Montecarlo Lucca

Montecarlo in Tuscany

The Fort and village Montecarlo was founded in 1333 by future Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV , who freed the nearby city of Lucca from Pisa city occupation. A true settlement, however, appeared only after the Florentine destroyed the nearby castle of Vivinaia, and the authorities of the Republic of Lucca moved the population to…

Barga Lucca

Barga in Tuscany

Barga is mentioned for the first time in the 9th century as a feud of the Lombard family of Rolandinghi. In the 11th century, it obtained privileges including tax exemptions by Matilda di Canossa Countess of Tuscany, however, it remained still subordinate to Lucca. When Matilda died, she left all her properties, including the Serchio…

Pietrasanta Tuscany

Pietrasanta in Tuscany

Pietrasanta: A small Athens in Tuscany The town of Pietrasanta was founded in 1255 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, from Milan. Today it’s considered the “Small Athens of Tuscany”, since it was the goal of the greatest marble carvers than every age and has always accommodated great artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti and more recently Henry Moore,…

villa torrigiani lucca

Villas and Gardens in Lucca

From Montaigne to Gualdo Priorato and Georg Christoph Martini, the image of Lucca is closely bound up with the territory: a serene and opulent city “girdled on all sides by a theatre of hills, most agreeable for the abundance of Delightful and Sumptuous Villas that are to be seen, with Magnificent Palaces, Charming Gardens and…