picture. Absolutely lovely. Your Tuscan experience can be completed by staying in a country villa just a few km from San Miniato, where you can rest, enjoy the absolute quietness of this period and cook truffles!



The village of San Miniato

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Travelling responsible – a possibility

Travelling is part of our lives. According to the Cape Town Conference  held at the end of August 2016 responsible Tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”.

During last years we assisted on the contrary to a mass phenomenon causing a negative economic, environmental and social impact on touristic sites. Just think at the huge cruise ships approaching the Venice Laguna, or at the transformation of antique villages into open air tourist centers where the ancient ‘bottegas’ have been replaced by souvenirs shops. Going to a place in one day, instead of staying several days means just “watching” the area like a picture, instead of experiencing it.

La prua della Msc Divina vista da via Garibaldi, nel sestiere di Castello, mentre si dirige verso la bocca di porto di San Nicola per la crociera inaugurale, Venezia, 02 giugno 2012 ANSA/ANDREA MEROLA

Venice – June 2012

Responsible Tourism should on the contrary bring positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and provide at same time more enjoyable experiences to tourists through more significant connections with local people, allowing a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.

Many of the above aspects depends of course on the local administrations, but more and more often these are a consequence of tendencies and attitudes brought on by the greatest tourist patterns, created by social trends, articles on blogs, rumors.

The villa-holiday is a market still looking at the preservation of the cultural heritage, which stimulates relationships between tourists and hosts, increasing local pride and self-confidence.

Spending a vacation in a stone-built farmhouse means first of all entering in connection with its history (original farmhouses date back to the seventeenth century or earlier!).  It also means meeting local people, getting through their traditions, habits and passions. You may appreciate a real home-made meal, instead of modern fast-industrial-food.



Camporempoli – Villa in Chianti










Staying in a holiday-villa means also slowing life in a way which will stick each memory in your mind even when you’ll be back.  Day-trips to famous towns will only leave you a blender of shaking memories.



There is nothing comparable to a beautiful sunset on vineyards, while you hear in the distance the farmers’ voices returning from work.

That’s why we suggest you to reflect on your travelling choices, and consider the possibility of visiting maybe a few less places, but in a better way.

Keep calm and stay slow…

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A beautifully sounding word: Vendemmia

Another summer has gone in Tuscany and this means that it’s time for the grape harvest! In fall, the countryside is burning with the colors of the harvest, leaves turn to golden and brunette shades, and temperatures are mild during the day and agreeably cool at night. (Enough to wear a light jacket!). Perfect climate to enjoy an unmissable appointment like grape harvest, better if staying in a beautiful property producing its own wine, like La Corte di Campalli.


There are few things that unite all Italians  like the harvest of grapes and of the olives (one following the other).  The major part of the harvest is destined for a table wine to be shared among friends, and besides attending the harvest (an experience anyone should do once in life) there are also several lovely festivals related to the harvest in Tuscany. One is the Montecarlo  wine Festival (on the hills around Lucca) and another very nice one is the Festa dell’UVa in Impruneta (near Florence),  probably  one of the most popular annual event  both for natives and tourists. Over the years it lost some of the original rural characteristics but its essential popular nature has remained intact. The most significant part of the parade, which usually starts in early afternoon, consists of allegorical carts built by the four districts of Impruneta: Fornaci, Pallò, Sant’Antonio and Santa Maria. During the day of the festival, popular dances, performances, tasting of agricultural products and shows of the local handicraft products are held. The “festa dell’uva” is held on last Sunday of September.


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