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“………She lighted the fire with tiny wooden branches, then she put “testi”, a kind of thick dish made with local special stone, where necci paste is directly melt.  Necci are a kind of “pancake”, made with chestnut flour and water, you mix it until obtain a smoth paste that you can pour on testi, actually not direclty, first you put some chestnut leaves on the testi, then you pour the necci paste. Chestnut leaves must be picked after the first August storm, then dried hanging at the windows…As soon as the heaten testi touch these leaves, a intriguing smell of wood comes out and carries you back in time…Then you finally pile one layer of testi with chesnut leaves and necci paste, then another same layer of testi, chestnut leaves, paste……smoke comes out while the strong heat cooks necci, which you can taste after few minutes…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the memory of a fantastic day I spent on Pistoia Mountains some years ago.  And this is what you can experience here on the beautiful Autumn months.

Foliage colours are stunning, hills and mountains are performing an extraordinary natural show of the beauty of their trees, their wild nature and tasty flavours.

It is chestnut time:  our tradition is to spend time walking in the woods picking up the chestnuts fallen from the trees, and then go home and maybe light a fireplace, enjoy a good glass of red wine, and finally eat roasted or boiled chestnuts…..

And it is not only a private celebration, it’s something people like to share: not ony inviting friends at home, but also joining the traditional feasts organized all over the area.   

Here you are a basic list, please get in touch if you wish to receive further details:  aptpistoia@gmail. com

Autumn is fantastic!

http://www.pistoia.turismo.toscana.it

24 October 2010

Chestnut feast in  Cireglio

Boiled chestnut feast in Momigno

Chestnut feast at La Bicocca mountain retreat at Doganaccia

October 30 and 31 2010

Chestnut festival in Cutigliano: this is a main event representing not only chestnuts and what we can prepare with them, but the whole world of their cultivation

Chestnut feast in Piteglio

the full programme is available here: http://www.pistoia.turismo.toscana.it/en/eventi-del-mese.html

Traditional feast are normally events where the small villages open their centres to stalls selling food and handicrafting, with meals served or just snacks, beside the typical preparation of chestnuts as “ballocce”, “necci”, “castagnaccio”

Want to learn what does it mean? You just need to COME AND ENJOY!!!

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Enjoy Nature and Tuscan mountains beauties at the slow and good pace of Nordic Walking!

From August 1st to Septmber 30th, Abetone, on Pistoia Mountains, guests a series of special events and regular excursions of Nordic Walking.

Every Tuesday: trip  to LAGO NERO – mini training on Nordic Walking, level: medium/hard – timing: 3h-3h30 – Euro 15 per person

Every Thursday: trip to LIBRO APERTO – mini training on Nordic Walking, level: medium/easy – timing: 3h – Euro 15 per person

On the other days classes+trips are available on request, with 3 different levels: basic, techincal 1, technical 2 – cost per lesson Euro 10 – full minitraining of 3 lessons: Euro 25

SPECIAL EVENTS

AUGUST 10th 2010

WALKING TOWARDS THE STARS

It’s St. Lorenzo night and everywhere in Italy people watch the sky looking for falling stars…at Abetone there is a trip starting from sunset and getting back during the night – Nordic Walking minitraining, starting from 5.30 pm at Seggiovia Selletta and walk until sunset to reach Monte Gomito. Dinner at Rifugio La Selletta – walk back under the stars – cost per person Euro 30.

SEPTEMBER 4th 2010

ENJOY  SEPTEMBER BREEZE

Trip with minitraining – meeting point Seggiovia Selletta at 8.30 am, walk on Abetone mountains and in the woods, lunch at Rifugio La Selletta, Euro 30 per person

For further information: aptpistoia@gmail. com  or nordic.walking@skicollegeselletta.com – call: 348-7808465

Enjoy nature, feel free…..join us on Tuscan mountains!

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The first itinerary has already been made, and I was there.

It was surprising. Discovering beautiful pieces of contemporary art in Pistoia countryside or on its beautiful hills, in fantastic prestigious locations, it was really an experience even for me, travelling in this area for years now.

Well Pistoia Arteconte is a fantastic project, unfortunately all promotional material is available in Italian only, so apart from telling you about last Sunday’s visit, I will give you details on the next events. Please get in touch if you want to attend, there are very good English speaking professional guides, so there will be no problem in joining the group!

LAST but NOT LEAST: you travel on a bus, you have guided tours, drinks, aperitifs snacks, you get entrances to venues, all FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the case there are lunches envolved, you can decide to get a special menu for 15 euro or to come with your own food!

So ART is for everybody, and it is in very simple places.

Places where people worked, where farmers have grown their olive trees, places of extraordinary elegance and great history, as Medici’s villas.

Art can be anywhere. And Pistoia area is a perfect location for it.

So last Sunday the tour started from Quarrata, less than 10 km from Pistoia centre, a bit on the hills, formerly famous for its big furniture factories.

The centre of Quarrata hasn’t anything “historical”, it hasn’t got an identity. Or better say, stil not has an identity. But this identity is becoming now real, thanks to the City Hall effort to provide its people with pieces of art telling about their life. So now they have an “industrial archaeology” area transfomed into exhibition centre, technological centre, and a library with contemporary style architectures. And there are the works of their beloved citizen artist Agenore Fabbri.  I am not here telling all his personal story, or to give you details on its art life, you just should see it. He specialized in shaping his stories and emotions on clay tiles or statues, but he did fantastic sculpturing as well.

 

 After the centre of Quarrata, we went on its hills to the beautiful Medici mansion, Villa La Magia. A beautiful garden, a fantastic location, now owned by the City Hall, but supporting artists for years by guesting them there to work, and they left some of their works in the beautiful garden. The main villa is now under renovation, ground floor is already done and part of the first floor as well.

We were guided to see what the artists created in the park, and what is inside the villa. Fabbri,  Anne and Patrick Poirier, Bagnoli, Nagasawa, just to mention some of them, left their art works in the beautiful nature  of the park, melting with trees, grass, flowers, branches, stones….really enchanting views…!

First contemporary art, then music. A fantastic jazz player and musician playes live in the villa lounge, just for us, amazing music…and then a very nice lunch in the former horse stables.

In the afternoon, after a morning under the rain, the sun came out to shine on the beautiful fountain/art work of Jorio Vivarelli we visited in Fognano, a few km from Montale, our last stop.

I will use another post to tell you more about the great artist Vivarelli, just watch this now, and see how the beauty of Tuscan nature is in a perfect armony with the art of a Tuscan author…despite the sufference and the strenght behind his work, this is really beauty!

We then moved to Villa Smilea in Montale, another surprising Medici mansion in the countryside.

 The Renaissance style and splendour are perfectly represented in this unique location, a castle with two towers dominating the countryside.

The Villa guests a permanent exhibition of some art works from Jorio Vivarelli and there is also  a space for temporary exhibitions now open for a Vivarelli alumnus Andrea Dami, presenting his last original works.

The day ended again with music, a Voyage a Paris, really intersting voyage through poets and musicians of the early ‘900 en la Ville Lumiere…

A day in art, an experience to do, here you are the list of the next itineraries:

Sunday, April 18
10.00 am Meeting at the train station in Pistoia
Monsummano Terme
10.30 am Mac n – Museum of modern art of the twentieth century – Villa Renatico Martini
Welcome Coffee
Flashes: colors, music and words
Performances and music in the villa  – visit the exhibition of Leonardo Savioli
In collaboration with Laboratory Cooperative Gioda Afrodita
Pièces Brèves
Salvadori Marco, oboe
Stefano Vicentini, bassoon
Music by George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Fiala, Heitor Villa – Lobos
12.30 Lunch (about € 15,00 per person at the Poggio degli Olivi, reservations required by Thursday, April 15 sees the number 800974102. The service is guaranteed for a minimum of 20 people. If you want youcome with your own packed lunches, it  is also planned an open space in the park)
PESCIA
15.00 Collodi, Pinocchio Park. Visit the works of Venturino Venturi, Emilio Greek, Giovanni Michelucci Porcinai Peter, Peter and Marco Zanuso Consagra
16.30 Visit to Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti
17.30
A breath of twentieth century
Wind quintet of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Music by Nino Rota, Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Jacques Ibert, Gianfrancesco Malipiero, Ferenc Farkas

Sunday, May 9
Pistoia City ‘
10.00 am Meeting at Pistoia Piazza Garibaldi
Guided tour of the works of the Old Town: Around the Sun by Roberto Barni Square (the vegetable), the Moon in the Well of John Ruff (Piazza Giovanni XXIII), The Miracle of Marino Marini (Palazzo Comunale, Piazza Duomo)
11.00 Museo Marino Marini, Knight on Horseback
Breakfast with musical accompaniment by the band of Burgundians Pistoia and tour of the museum
13.00 Lunch at the Cafeteria Marino Marini (€ 15.00 per person, reservations required by Thursday, May 6. The service is guaranteed for a minimum of 30 people)
15.00 Hemodialysis Hospital Pavilion of strain (by Armenians)
Science and art in the service of man
Guided tour of works by Daniel Buren, Dani Caravan, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Claudio Parmiggiani and John Ruffo.
16.00 Fabroni Palace (Via Santa 5) second floor
A museum to reflect on contemporary
Guided tour of the permanent collection
17.00 Fabroni Palace, the first floor hall
Through the form
Lawrence Fire, violin I
Andrea Tavani, violin II
Pierpaolo Ricci, purple
Elida Pali, cello
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy

Saturday, May 15
14.00 Meeting at the train station in Pistoia
Visit the private collection of Villa Celle Santomato – Pistoia
(The tour lasts 4 hours. Expected return at 19.00)  FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST

Saturday, May 22
15.00 Meeting at the train station in Pistoia
15.20 Stonorov Villa Foundation, Pistoia Jorio Vivarelli, bracken (Pistoia)
The theater of memory
Piece dedicated to the sculptor Jorio Vivarelli   made by Massimo Biagi, with musical interludes by the Municipal School of Music and Dance Theater Teodulo Mabellini Pistoia
Screening of video Jorio Vivarelli sculptor matter of life by Veronica Ferretti
bookings: 0573 97461
Maximum 50 people for 11 days of April 18, 9 and 22 May
Maximum 25 people per day on May 15
Participation is free and includes any transfer by bus, entrance to museums, guides and concerts.
The lunches on 11 and 18 April and 9 May, at a cost of € 15.00 per person agreement, require to be booked to the number 0573 97461 in the manner described for each day.
Participants will be given a small gift from the laboratory created Arizoe of Pistoia (Via San Marco 23)

The project is realized with the contribution of the Tuscany Region and the Province of Pistoia in collaboration with the Municipalities of Monsummano Terme Montale, Pescia, Pistoia and Quarrata; Fondazione Marino Marini, Pistoia, Pistoia Foundation Jorio Vivarelli, Carlo Collodi Foundation Pescia, Fattoria di Celle in Pistoia (loc. Santomato), l * USL 3 Pistoia

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Lovers watch the sky, feel the universe as the ideal place to guest their love….Wish to share romance with your loved one in a very special place?

On Pistoia mountains there is one. There you can watch the sky in a special way: the Astronomical Observatory in San Marcello!

And take the chance to visit the fantastic ski resort at short distance, or the cosy art town of Pistoia……there will be surprises for your senses……

Further information can be found here:

http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/intoscana2/export/TurismoRTen/sito-TurismoRTen/Contenuti/Elementi-interesse/Mostre-permanenti/visualizza_asset.html_1853830198.html

Think about the stars, and then a fireplace, a relaxed athmosphere in a Tuscan farmhouse or a mountain cottage…..here we are, you need to come to Pistoia mountains!

info:   info@pistoia.turismo.toscana.it

           aptpistoia@gmail.com

or check here to find packages: https://mountainsoftuscany.wordpress.com/ski-travel-packages/

of course these offers can be customized! just get in touch!

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Did you know? If you travel for the ski season and are at least 15 people, we can grant you great incentives and discounts as:

Contributions for transport expenses (coach, aeroplane, train)
Contributions for ski-lifts systems expenses
Contributions for guides and tour leaders

 Province of Pistoia, Official Tourism Board “Abetone, Pistoia, Pistoia Mountains”
 and  the “Pistoiese Apennine” Mountain Community support groups for two kinds of holidays:

– ski holidays

– green holidays

Here enclosed you find the details of the available incentives and the application form to be filled in and submitted to our adminstration.

If you need further information get in touch at aptpistoia@gmail.com

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HAPPY 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waiting for the snow becoming perfect for skiing, people here on holidays or coming for the holiday season in February, have many chances to discover our beautiful land, with its nature, wine&food, culture.

Villages up on the mountains can be discovered in order to know the past of the people living here, a past whose signs and traditions are still alive thanks to Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese, in particular in the Museo della Gente dell’Appennino Pistoiese in Rivoreta (museum dedicate to Pistoia’s Appenine people), close to Abetone, which I suggest to visit.

There are actually people still keeping the old traditions, doing the hard jobs on mountains areas, with a strong contact with nature: in fact Museum’s aim is to connect the past to the present,  and it does it in a very innovating way, stimulating interaction with visitors and their creativity, there is also a Toys Lab. I think this is a good way to keep the past alive, let generations know what was going on, and not loose that, because it still is a great resource.

During winter time this Museum is open on week-ends only, for any information contact:

I.A.T. Abetone  Tel.  +39 0573 60231 

We are almost at the end of Christmas holiday season, but for us there still is a last celebration, that of “BEFANA” the elderly lady flying on her sweep and filling with toys the socks kids prepared….everything between tomorrow night and the January 6th, the official Epifania, where the feast comes from. The origin of the feast is related to Christians traditions, and to the story of the three kings coming from far away taking to Jesus Christ their gifts……guided by a star!

Befana is a great tradition for us, many small events are going on tomorrow and on Jan. 6th. Please get in touch writing at aptpistoia@gmail.com to receive detailed info!

Skiing season has started, and Pistoia mountains are ready to welcome you!

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Check snow reports on http://www.pistoia.turismo.toscana.it

orange: closed   green: open

on the following table you will find a list of the open and closed plants and ski runs, at the moment available in Italian, but you can easily understand that red means closed and green open!

on the next days I will update this info, but in case you need further info please send us an email at: aptpistoia@gmail.com!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
   
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 ABETONE
Chiuso
Aperto
Portata persone
Portata oraria persone
Quota partenza
Quota arrivo
Dislivello
Lunghezza
Tempo percorrenza
2 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO PULICCHIO chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
5 SEGGIOVIA QUADRIPOSTO REGINE aperto
4
2200
1282,8
1704
421,2
1838
6’53”
7 TAPIS ROULANT KINDER PARK LA MACCHIONA chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
8 TAPIS ROULANT KINDER PARK CAMPO SCUOLA REGINE chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
9 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO SCUOLA aperto
 
600
1370
1380
10
50
1′
10 SEGGIOVIA ABETONE SELLETTA aperto
2
1200
1390
1704
314
1465
9′
11 SEGG. CAMPO SCUOLA ABETONE aperto
2
1200
1349
1375
26
155
 
12 SEGG. CAMPO TENNIS aperto
3
1800
1342
1374
32
195
1′ 6”
13 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO OVOVIA aperto
 
800
 
 
0
 
 
14 SEGGIOVIA V. IMPERATORI SELLETTA chiuso
2
750
1365
1700
335
1247
8′
16 SCIOVIA GOMITO chiuso
 
720
1680
1875
195
704
4′
18 TELECABINA OVOVIA aperto
8
2400
1330
1892
562
2200
7′
19 SCIOVIA ZENO 3 OVOVIA chiuso
 
900
1330
1620
290
1100
 
20 SEGGIOVIA PULICCHIO chiuso
4
2400
1240
1680
440
1800
6′
21 SCIOVIA BAGGIOLEDA chiuso
 
900
1440
1640
200
800
 
22 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE TRE POTENZE chiuso
4
2220
1503
1866
363
1240
8′ 15″
23 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE MONTE GOMITO aperto
4
2000
1520
1892
372
1055
7′ 01″
24 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE PASSO DI ANNIBALE aperto
3
1800
1503
1807
304
1034
7′ 30″
26 SEGGIOVIA P.SSO SPRELLA aperto
4
2400
1465
1535
70
400
2′ 44″
27 SCIOVIA JOLLY chiuso
 
720
1500
1572
72
320
2′ 00″
28 SCIOVIA ABETINA chiuso
 
717
1465
1480
15
197
1′ 20″
  TOTALE    
22927
     
12097
 
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IMPIANTI CUTIGLIANO-DOGANACCIA
Chiuso
Aperto
Portata persone Portata oraria persone Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Tempo percorrenza
40 FUNIVIA CUTIGLIANO DOGANACCIA aperto
45
660
731
1516
785
3050
7′
41 FUNIVIA DOGANACCIA CROCE ARCANA chiuso
15
620
1546
1795
249
1000
3′ 30″
42 SCIOVIA FAGGIO DI MARIA chiuso
 
750
1446
1716
270
825
5′ 30″
43 SCIOVIA CAMPO SCUOLA 1 aperto
 
750
1435
1598
163
720
4′
44 SCIOVIA CAMPO SCUOLA 2 chiuso
 
700
1435
1594
159
700
4′
  
N. Mappa PISTE DA SCI ABETONE Chiusa
Aperta
Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Difficoltà Innevamento programmato  
5
Campi Scuola Le Regine chiusa 1252  1198 54 300  Blu    
6
Chierroni chiusa 1704 1282,8 421,2 2300 Blu    
7
Selletta aperta 1704 1390 314 2800 Blu    
8
Giulio Ferrari aperta 1374 1342 32 220 Blu    
9
Campo Scuola Abetone aperta 1375 1349 26 200 Blu    
10
Foresto chiusa 1700 1570 130 700 Rossa    
11
Riva chiusa 1700 1365 335 2300 Rossa    
12
Stucchi chiusa 1892 1330 562 3000 Rossa    
13
Monte Gomito 1 chiusa 1875 1680 195 1300 Blu    
14
Monte Gomito 2 chiusa 1875 1680 195 1500 Rossa    
15
Zeno 1 chiusa 1892 1550 342 1300 Nera    
16
Zeno 2 aperta 1892 1330 562 2500 Rossa    
17
Variante Zeno 3 – Zeno 2 chiusa 1610  1310  300 1350  Rossa    
18
Zeno 3 aperta 1892 1330 562 2600 Rossa    
19
Pista Slalom (gare allenamenti) chiusa 1620 1330 290 1300 Rossa    
20
Raccordo Pulicchio Zeno 3 chiusa 1780 1680 100 850 Rossa    
21
Seghi chiusa 1680 1235 445 2100 Blu    
22
Pulicchio chiusa 1680 1450 230 1200 Rossa    
23
Coppi 1 chiusa 1680 1440 240 1500 Blu    
24
Coppi 2 chiusa 1680 1240 440 2200 Rossa    
25
Raccordo Zeno 3 Pulicchio chiusa 1700  1480  220 710 Rossa    
26
Otto aperta 1790 1690 100 700 Rossa    
28
Passo d’Annibale chiusa 1807 1503 304 2500 Rossa/Blu    
29
Tre Potenze chiusa 1866 1503 363 2800 Rossa/Blu    
30
Roccione chiusa 1730 1520 210 900 Rossa    
32
Celina Seghi aperta 1892 1520 372 2400 Rossa    
33
Abetina chiusa 1572 1500 72 500 Blu    
34
Jolly chiusa 1480 1465 15 200 Blu    
35
Sprella aperta 1535 1465 70 800 Blu    
  Snowpark Ovovia 1 chiusa 1850 1600 250 700 Rossa     
  Snowpark Ovovia 2  chiusa 1700 1550 150 300 Rossa     
  Snowpark Val di Luce  chiusa         Rossa     
  TOTALE         44030      
  
N. Mappa PISTE DA SCI DOGANACCIA Chiusa
Aperta
Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Difficoltà Innevamento programmato  
50 Chierroni chiusa 1793 1574 219 2120 Blu/Rossa 35%  
51 Faggio di Maria chiusa 1793 1435 358 1540 Rossa 100%  
52 Direttissima chiusa 1793 1435 358 1390 Rossa/Nera 100%  
53 Angela chiusa 1793 1446 347 1490 Rossa 50%  
54 Campo scuola aperta 1598 1435 163 960 Blu 100%  
55 Pista 2 aperta 1598 1435 163 1080 Blu 100%  
56 Pista 3 aperta 1598 1435 163 1050 Blu/Rossa 100%  
 57 Paginone 2 chiusa 1645 1446 199 780 Nera 100%  
 58 Raccordino chiusa 1598 1446 152 470 Rossa 100%  
 59 Panoramica chiusa 1793 1598 195 3500 Blu 45%  
  TOTALE         14380      
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PISTE DI FONDO COMPRENSORIO
               
  Maiori Abetone
chiusa 1400 1450 50 8000 Facile    
  Anello Lazzi Doganaccia
chiusa 1415 1470 55 7300 Facile    
  Anello Croce Arcana
chiusa 1537 1734 197 3700 Media    
  Orto di Giovannino Pian di Novello (non funzionante)
chiusa              
  Casetta Pulledrari – Maresca
chiusa 1222 1300 78 6000 Media/facile    
                     

 

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