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Maremma’s diverse landscape presents you with a medley of blue seas, forest-covered hills, natural thermal baths and luscious long beaches. Romans flourished for centuries in the region, leaving behind castles, towers, walled towns and much more for you to discover. And, like in many parts of Italy, you won’t have to travel far to find yourself a good glass of wine or great food. Nearby you’ll find Elba, one of the largest Italian Islands, known for harbouring Napoleon during his exile in 1814. However, it is arguably the beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters that Elba is most famous for. Water sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice in the aquatic adventures on offer, and those preferring to keep their feet on dry land can indulge in some hiking, mountain biking or golf.


Maremma & Elba

Maremma’s diverse landscape presents you with a medley of blue seas, forest-covered hills, natural thermal baths and luscious long beaches. Romans flourished for centuries in the region, leaving behind castles, towers, walled towns and much more for you to discover. And, like in many parts of Italy, you won’t have to travel far to find yourself a good glass of wine or great food. Nearby you’ll find Elba, one of the largest Italian Islands, known for harbouring Napoleon during his exile in 1814. However, it is arguably the beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters that Elba is most famous for. Water sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice in the aquatic adventures on offer, and those preferring to keep their feet on dry land can indulge in some hiking, mountain biking or golf.

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May:
  • Balestro del Girifalco, Massa Marittima:

Twice a year, in May and August, Massa Marittima comes back to the medieval times with an amazing centuries-old crossbow competition held right into the centre, including a medieval costumed parade and the show of the “Sbandieratori”, (flag wavers).

June

  • Argentario Sailing Week, Porto Santo Stefano:

Started in the early 90's, this regatta is reserved to classic and vintage yachts. Each year it gathers watercrafts from all over the Mediterranean which race against each other in one of the most beautiful coastal regions of Italy.

  • Morellino Classica International Festival:

International Music Festival held in various locations scattered among the Maremma region (parks, churches and historical sites etc.) which sees the participation of Italian and foreign renowned musicians.

July:

  • Archeological nights:

The month of July sees special night openings for many archaeological sites throughout the Maremma region, including museums and parks like the beautiful Populonia which will feature unique events and special guided tours.

  • Vox Mundi International Folk Festival: (July and August)

This Folk festival gathers various kinds of musical performances from all over the world. Held in Follonica.

  • Mediterraneo Jazz Festival:

Young talented jazz musicians perform in various locations for the whole month of July rated by a jury.

August:

  • Palio dell’Argentario, Porto Santo Stefano:

Traditional boat race between the four town districts (called Rioni) of Porto S. Stefano takes place. Very popular among locals and tourists as well.

  • Lirica in Piazza, Massa Marittima:

Live opera shows held in the squares of the old city centre of Massa Marittima.

  • Traditional procession in honour of the Patron Saint Lorenzo, Grosseto:

The “butteri” (local cowboys who traditionally used horses with a distinctive style of saddle) accompany the relics and the image of the Patron Saint.

  • International Blu Elba, Marciana Marina (Elba Isle):

A film festival dedicated to the sea and its marvels.

  • Balestro del Girifalco, Massa Marittima:

Twice a year, in May and August, Massa Marittima comes back to the medieval times with an amazing centuries-old crossbow competition held right into the centre, including a medieval costumed parade and the show of the “Sbandieratori”, (flag wavers.)

  • Fireworks, San Vincenzo:

The lovely seaside resort of San Vincenzo celebrates the “Ferragosto” (originally a religious feast celebrating the Assumption of Mary) with amazing fireworks which are set off over the water creating a magical atmosphere.

  • Rodeo of the Rose, Alberese:

A traditional race of the Butteri of Maremma, divided in two teams of horsemen, who contend themselves the Rose that each one has affixed on their shoulder.

  • Vinellando, Magliano:

Very popular wine and food festival dedicated to the wine of the region, Morellino di Scansano and featuring wine tastings, local food and awards for the best Morellino producer. Held at the end of August.

September:

  • Argentario Polo Club International Tournament:

Each year some of the world’s best polo players gather here to compete for a trophy.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)
 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

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