Tuscany between Earth and Sky
Address : Via Modenese 756, Pontepetri (Pistoia)
GPS sat. coord.: Lat. 44.032378 - Long. 10.874984 | Altitude: 670 m.
Villa Le Panche is located in a green valley in Northern Tuscany, near the town of Pistoia. This is a perfect location to enjoy the Apennine's environment and to reach Tuscany's main destinations (Florence, Lucca, Pisa and the Versilia riviera are within an hour drive distance). It is also conveniently positioned with respect to the Abetone area's ski resorts and to the international airports of Pisa, Florence and Bologna.
How to reach us: from Pistoia's highway (A11) exit follow directions to Modena or Abetone. Drive along the SR66 for about 15 km. You will find the villa's gate on your right, just after a Tamoil petrol station.
Services: supermarkets, shops, bakery, butcher, restaurants, banks and more services are located in the immediate surroundigs of the villa (within 5 kms). We will be glad to provide you all the useful information at your arrival.
THE APENNINES, MOUNTAINS OF TUSCANY
Visitors to the Pistoia Apennines can enjoy its well preserved natural environment and breathtaking views. So it was for the great war reporter Tiziano Terzani, who had established his European home in the village of Orsigna. Likewise, iconic actor and philanthropist Paul Newman chose to locate in a WWF reserve near San Marcello its Dynamo Camp, a center of recreational therapy for children with serious illnesses.
The area is a perfect destination for those who love all kinds of outdoor sports: the mountains are rich with trails for walking, mountain biking or horseback riding, as well as rivers and lakes for fishing. During the summer, the Pistoia Mountains offer a rich program of cultural and recreational events such as music and folklore festivals, gastronomic fairs and medieval reenactments.
PISTOIA, 2017 ITALY'S CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Located 20 minutes from Florence and Lucca, Pistoia also has much to offer in terms of history, art, monuments, traditions, nature and cuisine. Walking through the picturesque streets of its historic center, visitors will find many good restaurants that offer authentic dishes of the Tuscan tradition, as well as local wines, at fair prices. Very interesting is the huge market that takes place on the monumental Piazza del Duomo and surrounding streets twice a week. Pistoia also offers one of the major zoological gardens in Italy.
To visit, nearby, Vinci with the Leonardian museum, Montecatini with its thermal baths, the medieval villages of Valdinievole including Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, the Butterfly House and Villa Garzoni.
WINTER BREAKS IN TUSCANY
The Pistoia's Apennines, with 80 kms of slopes, is the most important winter destination in Central Italy. From December to April Abetone and Cutigliano ski areas represent another good reason for visiting Northern Tuscany, where it is possible to practice every kind of winter sports, such as downhill, cross-country ski (18 kms of tracks), snowboard and sled.