Surroundings: Appartamenti in Agriturismo near Siena in Toscana, San Gimignano
Tuscany is one of the foremost regions in Italy in terms of landscape and historical, artistic and cultural heritage. Every year its cities and countryside are visited by millions of tourists, but there are still many places where you can find absolute peace and relaxation. The villa is situated in an optimal position for reaching the main places of interest, which we list below together with further information and the distances in kilometres.
San Gimignano - km 7 For the characteristic and unique mediaeval architecture of the old town centre, with its thirteen towers, San Gimignano was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In the Middle Ages there were seventy-two towers, most of them subsequently destroyed – as in Bologna, Pisa and Florence – by a succession of wars and battles. The remaining thirteen preserve or perhaps even enhance the character of this very elegant little town.
Siena - km 32 Siena, declared world heritage by UNESCO, is universally known for its artistic heritage and the substantial stylistic unity of its mediaeval town plan. On 2nd July and 16th August the traditional Palio is held in Piazza del Campo, a horserace in which the various contrade or city districts compete. It monopolises the city's attention for days and days: this because the Palio is not just a historical event or the reconstruction of a mediaeval joust but rather the expression of a very old and deeply rooted Siena tradition.
Firenze - km 50 Florence is often called the cradle of the renaissance: the city is characterised throughout by that extraordinary literary, artistic and scientific development which took place between the 14th and 16th centuries. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1982 the historic centre of Florence, enclosed within the avenues that follow the course of the old mediaeval walls, contains the city's most important cultural treasures. Delimited by the 14th century walls, built thanks to its economic and trading power, it enjoyed its maximum splendour over the next two centuries. The old town centre may be appreciated as a whole from the surrounding hills, especially from Forte Belvedere, from Piazzale Michelangelo with the Romanesque Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, and from the hill of Fiesole which offers one of the most evocative views of the Arno valley.