This is just to remain with the destinations that everyone is familiar with. However, when you are here, you will discover the fascinating world of the gullies which made an impression even on Leonardo Da Vinci, to the point that he placed them in the background of his paintings of both the Mona Lisa and the Virgin of the Rocks. You will find the “Adam’s stone” that Michelangelo was to reproduce, in the Sistine Chapel, in the scene of the Creation. You will discover that “lightness of the air” to which the great genius attributed the gift of his art when chatting to another great man of these places, Giorgio Vasari: in Arezzo, you can see the largest altar-piece (The Wedding of Esther and Ahasuerus) painted by him, the house, and the dignity of the Loggias. Here, you will find the thousand-years-old forests of the National Park of the Casentino area, or an early- medieval ambo from which the priest celebrated Mass when Charlemagne was not yet born; at Gropina, a Romanesque parish church is set in a small village where you will have the pleasure of hearing only the sound of your own steps and the song of the birds as you return. And, a little further on, you will find Loro Ciuffenna, with its medieval (12th c.) mill high over a small canyon, which is a canyon as only Tuscany can have: i.e. on a human scale.

Only a happy island? Yes and no. Canto alla Moraia is far from the traffic of the most travelled main roads and from the stress of the big cities, but it is the umbilical cord of a cultural and environmental deposit that is unique in the world. Let’s equip ourselves with a map and compass, and describe around the resort a circle with a radius of 50 km, less than one hour by car: here is Florence (which can also be reached by train from nearby Montevarchi, almost an underground railway); here is Fiesole, Siena, Arezzo, Monte San Savino, Cortona, Pienza, Sansepolcro, Città del Castello, Anghiari; the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna; the hermitage of Camaldoli. But that is not all: the Prada outlet is 15 km away, and that of Gucci, 30 km. We extend the radius up to 80 km, and here are San Marino and San Leo; here are Urbino and Gubbio, Perugia, Lake Trasimeno, the baths of Bagno Vignoni and Rapolano, Volterra and San Geminiano. If we go a bit further, it takes us less than 2 hours by car to reach Rimini and the Adriatic Riviera, Ravenna, Foligno and Spoleto, Pietrasanta, Viareggio, Versilia, and the Apuan Alps, and Pisa. If we wish, we can face the stress of the motorway: Bologna is not far away, and Rome is a reasonable distance; Milan is 365 km away.

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