Destinations of: Tuscany, Italy

Surrounded by medieval walls, lovely, laid-back Lucca makes a welcome change from the hectic streets, crowds and queues found in many other Tuscan towns. The old town is reached through medieval city gates and strolling the cobbled streets is the ideal way to explore. Watch out for locals on bicycles and come across ancient churches, gorgeous piazzas, bell-towers, medieval houses, alfresco cafes and smart boutiques. The annual Puccini Opera Festival, held in Lucca in July/August could be a wonderful excuse to visit.
Location: 427/M Arliano - Lucca
The Convent of San Francesco is located on the route of the Via Francigena, the old pilgrim road from Canterbury in England to Rome. The convent lies on a small rise, hovering over the beautiful medieval town of San Miniato, and from where gorgeous Tuscan sunsets and views over the city of Florence and the famous rolling hills can be appreciated. The town is of Etruscan and Roman origins and its historical centre is encircled by city walls, gates, fortresses and medieval structures. The town cathedral, the Diocescan Museum of Sacred Art and the Church of San Domenico are flush with medieval frescos and precious artworks. The much prized white truffle grows in the area and is celebrated in a 3-week-long festival each November.
Location: San Miniato PI
The hotel Miro is a religious owned property entrusted to lay management. The hotel is only 1 km from the centre of the elegant town of Montecani Terme, known for its healing mineral springs and thermal waters. The town is awash with fountains, parks and walking trails. The hotel is near a spa and close to the local train station. The historic, 100 year old funicular railway to the peak of Montecatini Alto is close by.
Location: 82 - MONTECATINI TERME
Away from the crowds of Florence and the busy hilltop villages, and on the edge of Tuscany’s Casentino Forest and National Park, the newly renovated hospitality house of the Daughters of Divine Zeal overlooks the woodlands and rolling hills of the Arezzo region. The property is situated on the edge of the hamlet of Borgo alla Collina. Tourists and pilgrims are welcome to overnight in the spacious guesthouse, and savor the history and the beauty of this UNESCO listed area, where nature and religion meet.
Location: 52018 Borgo Alla Collina AR
The small Tuscan city of Pontremoli is a recommended stopover on the Via Francigena, a pilgrim route from Canterbury in Kent, England to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and on to the Holy Land. Many pilgrims walking the route stay overnight at the seminary.
Location: 54027 PONTREMOLI - MS
Casa per Ferie Madonna del Rosario is a well appointed, modern guest house that islocated close to the city center.
Location: 50136 - Florence FI
This elegant villa can be found in an upmarket residential area, near the piazzale Michelangelo, just outside the city centre. The views over Florence and the magical sunsets should not be missed.
Location: 50125 - Florence FI
A value-for-money religious guesthouse, the Convitto Della Calza is a ten minute walk from the Pitti Palace, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, in central Florence.
Location: 50125 - Florence FI
The guesthouse lies adjacent to the Sanctuary of St Catherine. Just a few minutes walk from the Piazza del Campo. Many of the guestrooms have wonderful views of the city.
Location: 53100 - Siena SI
The guesthouse is run by the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Spirit and is open to students for most of the year. However, from July to September when the students are on holiday, the sisters accommodate tourists and holidaymakers.
Location: 50123 - Florence FI
This convent guesthouse is in the heart of Florence (near the Duomo) and is run by Oblate Sisters. The convent building is a former 15th century palazzo and has recently undergone a substantial facelift and renovation. The location is ideal for exploring the tourist sites of Florence on foot.
Location: 50125 – Florence FI
Located on the edge of the medieval, walled, hill-town of San Gimignano, the San Girolamo monastery is occupied by an hospitable community of Benedictine Vallambrosan sisters.
Location: 53037 - San Gimignano SI
Pastor Angelicus is a large, well-equipped guesthouse attached to the Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, and caters for overnight guests. A reasonably priced restaurant is available for guests and day visitors.
Location: 52010 Chiusi della Verna - AR
This is an elegant, well-kept, boutique religious hotel located in rolling hills near Fiesole, 7km from the center of Florence. Close to a bus stop, travelling time to the city is around 20 minutes.
Location: 50133 - Florence FI

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