La Meridiana


Tuscany and Florence

The word Tuscany conjures up images of gentle hills clad with vineyards and glasses brimming with good wine. Blessed with beauty and unparalleled artistic legacy, it’s a region that largely lives up to its image. Our workshops are held in beautiful settings, touching gems like Siena, S. Gimignano and Volterra on our field trips or itinerant workshops.

Florence, a city of timeless beauty with extraordinary memories of the past, it hosts some of Italy’s most magnificent artworks. Nevertheless, besides it’s monumental vocation it still offers precious secrets about people and places. In discovering the monumental and the popular districts of Florence you will come across historic food markets, piazzas with lively street cafés, architecture and sculpture and an immense wealth of frescoes and paintings hosted in magnificent churches and museums.

Field trips to famous sites in Tuscany

One of Italy’s most enchanting cities, Siena’s medieval centre bristles with majestic buildings. Its profusion of churches and museums harbour a wealth of artwork, though equally your day can be effectively filled by simply wandering the snarled lanes of the historic centre, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Volterra’s well-preserved medieval ramparts give the windswept town a proud, forbidding air. An extensive network of mysterious alleys and steeper calf-blasting stone stairways and unrivalled testimony of it’s antique Etruscan origin can transport one back in time.

San Gimignano
S. Gimignano, the famous “Medieval Manhattan”. An essential feature of any visit to central Tuscany, not only on account of its remarkable towers but also the fabulous frescoes and other art works to be seen here.

Cinque Terre
Eighteen kilometres of sheer rocky coastline, terraced hills and vineyards sloping steeply down to the sea. Five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. You can hike, swim, and watch blazing Mediterranean sunsets, moving from one village to another by boat or hike. Centuries old footpaths and mule tracks wind about 500 to 1,000 feet above the sea, leading through olive groves and vineyards, orchards and chestnut woods which have now become a protected area.


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