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The Farm Holiday “Luce” is located in an excellent position for a visit to the beautiful city of Florence as well as the most beautiful valleys of Tuscany as Valdarno and Casentino. The area around Florence is, in fact, full of medieval villages, valleys, ridges and rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves and woods, as far as the eye can see.

The geographical area in which the farm is located is called “Valdarno Superiore” and it is closed to the north east by the massif of Pratomagno and bounded on the southwest by the Chianti Mountains. Our Reggello municipal territory extends on the slopes of Pratomagno and it is worth a visit for its historical-artistic and natural beauty.

We are the farmhouse closer to Vallombrosa, village surrounded in a centuries-old chestnut forest, beech and fir at 1000 meters. The forest is home to the Abbey of the same name of the Vallumbrosan Monks, dating back to the eleventh century, much visited for its beauty and art. There is also an Arboretum intended for scientific and experimental use, with trees from around the world. In the Vallombrosa Forest, The “Path of the Chapels” is a pleasant walk between art and nature. The area is, in fact, marked by chapels and shrines in memory of the life of St. John Gualberto, who in the eleventh century, chose this lonely place to spend his life away from the men and close to God. An interesting itinerary to walk within a pristine natural environment.

From Vallombrosa there are lots of walking paths towards the Consuma Pass or to Secchieta on the ridge of Pratomagno in the Forest of St. Anthony.

In the small village of Cascia, a stone’s throw from Reggello, are two gems that are really not to be missed: the eleventh-century Romanesque parish church and the Masaccio Museum of Sacred art, which showcases the first work of the young Masaccio, the “San Giovenale Triptych” dated 1422.

The cliffs (in Italian called “balze”) are one of the most striking environments of the Valdarno region, the inspiration of many artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who immortalized them in the background of the Mona Lisa. Geological structures of particular charm and beauty, made of sand, clay and gravel stratified. They constitute a valuable insight into the natural history that reminds us of the geological history of the area. They are in fact the product of erosion runoff on ancient Pleistocene sediments of the lake, which occupied the Arno valley.

You can discover the origins of Valdarno at Montevarchi Paleontology Museum, whose collection leads visitors on a journey millions of years back in time. In Gaville (Figline Valdarno) there is the House of Farmer Life (Casa della Civiltà Contadina), center for historical documentation and cultural reflection: the oil press with its majestic grindstone, the old kitchen, the grain room, the carpenter’s workshop, the ancient wine cellar where you can view everything needed to make good wine.

Continuing the journey through our beautiful valleys we discover the Casentino, the valley in which flows the first stretch of the River Arno. To the west the massif of Pratomagno separates Casentino from Valdarno Superiore. The Casentino Valley, placed between Florence, Arezzo and Forlì, is a land of castles surrounded by picturesque medieval villages, Romanesque churches, Della Robbia terracottas, Dantesque places and spiritual locations.

The Casentino National Park stands out, from a naturalistic point of view, as one of the most valuable forest areas in Europe. The surface of the Park extends between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany and the landscape changes between one side and the other. There are two religious poles of great beauty and historical importance: Camaldoli, with its hermitage and monastery of the Benedictine monks and La Verna, one of the most significant places for the religious life of St. Francis. Do not miss Poppi, one of the most beautiful boroughs of Italy, dominated by the great Guidi Counts’ Castle built in XIII century, as well as the Romena parish church and castle of the year 1000.

Finally the charming village of Raggioli, within walking distance from our farm, with the Museum of Rural Life, Mountain and Handicraft: a collection of old craft tools of this area. A small village set in the rock with its stones and its narrow streets. The medieval houses were home to woodsman, charcoal-burner, farmers, artisans who have lived for centuries a close connection with these mountains. You'll be surprised by the harmony of this place where time flows with the roar of the river and the breath of the mountain.

 

 
 

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Azienda Agricola Pasquini Tommaso
Via Biagio Milanesi 49 – Podere Porcile
50066 Tosi – Reggello (Fi)
Phone: +39 340 3147925 / +39 333 8535343
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