Focal place to start a daily trip to discover a Medieval Village or an uncontaminated natural corner of the Tuscan archipelago by boat or by car.

 

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  • Massa Marittima

    Massa Marittima

  • Castiglione della Pescaia

    Castiglione della Pescaia

  • Pisa

    Pisa

  • San Gimignano

    San Gimignano

  • Saturnia

    Saturnia

  • Parco dell'Uccellina

    Parco dell'Uccellina

  • Vie del Chianti

    Via del Chianti

  • Siena

    Siena

  • Massa Marittima (37 km)

    Situated 20 km from the sea to a height of 400m, has been welcoming guests from the "old town", clustered around the magnificent Cathedral, characterized by an intense medieval atmosphere and a great artistic value, and the "new city", an expansion planned in 1228. 


  • Castiglione della Pescaia (18 km)

    Located on the Tyrrhenian coast, between Punta Ala and Argentario, at the mouth of the Brunette River. This popular tourist destination in the province of Grosseto, is a Maremma compendium of all landscapes, from the swamp to sandy beaches bordered by beautiful Tombolo pine trees, the hills of forests to rocky coasts.

    In short, Castiglione della Pescaia represents the Maremma, which surrounds a medieval village surrounded by walls topped by turreted aragonese castle, overlooking the sea.
    The old part is a balcony on the land. You will find a marina that offers daily excursions to the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.


  • Pisa (132 km)

    Pisa, famous worldwide for its tower, which enhances the tetralogy extraordinary monument in Piazza del Duomo, boasts a millenary history which sees its greatest splendor during the time of the Maritime Republics. 

    It is a treasure trove of art treasures whose Romanesque and Gothic churches, squares and buildings enhance the districts drawn by the Arno river and the ancient streets.
    Important university has maintained a record to date thanks to the many faculty and the Scuola Normale Superiore located in the Piazza dei Cavalieri.
    Visitors to Pisa will find not only art, culture and history, but the natural environments where the park Migliarino - San Rossore, the Coast and Mount Pisano, build a stage that is very suggestive. 



  • San Gimignano (176 km)

    San Gimignano rises on its towers, on a hill (334m high) dominating the Val d'Elsa.
    Seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (III-II century B.C.), its history began around the tenth century, taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena: San Gimignano, who saved the village from the barbarian hordes.
    It developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the Via Francigena that crosses it. In fact, San Gimignano had a flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and convents.

    In 1199 it became a free municipality and fought against the Bishops of Volterra and the surrounding towns, suffered internal strife divided into two factions in the wake of Ardinghelli (Guelph) and Salvucci (Ghibellines). San Gimignano gave hospitality to Dante Alighieri, in May 8, 1300, ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.
    The terrible plague of 1348 and following depopulation threw San Gimignano into a serious crisis. The town had therefore to submit to Florence.
    From decay and neglect of centuries after it came out only when we began to rediscover the beauty of the city, its cultural importance and the original agricultural identity. 

  • Saturnia (120 km)

    Saturnia needs no introduction: located just off the famed hot springs, it is perfectly nestled in the gently rolling hills typical of the Maremma.
    It is the ideal starting point for excursions to the surrounding areas, it is possible to reach in about 50 minutes by car, both the sea and the Amiata mount.
    The country, despite its small size, offers many choices for dining and lodging, as well as for the 'purchase of local products.
    Of course, it is also one of the most suitable places for those intending to stay a short distance from the spa using them without staying in the hotel.
    Saturnia also has its castle, charming and romantic, but that is private property... 
    You can console yourself by visiting the nearby Porta Romana, with its path, and the square Bagno Secco. 



  • Parco dell'Uccellina (71 km)

    A chain of rugged and wild hills, sloping to the sea with sandy beaches and cliffs ... surrounded by marshes, pine forests, farmland and pastures. 
    The park, bordered by the railway Livorno-Rome, stretches along the Tyrrhenian coast from Principina a Mare to Alberese, up to Talamone. 
    Significant geographic features are composed from the last stretch of the river Ombrone, the orographic system of Uccellina mountains, which reaches 417 meters in Poggio Lecci, the Trappola marsh, besides the type of coast, sandy crescent and precipitous cliff. 

  • Chianti Shire (160 km)

    Long and deep is the history of Chianti, not yet written entirely nor completely told.His name, for some historians, evokes the beating of wings, the clamor of shouts and sounds of ancient horn hunted boar. For others, would be derived from the Etruscan word Clante.
    The felling of forests and the planting of vines are commonly attributed to the Etruscan people who was the first inhabitant of Tuscany: many discoveries of tombs in these areas is carried out in past and recent ages.
    We are up here, in a place of ancient Etruscan League, which was the organization centre of traffic from the mines of the Island of Elba and directed, to the north, towards ancient Fiesole, up to the valleys of Comacchio and the Etruscan city of Spina and south, once reached Arezzo and Val Tiberina to Rome and Naples.
    The later periods see the overlapping of a Roman settlement here, as attested by numerous archaeological and place-names which remained over time.In the Dark Ages, the domination of the Lombards came. They settled permanently in these districts after the occupation of Italy by the Franks. The people of Chianti today, as the whole of Tuscany, to some extent may be said to be descendants of the Etruscans, and the Lombards.
    At the end of the Xth century, the area was affected by a dispute between the bishops of Arezzo and Siena for the possession of some territories. The town of Florence took part too in the dispute, starting a controversy that grew due to the split into factions of Guelphs and Ghibellines, and caused serious grief in later centuries.
    Downstream of Chianti, just discoste from its slopes, two bloody battles between the armies of Florence (Guelph) and Siena (Ghibelline) took place: one in Montaperti (1260), the other in Colle Val d'Elsa (1269). In recent times, this territory fell under the rule of the Medici family of Florence and of LorenAS, which ensured a long season of peace to those populations. In this period, the Chianti begins to be known and celebrated for the quality of its main product: the wine. It is an unstoppable fame, since the middle of this century, perhaps even because of the events and transformations occurring in the agricultural sector, growing larger and spread from Italy throughout the world.
    In recent decades, to the fame acquired by the wine, was added the fame of olive oil produced in Chianti.
    Chianti Shire is a wonderful land, thanks to the environment and the long work of ingentilimento accomplished by many landowners and many land workers. The beauty of this campaign, once covered with woods and now of vineyards and olive trees, may seem the result of a serendipitous: at a closer look, however, it is the result of a brilliant weave of cultures, of individual taste and a unique insight.

    The hills are dotted with castles, once grim mansions built in defense of the roads and now transformed into elegant residences of gentlemen.
    And incastellate towers, converted into farms, Romanesque churches and, most isolated, great abbeys where always  and today culture houses.
    You will find many, many cypress trees - Tuscans friend - lining avenues and streets and enclosing gardens.
    Chianti is also the source of many rivers that branch off from here and go down into the valleys, in every direction: the Pesa, the Ema, the Greve, the Ambra, the Staggia, the Arbia, and the Ombrone and finally, the Elsa that going west, with a wide circle, designates an area of ​​great vineyards and "Residences" hotel frequented and appreciated by a high quality tourism.

  • Siena (134 km)

    Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, situated at the heart of Tuscany in the hills of Chianti and the Maremma, rich in history, art and culture, it is the city of Palio.
    Located at 322 mt. sea ​​level in the heart of Tuscany, this city is built on three hills, maintaining intact its medieval appearance characterized by narrow winding streets and noble historic buildings.
    Siena is of Etruscan origin, it was a Roman colony under the name of Sena Julia; its importance grew in the Middle Ages, first subdued by the Lombards and then passed under the Carolingian domination.
    After a long period of episcopal dominion (9th-11th century) the city reached its peak of power after becoming a municipality (1147), adopting a policy of expansion towards the bordering territories.
    Confrontation with Florence was inevitable and the struggle lasted, with various vicissitudes, until 1555, when after a long siege, Siena was conquered by the Florentines, losing its autonomy and becoming part of the Duchy, sharing its fortunes until unification of Italy (1861).
    This city is one of the most artistic of Italy, with important and famous monuments, palaces and squares, including: Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy.
    The Siena area offers tourists a wide possibility of itineraries to discover pristine natural landscapes, perfectly preserved medieval villages, archaeological sites, cities such as Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc. .. You can visit museums, parishes, churches and castles where works of art of the most famous Sienese artists, such as Duccio, Jacopo della Quercia, Nicola Pisano, Lorenzetti, Sodoma, and many others are preserved.