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Video: San Gimignano

Located in a dominant position on the Val d’Elsa, the medieval town of San Gimignano is one of the jewels of Tuscany. This spectacular Tuscan village is famous for its medieval towers that characterize its skyline. Because of this characteristic it has earned the name of “city of the beautiful towers”. San Gimignano is characterized by its medieval architecture almost intact where, in ...

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Poggibonsi: a modern-looking town with an imposing Medici fortress

Poggibonsi (29,000 inhabitants) is an important industrial town of Val d’Elsa, situated at 116 meters above sea level, in the province of Siena, of which is the second largest city by population after the chief town. The area where there is Poggibonsi was inhabited since ancient times, this is shown by the many archaeological finds in the area. Poggibonsi is an industrial ...

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Staggia Senese: a walled village in the Val d’Elsa

Staggia Senese is a small village with beautiful walls and an interesting medieval castle. Staggia is found in the municipality of Poggibonsi, from which it’s distant 4 kilometers, it can be reached from Florence or Siena with the Florence-Siena superhighway using the exit of Colle Val D’ Elsa South and continuing on the left (to right if it’s reached from ...

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Badia a Conèo: a Romanesque church in the surroundings of Colle Val d’Elsa

Just behind Colle Alta, we reach the junction at Le Grazie, here we take the provincial road No. 27 in the direction of Casole d’Elsa, after just over a kilometer, turn on the right on a small road bounded by two cypresses indicating Badia a Conèo. We continues for a couple of km until on the left you come to ...

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Colle Val d’Elsa: an important medieval village of Val d’Elsa

Colle Val d’Elsa is located about 45 km from the exit of the A1 Firenze-Impruneta. From Firenze-Impruneta, take the Firenze-Siena highway towards Siena. You exit the freeway at exit Colle Val d’Elsa Nord. Colle Val d’Elsa is located less than an hour’s drive from the city of Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Certaldo and Volterra. The town of Colle Val d’Elsa, ...

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Radicondoli: a medieval village that dominates the upper Val d’Elsa

Radicondoli is a small medieval village which has about 1,000 inhabitants, the village is located on a hill 509 meters above sea level in the metalliferous hills (Colline Metallifere)  in the province of Siena, in the westernmost part of the province. Radicondoli was an ancient castle of Aldobrandeschi of which we have historical evidence since the twelfth century. The castle became later a ...

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Abbadia a Isola: a medieval abbey along the Via Francigena

Abbadia a Isola is a small interesting medieval village, it’s lies just 4 km from Monteriggioni along the road to Colle Val d’Elsa. The small village, built around the Cistercian Abbey of San Salvatore, which was founded here in the tenth century, was in medieval times, a stopping place for pilgrims along the Via Francigena. Here was founded in the early eleventh ...

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Monteriggioni: a medieval village surrounded by circular walls

Monteriggioni is a picturesque medieval village completely encircled from circular walls with 14 towers, situated on a low hill, approximately 10 km from Siena. Until 11th century, Monteriggioni was a station of exchange along the via Francigena. Siena transformed Monteriggioni in an imposing fortress in order protect its northern border during the wars against Florence. Its position allowed the control of ...

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San Gimignano: the city of beautiful towers, the Medieval New York

San Gimignano was built in the eighth century as a feudal castle surrounded by walls. In later centuries the village became a free commune. In 1353 the town became part of the possessions of the Republic of Florence. In the Middle Ages San Gimignano was an important stop for pilgrims on their way to Rome along the Via Francigena. The ...

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Casole d’Elsa: a typical village of Val d’Elsa

Casole d’Elsa is a small town in the Val d’Elsa, which has less than four thousand inhabitants, the place is a beautiful medieval village that is located in a dominant position on a hill 417 meters high and about 14 km from Colle Val d’Elsa. The history of Casole d’Elsa dates back to the eleventh century when Volterra founded a castle ...

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