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Beautiful Tuscany towns: the undiscovered gems of southern Tuscany that is Maremma. Quiet hill towns with castles and towers, and small beach towns along a nothing less than stunning coast.
Walk forever and play with your four-legged best friend along some of the most beautiful dog friendly beaches in Italy. Along the stunning Tuscany coast in Maremma.
The Palio races of Siena during 2020 have been cancelled due to the Corona-virus. The Palio is the lifeblood of the city in a way that it is hard to understand if you aren't born within its walls, but noone is complaining.
Prata in Maremma may not be the prettiest of Tuscan hill towns and it may well leave you feeling nauseas in order to reach it - as it has done to travellers for centuries - but that shouldn't stop you making the trip to see it. Because since when have appearances told all there is to tell?
For this dank dark backwater bred men and women of fighting spirit.
If you walk within it's walls and listen. Really listen. They will tell you of its three year siege, 715 years ago against the City of Siena's most violent troops. And of another rebellion 500 years later that nearly lost them all of their heads. And the heads of the City of Massa Marittima.
You know that I said that I didn't know of anyone in my neck of the woods who has seen Mr Wolf Spider.
One of you has! And kindly wrote to tell me and share a photo. Thanks Mike!
It was a lady no less.
Out and about crossing his lawn, laden down with her babes on her back.
Here she is. One busy mum.
Maremma, Italy is off the beaten path Tuscany, crammed full of beautiful, hidden places to explore. It's extraordinary.
Animals in Italy: including the creepy crawly and rarely dangerous wildlife in Tuscany Italy.
Are there bats in Tuscany? Yes, there are.
And, although you may doubt me, you will be happy to see them. If you are lucky enough to do so that is.
These fun and sometimes strange animal facts for kids are all about the wild animals that can be found in a very special and undiscovered part of Tuscany Italy, called Maremma.
They are the kind that led to endless excited conversations as we drove home of an evening having spotted one or more of the creatures mentioned below. For, for the most part, these animals are the ones that like to come out as the afternoon is setting and dusk is falling.
And made for the kind of end of a day after a trip to the beach or just the supermarket, that money cannot buy.
I hope that they add to your children's joy and excitement too.
A word of warning though, some of these facts may make you - I'm convinced they won't your children though - cringe!