December has now arrived. This is how it becomes official in the Christmas period par excellence. Lights, decorations, markets, sweets and gifts. Just leave the house to enjoy this atmosphere. However, it is not too late to enjoy a few hours of relaxation in the midst of nature, weather permitting. In fact, many excursions are scheduled for this first weekend of December. And there will also be good music.
The Santa Claus Factory I arrive in the city. Among the various activities promoted in Pisa on the occasion of the holidays, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December the Republican Arsenals they will turn into an authentic Christmas village. Olaf, Bing and the protagonists of the Frozen film, baby dance, puppets, shows, Christmas themed face painting, recycling workshops. And of course, Christmas himself will be ready to welcome the children into his home, receiving letters to deliver to the elves in his post office. All in a very special atmosphere.
Grand finale for the ‘BluesRiver ‘, the appointment that brings blues, rock and sound experimentations to Pisa. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December to take turns on the stage of the Leopolda Station of Pisa there will be many artists with different styles. We start with the guitarist Roberto Angelini to continue with another guitarist, Diego Schiavi, specializing in blues fingerpicking and slide. Grand finale with Egidio Ingala and the Jacknives, one of the most representative European bands of the blues scene. In this case an original blues, contaminated by the experiences of R’n’B, soul, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.
For those who want to ‘get lost’ among the stalls of a market, ‘Antiqua ‘ a San Giuliano Terme may be the right choice. Sunday 5th December in fact, the now traditional market for antiques is back. And it does so with a Christmas version. In addition to the 80 stalls between Piazza Italia and Largo Shelley, there will also be theChristmas tree, ready to reserve several surprises. In addition, creative workshops for children and teenagers will also be organized.
Backpack on your back, ready to go down the ‘Pisa trail ‘ or ‘00‘, a path from one end of the Monte Pisano. It is scheduled for Sunday 5th December the excursion that from San Giuliano Terme will take the participants to Ripafratta. Along the way you will come across ancient medieval hermitages, from that of Spelonca, founded at the end of the twelfth century by the Black Hermits, to the Eremo di Rupecava of the thirteenth century. But you will also be able to enjoy very varied naturalistic environments when the low garrigue, rich in scented essences typical of the Mediterranean scrub, will give way to luxuriant oak woods.
Another possible excursion, always Sunday 5th October, winds through the Towers of Ripafratta, the ancient church of monastery of San Paolo and the Romanesque parish church of Pugnano. Departure, following a professional environmental guide, from the historic paths of Monte Maggioresi to immerse yourself in the many historical, then artistic and naturalistic of the area. And after lunch a guided tour of the Rocca di San Paolino.
A distant and fascinating site, not far from Pisa. This is the other scenario where you can go for a walk Sunday 5th December. Is called Mirteto and it is an ancient Cistercian monastic village whose origins date back to the 12th century, located halfway up the coast in an intermediate position between the Valle delle Fonti and the Passo della Conserva. An opportunity to discover, or rediscover, a particularly suggestive place not only from a naturalistic point of view, but also from an architectural point of view.
For theater lovers, here are two events not to be missed. Saturday 4th December to the New Theater – Live Track in Pisa the show is staged ‘Bricklayers’from Edoardo Erba, with almost twenty years of glorious career behind him. A comic story at times but at the same time of great depth to make us reflect on the difficult condition in which the theater finds itself, now more than ever. For the little ones it will instead go on stage, Sunday 5th December a The City of the Theater di Cascina, the show Fantastic exercises’, inspired by ‘Fantastica’ by Gianni Rodari. Here a gray house takes shape with three equally gray characters. Bored, dull and clouded by the technological means, they move like prisoners of a pre-established mechanism, always looking at the screens. But here comes an unexpected element: a butterfly. The house will thus become the scene of new adventures where you can finally rediscover the power of the imagination, in a continuous game to free bodies and minds.
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