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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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Three curiosities about Volterra

Volterra is one of the most important and ancient towns of Tuscany, with a glorious past in Etruscan, Roman and medieval eras. A treasure of immeasurable size dwells between the walls and the cobbled streets of this village: an infinity of legends, views, mysteries and treasures, guarded with pride and passion, never trumpeting from the rooftops, in contrast to the ...

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Gaiole in Chianti: ancient market place of Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti (2,300 inhabitants) is a small village of Chianti, that is positioned along the course of the current Massellone, the village has developed from the thirteenth century as a market place, becoming one of the capitals of Terziere of the Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti), with Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti. The League of Chianti ...

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Montepulciano: a medieval and Renaissance town overlooking the Val di Chiana

Montepulciano is a beautiful medieval and Renaissance town located on a hill 605 meters high in the south of the province of Siena. Founded at the beginning of the eighth century as a castle – on a hill that controlled the transits between the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana -, Montepulciano became rich in the Middle Ages thanks to ...

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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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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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Montalcino: the place of production of the famous wine, the Brunello

Montalcino is situated on a high hill between the valleys of Ombrone and Asso rivers at 564 meters above sea level. From Siena are about 40 km, along the SS. Cassia in direction of Rome. A few km after Buonconvento turns to the right following the indications for Montalcino. The first historical document that indicates the existence of this town ...

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Chiusdino: a fortified medieval village in the Val di Merse

Chiusdino (almost 2,000 inhabitants) is located in the province of Siena, from which is 37 km away, it’s an interesting medieval village perched on a hill in the Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills) 564 meters above sea level, overlooking the Val di Merse. The first evidence on Chiusdino date back to medieval times, it appears that during the Lombard era, between ...

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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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Radda in Chianti: an agricultural center and holiday resort in Chianti

Radda in Chianti a medieval town of Etruscan origins – now the seat of the Consortium of Chianti Gallo Nero – is situated on a hill 530 meters above sea level between the valleys of Arbia and Pesa. The first documents that refer to Radda date back to the eleventh century AD. Since 13th century the castle was the domain of the Counts Guidi. ...

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Certaldo: an intact medieval village in Val d’Elsa

The town of Certaldo is divided into an upper part, medieval, called Certaldo Alto, surrounded by fortified walls, and a modern part located in the valley below. The town is the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, and still retains its ancient part of the original medieval structure with the Praetorian Palace, monasteries, churches, towers and fortifications, characteristic of the village are ...

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Borgo a Mozzano: a village with a spectacular medieval bridge

Borgo a Mozzano is a town of just over 7,000 inhabitants placed at 97 meters above sea level along the river Serchio valley in the province of Lucca, which is about 21 km. Borgo a Mozzano was once an important service center for the surrounding area, at the end of the thirteenth century it became the seat of the Podestà and ...

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Castelnuovo Berardenga: where ends the Chianti and begin the Crete Senesi

Castelnuovo Berardenga, is an interesting village of Chianti in the province of Siena. The municipality has about 8,900 inhabitants and  is located at the southern end of the Chianti hills at the point where begin the clay soils that form the Crete Senesi. Castelnuovo Berardenga is located on a hill about 350 meters high, between the Ombrone and the torrent Malena, the ...

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Sarteano: a walled town dominated by an imposing castle

Sarteano, is an interesting medieval town situated at 525 meters above sea level in the southern province of Siena, the town is just 6 km from the highway (A1) exit Chiusi-Chianciano. At Sarteano was born in 1439 Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, who became Pope in 1503 for less than a month with the name of Pius III. Popular tourist resort, Sarteano maintains ...

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Cetona: a medieval village of Etruscan origin

Cetona is a small village situated at 384 metres above sea level at the feet of the mount Cetona (1,148 meters) of vulcanic origin. The zone was inhabited since the Etruscan and Roman age. During the Middle Ages (15th century) Cetona was fortified from Siena, of these works still now remains, the rocca, three gates and remarkable remainders of the ...

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Scarlino: a medieval village near the Gulf of Follonica

Scarlino is located in a beautiful position on a hill 229 meters above sea level, which dominates the plain of Follonica and the sea. The village of Scarlino developed from the thirteenth century as a fortress of the Aldobrandeschi family, in 1278 it was occupied by the Republic of Pisa and from 1399 became a possession of the Appiani of ...

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Bagno Vignoni: one of the most special squares of Tuscany

Bagno Vignoni is a small village of medieval appearance, characterized by a group of houses and the enormous pool of water occupying the main square. The small cluster of houses was originally a castle of the family of Amerighi, already known in the eleventh century, today the remains of the castle (Vignoni Alto) dominate the high ground above the spa ...

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San Quirico d’Orcia: fortifications, Renaissance gardens and a Romanesque collegiate

San Quirico d’Orcia, located over 400 meters above sea level, is situated 45 km from Siena on SS. Cassia, to get there you pass through the villages of Monteroni d’Arbia, Buonconvento and Torrenieri, near the intersection to Pienza you arrive in San Quirico. Formerly the village was called San Quirico in Osenna. In medieval times it was quite important, so ...

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Barberino Val d’Elsa: a medieval village in panoramic position in the Chianti

Barberino Val d’ Elsa is a fortified village situated on a hill over the Elsa River valley at 373 meters of height, the village lies half way between Florence and Siena in the north-western area of the Chianti hills. Barberino Val d’Elsa was founded by the Republic of Florence as a castle in a strategic position along the Via Cassia, ...

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Monte San Savino: architectures of late Renaissance

Monte San Savino (about 9,000 inhabitants), is an interesting town in the Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo, situated on a hill about 330 meters high, the village presents medieval and late Renaissance buildings. The village is the birthplace of Andrea Contucci Sansovino famous architect and sculptor of the Renaissance. The area where stands today Monte San Savino was ...

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Castiglion Fiorentino: a medieval town of Etruscan origin

Castiglion Fiorentino is an important town in the Val di Chiana situated on a hill 345 meters high, between Arezzo and Cortona. The village has remote Etruscan origins, it is shown by the remains of Etruscan walls found at the Cassero. During the late archaic and the Hellenistic periods in the area of Castiglion Fiorentino stood an important Etruscan settlement. The ...

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Poppi: an impressive castle and a beautiful medieval village

From a distance the structure that characterizes the village of Poppi is undoubtedly the Castle of the Counts Guidi (or Praetorian Palace), which, with its massive structure dominates the town on the hilltop, but the town is very beautiful even for its porches. Poppi’s history dates back to the twelfth century when it became the main residence of the Counts ...

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Castel Focognano: medieval castle of which remains only a tower

Castel Focognano is a town in the Casentino situated 28 km from Arezzo, and about 12 km from Bibbiena, the main center and seat of the municipality is the village of Rassina, located in the plains along the valley of the Arno river. The town has kept the name of the old location, Castel Focognano, which until 1778 had been ...

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Bibbiena: the most important economic center of the whole Casentino

Bibbiena (12 500 inhabitants) is an important center of the Casentino in the province of Arezzo, is located on a hill 425 meters above sea level at the confluence of the Archiano stream in the Arno river. The area where today stands Bibbiena was populated since Etruscan times, but the foundation of the present town dates back to the Middle Ages. Bibbiena ...

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