When you are in Tuscany, you truly are in the heart of Italy. No matter
which direction you go, you'll find something new and special to see!
And you can always come home to Franco's Friendly Villa!
and around Diecimo:
Halloween Festival (October)
at Borgo a Mozzano, tied to the legend of the nearby Ponte del Diavolo
Beer Festival (first 3 weeks
of July) in Borgo a Mozzano.
Diecimo Summer Festival
(mid-August), with a rich program of musical, sporting, and cultural
Just a short 20-minute drive south of Diecimo is the town of Lucca. Its
medieval walls have been preserved intact, and you can walk, jog, or bike
along its thick fortification wall. Inside the walls are many small shops
and boutiques, as well as beautiful, historic churches. The annual
Summer Festival concert series attracts well-known musical
acts from the United States and Europe and is held in June and July in
the ancient Roman amphitheatre plaza (right).
Of course, everyone knows about the Leaning Tower of Pisa (right). But
most people don't realize that it's actually the bell tower for the neighboring
cathedral and baptistry, also spectacular sights to behold in this city
about 50 minutes south of Diecimo. There are also many museums, historic ruins, and the
magnificent 17th-century villa Palazzo Pfanner.
Florence (or Firenze, as the Italians call it) is the center of Renaissance
Italy. Visit the imposing Duomo (right), the cathedral of Florence. Spend
a day at the world-famous Uffizi art gallery. Browse the fine shops along
the Ponte Vecchio. See some of the most famous Renaissance painting and
sculptures, including Michaelangelo's David. There is so much to do in
Florence - you could easily spend a week there and not see it all. It's
only a one-hour drive by the autostrada from Franco's Friendly Villa.
Want to go deeper into Tuscany? About 2 hours southeast of Diecimo is
the medieval city of Siena, which boasts a beautiful, unique multi-toned
marble cathedral, and a grand plaza. Each year, in early July and again
in mid-August, the city holds Il Palio (right), a great horse race in
the plaza, with each horse sponsored by a district of the city. Be on
the lookout throughout the summer for flags and parades as the locals
get ready for the big race!
Other sights in Tuscany and beyond:
Tuscany is full other places to see. From the beaches of Viareggio to
the towers of San Gimignano to the ski resorts at Abetone to the island
of Elba off the coast, you can find a little of everything in Tuscany.
With our villa's central location on the Italian peninsula, you can easily
drive or travel by train to Venice, Milan, Turin, Rome, Naples or beyond!