Masotti is a hamlet along the via Lucchese that runs between Florence and the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of Pistoia, an historic hill town west of Florence. Masotti offers excellent access to the sights and flavors of northern Tuscany. It's just minutes from the spa town of Montecatini Terme and close to the art wonders of Florence. Just down the road is charming Lucca, the famed tower of Pisa and the beaches of Viareggio. The birthplace of Italy's favorite genius is nearby - Vinci (as in Leonardo da Vinci!). Pretty towns perched on rounded peaks like San Miniato, Prato and Siena can also be visited from here. The wine country around Florence offers exceptional vintages and the opportunity to visit the wineries and take in the scenery and ambiance amidst historic settings.
Masotti is connected to Serravalle Pistoiese, which sits among wooded hills and has a small skyline of medieval towers rising above it, like a miniature version of San Gimignano. The atmosphere is captivating, especially when the towers are lit up at night. Go through the olive groves and vineyard-covered hills to the nearby city of Pistoia, which mimicks big-sister Florence in architectural style and art. It's red-tiled roofs atop medieval and Renaissance style buildings are distinctively like those of the nearby city that dominated Tuscany for centuries. There are graceful piazzas, important palaces, and graceful villas.
The cuisine of Masotti and the Pistoia area is hearty hill fare with specialties using prized porcini mushrooms and local meats. A local favorite is homemade pasta ribbons with a sauce made from duck, along with grilled veal. The area is also noted for making excellent salami and cheese.
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