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Valdinievole - despite certain claims to fame - is not exactly a red-hot destination among tourists who flock to the region in search of a well-paved, carefully planned holiday to Tuscany. Villas to rent in nearby regions, however, will allow you to explore this tiny hidden gem, which is nestled between the Lucca and Pistoia provinces. Those who do visit the lovely region around Valdinievole are instantly smitten by its low-key, yet memorable charms.
A Cultural Haven
Each little village or hamlet throughout Valdinievole has a story to tell, as does much of Tuscany. Villas to rent may not be a prevalent as those in more high profile regions, but you'll never have a problem finding somewhere to stay. It is an extremely friendly place and the locals all love to share their stories and traditions, especially with foreigners. The result is a true 'melting pot' of different cultures, beliefs and ideas. The natural scenic beauty of the place-from Montalbane to the Valleriana Mountains-is nothing short of jaw dropping, with rolling meadows and low hills of vineyards and olive groves. It is also home to a fantastic museum: the Museum of Natural Science and Archaeology in Palazzo Obizzi, in the town of Pescia.
Not many people are aware of this, but Valdinievole is where Carlo Lorenzetti was born-specifically in a little town called Collodi. Lorenzetti was the author of a famous story about a little wooden boy named Pinocchio, whose nose increased in length each time he told a lie. Today in Collodi, there is a theme park dedicated to the story of Pinocchio, which will delight the entire family, not just the children. However, it must be said that for those bringing their children to Tuscany, villas to rent in this area would be a hit!
Valdinievole is rich with natural bounties and scenic beauty, and the locals certainly make the most of it. For some health-giving relaxation, the way nature intended it to be, you can visit the hot springs of Montecatini Terme, where you can luxuriate and regain focus and plan the day's more exhilarating activities.
For a whirlwind tour of the region, take in the charming towns of Vellano, Buggiano, Marliana and Monsummano. Or, for those who are adventurous in spirit, there are hiking or cycling tours designed to give the visitor a comprehensive exploration of the entire Valdinievole. You can start from Pescia then proceed around the winding roads along the mountainside and through the low valleys, providing a memorable opportunity to enjoy the area's wildlife and the always fantastic scenery of Tuscany. Villas to rent in this fantastic region will open your eyes to the lesser-known beauty of Italy.
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