Top Lake Maggiore best restaurants

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Lake Maggiore best restaurants –  Lake Maggiore is a unique place, and surely your trip or holiday on Lake Maggiore will be something not to forget, especially if you visit one of the places in our Top 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns.

Moreover, if you also combine good food with the beautiful view, you and your friends or family will be even happier: what are some restaurants with a view of Lake Maggiore? Here are some of our favorite restaurants.

  • Funiva Restaurant: on the Sasso del Ferro in Laveno Mombello
  • La Pescheria restaurant: on Isola Pescatori (Stresa)
  • Agriturismo L’Ordin: Campino just above Stresa

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Watch the following video that shows you the view of the restaurants and examples of some dishes in a few seconds.

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Top 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns – Lake Maggiore what to do and see? This is certainly an interesting question. If you know how to organize your day well, the time spent on Lake Maggiore will not be a simple walk on the lakefront but an unforgettable vacation or trip.

There are many beautiful places that you can visit on Lake Maggiore. Here you can find the list of the best places on Lake Maggiore Italy.

The 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do

Lake Maggiore things to do. Here are the ten best places on Lake Maggiore, those places that you just can’t miss:

  1. Borromean Islands
  2. Stresa
  3. Mottarone Stresa
  4. Sasso del Ferro Laveno
  5. Verbania and Villa Taranto
  6. Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  7. Cannero Riviera + Castles of Cannero + Cannobbio
  8. Locarno + Funicular + Orselina (Switzerland)
  9. Ascona (Switzerland)
  10. Brissago + Islans (Switzerland)

Borromean Islands and Fisherman Island

What is the first place where I bring my friends who have never been to Lake Maggiore? Definitely to the Borromean Islands! The 3 islands of the Borromean Gulf are a real jewel of Lake Maggiore. They are easily reachable by boat from Verbania, Stresa and Baveno, thanks to the Navigazione del Lago Maggiore service. There are also private transport services by motorboat.

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Lake Maggiore, what to see? Borromean Islands

The Borromean Islands are an excellent choice for those who want to do a complete visit because they have all day free, but also for those who want to do only a half-day visit because they want to spend a more relaxing day or they simply have less time. In fact, it is not necessary to visit all three islands in one day to have a great day.

If you want more details about the Borromean Islands, go to the dedicated page: Lake Maggiore Borromean Islands Italy

Stresa Lake Maggiore

Stresa is one of the most famous towns on Lake Maggiore and it shows all its magnificence thanks to its luxurious hotels, amazing gardens and unique view of Isola Bella. To understand better, watch the following video. You can activate the subtitles in English.

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns: Stresa Lago Maggiore

If you want to learn more about the things to do in Stresa, read the following article: Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore.

Mottarone Stresa

Mottarone is the mountain that lies behind Stresa and is easily accessible by car. There are 2 roads: one a little longer and more winding which is free, and another is more convenient but requires the payment of a toll.

In any case, it is really worth going up the Mottarone as the real peculiarity of this place is that it offers a magnificent view of 7 lakes! On days when the sky is particularly clear, the spectacle is unforgettable.

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do: Mottarone Stresa.

As for nature on Mottarone, there is not only a beautiful view but you can also find some nice animals such as donkeys and cows.

For fun lovers on the Mottarone, there is Alpyland: a rail bob with which you can descend along a part of the mountain in a very fun way. The adjustable speed makes it suitable for everyone … even the less intrepid.

After all these activities, if you may be hungry: no problem because you can enjoy excellent food in one of the restaurants that we find right here. Surely a good lunch is never refused!

If you want to know more, go to the following post: Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore. On this page, you also find the name of the seven lakes you can see from the Mottarone.

3. Sasso del Ferro Laveno

The Sasso del Ferro is located just above Laveno. It can be reached by cable car or by following a path but the most convenient option is certainly the cable car you find in Laveno. 

We do not have a view of the 7 lakes from here, but the view is beautiful: you can see the entire Borromean Gulf.

A dinner here is always a special event. If, on the other hand, you prefer a more low-budget or simpler trip, you can also opt for a picnic or you can have something at the bar. In fact, here at the top of the Sasso del Ferro, there is not only a restaurant but also a bar.

Watch the following video where you can see the Sasso del Ferro and what you can visit in Laveno.

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Verbania and Villa Taranto

Verbania is a magnificent location and an excellent place to visit in any season. Verbania is made up of 3 smaller towns: Pallanza, Intra and Suna. Verbania never tires you up.

In Verbania, you can take long walks along the lakefront, visit the magnificent botanical gardens of Villa Taranto, take the boat to the Borromean Islands, the ferry to Laveno and much more.

If you love long walks and relaxation, Verbania is definitely the place for you. In Verbania, there is a magnificent lakeside promenade of several kilometers.

Verbania also has two main beaches: Suna beach and Arena beach.

Verbania also boasts one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world: I Giardini di Villa Taranto.

If you want to know more, go to the following post: Top 10 Lake Maggiore Verbania what to do?

Hermitage of Santa Caterina

The hermitage of Santa Caterina is very characteristic because is built on rock and not much above the lake’s level. It is very suggestive seen from the lake and it is nice to observe the lake from the hermitage itself.

Watch the following video, where you can find out some helpful information on how to get to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso and where you can also discover the history of this place.

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns: Hermitage of Santa Caterina

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Hi Everybody, our next stop? The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso Lake Maggiore Italy.

The Hermitage of Santa Caterina is in my Top 10 things to see on Lake Maggiore.

It is an extraordinary place as it is set in the rock directly overlooking the waters of Lake Maggiore.

The Hermitage of Santa Caterina is a few kilometers from Laveno.

How to get to the Hermitage?

You have 2 options: by car or by boat.

If you choose the car option, you have to know that once you have parked the car, you have to go down a long staircase of 268 steps, which you then have to go up on the way back.

However, there is the possibility of taking the lift for a fee.

However, the best option to get to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina is by boat.

Much of the beauty, charm, and uniqueness of the hermitage can be appreciated when you observe it from the lake.

You can take the boat to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina from different locations: from Laveno, Stresa, and Verbania Pallanza for example.

Once you arrive at the Hermitage, you don’t need a lot of time to visit it: its main elements are a portico, a courtyard, and a small church.

What is the history of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina?

You can read some historical notes and other information in the subtitles while we still enjoy some scenes of the Hermitage.

According to tradition, the Hermitage was founded in 1170 by Alberto Besozzi, a wealthy local merchant.

This merchant escaped a shipwreck during a lake crossing.

So he made a vow to Saint Catherine to retire for the rest of his life in prayer and solitude in a cave on that stretch of coast and lead a hermit’s life there.

He then had a chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina built, currently visible at the bottom of the church. The chapel dates back to the 12th century.

The chapel was flanked by two other churches built by some Ispra nobles: San Nicola and Santa Maria Nova.

The existence of the two churches is certain, starting from the fourteenth century.

As you can see, our visit is over. At this point, I greet you. Bye, and see you on the next adventure!

Cannero Riviera + Castles of Cannero + Cannobbio

We have decided to include these 3 locations together as they are located in the same area and can be visited on the same day, especially thanks to the boat connections.

Cannero Riviera

Cannero Riviera is a splendid town on Lake Maggiore and is known for its beautiful lakefront and wide beach. To have a better idea about how Cannero is, you can watch the following video. In the video, the town is empty because it is December. In the summertime, Cannero is full of people.

This video starts from the Cannero beach and we go along the entire lakefront.

Then we explore the historic town center with its so characteristic streets. The video ends while we are on the boat for Cannobio. Thanks to this boat tour we enjoy the lake coast view and can see the Castles of Cannero. Watch the video!

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Castles of Cannero

The Castles of Cannero have their unique charm. Their shape and location make the mind wander, imagining stories and adventures that took place right here.

In some periods of the year the Castles of Cannero can also be visited inside. If, on the other hand, you simply want to see them more closely, you can take the boat that from Cannero Riviera goes to Cannobio; the boat passes very close to the Castles of Cannero, more precisely between the coast of Lake Maggiore and the Castles of Cannero.

Watch the following video!

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns: Castles of Cannero

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Hi Everybody! We are on the Lake Maggiore. In this video, we see the Castles of Cannero from the boat. We see them first from the boat while sailing from Cannero Riviera to Cannobio.

These 2 villages are on the same side of Lake Maggiore, and therefore navigation is enjoyable as it allows us to admire this beautiful coast from the boat. We also pass very close to the Castles of Cannero and fully grasp their charm.

Now we are on the boat that goes from Luino to Cannero Riviera. Luino is on the opposite shore of Lake Maggiore from Cannero Riviera. This allows us to cross the entire lake going from one bank to another.

The crossing gives us a further away view of the Castles of Cannero, but it gives us beautiful images of this part of Lake Maggiore. We are very close to the border with Switzerland; in fact, Lake Maggiore also goes beyond the Swiss border.

We have now come to the end of this video. I greet you and see you in the following video! Like and subscribe. Bye!

Cannobio

Cannobio is another famous town on Lake Maggiore. Cannobio is located on the Piedmontese shore of Lake Maggiore near the Swiss border. Cannobio is easily recognizable by the row of buildings that directly overlook the main square and the lake.

In the following video, you can see Cannobio from the lake.

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns: Cannobio!
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Locarno + Funicular + Orselina (Switzerland)

Locarno is a famous city in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore. One of the most beautiful things you can do here is to take the funicular and cable car to reach the panoramic terrace of Cardada. Watch the following video, which explains better what you can see from here.

Video panoramic terrace of Cardada

We are in Switzerland at Lake Maggiore and in this video, we see a beautiful complete view of the swiss part of Lake Maggiore. Let’s go to see it!

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Brissago + Islans (Switzerland)

The Brissago Islands are two islands: the Isola Grande and the Isola Piccola. The Isola Grande can be visited. On the Isola Grande, a botanical garden was created in the late nineteenth century, and a neoclassical villa was built in the 1920s.

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Lake Maggiore Borromean Islands what to see? Here’s to our top 5

  1. Isola Bella Palace inside and gardens
  2. Fishermen Island
  3. Isola Madre
  4. Isola Bella area in front of Isola Pescatori (no ticket required)
  5. Isola Bella and Fishermen in the evening illuminated.

Lake Maggiore Borromean Islands how to get there?

Borromean Islands hop on hop off 

The Borromean Islands can be reached by boat thanks to the Navigazione del Lago Maggiore service from Verbania, Baveno and Stresa. No reservation is required for the boat to the islands. Just go to the landing stage of the place where you are and buy the tickets.

If you want to visit several islands, you can buy a single ticket and move freely between the chosen islands without a set time: it very similar to a hop on hop off tour.  During your visit you will decide the boat’s most suitable time for your tour.

There are also numerous private transport services, especially by speedboat, which take you to the islands.

What are the islands that are part of the Borromean Gulf?

The islands of the Borromean Gulf are 3:

  1. Isola Madre: entirely private and can be visited according to the opening hours and by purchasing the entrance ticket.
  2. Isola Bella. On Isola Bella we find the beautiful Borromeo palace with its gardens. Unlike the Isola Madre, a part of the island can be visited for free as this part is occupied by restaurants, bars and shops.
  3. The Isola Superiore or Isola dei Pescatori. This island does not need any entrance tickets. On the island there are no sumptuous palaces but the village is very characteristic. Then on this island there are some excellent restaurants;).

Beautiful island

Until 1630 Isola Bella was only a rock inhabited by fishermen but today it is one of the most beautiful things to visit on Lake Maggiore for the magnificent Borromeo palace and its gardens which have been included among the most beautiful gardens in the world by sites and specialized magazines.

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Fishermen Island

Isola Pescatori can be easily reached by boat from Stresa, Verbania Pallanza and Baveno. To take the boat you do not need special reservations. You can also buy the ticket just before boarding.

Access to Isola Pescatori is free and you do not have to pay any entrance ticket apart from a small tax from the municipality of Stresa, already included in the amount paid to take the boat. When to visit Isola Pescatori? The best time is certainly during the summer but it is also a good idea to come during the winter.

Why come to Isola Pescatori? Because it is very characteristic and beautiful to explore especially after a good lunch in one of the restaurants found here. Hours spent on this island are always special.

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Isola Madre or the Mother Island

Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family from around 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today of Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences from all over the world.

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Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori Illuminated

In the following video we see Isola Bella and Pescatori illuminated. The illuminated islands are clearly visible from the boat but also from the coast, for example from Carciano Stresa.

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Are the Borromean Islands the only islands of Lake Maggiore?

They are certainly the most famous islands but they are not the only ones! If you want to know more, go to the following post: TOP 3 Lago Maggiore Switzerland things to do

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Amazing Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy how to get there? History?

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Porto Flavia is located in the southwest of Sardinia, more precisely in Masua. This is a magnificent area of ​​Sardinia thanks to the wonderful sea, the majestic coast characterized by rock formations and, as if all this were not enough, here we also have Porto Flavia, which is absolutely worth visiting.

The former Porto Flavia mine is not only interesting from a historical point of view but also extremely scenic. This is especially true when you visit it from the sea as you can admire this fascinating complex set in the rock and overlooking the sea.

Even the visit inside is, however, really interesting and scenographic: at a certain point, you find yourself on a balcony directly overlooking the sea. A beautiful observation point from which to admire this extraordinary panorama.

Then, thanks to the visit to Porto Flavia you can discover interesting details of its history. For example: Was Porto Flavia really a mine? No, to be more precise, it was the futuristic port of embarkation for the material extracted from the nearby mines, designed by the Venetian engineer Cesare Vecelli and built-in 1924. So it certainly had to do with mining, but here the mines were not extracted. materials but embarked.

Thanks to a rail transport system, the materials were transported to the opening on the sea, where the ships on which to load the material were positioned. This was an absolutely innovative method that saved a great deal of time. Suffice it to say that what has loaded in a month thanks to the Porto Flavia system could be loaded in just one week.

Despite all this, Porto Flavia remained in operation for only a few decades. Due to the global increase in competitiveness, mining was stopped here in Sardinia as it was too expensive compared to countries like China.

Now the Sarde and Porto Flavia mines are no longer in operation, but the charm of these places remains intact. The photos of Porto Flavia nestled in the rock in a unique and wonderful scenery make it around the world effortlessly.

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Porto Flavia is an amazing place, something to see.

Where is it?

What exactly is Porto Flavia? What is its history?

How to get to Porto Flavia?

Let’s go find out!

Porto Flavia is located in the southwest of Sardinia in Italy, not far from Iglesias.

Many think that Porto Flavia was a mine. Is it really so?

No, it was the futuristic port of embarkation for the material extracted from the nearby mines, designed by the Venetian engineer Cesare Vecelli and built-in 1924.

Thanks to a rail transport system, the materials were transported to the opening on the sea, where the ships on which to load the material were positioned.

This absolutely innovative method allowed to save a great deal of time.

Now the mines in this area are no longer in operation and therefore also Porto Flavia but remain fascinating places to visit in this unique setting.

How to get to Porto Flavia?

There are 3 main ways to see and get to Porto Flavia.

If you want to see Porto Flavia from the sea, I recommend starting with a boat, for example with the rubber dinghy from Masua beach, the closest equipped beach to Porto Flavia.

There are several tour options offered to choose from.

You can also take a boat tour from Cala Domestica or Buggerru.

In this case, however, you will only see Porto Flavia from the outside.

If you want to visit Porto Flavia inside you can also get there by car.

Do the road as if you were going to Masua beach but once you get to the parking lot, turn right to take the uphill road.

Do not stop at the first parking but continue following the dirt road.

When you arrive at this parking lot.

Park your car and continue on foot.

While walking, you can admire the imposing Faraglione (the big rock in the water) of Pan di Zucchero.

In the end, you arrive in front of the ticket office and the entrance, ready for your guided tour.

Inside Porto Flavia, you will walk in long tunnels admiring the different types of rocks and discovering more details of the history of this place and the life of the people who worked here.

In the end, you will find yourself under the famous Porto Flavia writing, and you’ll admire the sea and the Pan di Zucchero huge rock from an absolutely privileged position.

What if you don’t have a car and maybe you don’t stay near Iglesias but in Cagliari?

You can use the public transport service consisting of the train that takes you from Cagliari to Iglesias + bus Porto Flavia link that from Iglesias takes you right to Porto Flavia.

You can buy tickets at https://www.trenitalia.com/

And what do you think of Porto Flavia? Do you have an experience to tell? Let me know in the comments.

Bye, and see you next time!

Porto Flavia mine visit by boat

Were you fascinated by the images seen on the internet of the mine set in the rock? Then the visit by boat is definitely for you. This way you will not visit the mine inside, but you will be able to admire it from the sea.

Which tours can I choose? Several tours take you in front of the Porto Flavia Mine. We have tours that depart from the port of Buggerru, of course, but also tours that depart from the main beaches in the area, such as Cala Domestica and Masua.

From Cala Domestica

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From Masua

Visit inside the Porto Flavia mine

Are you feeling adventurous, do you want to explore and want to learn more about the history of this place? Then the visit inside the Porto Flavia mine is the right choice for you.

The visit to the mine is not a visit that you can do on your own but includes a guided tour. Online you can buy tickets for a specific date and time (at the site http://www.visitiglesias.comune.iglesias.ca.it/it/vacanza/biglietteria-online/index.html ), but if you are not sure of your program, you can also buy tickets directly at the ticket office of the mine.

The choice of whether to buy tickets earlier or not also depends on the time of year you visit the mine. If you go during high season, you should pre-purchase the tickets to have the visit booked and not risk not finding a seat.

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Remember that to visit the Porto Flavia mine, you must have clothing suitable for visiting the museum site and closed shoes.

The visit to Porto Flavia includes a different guided tour depending on the language chosen for the tour. You cannot enter independently and must respect your entry ticket’s time. If you arrive before the time of your tour, you can wait in the shade under the canopy overlooking the sea, where there are also tables and chairs. In the summer, it is perfect for enjoying a fresh drink bought from the pickup truck that is right in front.

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Porto Flavia mine Sardinia by boat

As we have said, you can reach the former Porto Flavia mine by boat, but in this case, you will only admire the exterior and the charm of this building which is located directly overlooking the sea.

Porto Flavia mine by car

The former Porto Flavia mine can be easily reached by car even if at some point you have to park and continue on foot.

Here is the address of the car park: Frazione Masua, 09016 Iglesias SU

Porto Flavia mine by bus: Porto Flavia Link

The Porto Flavia mine can also be reached by bus thanks to a new public service organized by the municipality of Iglesias.

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Porto Flavia train bus Porto Flavia South Sardinia Italy how to get there History tripilare

The availability of this new service was announced directly on the Facebook page of the municipality.

Interestingly, this service is combined with trains arriving from Cagliari. So during the summer, you can take the train to Cagliari for Iglesias and then continue by bus to Porto Flavia thanks to the combined Train-Bus ticket that can be purchased directly on the Trenitalia website.

Facebook page of Iglesias Sardinia: https://www.facebook.com/comuneiglesias

As you can see in the following image, the Porto Flavia Link stop is located just a few steps from the Porto Flavia ticket office: the stop is indicated by the red sign on the right.

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Top 10 Tuscan village San Gimignano Italy things to do

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Tuscan village San Gimignano Italy things to do

  1. Central Street and Squares
  2. Torre Grossa
  3. Hall where Dante Alighieri was
  4. Surrounding Tuscan countryside
  5. World champion ice cream parlor
  6. Cathedral
  7. Certain it
  8. Grocery stores
  9. Torture Museum
  10. Bag shops

San Gimignano Italy Virtual tour

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San Gimignano is surrounded by beautiful Tuscany. The characteristic of San Gimignano is its towers. For this reason, San Gimignano is recognizable even from a distance.

Do you see the tallest tower? It’s called Torre Grossa and it’s possible to go up to the top of the tower to see a breathtaking view! Do you want to visit the center of San Gimignano with us?

Watch the suggested video which you find here at the bottom left!

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We continue our day trip from Siena. We are in San Geminiano Tuscany Italy. Let’s go to the center of San Gimignano and we arrive at the famous Piazza Della Cisterna. This square is famous not only for its architecture but also for the excellent ice cream shop that we find on our left. In this ice cream shop, you can taste an ice cream World Champion!

With a few steps, we arrive in Piazza del Duomo where we can admire from below several of the towers of San Gimignano.

After visiting the center of San Geminiano we are now ready to go up to its tallest tower. Only a question: Is it San Geminiano or San Gimignano? The correct name is San Gimignano. How can I pronounce it correctly? What is the correct pronunciation?

In this video, you can also listen to the correct pronunciation. We are now at the top of this tower and we have in front of us a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.

Central Street and Squares

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Torre Grossa

The Torre Grossa is the tallest tower among those left here in San Gimignano. The view from the Grossa is magnificent.

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Top 10 beautiful Tuscan villages & cities in Tuscany

  1. Siena
  2. Pisa
  3. San Gimignano
  4. Certaldo
  5. Porto Ferraio Isola d’Elba
  6. Chieve in Chianti and all the Chianti area.
  7. Volterra
  8. Montepulciano
  9. Viareggio
  10. Lucca

Best Tuscan villages to visit

  1. San Gimignano
  2. Volterra
  3. Porto Ferraio
  4. Certaldo

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is very famous for all its towers. From the top of its tallest tower, you can see the beautiful Tuscany.

San Gimignano Vitual Tour

Text of the following video:

San Gimignano is surrounded by beautiful Tuscany. The characteristic of San Gimignano is its towers. For this reason, San Gimignano is recognizable even from a distance.

Do you see the tallest tower? It’s called Torre Grossa and it’s possible to go up to the top of the tower to see a breathtaking view! Do you want to visit the center of San Gimignano with us?

Watch the suggested video, which you find here at the bottom left!

Text of the following video:

We continue our day trip from Siena. We are in San Geminiano Tuscany Italy. Let’s go to the center of San Gimignano and we arrive at the famous Piazza Della Cisterna. This square is famous not only for its architecture but also for the excellent ice cream shop that we find on our left. In this ice cream shop, you can taste an ice cream World Champion!

With a few steps, we arrive in Piazza del Duomo where we can admire from below several of the towers of San Gimignano.

After visiting the center of San Giminiano, we are now ready to go up to its tallest tower. Only a question: Is it San Geminiano or San Gimignano? The correct name is San Gimignano. How can I pronounce it correctly? What is the correct pronunciation?

In this video, you can also listen to the correct pronunciation. We are now at the top of this tower and we have in front of us a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.

San Gimignano Gelato Photo Gallery

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Porto Ferraio Isola d’Elba

You can go to Piombino and take a ferry to the Isola d’Elba.

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In about 1 hour and a half, you arrive in Portoferraio and you’ll really be in a beautiful paradise.

Certaldo

Certaldo does not enjoy the popularity of other places in Tuscany, but it is certainly a place worth visiting for its beauty and culture. In fact, in addition to having a long history that distinguishes it, Certaldo is also the town of Boccaccio, a famous Italian writer.

What to see in Certaldo? Here is our top 3:

  1. Palazzo Pretorio: The Castle of Certaldo
  2. Boccaccio’s house. If you can climb to the top of the tower, from where you not only have a beautiful view of the city but also of the surrounding companion.
  3. The streets of the center of Certaldo Alta

Video Certaldo what to see, history and curiosities

Watch the following video that will take you on a walk through the streets of Certaldo and in which you can discover the history of this beautiful town in Tuscany, some curiosities and useful information.

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Hi Everybody, today we visit Certaldo Alto in Tuscany. Alto means high.

Certaldo is famous for being the birthplace of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio.

To reach the historical center, which is in an elevated position because it is located on a hill, we take the funicular in Piazza del Boccaccio in Certaldo. In Piazza del Boccaccio we can also park the car.

As soon as we leave the funicular, we find the history of Certaldo written.

You can also read it here in the captions while continuing our walk.

We are now in front of the Giovanni Boccaccio House Museum.

In addition to what we can find inside the museum, which is extremely interesting from a historical and cultural point of view,

there is a tower in the house. We can enjoy a splendid view of Certaldo and its surroundings from the tower.

As we continue the walk, we notice other museums and historic buildings. There are also interesting and typical restaurants that will probably open later: it’s a morning of a quiet season.

The most important historic building for architecture and history is undoubtedly the Pretorio Palace.

A curiosity: right here in this building, it was coined the Italian expression “essere in balìa” or “being at the mercy” of someone or something.

In one of the halls of this palace 10 Balìa or magistrates held their meetings. Their sentences were irrevocable and unappealable. From here we understand the reason for this Italian expression. The destiny of those who were judged depended on these Balìa.

Also for today, our tour ends here. But see you in the next video with other adventures and other interesting things to discover and learn. See you next time! Bye.

History of Certaldo

Certain archeological findings testify to the populating of this area in Etruscan-roman times. The existence of a castle-village is documented in 1164 in a deed of Emperor Federico I, known as Barbarossa (Redbean); in which all the territorial rights were granted to the Alberti Counts of Prato.

This family held dominion over the castle until 1184 and after the fall of Semifonte in 1202, the village passed under the rule of Florence, becoming the seat of a Podestà (medieval magistrate).

During this period the village had probably already assumed its present-day layout, characterized by the central axis, the Alberti Castle, and the defense walls.

Following the affirmation of the Via Francigena of the valley bottom, Certaldo strengthened its economic role in the Val d Elsa and witnessed a new phase of urban growth.

From the early thirteenth to the fourteenth century a linear village was built up along the foothills of the Via Francigena, in the spot where the castle market was located, linking up with the ancient settlement via two different branches; the Costa Degli Alberti and the Costa Vecchia.

In the fourteenth century, the existence of various inns and hospices inside the castle is documented, which served as refuge points for the pilgrims and wayfarers.

In 1415, under the rule of the Florentine Republic, Certaldo became the seat of the Vicarage of the Val di Pesa, part of the Val d’Elsa, and the Lower Valdarno, the functions of which were conducted in the ancient castle of the Alberti Counts, opportunely enlarged and transformed.

Pretorio Palace: the Castle of Certaldo

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