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Trekking in Val di Cecina

06Aug

Trekking In Val di Cecina, thanks to its strategic position between Pisa, Grosseto and Siena, is the ideal area for unforgettable excursions.

Next to the river of the same name, as well as Val di Cecina, there is also a vast, evocative plain rich in history and nature, which will be impossible not to appreciate during your vacation.

You will also find different waterways and paths , routes and itineraries, and this is why Val di Cecina is considered the ideal place and it is not by chance that many of the best routes are developed in that area.

You can find itineraries suitable for every level of experience and of different lengths.
Discover the marvelous path that from the plain will show you from above the sea and the entire Tuscan archipelago.

Through the numerous paths available for trekking you can also visit the beautiful historic villages of the area.

Among the villages you can visit there are Volterra, Montescudaio, Montecatini, Riparbella and several others, all to be discovered.

Make your holiday exciting and full of adventure and discover the adrenaline and the wonder of trekking in Val di Cecina!

prodotti tipici della toscana Typical products of Tuscany

Typical products of Tuscany

06Jul

You are organizing your holiday in Tuscany and among the many attractions you dream of seeing there is always the special one that unites a little all in every part of the world: the kitchen
Tuscany is a region rich in delicious and unique dishes; trying them all could be a bit difficult given the large amount but we suggest some of them first, second and desserts.

Ready? Go!

Typical products of Tuscany

Typical Tuscany products: traditional appetizers

Tuscan ham and Tuscan salami Finocchiona
The Tuscan ham, famous in all the tables of the region, has a maturing of about 12 months and presents a rind rich in spices and peppery while the meat inside presents different shades of red for a strong taste and much appreciated, a consequence of the seasoning used.
Finocchiona, commonly known as “Tuscan salami” is prepared with minced meat, fennel seeds and a shower of Russian wine. His seasoning times are very long but the wait is worth considering the particular taste.

First traditional Tuscan dishes

Here we show you a small list of the most renowned first and second courses among the typical products of Tuscany and of which you will surely already have heard of at least once.

Pappa al pomodoro
Poor dish, with very simple ingredients. Leftovers of traditional Tuscan stale unsalted bread, tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. that’s all.

Cacciucco
The most typical dish in the Livorno area, the cacciucco is a hot fish-based soup covered in tomato sauce and laid on slices of toasted base.

Ribollita
The ribollita, another poor dish deriving from the long poverty periods of the peasants, is simply a soup of stale bread and vegetables … but with a peculiarity that makes it the “ribollita”.
The peculiarity consists in its preparation, handed down over the years; the peasant women cooked a large quantity of soup and then heated it in the pan the following days. Hence the name “ribollita”, due to its reuse in the days following the preparation.

Tortelli di patate
Also famous all over the world, the Tuscan potato tortelli, which are not like the tortelli and tortellini that we know but are distinguished from the other types by their shape, often large squares or half moons with a filling, composed of boiled potatoes, parmesan, salt and spices.

Traditional Tuscan second courses

Florentine steak
One of the most famous dishes of the Tuscan tradition and known throughout the world, (always one of the dishes that is most sought after by tourists on holiday in Tuscany). It is obtained by cutting the Chianina beef loin which has a T-shaped bone in the middle with the thread on one side and the sirloin on the other. It is precisely this form that has renamed Tuscan Florentine abroad with T-bone steak.

Florentine tripe
Florentine tripe, a typical dish of the Florence cuisine, is composed of very poor ingredients such as tripe cut into strips and cooked with a sauté of onions, carrots, celery and parsley, garlic and chunks, peeled tomato oil and spices.

Rosticciana
Another typical second course of meat in Tuscany is the rosticciana, or grilled pork ribs seasoned with spices.

Lampredotto
The Lampredotto, together with the Florentine, is famous throughout the world, especially by lovers of street food. Typical Florentine food, it is a poor dish represented by the stomach of the bovine, in particular the one called “abomaso”.
It is prepared by putting the meat to boil in water with tomatoes, celery, onion and parsley and served either with the dish or with the sandwich (option favored by product lovers)
It is possible to find numerous kiosks thanks to the high demand of the product by inhabitants and tourists. Finding it will not be difficult at all.

Traditional Tuscan Sweets

To complete a menu that respects itself you certainly can’t give up the pleasure of dessert. Tuscany offers many and different types, those are the ones you surely can’t miss:

Ricciarelli
Ricciarelli are typical sweets of the Siena area and are composed simply of almonds, sugar and egg white.
The dough that comes out, similar to marzipan, is enriched with candied fruit and vanilla. The desserts have an oval shape and a cracked surface, a distinctive sign, which is coated with icing sugar.

Castagnaccio
Typical Tuscan autumn sweet, the Castagnaccio is composed simply of chestnut flour, water, olive oil, pine nuts and raisins, with a little icing sugar before being served.

Torta co’bischeri
At first glance, this cake co’bischeri, would seem a common tart but the secret is inside it; in fact you will find a filling made from chocolate and rice.
Why “bischeri”? the bischeri are those bends of the short pastry that are formed outside the cake, particularity of the dessert, each folding or “bischero” is different from the other.

These are just a few examples of typical products of Tuscany and dishes, traveling around the region you will find dozens and dozens of other unforgettable dishes.

What are you waiting for? come and discover Tuscany and its good food both in summer and in winter! You will not regret it!

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Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation

06Jun

The Hermann Geiger cultural foundation, established in 2009 and open in Cecina, pays tribute to the eponymous Swiss homeopath to which we owe the important pharmaceutical activity that made it famous throughout the world.

Family members, currently employed in humanistic projects, have decided to allocate part of their assets to projects whose ethical values ??reflect those of their inspirer and of the foundation itself.

The primary purpose of the foundation is to disseminate and enhance contacts and socio-cultural exchanges in every humanistic field.

The inspiring principle is the culture of life and peace, the improvement of relationships.
The areas created for the development of activities and projects are:

  • Area of cultural activities
  • Social promotion area
  • Area for the development of the territory
  • Educational and training area

Come and discover this fantastic place and for more information you can go directly to the official site of the foundation by clicking here.

Everything I did, I did it for love” Hermann Geiger

The foundation can be reached at: Piazza Guerrazzi 32/33 – 57023 Cecina (LI)

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Bimbolandia, the Park suitable for kids

06May

Bimbolandia , it is proving to be the most popular kids’s playground!

Immerse yourself in the inflatable games in the cool of the pine forest , a large amusement space for the children and a wide space in the cool of the nature of Cecina for the parents.

There are no time limits to entertain your children at Bimbolandia, they can indulge themselves until they are exhausted.

Bimbolandia is located within a beautiful pine forest, it is a safe place, all the games are controlled and super guaranteed.

Bringing your children to Cecina in vacation is definitely a good idea given the large amount of attractions you can find, as well as the fantastic Acquavillage !

What are you waiting for to organize your vacation with the whole family (and also with your dog) and enjoy all the wonders that you can find in the beautiful Cecina?

Where is Bimbolandia?

Via Raffaele Rossetti, 57023 Cecina LI

How to reach Bimbolandia? click here to calculate your route

Playground Schedule

Open during the summer season from Monday to Sunday from 3.30pm to 7pm

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Livorno Aquarium

06Apr

The Livorno aquarium is the second largest aquarium in Italy, while in the first place we find the Genova aquarium.

Inside the aquarium you will find all the nature of the Mediterranean and its archaeological and artistic treasures, you will find scientific discoveries that write new chapters on our history.

The path is useful for learning nature, art, and science and for immersing yourself completely in a fantasy world that you have never explored before; at the Livorno aquarium it will be possible to do so.

Furthermore, if your hunger for knowledge is never satisfied enough, you can visit the exhibition on the upper floor “Il Telescopio di Galileo. The tool that changed the world “where you can see the stars.

Sky and sea together, in a splendid single journey!

How to enter Livorno Aquarium

Prices for entry into the aquarium vary depending on the period, below are the prices and all the updated information on the official website.

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Aquarium Schedules

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Where is the aquarium located?

Piazzale Mascagni, 1
57127 Livorno LI

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Holiday in Cecina with kids

06Apr

Going on holiday in Cecina with kids and with the whole family, could be the winning idea to organize your summer vacation.
Cecina, or more generally the Tuscan Maremma, is a destination that promises sea, attractions, fun and relaxation for both adults and children.

Some examples of places and attractions that you can experience during your vacation in Cecina or in the Maremma, in case you want to venture into an adventure beyond the beauties of Cecina:

The Acqua Village of Cecina, the aquatic amusement park full of attractions and a very popular destination for all ages will test your adventurous spirit. Click here to find out more about the Acqua Village in Cecina.

The Cavallino Matto amusement park, located in the Mediterranean pinewood just a few steps from the beach of Donoratico. The amusement park offers a series of adrenaline-fueled attractions such as roller coasters, roller coasters, water games and even a beautiful 4D cinema.

The Giardino sospeso located in Riparbella, is an adventure trail for adults and children from 6 years; you will walk on Tibetan bridges, ropes and nets (obviously the whole route provides that the guests are perfectly insured with a safety rope and a protective helmet). Test your courage and adventurous spirit.

Elba Island, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago; known for its beautiful golden beaches and its blue sea. Great summer tourist destination.

If you want adventures a little further from Cecina, then the Giardino dei tarocchi is a must-see; it is an artistic park located in the area of ??Capalbio and is populated by 21 incredible statues inspired by the figures of the major arcana of the tarot.

As you may have noticed, the fun and attractions for your holiday in Cecina with kids are certainly not lacking … and these only just a few examples! We are waiting for you in Cecina!

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Bau Beach in Cecina

06Mar

The Bau Beach is a destination that has become fundamental for tourists who represent with their dogs and a Cecina it is possible to find as many as 2, in addition to all the needs for the well-being of their pet.

Gorette, located north of Cecina and Fosso nuovo, instead, to the south; both beaches for dogs presented a soft and fine sand, a lot of space reserved for dogs, 100 meters with direct access to the sea.

The beaches are free and do not require equipment to hire, so it would be necessary to bring any deck chairs and umbrellas and need for your pet.

Behind the beaches, you will find a beautiful pine forest that will guarantee fresh and relax during the hottest hours of the day, as well as allowing you to enjoy a wonderful walk between one tuff and another.

The Bau Beach in Cecina are impeccably kept and for this reason dog owners are asked to respect the cleanliness.

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Cecina Archaeological Museum

06Feb

The Archaeological Museum of Cecina offers its public a fantastic immersive journey through the history of the ancient eras of Cecina.

The museum, open since 2003, deals with all the historical periods of the territory starting even from the prehistoric era, continuing for the Etruscan epochs and the novels; for the Middle Ages to the most modern times to the most recent finds.

In the beautiful garden of the museum it is possible to find a monumental tomb called “La tomba di casaglia“, a historical piece renovated during the 7th century, marking the end of the museum’s itinerary.

Another area of ??the museum that is really worth seeing is the archaeological park of the villa Romana of San Vincenzino, located a few kilometers from the archaeological museum.

In this archaeological area it is possible to see the remains of important Etruscan villas such as the one organized in the Roman era of Augustus, one of the largest Etruscan villas can be built, abandoned during the 5th century AD.

Come and visit the Archaeological Museum of Cecina, here are the timetables:

December 16-January 14: open Sunday from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm;
December 25, January 1, Epiphany: closed;
January 15-April 30: open Saturday and Sunday from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm, including Easter Monday;
1 May-30 June: open Tuesday to Friday from 16.00 to 20.00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00;
1 July-31 August: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 22.00;
1 – 30 September: open from Tuesday to Friday from 16.00 to 20.00, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00;
October 1st – December 15th: open Saturday and Sunday from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm;
1 November: open from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00;
December 8th: open from 3pm to 7pm

Schedules to visit the archaeological park of San Vincenzino:

December 16-January 14: open Sunday from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm;
December 25, January 1, Epiphany: closed;
January 15-April 30: open Saturday and Sunday from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, including Easter Monday;
1 May-30 June: open Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm to 8pm;
1 July-31 August: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00;
1 – 30 September: open Tuesday to Friday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm;
October 1st – December 15th: open Saturday and Sunday from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
November 1st: open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
December 8th: open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm

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Holiday in the Val di Cecina

06Jan

Val di cecina is the tourist hamlet of the area of ??Cecina, a small town built against the river of the same name.

Being the predominantly seaside area it is a strong tourist point for travelers from all over the world who appreciate the beauty of the seas of the area and the surrounding nature.

The beach area of ??Cecina, famous all over the world for its cleanliness and beauty, every year, since 2006, receives the “Blue Flag” award destined to those beaches that pass quality controls, satisfying precise criteria such as cleaning the beach, water, services offered…

There are many types of Beaches that you can find, from those rich in tourism and services to the most hidden, ideal for those who want to relax in a slightly quieter environment.

But Val di Cecina is not only a place to relax and have a nice bath, in the area it is possible to do many other activities, from trekking to visiting museums and historic villages.

One of the most famous attractions of the place is the water park of Cecina, the water village, an area with numerous water entertainments ideal for any age or the bau beach, dedicated beaches and equipped for your 4-legged friends.

Are you thinking about your next summer vacation and looking for a place that is suitable for families, couples, and animals? Cecina with all its attractions and with all its places to visit and where to spend wonderful days, you will not be disappointed!

Borgo di Montingegnoli

The Ghost Village of Montingegnoli

06Dec

Montingegnoli, a village born around 1100, is the so-called “ghost” village.

Precisely because of this particularity compared to the other ancient villages found throughout the Val di Cecina, it appears to be one of the attractions that most intrigues those who come to visit this area.

Today, however, the small village is closed to the public in different parts, but it is still possible to visit a part of it, however enough to make the visit fascinating and at the same time also a bit disturbing due to the deafening silence and the “desert” climate that you can see it step by step.

Despite having been uninhabited for over 1 century, its state of preservation is almost perfect and even with all the details in their original state which, as we remember, we speak of a village of the year about 1100.

The most important area to visit in the village of Montingegnoli, is certainly the main castle; built around 1150, it retains all its original features and details and the most notable feature is its circular garden.

The reasons why the village is currently closed to the public are to be found in its current sales status.

Yes, the village is currently at auction and waiting for a buyer; so it turns out to be practically a private property.

It is not excluded, therefore, that later on it can be completely closed to the public.

In case you want to take a walk in this beautiful ghost town, it’s worth taking advantage of it now, before it can be too late.

ARRIVE AT THE BORGO DI MONTINGEGNOLI

Il Borgo di Montingegnoli is part of the province of Siena, exactly in the Radicondoli area.

To reach the ghost town, continue towards Belforte, then cross the junction that leads to Anqua that you will find on the right.
After about 700 meters, always on the right, you will find an open space where you can park. Continue on foot on the dirt road and in a few minutes you will be taken to the small village of Montingegnoli.

Montingegnoli is just one of the many small historic villages that you will find in Tuscany during your vacation and if you are curious to discover more, click here to learn about some other villages in the Val di Cecina area.