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Biking or trekking on Pistoia mountains is always nice. Now is the perfect time of the year!!!!!!!!!

THE “LAND OF SAN MARCELLO” – PISTOIA MOUNTAIN RANGE BETWEEN REPUBLIC AND PRINCEDOM

Route 1: From Pian dei Termini towards Monte Peciano
Route 2: ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Towards Monte Gennaio
Route 3: Circular Cycle path of Pratorsi

How to reach Gavinana by car:
from Pistoia: Take road SR no. 66 until Campotizzoro, take a right on the provincial road near “Ponte alla Falce”. This road leads to Gavinana after about 5 kilometers.
” from Lucca Take road SS no. 12 “dell’Abetone e del Brennero”, take a right on road SR no. 66 near La Lima towards San Marcello Pistoiese.

Route 1
From Pian dei Termini towards Monte Peciano
This is an easy route on rough track. From Pian dei Termini follow a slightly sloping stretch, which leads into a thick conifer wood. Halfway there is a spring water fountain, rich in minerals..
Route 2
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Towards Monte Gennaio
The route follows well-marked CAI paths that cross the Teso Forest. From Pian dei Termini the route is mostly uphill except a few stretches, until you reach the midway point. Along the path there are great viewpoints looking out onto the Northern Apennines.
Route 3
Circular Cycle path of Pratorsi
It is a brief route of medium difficulty. The first stretch is on an asphalt road that leads to the refuge of Pratorsi, and then continues on both tracks and asphalt road. The gradient and steep downhill stretch make this route particularly unusual.

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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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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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Snow arrived, finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tuscany mountains of Pistoia are waiting for you! Fly low cost to Pisa or Florence, and you will easily reach our beatiful ski resorts…..and maybe take the chance to visit Pistoia art city as well!

want more information? write us at aptpistoia@gmail.com!

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Travelling around in Tuscany you meet with such different realities, from a natural point of view, as well as from historical, art, cultural and social point of views.  

Well, I was once driving up on the hills and mountains of Pistoia, and asked myself the origin of those special features of the territory, the reasons of the athmosphere you find there.

My first answer was: mountains. The second was: we are on the borderline with Emilia Romagna…..

Here a few notes on a very interesting project trying to make the boundaries area a tourist area of interest.  There is also a specific webisite where you can find info, gps maps for biking and trekking over there: http://aptpistoia.megamente.com/index_EN.cfm

The mountains, as natural obstacles, are often considered borders destined to separate opposing sides. However, border areas can not be thought of solely as dividing elements: they must be considered for their most important characteristics, and seen as “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places” (Febvre).

 Among the elements that distinguish border areas, especially in the mountain, were the roads that lead to the mountain passes, the shelters for travelers (churches, hospices and inns), the border stations or other military or commercial control structures.

 The mountain area was, not only in the past, marked by defined settlements (castles or villages), by extensive woodland, by pasture land, streams dotted with factories and thick network of footpaths. The mountain, which dominated and continues to dominate over all this, is a natural and breachable boundary – depending on the seasons.  

The evidence of the material culture, traditions and folk tales, and even the relations of governing officers, tell us of a difficult world with meagre resources.

The beautiful historical maps, almost like old “photographs” from the past, show us the mountain landscape as it was, until it’s transformations of the modern age.

Taking inspiration from this rich documentary asset, the project “The ancient boundaries of the Mountainof Pistoia” acts as a meeting point for historical research and the modern needs for tourism (culture and sport), as well as education, hoping to conserve the original characteristics of the territory and an awareness of ecology.

Very often one thinks of boundaries as a line that separates two realities, be it states, communities, or other. An imaginary line, sometimes linked to natural obstacles such as mountains or rivers, and often linked to political and human events. In reality, as many historians as Lucien Febvre have taught us, mountains, rivers and forests, although they are dividing points, they are also “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places(L.Febvre, The Earth and Human Evolution, Turin 1980).

More notes on this project on future posts………meanwhile, I would like to hear about your world boundaries: are they physical, as mountains and rivers,   or lakes…or Oceans?

what do you think is the influence of physical boundaries on social life, therefore on your psycological, inner life?

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