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The Arno

THE ARNO

F L O R E N C E   I T A L Y

 Florence is a city-sized shrine to the Renaissance and the magnificent capital of the region of Tuscany.  It is a preeminent city of art and architecture  ​and a dynamic cosmopolitan city.  The city’s large palaces are made of local stone, and reflect fragile colors, best seen at dawn and dusk.

​Florence is called the capital of the arts; according to statistics produced by UNESCO (the United Nation’s cultural branch), 60% of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence!​  Here you will find the most-visited gardens in all of Italy, the BEST gelato parlor and breathtakingly gorgeous and relaxing evening strolls (pass​eg​giat​e​) along the Arno River, (timeless views that have barely changed in 700 years). If fashion is your passion, know that Gucci was born here, and designer Roberto Cavalli wisely spends considerable time in the wine country and hills surrounding ​Florence.​

The city is a foodies dream with choices ranging from historic cafes to​ ​sophisticated cutting-edge ristorant​i.​

Florence is unique, seductive and bustling all at once; yet incredibly its smaller piazzas and neighborhoods can provide the calm and subtlety more reminiscent of a small town.

It is no accident Forbes routinely acknowledges Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world.

Piazza Signoria, site of Town Hall

Piazza Signoria, site of Town Hall

 

S Niccolo

S Niccolo

 

Palazzo Vecchio, Town Hall

Palazzo Vecchio, Town Hall

 



 

Pigliano

Pigliano

P I T I G L I A N O

Perched on a tuff rock cliff its origins are lost in the past. The Etruscan civilization saw the town as a natural stronghold where they could live and prosper.  In the Middle Ages the Aldobrandeschi  families came first followed by the Orsini counts. Today, thanks to testimony of many important witnesses, you can appreciate the town in all its beauty and particularity, soaking up the Medieval splendor which is entwined into its alleys and squares, where you can still experience the uses, customs and ancient perfumes of past civilizations.  In the surrounding countryside lie necropolises, old houses and Etruscans walkways, as well as delightful places where you can spend days browsing and walking.

Thanks to the many water sources and fertile land,  Pitigliano’s countryside has always been suited to agriculture, which continues to produce high quality and delicious local products.   The town of Pitigliano and its landscape never fail to impress and stun those who see it, and its simple beauty makes it impossible not to feel happy under its charm.