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Arezzo castles

Castello dei Conti Guidi erected in XIII century is the most well-preserved mediaeval fortress in Arezzo. The bridge across defensive ditch leads to the inner yard, decorated with coats of arms of the heads of a monastic order and vicars of Florence republic. The chapel in the castle keeps stunning frescoes. The first floor (“the second”in Amer. English) exhibits museum expositions. There’s also a splendid library with more than 15 000 volumes including incunabula and rare manuscripts. The magnificence of the library is closely interwoven with the wealth of aristocratic family Guidi. The family possessed many feuds in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. The might of the family broke down in 1289 after the battle between Florence and Arezzo. Florence republic defeated Guidi and annexed Poppi – a small town beneath the castle.

Catello di Romena is a castle in Arezzo which is connected with the name of Dante. He mentioned it “Devine comedy”. The castle was erected around 1000 AD and became the most fortified building which controlled the whole Casentino valley. Triple interior walls and towers have been preserved fairly good till now.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.