CULTURE

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A landscape shaped by lush hills that lose themselves in the horizon. Alleys surrounded by cypress trees that lead to old wineries. Picturesque towns that sit majestically on top of the hills. Important historic treasures and works of art, created by some of the most influential poets, thinkers, painters and architects of all times, after all, Tuscany is considered to be one of the world’s culturally richest region.

SAN GIMIGNANO – 1,5KM
San Gimignano was founded in 300 B.C. as a small Etruscan village. Thanks to the Via Francigena and the trade of saffron and Vernaccia the town became a blooming city in medieval times. It feels as if time has stopped in the year of 1563, and the city has been preserved in immaculate detail and can be considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE since 1990, and, because of its peculiar towers and the resulting skyline, it has also become to known as the Manhattan of medieval times.

FLORENCE – 50KM
Florence is situated along the shores of the Arno river, and, with 400.000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in Tuscany and also its capital. Merchants, such as the Medici family, but also famous artists and architects such as Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio have shaped the city. The main attractions are the famous dome Santa Maria del Fiore, the baptistery San Giovanni and the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

SIENA – 35KM
With its 55.000 inhabitants, Siena is one of the most charming cities. UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE since 1995. An extraordinary example of medieval architecture is the main square, the “Piazza del Campo” with its unique shape, surrounded by ancient palaces and the tower Del Mangia.

SAN GALGANO – 50KM
The monastery of „San Galgano“ is considered to be the most important example of gothic architecture in Italy. The monastery was founded in the 12th century by Galgano Guidotti on top of the “Montesiepi” hill. In the 16th century the monastery was partly damaged, but has been preserved ever since, and is certainly worth a visit, albeit off the beaten track. The Disney movie “The sword in the stone” was inspired by the monastery.

PISA – 75KM
The leaning tower of Pisa doesn’t need an introduction, and while it is obviously the main attraction, there is so much more to see in this beautiful city. Narrow streets with cobbled stones, small coffee shops, and the old houses painted in yellow. The city has around 90.000 inhabitants and the historic centre is made up of 4 districts.

CERTALDO – 15KM
Only after short drive from San Gimignano, you will discover the small town of Certaldo. It is the ideal spot for people that want to get away from it all and escape the tourist masses for a while. The town is made up of two different part, the new town and the old part on top of a hill, the two are connected by a historic cable car. The famous poet Giovanni Boccaccio was born here.

VINCI – 45KM
This town is well-known all over the world because of its most famous son, Leonardo da Vinci, who was born here in 1452. In the historic centre you will find one of the most extensive collections of Leonardo’s works such as paintings, poems, inventions, blue prints, ecc.

VOLTERRA – 25KM
The town sits atop of a hill at an altitude of 539 meters above sea level, quietly nestled between the rivers Bra and Cecina. The historic centre is surrounded by a well-preserved stone wall.

COLLE VAL D’ELSA – 15KM
A little bit south of San Gimignano you will find the town of Colle Val d’Elsa with ist 21.000 inhabitants. The lower part of the town is rather industrial, while the historic centre is located on top of a small hill, surrounded by medieval walls and is famous for the production of high quality glass ware, which can also be seen in the town’s main museum.

TUSCAN SEASIDE – 70KM
Tuscany is known for its great wines, delicious food, medieval towns and unforgettable landscapes. Also the beaches are certainly worth a visit. From i pini you can quickly reach the Etruscan coast that stretches from Livorno all the way to the lush hills of Piombino. Here you will find spectacular white sandy beaches and rocky coves.

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