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An original section to reveal legends, mysteries, anecdotes and Tuscany curiosities
The exuberant spirit and strong attachment to their land that have always characterized the Tuscans - it seems that the term 'parochialism' was born here - have spawned hundreds of legends, anecdotes, folk beliefs and mysteries.
In this section, curated by a true insider and constantly updated, you can discover many curiosities of Tuscany and get to know the hidden treasures of Tuscany!
Do you want to know about illustrious and famous people from Tuscany? Or are you curious to discover the most famous (but even the less known) Tuscan anecdotes and legends? Then you are in the right place! Toscanainside will reveal the myths, legends, anecdotes and curiosities of Tuscany: based on historical facts, these brief descriptive texts will take you on a fun journey through the history, folklore and mysteries of a hidden Tuscany!
Anecdotes and Tuscan Curiosities is the fortnightly publication of toscanainside.com dedicated to those who want to learn about places, oddities, legends and whimsical Tuscan characters who, for some reason, have become part of the history of this land. Do you find the history and culture of Tuscany interesting? Our legends, mysterious places and Tuscan historical curiosities will be the same! Embrace this exciting reading... we're sure you will want to visit first-hand the places mentioned and the villages where the most famous Tuscan historical characters lived!
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Area 51 in Garfagnana
Indeed, even Garfagnana has its Area 51! A land of magic and ancient legends since time immemorial, this region has seen, from 1970 onwards, a continuous succession of mysterious phenomena and unusual appearances. These have included an orange pyramid that was sighted for over an hour on top of Mount Palodina and an unidentified pentagonal object with eight coloured lights that appeared on the summit of Mount Gallicano. Eight people were apparently also seen positioning highly futuristic instruments in Pian di Lago… too much even for that period, whilst, in more recent times, a few black helicopters appeared out of the blue shedding light through the woods searching for no one knows what… One of the best known phenomena dates back to 1987 when a hunter was on a shooting foray on Mount Palodina and came across a large green lizard, a squamous beast more than two meters high and with a reptile head. The poor man took to his heels in no time, but the news, reported by the national television, caused a real stir and the whole area became a kind of X-Files. Despite numerous investigations, no trace of the incident remained except for the hunter’s rifle that was found badly damaged and strangely bent. Just two months after the appearance of the lizard, in the woods of Mount Gallicano, some residents saw, at close range, creatures approximately 60 centimetres tall busy picking something up from the ground: frightened by the sound of footsteps, the small figures apparently gathered in a circle hugging each other, and then disappeared tumbling down a slope towards the back of the woods. Although it may seem unrealistic, the presence of gnomes was witnessed by several people. Reality, fantasy, or imagination? It is beyond our comprehension. In any case, Garfagnana is a magical land: folklore, mystery and legends are now an integral part of this somehow enchanted place.
Isola Del Giglio: The population of the Giglio Island among the Lantern and Mergellina
In Florence there are the Florentines, the people of Siena are called Senesi, in Poggibonsi Poggibonsesi and so on. But is everything r...View
Reggello: Sammezzano Castle: an oriental dream near Florence
Unknown places & works
In Leccio, a small town in the municipality of Reggello, 30 km from Florence, there is an oriental castle, of the sort you would see in...View
Arezzo: Guido d'Arezzo and the invention of the music
In Talla and surroundings people have no doubt: the inventor of the musical stave, the inventor of the music notes and also of the mode...View
San Marcello Pistoiese: The Kiss of the Christs in Gavinana
It is a very ancient but still popular rite. Two large processions that meet up with a Christ on the cross in front of each one: the he...View
Pisa: Kinzika, the young woman who saved Pisa from the Saracens
It was really her, a young woman with an Arabian name, Kinzica, of the noble Sismondi family, to save Pisa from being sacked by Saracen...View