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There are other places worthwhile seeing in this part of Tuscany, all half hour or little longer away par car from Il Poggio Fiorito. We would like to recommend you a few , because we believe that visiting them would enrich your stay in this area. We would be most happy to help you organize these visits.

1) If you travel with children , a trip to Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, a puppet known all over the world, would make them happy. A 30 feet-high Pinocchio (the world's tallest) will greet them as they enter town and inside the Pinocchio Park they will have a lot of fun, with games, puppet shows and beautiful marry-go-rounds. Collodi is also the home of one of the most beautiful garden in Italy, Villa Garzoni, a sixteen century spectacular garden with fountains, large circular pools, water works, statues representing mythological creatures, and beautiful greenery.

2) From the marble quarries of the Apuan Alps came the marble Michelangelo used for his masterpieces. The quarries offer an enchanting scenery. They have been used as setting for plays and fashion shows, attracting a large audience. On the way to the quarries are very ancient villages, mostly inhabited by quarrymen. The most fascinating one is Colonnata, also known for its spiced lard, which used to be food for the quarrymen and is now highly appreciated by refined palates.

3) To opera lovers we recommend the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, a small town overlooking the Massaciuccoli Lake, where Puccini lived and composed most of his masterpieces. Every year, in July and August, Puccini's operas are represented in an open-air theatre, under the stars, with outstanding performers and settings created by well-known artists.

4) Tuscany is famous for its wine and maritime Tuscany has also its wine producers. The fourteen century town of Montecarlo, near Lucca, has an important production of excellent quality wines. You can visit the vineyards to taste and purchase the wine they produce. At some vineyards you can even dine, upon reservations. In summer, these meals held outside, become real country feasts and are very popular. You can taste good genuine local food.

5) You should not miss a trip to Le Cinque Terre by boat. This site, just west of the Gulf of La Spezia, is of outstanding cultural value, a UNESCO World Heritage. In summer, a ferry runs between Forte dei Marmi (2.5 miles from Il Poggio Fiorito) and Monterosso, the last of Le Cinque Terre. It is a full-day excursion that includes long stops in Portovenere, on the La Spezia Gulf and in Monterosso, the last of Le Cinque Terre. The five villages, some over thousand years old, are suspended between land and sea on cliffs upon a deep blue sea. Seeing Le Cinque Terre by boat, provides you with one of the most beautiful sites you will encounter in Italy.

6) In Pietrasanta and surrounding towns, you can visit the workplaces of Italian and foreign artists, to observe how they create the works in marble and bronze, which will beautify squares, museums and homes all over the world. And, lastly

7) Do not miss the many, beautiful concerts of chamber music performed in summer in many churches of this area.