LIVORNO & PISA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

LIVORNO

The Province of Livorno stretches along the coast of central Tuscany, from Piombino to Livorno, rolling for a brief stretch inland which alternates between plains and hills.

Including some islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, the most frequently visited is Elba, with a variety of attractions and enchanting landscapes. Other islands that belong to the province of Livorno are Capraia, Gorgona, Pianosa and the wild Montecristo.

Livorno, also known as Leghorn, is one of the most important ports in Italy and home to the Italian Naval Academy.

A city which preserves the charm and layout conferred upon it by the Medici’s in the 16th and 17th Centuries: the pentagonal defensive wall surrounded by navigable canals, distinctive red-coloured fortifications such as the Fortezza Vecchia, work of Antonio da Sangallo, the Cathedral and the Via Grande portico.

The Venezia Nuova district is charm personified, built in the 17th Century designed by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti, on the model of the original lagoon city, it includes a dense network of canals with bridges and high buildings.

Nowadays the district preserves most of its original footprint and architectural features such as the bridges, narrow lanes, noblemen’s houses and a dense water network which once linked the port to its warehouses.

The Church of Santa Caterina is of particular artistic importance, while the Sanctuary dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, located not far from Livorno in the village of Montenero, is of great religious significance.

In terms of architecture, the Cisternone  and the Cisternino stand out, built as storage tanks to the Leopoldino aqueduct, in the Neoclassical style, by architect Poccianti.

Located in the beautiful  Villa Mimbelli is the Giovanni Fattori Civic Museum, housing a magnificent collection of Tuscan paintings realised between the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The coast is known as the “Etruscan Coast” considering the abundant traces left by this ancient civilisation, seamlessly fusing natural and cultural aspects.

Amidst the pine woods, long beaches, rocky coastlines and cliffs lie, Castiglioncello, Rosignano Marittimo, Marina di Cecina, Marina di Bibbona and the captivating, Gulf of Baratti and Populonia, perched on the summit of the headland and enclosed by defensive walls and a mighty fortress.

Val di Cornia is an area of distinct natural character comprised of a vast network of protected areas, including the Sterpaia Coastal Park, typical coastal scenery of the Maremma; the Rimigliano Coastal Park, rich in Mediterranean vegetation and further inland the Parco Forestale di Poggio Neri and Montoni Montoni Natural Park with its magnificent oak forests.

The entire territory displays signs of the age-old presence of man, from Etruscan necropolises in the Golfo di Baratti to the evidence of ancient mineral extraction in the Colline Metallifere and the typical Medieval villages, such as Campiglia Marittima and Sassetta.

Castagneto Carducci is of particular interest, comprised of several villages including Bolgheri, for some time the residence of poet Giosuè Carducci.

It is still possible to admire the Oratory of San Guido and tread the path, with its two rows of cypresses, celebrated by the poet in his verses.

A village of great charm with a remarkable artistic legacy that spans the construction of its Romanesque church of San Giusto and the 13th-Century Town Hall and the Fortress ancient origins is Suvereto, located in a panoramic position in the hills.

Livorno’s provincial calendar is a hive of initiatives and events, the most stimulating is the Accademia Navale e Città di Livorno trophy held at the end of April.

During June and July, Livorno is the stage to rowing races between the city’s neighbourhoods and the Palio Marinaro is held on the second Sunday of July.

One stand out cultural event is the Effetto Venezia taking place in the first days of August in the Venezia Nuova district of Livorno.

Among the folk festivals the historical procession in Campiglia Marittima, every second weekend of May.  Finally, on the first Sunday of December in Suvereto is the Boar Fest (sagra), along with the Palio delle Botti (a barrel-rolling tournament), and the Giostra degli Arcieri (Archery Tournament).

We truly believe that every province of Tuscany has something beautiful and unique to offer, as we do your research in advance, you can’t really go wrong, in destinations where you can have everything. Oh before we forget, if you love food, this is truly the food heaven. Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways.

The sheer quantity of subject matter, mixed with a wonderful Mediterranean climate makes this an ideal location to explore your photography, learn new techniques and create lasting memories from your finest photography tour.

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PISA

The Province of Pisa  is located in central-western Tuscany, covering stretches of coastline, wide plains and rolling hills that include areas of the Colline Metallifere to the South.

The coastline is made up of extensive beaches surrounded by high dunes and fresh pinewoods.

Inland landscapes vary, depending on the area's natural features, assuming varying forms and colours, especially when one arrives at the magnificent scenery of the Badlands, a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water.

An erosion phenomenon that characterises Volterrano and Val di Cecina. The famous geysers of Larderello are another extraordinary part of this striking landscape.

For many, the first stop on any tour of the Province must be Pisa itself, situated on the banks of the Arno, conserving precious architecture of a glorious past as the Maritime Republic.

The Campo dei Miracoli complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a piazza of imposing monuments and the most representative structures of the city.

The white structures of the Duomo and Baptistry, both in Pisan Romanesque, the Camposanto Monumentale, and the Bell Tower, known as the famous Leaning Tower all stand out against an immaculate green lawn.

Pisa’s freakishly beautiful building, a sight whose impact no amount of prior knowledge can soften.

All these prodigious buildings belong to Pisa’s Golden Age, from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, when the city was one of the maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

Other Renaissance architecture and churches are enjoyed in the old town, while the central Piazza dei Cavalieri is a sumptuous sight, home to elaborate 16th-Century buildings, such as the Palazzo dei Cavalieri.

To the south-east of the Campo, on the river, you’ll find the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, a fine collection of ecclesiastical art and sculpture, housed in the former monastery of the church.

West along the Arno stands another good museum, the Palazzo Reale, which faces the exquisite little Santa Maria della Spina, on the opposite bank, yet another jewel of the Pisan Gothic architectonic style.

Marina di Pisa is a popular seaside resort, with its typical Art Nouveau villas, whilst Tirrenia is immersed in greenery.

The scenic complex of Certosa di Pisa near Calci is interesting, in order to visit you have to take a tour, while the typical small town of San Miniato is found on a hill overlooking the Valle dell’Arno (Arno River Valley).

Pisa is another Tuscan province dotted with many towns and villages rich in history, above all Volterra having its roots firmly planted in three thousand years of history.

Here we find impressive city walls, the magnificent Porta all’ Arco, the Necropolis of Marmini and numerous artefacts conserved in the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci, bearing testimony of the Etruscan period. It’s safe to say The Renaissance had a significant influence on Volterra, without changing this striking old towns' medieval aspect or character.

There are numerous protected areas, one of particular note is the Parco Naturale Migliarino San Rossore-Massacciucoli.

An area located within close proximity to the coast made up of woods, wetlands and a fine variety of Mediterranean vegetation, home to wild boar, fox and deer.

The Berignone and Monterufoli Forests, in the areas of Volterrana and Alta Val di Cecina, constitute another two vast wooded zones aplenty with plant and animal species.

The thermal springs of Casciana Terme, San Giuliano Terme and Uliveto Terme, famous for the therapeutic qualities of the waters, have served as hot springs spas for health and well-being since time immemorial.

Of the provinces, local festivals and celebration, in June, the luminaria of San Ranieri, takes place in Pisa. Later the same month, colourful galleons entered by Four Maritime Republics comprised of Amalfi, Venezia, Pisa and Genova, compete in a two-kilometre race known as the Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare.

An incredible Corteo Storico comprised of 320 people, eighty from each Republic, dressed in period costume, precedes the race, which starts from the Ponte sull’Aurelia and finishes at the Ponte della Fortezza.

The 2017 challenge was won by Genoa and will return to Pisa again in 2021, after being held in the other three Republics.

Numerous festivals celebrating local products include the May-June Cherry Fest in Lari and the National White Truffle Fair of San Miniato in October.

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TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE PROVINCE OF LIVORNO

Bibbona, Campiglia Marittima, Campo nell’Elba, Capoliveri, Caprai Island, Castagneto, Carducci, Cecina, Collesalvetti, Livorno, Marciana Marina, Piombino, Porto Azzurro, Portoferraio, Rio Marina, Rio nell’Elba, Rosignano Marittimo, San Vincenzo, Sassetta and Suereto.

TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE PROVINCE OF PISA

Bientina, Buti, Calci, Calcinaia, Campannoli, Casale Marittimo, Casciana Terme, Cascina, Castelfranco di Sotto, Castellina Marittima, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina, Chianni, Crespina Lorenzana, Faugli, Guardistallo, Lajatico, Lari, Lorenzana, Montecatini Val di Cecina, Montescudaio, Monteverdi Marittimo, Montopoli in Val d’Arno, Orciano Pisano, Palaia, Peccioli, Pisa, Pomarance, Ponsacco, Pontedera, Riparbella, San Giuliano Terme, San Miniato, Santa Croce sull’Arno, Santa Luce, Santa Maria a Monte, Terricciola, Vecchiano, and Volterra.

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