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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!

Events in and around Diecimo:

Halloween Festival (October) at Borgo a Mozzano, tied to the legend of the nearby Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge).
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 entertainment.

Lucca Amphitheatre Piazza
 
Lucca

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).

 

Leaning Tower and Cathedral
 
Pisa

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 Duomo
 
Florence

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.

 

Il Palio of Siena Siena

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!
 

Franco's Friendly Villa Tel +39 0583 838641 / +39 0583 838520 Fax: +39 0583 837849 info@francosvilla.com
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