Archive for the ‘Era Valley’ Category


The province of Pisa, a dream of art, sea and mountains

In Era Valley,Pisa on July 9, 2010 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , , , ,

There are certainly only a few regions in the world, which unite in their territory such a variety, as the province of Pisa it does. Its cultural wealth and scenic attractions range from the UNESCO World Heritage site of  Piazza dei Miracoli and the picturesque historic center of Pisa to the fantastic,  sandy beaches, natural oases, lakes, and the picturesque hills of the Valdera. In the province of Pisa, the scenic impressions vary from kilometer to kilometer. Read More »



The miracle of the water of Casciana Terme

In Era Valley,Tuscany Spa holiday on January 17, 2010 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , , , ,

A legend of this most charming place says that, we have discovered the miracle of this water due to the terminally ill blackbird of the Countess Matilde di Canossa, which after having a bath in the steaming water of a stream was again unusually happy and healthy. Read More »


Typical tastes

In Enogastronomic Tuscany,Era Valley on September 4, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , , , , ,

Foto flickr; Eric Perrone

The Valdera offers its visitors not only a rich heritage of art, history and traditions, but also the possibility of making the acquaintance of unique medieval villages of Etruscan origin, where man and nature meet in harmony. During a walk along the Wine Road of the Pisan hills you will encounter the charming and romantic villages Palaia, Peccioli, Lajatico, Terricciola, Chianni and Capannoli. As in a trip by the time machine you can enjoy the life here of yesteryear. Since the Middle Ages, the area seems to have fallen asleep like Sleeping Beauty. Read More »


The castle of Lari

In Era Valley on August 31, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , ,

Foto: flickr; bettola

The Castle of Lari is probably the only medieval castle in Renaissance style in the province of Pisa, which is still habitable. The castle is now owned by the municipality of Lari and served in the past as a court of Tuscany and the Italian state. During the Roman Empire there were also held inquisitions against witchcraft. The castle is located on a hill, which has been populated since the ancient world .

The fort has probably already existed among the Lombards and was, according to documents, rebuilt by the powerful family of Upezzinghi, fierce opponents of the Pisan, from 1230 to 1287.

Soon, however, the Upezzinghi were forced to obey the Pisan maritime republic and in 1289 the castle of Lari came again under the control of Pisa.

The castle was partly donated to the Archbishop of Pisa and the remaining part was purchased by him.

The southwest side of the castle dates back to the time of the Pisan government. The remaining structure was renovated by the Florentines in various stages. Further renovation works were completed by the Habsburgs from 1725 to 1775.

The current structure

In the courtyard we see on the right side the church of the castle, while on the left side the prison can be seen . On the opposite site there is the main wing of the castle. Its facade is decorated with various emblems of the vicars of Lari. In the middle of the courtyard stands a beautiful cistern. At the end of the courtyard stands the Palazzo dei Vicari with a monumental facade.

A two day adventure trip through the medieval Tuscany

Foto: flickr; Marco83

During your holidays in Tuscany we offer you an eventful visit to the Era Valley. We will visit the romantic town of Lari, its castle and a traditional pasta factory. You will stay overnight in a romantic farm. More info: Palace and Pasta


Pontedera – glamour and misery of the Vespa-City

In Era Valley on August 18, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog

For many years, Pontedera has been a centre of agriculture, industry and commerce. The brickworks were of great importance. Expertly made by hand, the bricks used to be transported by large boats on the River Arno to the provinces of Pisa and Livorno. Since 1920, Pontedera has been closely linked to the Piaggio company, the largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles in Europe. Read More »


The Natural Reserve of the lake di Santa Luce

In Era Valley on August 12, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , ,

Foto: Tommaso Granchi

Nestled in the beautiful hilly landscape of the Pisan hills, there is the natural oasis of Santa Luce, 6 km away from the eponymous town. The artificial lake came into being at the beginning of the sixties, when the company Solvay Chimica Italia SpA, had built a reservoir for the accumulation of water. Read More »


San Miniato – a small German Empire in Tuscany

In Era Valley on August 10, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , , ,

The origins of the small picturesque village of San Miniato go back to the Etruscan-Roman era. San Miniato was originally a military base. Around 783 the first small settlements arouse around the church, which is consecrated the martyr Miniato. In 962 the German emperor Otto I commanded the construction of a castle, which brought the village its nickname as the “Tuscan German Empire”. Read More »