It is no coincidence that the classic snapshot of Livorno is an infinite view of the sea: the Terrazza Mascagni. This marine embrace is no coincidence because Livorno is not only a seaside city, but it is also the daughter of the waves, born here, in the second half of the sixteenth century when, due to the military and commercial strategies of the Medici, it was established that the fishing village arose around the Mastio of Matilde of Canossa should become one of the main ports of Europe. The testimonies of the "Nations" that from that moment contributed to the birth and development of a port known throughout the Mediterranean are still present today in religious buildings, cemeteries, archives and gastronomy in the city.
One of the most fascinating routes will take you to discover what is called "little Venice", a path of canals to travel by boat that leads to the Renaissance places in the city center. Then there is the "Giovanni Fattori" Civic Museum, where works by Tuscan painters of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries can be admired; the Mascagnano Museum, dedicated to music, housed in the historic Goldoni Theater. Do not forget the historical and religious traces of the "Nations" that populated Livorno, starting from the Jewish Museum "Yeshivà Marini" of the suggestive Oratory of San Ranieri, then moving on to the Museum of Santa Giulia, hosted by the Church of the Armenians. For those who want to discover the treasures of the sea, a visit to the Museum of Natural History of the Mediterranean at Villa Henderson is almost a must, combining ancient finds with a very modern educational path, while living examples of Mediterranean fauna can be admired in the pools of the Aquarium Diacinto Cestoni.
Pisa and its Piazza dei Miracoli have always been a fundamental part of a trip to Tuscany, and despite the presence of the many tourists from every corner of the world seem to have arrived here to try, with the help of perspective, to keep the leaning tower, the place is however able to unleash a timeless, evocative and powerful beauty. Discovering Pisa means getting lost among squares populated by students who crowd the night clubs keeping the medieval city alive, and it's a pleasure to spend an evening at the tables in the bars of Piazza delle Vettovaglie or Piazza della Pera. Pisa is not only its historical center, it is an unexpected pleasure to discover the nature that surrounds the city, starting from the Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli, which extends along the coast from Viareggio to Livorno.
Anyone intending to visit Tuscany can only pass through Florence: the city of the lily is a treasure trove of artistic treasures and the center of fervent vitality. In addition to the exceptional artistic heritage, testimony to its centuries-old civilization, it is possible to enjoy Florence walking at sunset along the enchanting lungarni, going through the bohemian alleys of the Oltrarno or getting lost in the narrow streets of San Niccolò, where walking along the ancient walls will seem to end up as if by magic in another age. The loggias, squares, churches and even the streets of the city are studded with their works, but the best way to discover them is to visit the unique museums in the world hosted in the city center. The extraordinary collection of the Uffizi, the Palatine Gallery with paintings of the "golden ages", the Bargello, with Renaissance sculptures, the Museum of San Marco, with works by Angelico, the Academy, the Medici Chapels and the Casa Buonarroti with Michelangelo's sculptures; the Bardini, Horne, Stibbert, Romano, Corsini museums, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, that of the delle Pietre Dure and many others.
City in the medieval plot of which monuments are woven witnesses of all the historical periods crossed by Lucca, starting from the Roman Amphitheater - today Piazza dell'Anfiteatro - circular and suggestive scenery, born on the ruins of the ancient steps by the architect Lorenzo Nottolini . Proceeding through the centuries and styles we reach the Middle Ages and what can be considered the real treasure of Lucca, not by chance nicknamed "city of 100 churches", or its incredible collection of places of worship, starting from the Cathedral of San Martino, on the whose facade in Romanesque-Pisan style is inlaid with mysterious and dark symbols, like a beautiful labyrinth. Also in the Cathedral are the Holy Face and the splendid tomb of Ilaria del Carretto sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia. Walking through the streets of the city you will then discover the beautiful and clean facade of the Basilica of San Frediano, and again the square and the splendid church of San Michele, on the capitals of whose Romanesque façade - restored in the 1800s - you can have fun trying to identify portraits of Risorgimento heroes such as Garibaldi.
Siena can be seen from afar perfect shine in its medieval balance. The three hills on which it sits stand out in an idyllic country setting, in which the boundaries of the ancient center fade as in the past in a countryside that at times still seems the one portrayed in the Allegory of Good Government painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the rooms of the Palace Public. Siena, intact for centuries, is now shown to a large extent as it appeared in the 1300s, and the preservation of a unique and coherent medieval architectural heritage is one of the main reasons for visiting a splendid city, long aware of the fragility of its balance: in fact the first municipality in Europe to close the historic center to traffic.
Hotel della Contrada is located on the promenade of Marina di Cecina, facing the sea, a few steps from the natural parks made up of the wonderful pine forests. The hotel has a 24-hour reception service, affiliated beaches and offers the possibility of booking excursions and small cruises among the wonderful islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, scuba diving and tourist excursions.
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