A trip to tiny Lari, which has its roots in Etruscan times, would be incomplete without a stop at the Castello di Lari set smack-dab in the center, its construction dates to the year 1000 but its “golden years” came in the centuries after 1400, when it was the headquarters of the Florentine Vicariate—this meant that nearly a third of what is today the province of Pisa was governed from this very castle.
Your taste buds will love Lari, too. The town is home to one of Tuscany’s most famous pasta producers, Martelli, a centuries-strong, family-run factory known for their high-quality spaghetti and spaghettini, classic penne, and Tuscan maccheroni, all instantly recognizable on shop shelves by their iconic yellow Martelli bags.
May also brings one of the region’s most beloved sagre, or traditional food festivals: the Sagra delle Ciliegie (Cherry Festival), running since 1957 and typically held over two weekends in late May or early June. Besides cherry-based nibbles, treats, dishes and drinks, count on finding live music and local revelry.