Season 2020: breakfast

For the 2020 season the organization of breakfast service changes to ensure maximum safety for our guests and staff, according to the Covid-19 risk containment regulations.
In preparing these changes we decided to give a better service to our guests, offering the possibility to have breakfast served in the rooms and apartments at no additional cost.

Who can have breakfast and how much it costs
Breakfast is not included in the price of the stay, but it is optional. All our guests can have breakfast, please specify when booking if you intend to have breakfast as well. Breakfast costs 12 euro per person per breakfast. The service of breakfast in the rooms has no additional cost.

Where you can have breakfast
The guests of the apartments can have breakfast using the private outdoor table or the kitchen of the apartment. The guests of the rooms can have breakfast using the private outdoor table or in the breakfast room.

Breakfast room
The seats available in the breakfast room have been reduced to allow for more table spacing, the entrance may be limited to the seats currently available. To avoid waiting, we decided to limit the use of the breakfast room to those accommodations that do not have their own kitchen, so that each guest can have their own table always available and spaced out from the others.

Room service, table service and buffet
All our guests can have breakfast served at their accommodation, in the breakfast room is possible only table service (no buffet).

Timetable
The breakfast service is active every day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Menu
There are 2 menus composed entirely of local products from which our guests can choose and which will be communicated at check in. Please communicate the choice of the menu at least the day before.

How are we dealing with the Covid-19 emergency?

In this difficult health emergency, we have established safety protocols to ensure the health of the guests of the Agriturismo, the customers of the farm and our staff. We commit ourselves every day to behave appropriately to prevent any possible risk.

On the page https://www.duecomuni.com/en/covid-19 you can find all the updated information about our anti-covid-19 measures and on regional and national regulations.

Restaurant, tastings, snacks and dinners

Do you have restaurant service? We often hear this question. The answer is no, we offer our guests a stay and breakfast on request but we do not have a restaurant; of course we recommend daily to our guests the best restaurants nearby, and there are many, if they decide to have lunch or dinner outside.

However we organize tastings of local products that allow our guests to have lunch, a snack or dinner without having to cook and without having to take the car to move.

On request we can prepare selections of cold cuts and cheeses for a snack by the pool or a dinner on the terrace, perhaps accompanied by a glass of Chianti or a bottle of Tuscan wine.

We also often organize barbecues of meat produced by local farmers, which together with a plate of pasta and a cake prepared by us allow us to spend an evening together tasting the best local products.

 

Events July 2019

Selection of events in the surroundings in July 2019.

THEATRE

6 and 7 july
La Luna è Azzurra 2019, San Miniato (Pisa)
36th International Figure Theatre Festival with free admission. A festival of shows including puppets, wooden heads and shadows that will come to life in the moonlight, occupying the most evocative places in the city.
www.comune.san-miniato.pi.it

throughout the month of July
Rassegna 11 lune (Review 11 moons), Peccioli (Pisa)
Concerts, opera, theatre and dance throughout the month of July. Among the artists Patty Pravo, Max Gazzè, Giampiero Ingrassia e Sergio Assisi.
www.fondarte.peccioli.net/11lune_rassegna.php

CONCERTS

25 and 27 july
Andrea Bocelli Teatro Del Silenzio, Località Poggio al Lupo, Lajatico
Andrea Bocelli offers a show of music, dance and prose in his natural amphitheatre in the native town. Fixed appointment of the Tuscan summer for more than 10 years.
www.teatrodelsilenzio.it

EVENTS

until 09 august
A unique initiative that makes Volterra prison a place of integration through a calendar of dinners open to the public and held by prisoners with the support of professional chefs. The entire proceeds of each Galeotta Dinner, with a fixed cost of € 35.00 per participant (about 130 per evening, with reservation required), is from time to time allocated to a solidarity project.

from 10 to 14 july
Mercantia, Certaldo
32nd edition of the Festival of street art in the ancient village of Certaldo. The title of the poetic idea 2019 is Santa Allegria. Comic and dramatic shows, aerial structures, circus shows, figure theater, music, street parades, figurines, craft market.
www.mercantiacertaldo.it

Events June 2019

Selection of events in the surroundings in June 2019.

FESTIVALS AND FOLKLORE

Giugno Pisano – Pisa
www.comune.pisa.it/it/default/26174/eventi-home/Giugno-Pisano.html

Historical re-enactments, events, concerts, parties in the square and cultural initiatives to celebrate the ancient traditions of the city of Pisa.

16 June
Luminara di San Ranieri, Pisa
The culminating moment of all the events, to celebrate the patron Saint Ranieri the city of Pisa lights up with thousands of wax candles that draw the outlines of palaces and bridges, the result is surprising and very impressive

17 June
Palio di San Ranieri, Pisa
The San Ranieri Regatta is a rowing competition between the four historic districts of the city (San Francesco, San Martino, Santa Maria, Sant’Antonio). Before the race on the riverfront, a historical procession takes place.

29 June
Gioco del Ponte, Pisa
On the Ponte di Mezzo the teams of two factions of the city challenge each other in a test of strength for the conquest of the bridge. The challenge is preceded by a historical procession.

23 June
Flower Festival of the Corpus Domini, Fucecchio
The evening and night of the Saturday before the Corpus Domini the streets where the procession will pass, are covered with carpets made with flower petals depicting sacred images, liturgical and geometric symbols that cover the streets of the route of the Blessed Sacrament. The paintings will remain on display throughout the day on Sunday.
Streets of the historical centre Fucecchio (FI)

THEATRE

Festivaldera www.festivaldera.it

2 June
Poco più che persone – Il marito
of Michele Santeramo with Sergio Rubini
Ponsacco, Piazza del Comune

6 June
Poco più che persone – La moglie
of Michele Santeramo with Valeria Solarino
Pontedera, Anfiteatro Teatro Era

9 June
Poco più che persone – Il figlio
of Michele Santeramo with Edoardo Leo
Pontedera, Anfiteatro Teatro Era

16 June
Poco più che persone – Angelo
with Luca Zingaretti
Legoli, Peccioli – Anfiteatro Triangolo Verde

CONCERTS

4 June
I Concerti della Normale: Francesca Dego
Teatro Verdi, Via Palestro 40, Pisa

9 June
I Concerti della Normale: Coro Vincenzo Galilei
Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, Piazza Santo Stefano, Pisa

EXHIBITION

until al 27 July
I sabati del Castello (Saturdays of the Castle), Santa Maria a Monte
Santa Maria a Monte (Pisa)
Every Saturday afternoon from May to July you can participate in free guided tours to discover the ancient castle of Santa Maria a Monte, including museums, basements, towers and views.
Via Carducci, 29 – Santa Maria a Monte (Pisa)

until 30 June
BOSCH, BRUEGHEL, ARCIMBOLDO. UNA MOSTRA SPETTACCOLARE
For the first time in Italy a digital art show dedicated to great artists of the sixteenth century. Works by Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo appear in all their strength, effervescence and majesty.
Arsenali Repubblicani, via Bonanno Pisano 2 Pisa
www.mostraspettacolare.it

until 1 September
MOSTRA SU ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Presents 70 photographs and special content from the Universal Pictures archives that take audiences backstage through Hitchcock’s major films.
Museo della Grafica, Lungarno Galilei 9, Pisa
www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

until 21 July
EXPLORE. SULLA LUNA E OLTRE
From the incredible adventure that brought man to the Moon, whose 50th anniversary this year falls, to the fantastic images of the boundaries of the Universe. It is the heart of the exhibition “Explore. On the Moon and Beyond”, the unpublished exhibition that arrives at Palazzo Blu from March 2019, curated by National Geographic and with the special collaboration of the Italian Space Agency.
Palazzo Blu,Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa
www.palazzoblu.it

Events May 2019

Selection of events in the surroundings in May 2019.

CONCERTS

11 May
MISS KETA
Cinema Lumiere, vicolo dei Tidi 6, Pisa

12 May
STILL CORNERS
Cinema Lumiere, vicolo dei Tidi 6, Pisa

12 May
RECITAL PIANISTICO DI MICHELE FONTANA
Chiesa di Sant’Anna, via Carducci, Pisa

12 May
RECITAL PIANISTICO DI MICHELE FONTANA
Chiesa di Sant’Anna, via Carducci, Pisa

EXHIBITION

until 30 June
BOSCH, BRUEGHEL, ARCIMBOLDO. UNA MOSTRA SPETTACCOLARE
For the first time in Italy a digital art show dedicated to great artists of the sixteenth century. Works by Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo appear in all their strength, effervescence and majesty.
Arsenali Repubblicani, via Bonanno Pisano 2 Pisa
www.mostraspettacolare.it

until 1 September
MOSTRA SU ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Presents 70 photographs and special content from the Universal Pictures archives that take audiences backstage through Hitchcock’s major films.
Museo della Grafica, Lungarno Galilei 9, Pisa
www.museodellagrafica.unipi.it

until 21 July
EXPLORE. SULLA LUNA E OLTRE
From the incredible adventure that brought man to the Moon, whose 50th anniversary this year falls, to the fantastic images of the boundaries of the Universe. It is the heart of the exhibition “Explore. On the Moon and Beyond”, the unpublished exhibition that arrives at Palazzo Blu from March 2019, curated by National Geographic and with the special collaboration of the Italian Space Agency.
Palazzo Blu,Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa
www.palazzoblu.it

THEATRE

Teatro Era – Pontedera www.teatroera.it

17 May
THE LIVING ROOM
It was born as a constant research on the potentialities of the actor’s job and on how these are enriched by reality and daily interpersonal relationships. The Living Room takes us home, to the place where we welcome the other. […]
www.teatroera.it/evento/workcenter-of-jerzy-grotowski-and-thomas-richards-focused-research-team-art-as-vehicle-the-living-room-festival-fabbrica-europa-2015

18 May
LE PAROLE NASCOSTE
The Hidden Words is a creative exploration of the interaction between songs from the South of the United States, songs belonging to the tradition of slaves, and texts related to the origin of Christianity, translated mainly from the Coptic, from present-day Egypt and the Middle East. […]
www.teatroera.it/evento/the-hidden-sayings-seguire-the-open-choirdata-definire

Teatro di Pisa – Pisa www.teatrodipisa.pi.it

12 May
LUCI NEGLI ABISSI
With ‘Luci negli abissi’ by Duo Bum, the contemporary circus festival that has characterized the spring Sundays of the Teatro Nuovo in Pisa concludes with success.

FESTIVALS AND FOLKLORE

18 – 19, 25 – 26 May
Sagra della Fragola, San Giuliano Terme (PI)
42nd edition of the Strawberry Festival in the municipality of San Giuliano Terme (PI), in the locality of Sant’Andrea in Pescaiola.
www.sagradellafragola.eu

18 – 19 maggio
Castello in Fiore, Vicopisano (PI)
An unmissable opportunity to enjoy the historic centre and Brunelleschi’s castle of Vicopisano, coloured by flowers and plants. The route through flowers, shrubs, aromatic plants and botanical rarities, also includes exhibitions of equipment for gardening. The event is also aimed at the rediscovery of a territory rich in attractions and its culinary specialties.
www.viconet.it/comune/ProgrammaCastelloInFiore2019

25 – 26 May
Medioevo in Castello, Buti (PI)
Medieval market, themed entertainment, musicians, jesters, falconers, games and shows with fire. Gastronomic moments and dinner in the tavern, with typical medieval and traditional dishes, such as vegetable soups, fresh pasta, cold cuts and typical Tuscan wines, barbecued meat, wild herbs, and desserts of the time.
www.medioevoincastello.it

The Charterhouse of Calci

Calci is a small town of just over 6,000 inhabitants 10 kilometers from Pisa. In the village, located in a valley called Val Graziosa (full of grace) rises a vast monumental complex known as Certosa di Calci or Certosa di Pisa.

It is a Baroque monument erected in 1366 was later expanded between the seven-teenth and eighteenth centuries. It hosted the Carthusian monks until 1972 when the Certosa became a National Museum. Today it houses 2 museums both worthy of being visited: the National Museum of the Monumental Charterhouse of Calci and the Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa.

A part of the complex is considered “monumental”, is the one in which most of the monks lived, consisting of the church, the bell tower, cloisters, chapels, refectory, cells and other common areas. This is the part that houses the National Museum. Visiting it you will discover how the friars lived in the contrast between the rigor and the privations of their rules and the richness of the interiors among frescoes, chapels and cloisters.

The part considered “non-monumental” instead has had various uses: asylum, place of stay for boarder, hospital during the First World War. After a period of neglect in 1979 was granted to the University of Pisa, which in 1986 opened a Museum of Natural History.

The Museum of Natural History has a rich and interesting heritage. Of particular note:

  • the beautiful Gallery of Cetaceans, more than 100 meters of exposure with reconstructed skeletons of cetaceans, models of dolphins and whales life-size
  • the largest freshwater aquarium in Italy
  • the Palaeontology sector with dinosaur rooms with replicas of these ancient reptiles, the gallery of geological eras and the room dedicated to the history of human evolution
  • the exhibition “Grotta del Leone, the prehistory of Monte Pisano“.The museum is also periodically enriched by temporary exhibitions, from October 26, 2018 to November 3, 2019 you can admire the exhibition “Arthropoda. Journey in a microcosm” with insects, spiders and scorpions up to 3 meters large.

More information about the Natural History Museum can be found on the institute’s website: www.msn.unipi.it.

Events April 2019

Selection of events in the surroundings in April 2019.

CONCERTS

3 April
TI RACCONTO DON GIOVANNI
Auditorium Museo Piaggio – Pontedera
www.museopiaggio.it/ti-racconto-don-giovanni/

Pisa Jazz www.pisajazz.it

2 April
OMAR SOSA E GUSTAVO OVALLES
Lumiere vicolo dei Tidi, 6 Pisa

12 April
KHALAB
Lumiere vicolo dei Tidi, 6 Pisa

14 April
ENRICO RAVA
Teatro Verdi – via Palestro, 40 Pisa

28 April
FONTEROSSA DAY Feat. ANTONELLO SALIS
Teatro Sant’Andrea – via del Cuore Pisa

EXHIBITION

until 28 April
ORIZZONTI D’ACQUA
Pontedera – PALP – Palazzo Pretorio
www.palp-pontedera.it

THEATRE

Teatro Era – Pontedera www.teatroera.it

6 April
MACBETTU
www.teatroera.it/evento/macbettu

10-14 April
SVEGLIAMI
www.teatroera.it/evento/svegliami-2

Teatro di Pisa – Pisa www.teatrodipisa.pi.it

5 April
BUTTERFLY
www.teatrodipisa.pi.it/lestagioni/iniziative-diverse/654-butterfly/event_details

16 April
MASSIMO RANIERI in SOGNO E SON DESTO 400 VOLTE
www.teatrodipisa.pi.it/lestagioni/iniziative-diverse/726-massimo-ranieri-sogno-e-son-desto-400-volte/event_details

Via Francigena

The term “Via Francigena” refers to the set of roads and paths, travelled by pilgrims from the end of the tenth century, which connected Rome to the Western Alps up to France in the north and that continued south towards Apulia, where there were ports of embarkation to the Holy Land.

The Via Francigena is part of a wider network of roads and routes linking the three great shrines of medieval Christianity Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Jerusalem among to each other and to the major places of spirituality of the time.

These itineraries were constantly travelled by pilgrims from all over Europe and is still widely used today, walking it is not uncommon to meet travellers with backpacks on their shoulders. In fact, after centuries in which it was abandoned, today the Via Francigena has been rediscovered and there have been numerous interventions, both public and private, for the recovery of large stretches that make it viable again.

Along the Via Francigena’s paths were born on castles, abbeys and facilities to accommodate all travellers, even those less wealthy.

The Via Francigena is therefore an important cultural and faith path that crosses Tuscany with stops not too far from our farm. In the Middle Ages the Tuscan section of the paths was divided between the dioceses of Lucca (see our article about the “Mensa di Lucca”), Volterra, Siena, Chiusi and Arezzo.

Let’s see which is the Tuscan route and which are the main destinations. The first important stop coming from the north is Lucca, one of the main destinations of the whole Via Francigena, place of pilgrimage to the Holy Face (a wooden crucifix of medieval age located in the cathedral of San Martino) and the relics of important saints, such as San Regolo and San Frediano.

Leaving from Lucca, the pilgrims had two alternatives, to continue towards Bientina along the Monte Pisano or to follow the main path to Altopascio passing through Porcari. From here they crossed the Padule di Fucecchio towards the Arno river, in Fucecchio they crossed the river.

The next stops towards Siena were San Miniato, Castelfiorentino, Certaldo and Poggibonsi, or via a secondary path they could pass through San Gimignano. In the late Middle Ages Siena assumed importance because of its position along this road.

From Siena, the road followed the Arbia valley to San Quirico d’Orcia, from here it climbed up the splendid Val d’Orcia and then continued to Rome.

Today as said the original route of the Via Francigena was recovered where possible, with some detours to avoid busy roads and highways that in the meantime were born along the ancient path. Many travellers walk along these paths, inspired by religious and spiritual feelings or simply taking advantage of this millenary road to seek peace, silence and enjoy the nature.

The Altopascio – San Miniato stretch is 25 kilometres long, it can be covered in about 6 hours. It begins with a first part on the pavement of the original medieval road arriving in the impervious hilly area of Cerbaie, here anciently pilgrims were exposed to the danger of bandits. Then you enter in the “Padule di Fucecchio”, the largest inland marsh in Italy with its 2,000 hectares, cross Ponte a Cappiano, where a hostel has been built inside the ancient Medici bridge and go back to the historic centre of Fucecchio. After crossing the Arno river, follow the embankment towards San Miniato.

The San Miniato – Gambassi Terme stretch is 24 kilometres long, it can be covered in about 6 hours. This part of Via Francigena that crosses the hills of Val d’Elsa is characterized both by a very beautiful typical landscape with breathtaking panoramic views and by a high number of churches, monasteries and hospitals. Particularly worth seeing are the parish churches of Coiano and Santa Maria a Chianni.

The Gambassi Terme – San Gimignano stretch is 13 km long, it can be covered in about 3 hours of quiet walk on a flat road and allows you to easily reach the beautiful medieval city of San Gimignano.

For more information visit the Via Francigena website.

Our history part 3 – the “Mensa di Lucca”

During the recent renovation of the farmhouse that now houses the “Agriturismo Due Comuni” we found, under the wall plaster a stone plaque with the words “1784 MENSA DI LUCCA“. We asked ourselves what the Mensa di Lucca was, what happened in 1784 to be worthy of a plaque and why it was put on the wall of our building.

After the first article on the history of San Gervasio and the second on the Valdera and the history of the two municipalities that give the name to our company, we want to tell you about our farmhouse and the Mensa di Lucca.

The stone plaque is the one in the picture below. Nowadays the wall on which it was found is inside the house, instead at the end of the eighteenth century it was an external wall of the farmhouse; only in the next century it became an internal wall for the expansion of the building.

The term “Mensa di Lucca” refers to the set of properties and related rents that formed the personal heritage of the bishops of Lucca. The bishop of Lucca was a kind of feudal lord and had his own officers who managed his estate and related income; with these incomes he provided for the livelihood of his person and his court. The patrimony of the Mensa consisted essentially of plots of land, entire farms and estates, including houses and warehouses, located in a fairly large area. The lands of the Mensa extended beyond Lucca in the Garfagnana, in the Valdera and in the lower Valdarno up to Montopoli, Ponsacco and Pontedera.

The Mensa granted its land and buildings to farmers through “livello” contracts. “Livello” was a type of agricultural contract remained in use until the nineteenth century through which the owner (nobleman, monastery or church) granted in use a good against payment of a fee. Most of the income came from these rents, which were paid both in kind (wheat, straw, millet, oil, wine, animals) and in cash.

Returning to the origin of our plaque, between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries there was an important lawsuit relating to the castle, the farm and land of San Gervasio. The lawsuit was between the Mensa di Lucca and the Alamanni brothers on one side and the Rucellai brothers on the other side. The Alemanni and the Rucellai were important Florentine families. Extensive documentation on the lawsuit can be found in the archiepiscopal archive of the diocese of Lucca.

“The Mensa, by nature of contract, and as a direct owner, as the castle and the land are purchased by the bishops of Lucca since the eleventh century, had the obligation to defend its level in the peaceful enjoyment of the goods that had been granted”.

The cause concerned the possession of the castle and the land of the village of San Gervasio, a possession that depended on the authenticity of a parchment containing the purchase contract made by bishop Anselmo in 1075. In 1770 the archbishop of Lucca commissioned Don Sebastiano Donati to defend the interests of the Mensa.  In three years Donati collected throughout Italy a large number of manuscripts and documents to form a fairly organic jurisprudential and diplomatic collection that he then decided to publish. The result of the case was favourable to Donati and to the Mensa di Lucca, which obtained a sentence completely favourable to his theses.

The case ended in 1784 with the victory of the Mensa di Lucca that, therefore, probably made to affix on the border of the property the plaque today visible in our reception.