Lajatico, history, culture and good living

Lajatico is a hilltop tuscan village in the district of Pisa in the Valdera area and separates the river Era from the Sterza stream, its territory lies between 50 and 628 meters above sea level.

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The first settlements have a roman and etruscan origins while the oldest records can be traced in the 891 AC when the place was a property of the counts Pannocchieschi D’Elci.

During the Middle Ages the castle was contested between Pisa and Florence and when in 1435 the florentines finally recaptured it, the wall and the fortress were dismantled.

On the main square stands a turreted structure, once (13th century) the Palazzo Pretorio, used as a prison. On the façade, can be seen the coats of arms of the Corsini family and the Camaldolese monks who lived there when the building was a monastery.

A historic symbol of the Era valley (Valdera) and once part of the Castle of Lajatico is the Civic Tower located in the west part of the village with its bronze bell dating back to 1279.

Worth of mention are:

  • The Church of San Leonardo erected in the 3rd century and transformed in the 19th century
  • Villa Fattoria Medicea Corsini once hunting residence of Lorenzo il magnifico, now a large farm
  • The Mofetta of Lajatico a natural phenomenon of muddy water affected by a carbon source of geothermal energy
  • Rocca of Pietracassia one of the most ancient defensive buildings in the region of Valdera
  • The Windmills, the remains of two mills built in the 17th century placed in spectacular panoramic position
  • Teatro del Silenzio, a natural amphitheater, a brilliant idea from singer Andrea Bocelli to promote its homeland with music and culture

Lajatico is also part of an important step on the Wine road of the Pisan Hills, a route where visitors can find quality agri-farm hospitality, wine culture that stretches from tasting and enjoying fine tuscan wines, savor a local typical dish or visiting vineyards and wine cellars, to be part of a cultural event.

Lajatico is a point of interest all year around and Arianna & Friends, a local tour operator, can be of great help in order to make a worthwhile experience of this territory in terms of food, wine and culture.

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Lajatico … a very “famous” place

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“Io la vedo questa terra, la sento premere sotto i miei piedi.
E’ la mia terra. E’ una terra che ama il silenzio, come lo amo io.
E se rompo questo silenzio con la mia voce lo faccio per rendere omaggio a questi luoghi e alla mia gente.
La musica penetra la terra, la percorre e vola lontanissima. 
E’ un messaggio d’amore.”

(Andrea Bocelli)

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Lajatico is a place that is so simple to love, both for the beauty of its hills and for the excellence of its gastronomic traditions and the excellence of its wines.

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And what about the Theatre of Silence ….?

This name sounds familiar,doesn’t it …?
We think so ..

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Of course ! It’s the natural open air amphitheatre that hosts once a year, the concert of a famous citizen of Lajatico: Andrea Bocelli!

It’s the biggest event in Tuscany that attracts people from all over the world !

For information and packages : http://www.ariannandfriends.com/andreabocelli.htm

Children play at Elisa’s, in Lajatico.

palloncini In Valdera, children have a special place to have fun thanks to the joyful activities organized by Elisa at Agriturismo Bellavista located in the quiet village of Lajatico….

what?!quiet?!Lajatico is not quiet at all in July when Bocelli performes at teatro del Silenzio, right underneath Bellavista swimming pool!

Well,ok, besides July, Lajatico is a quiet medieval charming hamlet and here Elisa organizes at Bellavista playful activities for children during winter afternoons. She calls clowns and story-tellers, face painters for children and prepares yummy ‘merenda’ snacks for everybody!

For a full day of fun for you and your children come to Bellavista Sunday 02nd December 2012.

Booking at 347-3094930
www.ristorantebellavistatoscana.it

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