Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Monte Pisano (North Tuscany) – Italy

The Monte Pisano region, nestled between Pisa and Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, attracts a diverse range of tourists seeking a blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor activities.

Nature lovers are drawn to Monte Serra, the highest peak with its 920 mt, that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Tyrrhenian coast: a favourite spot for hiking enthusiasts and photographers. The mountain boasts well-marked trails, perfect for leisurely walks and discovering hidden gems along the way. The Monte Pisano is a heaven for many outdoor activities: mountain biking, rock climbing, and paragliding. History and art lovers will find a rich cultural heritage:  Romanesque Parish Churches dating back to the 12° century, the Monumental Charterhouse of Pisa that also hosts one of the oldest Natural History Museums in the world, the XVI century Historical Villas the medieval villages nestled inside the valleys. Additionally, those seeking a peaceful and authentic Tuscan experience are attracted from the slow-paced rhythm of the local communities and last but not least from the opportunity to savour local cuisine, EVO Oil and wine.

The main product of the area is extra virgin olive oil, whose production is based on a chain of medium-sized olive growers: a combination of tradition and innovation with an excellent result from the qualitative, and nutritional point of view. Overall, the Monte Pisano region welcomes tourists who appreciate the beauty of nature, seek cultural immersion, and desire a mix of adventure and relaxation. It’s an area that caters to a diverse array of interests, making it an attractive destination for travellers from around the world.

Interships hosting organizations:

Index:

Montepisano – Destination Management Company

Terre di Pisa

Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa

Bagni di Pisa – Palace & Thermal SPA

Montepisano – Destination Management Company

Montepisano Destination Management Company is a Travel Agency/Incoming Tour Operator, founded in 2014 to promote sustainable tourism development in the rural area located between the two art cities of Pisa and Lucca.

Sustainable tourism development of the area, an income integration for local operators and for olive growers in particular, represents a lever against the abandonment of olive groves and for the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Destination. The involvement of all actors operating in the area has been made it possible, through the establishment of a Network of Enterprises “Montepisano Welcoming Land”.

Founded in 2014, the network brings together about thirty of the small business owners who offer accommodation, food services, local products, tourist and hiking guides, bikes rental and transport for their guests.

The DMC Montepisano is the leading organization of the Montepisano Business Network.

What you will do as an intern?

  • Get to know the area: cultural heritage, traditions, local communities, business network companies and actors.
  • How to build a tourist offer promoting local heritage: from the idea to the product
  • How to communicate the tourist offers to the market (web & social media manager)

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Terre di Pisa

“Terre di Pisa” is a tourist destination, a brand that identifies the unique food-farming, artistic, artisanal, historic, and natural assets of the Pisa territory, alongside the excellent local tourist facilities. A shared project supported by thirty-three towns, numerous Trade Associations, and tourist organisations representative of the Pisa territory.

The project aims to improve the quality of tourist services offered on the territory, to promote food-farming and artisanal products, to raise awareness in those involved and to attract tourists searching for off-the-beaten-track destinations and products, providing experiences of authentic Tuscan lifestyle.

Following the 2018 Tuscany Region law, the brand became the name of the “Terre di Pisa” tourist area, led by Pisa Municipality who signed a specific agreement with the Pisa Chamber of Commerce to which the promotional activity and communication of destination is delegated.

What you will do as an intern?

  • Communication area
  • Collaborating for the development of open-air tourism activities, i.e. bike tourism sector

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Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa

Born at the end of the XVI century as a “Gallery” attached to the Pisa Garden of Simples (the present Botanic Garden), the Museum enriched its collections during the centuries, holding nowadays a heritage of huge historical and scientific amount.

Since the end of the Seventies the Museum is hosted in the Carthusian Monastery of Calci, XIV centuries building of incalculable historical-architectural value.

The Museum is a University Centre provided with scientific autonomy and part of the Athenaeum Museum System.

The Museum preserves and enhances its collections, organizes, and supports study and research plans, in collaboration with university departments and other national and international institutions, handles didactic and educational activities. In its role of centre of culture aggregation and diffusion, the Museum also hosts several cultural events and temporary exhibitions, realizes projects cooperating with the territory and manages inclusion programs aimed for different public typologies.

What you will do as an intern?

  • Communication area with web and social media manager
  • Collaboration setting up gallery rooms, temporary exhibitions etc.
  • Reception area

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Bagni di Pisa Palace & Thermal SPA

Charming 5-star historic resort, a unique spa immersed in an enchanted territory.

The timeless charm of the Bagni di Pisa thermal spa

In 1743, the Grand Duke of Tuscany chose the magnificent palace of San Giuliano Terme as his summer spa residence. Over time, the residence has been transformed into a 5-star spa resort, which retains the charm and splendour of the 1700s combined with the most modern comforts.

A careful restoration has brought to light the ancient splendour of the building: the original frescoed vaults, the parquet mezzanines, the marble, graniglia and Tuscan terracotta floors, the Carrara marble bathrooms. Each place is a memory of centuries of history and art.

The halls, the colonnade of the Kaffeehaus on the hill, the natural thermal cave, and the modern spa with the historic Bagni di Levante and Ponente still preserve the beauty and atmosphere of what was the third most important thermal centre in Europe.

What you will do as an intern?

  • Receptionist assistant

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