Sammezzano Castle (in Italian: Castello di Sammezzano) is located in the picturesque area of Reggello, near Leccio, on the outskirts of Florence. Benefitting from the climate and natural beauty that typifies central Italy, Sammezzano Castle is one of the elegant pieces of architecture standing majestically in an area of outstanding natural beauty.Sammezzano Castle in Tuscany interior The castle is surrounded by a sizeable park which boasts dense, unspoilt woodland and offers tremendous panoramic views of the region. This beautiful castle was built in 1605 at the request of Ximenes of Aragon. It was bequeathed to and later redesigned by another generation of the Ximenes family, namely, Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes, who welcomed the then King of Italy, Umberto, to stay at the castle in 1878.

The castle is conveniently located just over 25 miles from Florence. The journey by car travels through idyllic countryside, taking little more than 45 minutes. Sammezzano is also easy to reach using public transport: simply head to the bus station in Florence and take a bus travelling towards Incisa Barberino, changing at Incisa in Val d’Arno, to take the bus to Leccio (which is within walking distance of Sammezzano Castle). The journey takes less than an hour and a half – and, as is the case in most of Italy, travelling from A to B takes you through magnificent natural beauty, making every moment worthwhile.

Italy has a robust transport and communication sector that includes all the main means of transportation used all over the world. With sea ports and an elaborateTravelling through Tuscany by car road and rail network, Italy boasts of a well-developed railways system, modern roads, standard airports and sea-ports. In this post, the main focus is on railway and road networks in this European nation. Away from the port cities, there is no better way of touring the Italian cities other than by train.

The railways network in Italy is so diverse that it links almost every important city or town. It is true to state that all the cities of Italy are intertwined in the railroad network. A major benefit of traveling by train in Italy is the shorter times you can take depending on the kind of train you take and the destinations in question. A major train in the country that many use is the 186 mph Frecciarossa train that links Naples through Rome and into Florence before going all the way to Milan in only four hours. At 186mph, you cannot beat these speeds by road.

The images of Julia Roberts enjoying an ice cream in Piazza Navona during the filming of “Eat Pray Love” traveled all around the world: Rome and ice cream, two undisputed symbols of Italian-ness. But ice cream cannot only be found in Rome: if we allow ourselves to be seduced by this Italian delicacy it will take us on an unusual journey of discovery of some of the “sweetest” places on the Italian peninsula.

The Royal Palace of Caserta, known as the 'Italian Versailles' is a beautiful 18th Century building that belonged to the Royal House of Bourbon, first and foremost to Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily, and to his beloved bride, the young queen Maria Amalia of Saxony. She inspired the famous architect Luigi Vanvitelli for the construction of the palace.

Visiting Tuscany in a carriage and stopping at a wine estate to sip a ‘Brunello di Montalcino’, one of Italy’s finest wines. It sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, andDavid Rockefeller yet it really happened just a few days ago, although the protagonist of this exciting trip is a personality who may well belong to the world of fairy tales: Mr. Rockefeller. As reported by the website Montalcinonews, U.S. 98-year-old investment banker, the last patriarch of the oil empire founders’family, has a great passion for Italy and wine. This time he chose the area of Monte Amiata (1,738-mt-high mountain in the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, the main  ski resort of the Brunello di Montalcino wine grapesregion and one of the most important forest reserves in Southern Tuscany) and Montalcino, a hilltown in the province of Siena famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. In Montalcino, David Rockefeller was a guest in the Sesti estate run by Giuseppe Maria Sesti, an expert in astronomy and Baroque music from Venice, and Elisa Sesti, owner of a degree in theater design and architecture in London.