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Pomarance. Artistic and natural wonders in Orange Flag Tuscany

By Tuesday, 25 October 2022 13:12

In Pomarance artistic and natural wonders, are to be found in Orange Flag Tuscany together with history and culture, all blending with nature in the province of Pisa.

Barycentric with respect to the Tuscan cities of Siena, Pisa and Florence, Pomarance is a unique place where nature unleashes and makes visible its energy. The Orange Flag is a recognition of quality awarded to towns with a population of 15,000 or fewer for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment.

Biking and walking trails

The area has numerous woodlands like the luxuriant Monterufoli forest that is home to many animal species including fallow deer and has been known since antiquity for its copper and magnesite deposits. Some 200 kilometres of trails can be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle and on horseback along recently upgraded trails that will eventually connect the Via Francigena with the Etruscan Coast. And to end a long walk or a challenging ride what better than a dip in the sparkling waters of the Cecina river?

Geothermal phenomena

Pomarance is also the world capital of geothermal energy. It was in fact here that on 4 July 1904 Piero Ginori Conti, heir to the Larderel company, turned on five light bulbs with a simple generator consisting of a dynamo powered by geothermal heat. For the first time in history man had generated electricity from renewable resources from the Earth's core

The Devil’s Valley

In the Larderello Geothermal Museum in the Devil's Valley, extending from Pomarance to the towns of Catselnuovo Val di Cecina and Monterotondo Marittimo, we can really appreciate geothermal energy phenomena with many interesting examples and thermal springs. And in the Larderello Geothermal Museum it is possible to retrace the birth and development of geothermal energy.

The Sillano Fortress for weddings

The imposing Rocca di Sillano fortress stands on a rocky relief at an altitude of 530 metres overlooking the provinces of Siena, Pisa and Grosseto. In 1472 it was one of the most important strongholds of the Florentine Republic, and today it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Cecina Valley, as well as being a stunning and very popular wedding venue.  

The Bicocchi House and the Warriors and Craftsmen Exhibition 

In the Bicocchi House Museum, which was the residence of the noble Bicocchi family, we can admire heirloom furnishings and a peek into 19th-century life as it once was in this little town. The permanent Warriors and Craftsmen Exhibition consists of archaeological finds from excavations between the Cecina, Sterza and Cornia rivers: an area inhabited since the Palaeolithic period right up to Roman days.  For information:  volterratur.it/pomarance.

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