Monday 2nd April 2018

SPECIAL OPENINGS

BUGGIANO

MORNING –  PIANO CONCERT at the Palazzo Pretorio from Maestro Rugani, with final tasting of local food and wine product.
CONCERT SCHEDULE at 11.30am  – Tasting & Concert FOR A FEE upon arrival

AFTERNOON OPENING of the Palazzo Pretorio and Badia Church of Maria Santissima della Salute & San Nicolao Vescovo, both with pieces and decorations dating back to 1300. The Palazzo Pretorio guests a photography exhibition featuring images from Val d’Orcia
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 5.30pm (Palazzo open until 7.00pm) FREE ENTRANCE
INFO ph+39 393 4813231 email info@buggianocastello.it
ADDRESS Piazza Pretorio, 1 Loc. Buggiano Castello, BUGGIANO (PT) – Please park the car down the village and walk up the white road to the Pretorio Palace – no restaurants available
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.buggianocastello.it 

CHIESINA UZZANESE

Santa Maria della Neve Church & Maria Santissima di Loreto Church extra- opening: located in the main square of Chiesina Uzzanese, these two small pieces of sacred heart can be visited throughout the day.
SCHEDULE from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 13 – Chiesina Uzzanese (PT) Zip 51013
INFO email anagrafe@comune.chiesinauzzanese.pt.it

LARCIANO

MARSHLAND of FUCECCHIO Visit and Birdwatching Centre
Opening of the Centre and guided tours within the marshlands, to spot birds and plants from the largest inland marsh area in Italy. Starting from 3.00pm Artisanal HONEY tasting.
SCHEDULE From 9.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Via Don Franco Malucchi, 115 – Castelmartini (Larciano)
INFO  ph+39 0573 84540 or email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
WEB ADDRESS to find out more https://www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/padule-di-fucecchio-riserva-naturale/

LEONARDO DA VINCI’s Machines and Models – Exhibition
After a massive exhibition in France, Poussan, with more than 4000 visitors, more than 50 wooden scaled models from the Vinci’s genius will be exposed in the Castle of Larciano, a suggestive location overlooking the same valley Leonardo used to look at when he was a young boy.  The models have been realized by an architect (Dr. Andrea Neri ) after Leonardo’s drawings, and descriptions are available in English, French and Italian.
In the Exhibition time schedules it will be possible to visit the Archeological City Museum as well, in the same exhibition area.
SCHEDULE from 9.00 am to 12.00pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Piazza Castello, 78 Castello di Larciano (PT)
INFO  Ph +39 337 797850 or +39 3495889353 or email info@prolocolarciano.it
WEB ADDRESS to find out more https://www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/musei/museo-civico-e-castello-di-larciano/

MONSUMMANO TERME

Mac,N – CONTEMPORARY AND ‘900 ART MUSEUM – VILLA MARTINI
Temporary exhibition “Ferdinando Chevrier: il gusto e la forma del colore”, dedicated to Chevrier (Livorno, 1920 – 2005) with more than fifty among paintings, graphics and interior design pieces.
SCHEDULE from 4.00pm to 7.pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Via di Gragnano, 349 – Monsummano Terme (PT) zip 51015
INFO Ph +39 0572 952140 or e.mail macn.villa@gmail.com 
WEB ADDRESS to find out more www.macn.it  (ita/eng/fr)

CITY AND TERRITORY MUSEUM
Photography exhibition “Natura in Valdinievole: le gemme del Padule di Fucecchio e del Montalbano”, featuring images from birds, animals, plants and visions of the Marsh inland Area named “Padule di Fucecchio” and its sorroundings.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 6.00pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Piazza Ferdinando Martini, 1 Monsummano Terme (PT) zip 51015
INFO ph +39 0572 959500 email museoterritorio@comune.monsummano-terme.pt.it
WEB ADDRESS to find out more www.museoterritorio.it (only Italian) 

MONTECARLO (LUCCA)

CERRUGLIO FORTRESS OPENING
The stunning fortress of Cerruglio, overlooking both the valleys Valdinievole and Lucca, is exceptionally open for visits during the Open Week 2018. Don’t miss the chance to wal on the fortress walls and to see how the defense of the whole Lucca territory was held strong against Florence during Medieval cruel fights and battles. 
Maps and descriptions available in 5 languages, brochure give out to visitors.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to SUNSET
ENTRANCE TICKET cost per adult € 5,00 or € 3,00 for over 65y. Free Kids under 12
ADDRESS Via della Fortezza, 4 Montecarlo (LU) zip 55015 – pls park at the bottom of the village, restaurants available in the village –
INFO ph +39 0583 22401 or email valter_menchini@yahoo.com
WEB ADDRESS to find out more http://www.promontecarlo.it/ (only Italian) 

MONTECATINI TERME

OPENING of  SPA “TERME” Historical Buildings: Tettuccio, Excelsior, Salute and Tamerici
Free entrance and visit to the most important historical buildings in town, candidate as Unesco World Heritage with the Great Spas of Europe. 

AT 11.00AM LYRYC LIVE CONCERT GALA with Piano and Soprano KO MIUNG SAN, featuring Maestro Giuseppe Tavanti with Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo and Einaudi operas.
All Visits MUST start in Tettuccio Building: maps available in English, German and Russian.
Guided English and Russian language at 11.00am and 4.00pm
SCHEDULE  from 10.00am to sunset  CONCERT at 11.15 FREE SEATING
FREE entrance up to 18y and from 65y, others may donate € 3,00 as a contribution for the restoration of the famous Tofanari Crocodile Fountain

ADDRESS End of Viale Verdi (Piazza Giusti), Montecatini Terme
INFO ph +39 0572 7781  email info@termemontecatini.it 
WEB ADDRESS to find out more www.termemontecatini.it (eng and Rus)

PESCIA

OPENING of the BENEDICTINE CLOISTER of SAN MICHELE
Two extra hours of openings to visit the Pinacoteque paintings private collection in San Michele, and the Benedictine furniture and decorations.
Guided Visits to be arranged in advance with Dr Giovannelli ph+39 340 3378055
AT 6.00PM Choir LIVE CONCERT from an England Choir and Valle dei Fiori local Choir.
SCHEDULE from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. CONCERT at 6.00pm  FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Piazza Matteotti, 13 – Pescia (PT) 

INFO ph +39 0572 490919 or email turismo@comune.pescia.pt.it
WEB ADDRESS to find out more http://www.comune.pescia.pt.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/702 

ANCIENT PRINTING Machines  and ANCIENT PRINTS and GRAPHICS Exhibition
BENEDETTI Historical Print-shop
Historical printing machines exhibition, with industrial design elements and ancient original prints and graphics: guided visits with the print-shop owner and artisanal workers. Since the exhibition is also a commercial activity, please call in advance.
SCHEDULE from 10.00am to 12.00pm and  from 3.00pm to 6.00pm FREE ENTRANCE  ADDRESS: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti,10 – Pescia (PT)
INFO ph +39 0572 490919 email turismo@comune.pescia.pt.it
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.stamperiabenedetti.it (only Italian) 

PESCIA VALLERIANA, (The 10 Castella or the SWITZERLAND in PESCIA) 

VILLAGE of VELLANO – A Caveman collection: “La Miniera di Publio”
A long lasting life collection of caveman tools and mineral rocks kept in a small museum in the village of Vellano, the biggest one in the Valleriana, or Switzerland from Pescia as they call this area: the tools and rocks also come from the active stone cave “Nardini” close-by.
All the kids visiting with families will get a free gift from the museum!
Please call Mr Biagini +39 330 910517 in advance to arrange visits.
SCHEDULE from 9.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
ADDRESS from Pescia drive up in Via Mammianese and follow to Vellano; Via 17 Agosto 1944 – Vellano (Pescia) – restaurants open in the village during Open Week-
INFO ph +39 0572 409181 or +39 330 910517 or email laminieradipublio@libero.it 

WEB ADDRESS for additional info https://www.tomontecatini.com/en/itineraries/le-dieci-castella-della-svizzera-pesciatina/

PESCIA – COLLODI Pinocchio writer’s Home Village
COLLODI CASTELLO
OPENING of the ancient “Pieve” Church of Collodi Castello, overlooking the Valleys of Valdinievole and Lucca, opposite of Montecarlo, and visit of the enchanting medieval village of Collodi Castello.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 7.00pm – FREE SHUTTLE from VILLA GARZONI (Collodi village)
ADDRESS Please refer to INFO  +39 0572 490919 to obtain MEETING POINT
INFO ph +39 0572 490919 or email Turismo@comune.pescia.pt.it
WEB ADDRESS for additional info www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/pinocchio/  

SERRAVALLE PISTOIESE

For the first time in Open Weeks SERRAVALLE PISTOIESE Medieval Village and  its Barbarossa majestic Tower will be available for FREE VISITS! The tours will start from Castruccio medieval castle and goes on at the San Michele church and the Virgin Oratory, with frescoes from 1300. The visits will end at the Barbarossa medieval tower, erected in 1140 and climbable up to the top.
SCHEDULE from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Castruccio Castle square – please park down the hill, alongside the road up to the Village!- restaurants open and available –
INFO ph +39 0573 917308 email turismo@comune.serravalle-pistoiese.pt.it 
WEB ADDRESS for additional info https://www.visittuscany.com/en/destinations/serravalle-pistoiese/ 

GUIDED VISITS AND TOURS

LAMPORECCHIO

GUIDED TREKKING TOUR:  THE VILLA OF A POPE IN LAMPORECCHIO
Soft guided trekking in the area of a former Rome Pope in Lamporecchio: Villa Rospigliosi and the sweetness of the Montalbano hills, walking up the CAI trekking itineraries opened in 2016.
The Villa Rospigliosi is one of the best preserved renaissance villas in Tuscany, including his richest Italian garden.
SCHEDULE 4.00PM FREE ADMISSION
ADDRESS Meeting point Piazza Salvo D’Acquisto, Lamporecchio (in front of Carabinieri’s)
INFO email Turismo@comune.lamporecchio.pt.it  Guided tour in ENGLISH available
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.visitlamporecchio.it/en/  

LARCIANO

9.00AM GUIDED TREKKING: AMIDST NATURE IN THE MARSHLAND
A guided soft trekking surrounded by wildlife, birds and nature in the marshland of Padule di Fucecchio, through the Chiusi wood up to the birdwatching observatory.
SCHEDULE 9.00AM FREE ADMISSION
EQUIPMENT Trekking shoes, binoculars
ADDRESS Meeting point c/o Centro Visite Via Castelmartini, 115 Larciano(PT)
INFO ph+39 0573 84540 email Fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it
WEB ADDRESS to find out more https://www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/padule-di-fucecchio-riserva-naturale/ 

MONSUMMANO TERME

NEW! PARAGLIDING in MONSUMMANO ALTO
A breathtaking panorama from the top of Monsummano Alto hill with the thrilling chance to try the PARAGLIDING: official teachers from Aeroclub Pisa will be onsite from 2.00PM onwards for technical trials.
SCHEDULE from 2.00pm  MANDATORY pre-call and booking for insurance purposes.
in case of bad weather the meeting will be postponed to 7 or 8TH April
INFO please refer to Walter +39 3347779747 for any info
FREE SHUTTLE BUS from Piazza Giusti, Monsummano Terme (c/0 Museo del Territorio) for those in need: kindly specify to mr Walter.

LABORATORIO sulla LAVORAZIONE DI ERBE PALUSTRI    MUSEO DELLA CITTA’ E DEL TERRITORIO – ore 15,00  (gratuito)
Il Laboratorio ripropone le attività di intreccio delle erbe del Padule di Fucecchio, che è stata in passato una importante risorsa per gli abitanti della Valdinievole. Il Laboratorio inizia con una visita introduttiva alle sezione del Museo dedicate al Padule, per poi cimentarsi nella attività di intreccio con gli artigiani di una volta.  Al termine degustazione con prodotti della Bottega del Maialetto.
INFO e prenotazioni tel +39 0573 84540 email fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it 

SANTUARIO della FONTENUOVA dalle ore 15,30

Visita Guidata gratuita al Santuario della Madonna di Fontenuova con apertura straordinaria della Cripta con Fonte di Acqua Miracolosa. Al termine degustazione con prodotti della Bottega del Maialetto. 

La visita viene replicata alle 16:30 – INFORMAZIONI parrocchia Fontenuova tel +39 0572 51102 

HORSEBACK RIDING GUIDED ITINERARY: the Marshland of Padule
A freedom-like horseback ride among the green grass of Padule marshland, through newborn birds and ancient waters.
SCHEDULE from sunrise COST € 30,00 pp (min 2 pers)
HORSEBACK LEVEL Basis / Simple – EQUIPMENT provided – DURATION 1h30min
INFO Mandatory reservation to Agriturismo IL BOTTACCINO Contacts ph +39 347 0706239 email info@agriturismoilbottaccino.it to get meeting point
ADDRESS Agriturismo Il Bottaccino, Via delle Colmate – Monsummano Terme
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.agriturismoilbottaccino.it 

MONTECARLO (LUCCA)

GUIDED WALKING TOUR of the MEDIEVAL VILLAGE : short guided walking tour in the Historical Medieval Centre, through the breathtaking narrow streets and the ancient Doors of the city, seeking for hidden corners. Visit of the world famous Theatre “Rassicurati”, a small jewel among all the Tuscan theatres.
We recommend to take advantage of the tour BEFORE the visit of the fortress Cerruglio.
SCHEDULE at 3:00pm and at 5:00pm starting from Meeting Info Point Via Roma, 7.
ADDRESS Via Roma, 7 Montecarlo (Lu) – please park at the bottom of the village; restaurants open in the village –
INFO PRO LOCO Montecarlo ph +39 0583 228881 email prolocomontecarlo@gmail.com
WEB ADDRESS to find out more http://www.promontecarlo.it/ (only Italian)

MONTECATINI TERME

NEW! MONTECATINI TERME
THE GROTTA MAONA CAVE opens again!
After some years of closure, the famous Grotta Maona cave opens to public again: a hidden gem among the hills of Montecatini Alto and the Panteraie’s park, with a full entertaing and food & beverage program from the closeby Grotta Maona restaurant.
(Family & kids entertainment available, local food & beverage products)
SCHEDULE from 10.00am to 5.00pm throughout Open Week dates
TICKET adult is € 7,00; kids and groups or other reductions available
INFO Ph +39 0572 030104 or ph +39 3277571582 email lifemontecatini@gmail.com
WEB ADDRESS to find out more https://www.facebook.com/Grotta-Naturale-turistica-di-MaonaMontecatini-Terme-1954625128132148/ 

PESCIA

PESCIA – VALLERIANA (The 10 Castella or the “Switzerland” near Pescia)
11.00AM CASTLE of STIAPPA – GUIDED VISIT and TYPICAL FOOD
Starting from 11.00am in the main square of  STIAPPA, one of the smallest villages of Valleriana in Pescia, an enjoyable guided tour of the village and a simple and typical lunch in one of the familiar “circolo” bar of the village will make the experience even more genuine. After lunch soft trekking in the woods surrounding the village.
SCHEDULE from 11.00am until 4.00pm
INFO please refer to Anna Barbati ph+39 333 8537524 for info about the price of lunch and for equipment needed, and meeting point.
ADDRESS drive up from Pescia in Via Mammianese and turn left after Pietrabuona following Stiappa signs. The main square is by the main road.
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.tomontecatini.com/itinerari-valdinievole/le-dieci-castella-della-svizzera-pesciatina/ 

PESCIA – COLLODI, PINOCCHIO’S NOVEL BIRTHPLACE
GUIDED VISIT of  the Castle of Collodi , Garzoni Historical garden and Pinocchio Park
With a limit of 35 participants per day: don’t miss the chance to visit the historical wooden puppet park and the medieval borgo of Collodi Castle, where everything seems to be living out of the famous novel. Villa Garzoni majestic garden will also be open for visits.
SCHEDULE as follows: 

  • 10,30 free shuttle in front of Garzoni Historical Garden up to Collodi Castle;
  • 11,30 free guided tour at the Historical Garzoni Garden and Collodi Butterfly House;
  • 15,30 guided tour of Monumental Pinocchio Park.

TICKET Guide service is free, ticket must be purchased: please check www.pinocchio.it for costs and purchasing;
ADDRESS Parco di Pinocchio, loc. Collodi – Pescia (PT)
INFO please check www.pinocchio.it/en for more info, including “how to get there” with a shuttle from Montecatini Terme, Viale Verdi BUS Stop
WEB ADDRESS for info www.pinocchio.it/en 

PONTE BUGGIANESE

ON BOAT AROUND THE FUCECCHIO MARSHLANDS – GUIDED Boat “BARCHINO” tours.
Guided visit with the typical small boat “barchino” used by countrymen in the past: hundreds of birds can be spot on their spring and summer habitat, the largest inland humid marsh area in Italy and Europe.  NEW! SUNSET VISIT: departure at dawn, with final aperitive.
SCHEDULE from SUNRISE – 6.00am – until SUNSET, last departure
COST € 30,00 per adult and FREE for kids under 14y – Reservation is MANDATORY
INFO ph +39 329 4340338 email  associazionevolpoca@virgilio.it
ADDRESS Meeting point at Associazone Volpoca (loc. Anchione) – Dogana del Capannone
WEB ADDRESS for more info  www.tomontecatini.com/en/valdinievole/padule-di-fucecchio-riserva-naturale

The Francigena Building “DOGANA del CAPANNONE”
The ancient building located in an alternative watery itinerary of the Francigena and Romea road is now completely restored and guests a hospice for pilgrims.
A Photography exhibition will be shown during the open week “Riflessi di luce tra acqua e cielo: scorci e paesaggi del Padule” from Helenio Fanucci, with pictures from wildlife and nature from Marsh land of Padule di Fucecchio.
SCHEDULE from 3.00pm to 7.00pm FREE ENTRANCE
ADDRESS Via Capannone 252, Ponte Buggianese (PT) zip 51019
INFO info@tomontecatini.com  

VINCI

GUIDED BIKE TOURS on DA VINCI’S Birthplace area and MONTALBANO hills area, with certified bike guide. Itinerary will include the GREEN Road, Vallebuia, Faltognano and Vinci.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Simple / Average – DISTANCE 15km – DURATION 2hrs30min
EQUIPMENT minimum physical training, Mountain bike riding on white road
RENTAL available basic and advanced equipment rental, E-Bike available as well
SCHEDULE departure at 10.00am and at 3.00pm – MANDATORY Reservation
COST per person € 10,00 for joining with own equipment / € 40,00 with rentals
INFO ph +39 0571 568012 email ufficioturistico@comune.vinci.fi.it           

ADDRESS Please contact ph +39 0571 933285 email ufficioturistico@comune.vinci.fi.it  for Meeting point of the guided tours c/o Ufficio Turismo, Via della Torre, 11 – VINCI (FI)
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.museoleonardiano.it/eng 

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S BIRTH HOUSE MUSEUM
GUIDED VISIT to the original home where Leonardo da Vinci was born, in Anchiano fraction, where generations of Da Vinci lovers and fans came to walk on the genius’ footprints.
SCHEDULE departure at 11.00am in Anchiano – DURATION 1h
TICKET please check  www.museoleonardiano.it/eng, guided tour is free, ticket for a fee
INFO ph +39 0571 568012 email ufficioturistico@comune.vinci.fi.it           

ADDRESS Please contact ph +39 0571 933285 email ufficioturistico@comune.vinci.fi.it 
WEB ADDRESS for more info www.museoleonardiano.it/eng 

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S TREKKING
GUIDED TREKKING Tour up and down the GREEN Road, among olive groves, mills and enchanting views, linking the birth house of LEONARDO DA VINCI and the centre of VINCI village main square.
SCHEDULE Departure at 3.00pm , please show up at 2.45pm
COST per adult € 3,00 FREE for kids under 14y
ADDRESS Meeting point at Piazza della Libertà, Vinci
INFO ph +39 0571 933285 email ufficioturistico@comune.vinci.fi.it           

WEB ADDRESS for more info www.museoleonardiano.it/eng

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