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Arezzo monasteries

The province of Arezzo is well-known for its superb religious monuments.

The monastery of La Verna is the shrine of a world-wide scale. It was founded by the successors of St. Francis Assisi. At present the shrine embodies an architectural complex which includes basilica, a small church of St. Mary of the Angels (Santa Maria degli Angeli) and the Chapel of the Stigmata, “Birds’ Chapel”, where according to the legend the birds were listening to Assisi, St. Francis cave and his first cell and many other places, which keep the memory of the ascetic and his successors.

Camaldoli monastery was founded around X-XI cent. by Romuald who led an ascetic way of life and had an outstanding reputation. His followers created Camaldoli order. The monastery was hidden in the thick forest and its location fully corresponds to an ascetic way of life of its monks. The ancient chemist’s of the monastery offers not only medicinal herbs but also fine liquor made by the local monks.

The most important church of Alto Casentino is Pieve di Romena in Pratovecchio town. Its sophisticated frescoes and graceful architecture won’t leave you indifferent.


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.