On the south side of the Pizzorne Mountains (1000 metres high), the Fattoria di Petrognano dominates the plain of Lucca and Capannori, with the mounts of Pisa in the
The heart of the estate, and the little village of Petrognano, are situated 350 metres above the sea level, where the cultural landscape of olive groves and vineyards slowly changes to chestnut, oak and cluster pine woodland. Over 300 villas dated fifteenth to nineteenth century are spread out on the hills of Lucca, each one with its own historical and architectural importance. Many villages also characterize the area: San Gennaro, that conserves in its Romanesque church an angel ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci; Collodi, home of Pinocchio, so steep and narrow behind the majestic Villa Garzoni with its magnificent garden; Montecarlo, with the medieval walls and fortress, and the excellent white wine. Lucca is at 15 Km distance, Pisa at 30; the beaches of Viareggio, the Migliarino - San Rossore Park and the Lake of Massaciuccoli, home of Giacomo Puccini, at 40 Km. Not far are the Apuane Alps, the marbles of Carrara, the lard of Colonnata and the Garfagnana Mountains. But most of all Petrognano offers splendid walks in the countryside from village to village, or into the woods up to the top of the Pizzorne Mountains, always surrounded by breathtaking sceneries.
Many foreign artists have fallen in love with this land… In particular Peter Schneider from Hamburg (www.atelierpeterschneider.de), author of the watercolor reproduced on the top page, organizes residential courses of landscape painting here at the Fattoria di Petrognano.
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