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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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Tiziano Terzani's trail
There is a small village on the Pistoia mountains, Orsigna, which had the honour of becoming Tiziano Terzani’s 'retreat'. The designation of him as journalist and writer is rather restricting, in fact Terzani himself preferred to be seen as a 'traveller' in search for answers. After visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, China and the Himalayas, Terzani decided to spend his final years, precisely the last days of his life, when his cancer was rife, in the peace of Orsigna. Orsigna is a 45 minute drive from Pistoia and can be reached via the Modenese 66 State Road: once in Pontepetri, head for Pracchia and from there follow the signs to Orsigna. After you have arrived here, to take Tiziano Terzani’s path to the so-called tree with eyes, you have two choices: by foot from Orsigna following the no. 5 CAI path (it takes about an hour and a half), or drive to the tiny village of Case Cucciani. The proper path, entitled to Terzani in 2005 a year after his death, starts from this point, as signalled by the path board. Crossing a shady beech forest you will get to the clearing in in ten minutes: it is like a terrace overlooking a green valley. In its centre there stands a large cherry tree. You will be immediately captured by the intimate atmosphere of the place where silence and reflection will come to you magically and spontaneously. You will simply feel like sitting cross-legged and let your thoughts flow. You will notice the glass eyes attached to the trunk: Terzani himself placed them there to explain in a simple and direct way to his grandson Novalis that trees have a soul too, therefore, they should be treated with love and respect. Besides the eyes, messages, objects and memories of those who visited it hang from the tree. Around, there are always numerous piles of stones stacked on top of each other according to the zen practice. An experience not to be missed if you read Tiziano Terzani’s books, and if you have never read them, after visiting this magical glade, you will definitely want to.
Isola Del Giglio: The population of the Giglio Island among the Lantern and Mergellina
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Certaldo: The mysteries of Certaldo: underground tunnels and ‘Poggio del Boccaccio’
Mysteries & Legends
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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