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The Tarot Garden (Il Giardino dei Tarocchi) is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Capalbio, province of Grosseto.
Niki de Saint Phalle, inspired by Antoni Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo decided to make something similar in design for her monumental sculpture park based on the Tarot. She built the Giardino dei Tarocchi, containing twenty-two monumental figures representing her idea of the greater Mysteries of the tarot, constructed of reinforced concrete and covered with mirrors and ceramic mosaic.
PS: the figures can be walked through!
Artist, inventor and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses of humanity and one of the symbols of the Renaissance.2019 is the year of Leonardo da Vinci: five hundred years after his death, the great Renaissance genius is celebrated with a rich calendar of events: theater, exhibitions, walks, tastings. Find out more!
Museo Leonardiano – Piazza dei Guidi, 50059 Vinci
In Baratti and Populonia, along one of the most evocative stretches of sea on the Etruscan Coast, there are very important testimonies from the Etruscan and Roman periods. The archaeological park covers about 80 hectares. The sea in this area is crystal clear!
Archaeological Park – Baratti, 60, 57025
This ancient village, born around a medieval castle which is accessed after having walked a long tree-lined avenue, has a unique charm.
The life of the village is animated by various artisan shops, wine bars, taverns and restaurants and by their proposal of typical products. The territory of Bolgheri is known for the absolute excellence of wine production, thanks to the dry and sunny climate. Among the most famous wines: Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto.
It is also possible to do tastings with guided tours of the winery.
Ornellaia – Località Ornellaia, 191
Castello di Bolgheri – Via Lauretta 7b
Mercantia is the most important Italian show dedicated to street theater and is held every year for five days in July in Certaldo.
The beautiful village, which gave birth to Giovanni Boccaccio, is thus invaded by hundreds of artists who bring to the stage many different shows including dance, visual arts, street bands, parades and much more.
Don’t miss it!
10 – 14 July, Certaldo
In Malbacco the show of the river, the jumps of the water and the pools are impressive. There are many basins in Malbacco but the best known is a big one – it’s a 10-meter-high waterfall that some people dive into. The water is crystalline and the waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation.
To reach Malbacco, follow the directions for Pietrasanta, than for Vallecchia. Then follow the road along the river, cross a bridge and turn right. After Corvaia, Seravezza, and Riomagno, you’ll find Malbacco.
Italians love coffee! Do you know them all? ☕
an espresso with some warm, frothed milk (served in a large cup).
espresso with warm frothy milk (in a small cup).
Decaffeinated coffee (espresso).
Espresso with a dash of liqueur like Grappa or Sambuca.
Ice cold coffee, a summer treat: an espresso with ice cubes and sugar. Or a “caffè shakerato” : the ingredients are mixed in a cocktail shaker until the drink is nice and frothy. Served in a flute or wine glass!
Filter coffee doesn’t exist in Italy. But if you feel the “espresso” is too small, you may order a caffè americano (espresso with hot water) or a caffè lungo (espresso prepared with twice the volume of water).
in all Italian bars
In between the Alps and the Apennines in northern Tuscany, the jewel is Candalla.
Here, among ruins and fig-scented woodlands, the Lombricese stream runs over waterfalls and between natural pools. A trail starts from the old mill of Candalla and follows the stream. There are many places to stop, dive and relax in the shade of the beautiful woods.
There is also a great place that serves food on terraces and balconies overlooking the river. A great place to eat is Osteria Candalla.
“Ali di libertà” is the title of the 14th edition of the Teatro del Silenzio.
The best of the best is in the program: a multi-sensory experience that will reinvent opera by offering the greatest composers, the most beloved songs and the most popular “classics”, presented within an innovative format that will symbolically take the audience by the hand, within spectacular moving sets that are, currently, unparalleled. It is a memorable journey, to be taken – as always – alongside Andrea Bocelli, through the places where he was born and where many of his dearest loved ones still reside.
25 and 27 July 2019
A garden in the heart of Florence: unique dinner and cocktails in a historic building. Very elegant and very romantic place… Seeing is believing!