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    Ideal location for reaching the historic Tuscan cities of Siena, Florence, Monteriggioni and Volterra

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    San Gimignano

    2 km from Podere Casanuova

    A small fortified town halfway between Florence and Siena, it is famous for its architecture and its beautiful medieval towers that make the town's profile truly unique.

    In the most prosperous period, the rich families of San Gimignano came to build as many as 72 towers as a symbol of their wealth and power. Of these, 14 remain today, adding to the charm of the town's atmosphere.

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, San Gimignano is one of the small pearls of the Sienese province and also offers excellent local products such as saffron and the white wine called Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

    Sights: the Duomo, the Chapel of Santa Fina, Piazza della Cisterna, Civic Museums, Church of Sant'Agostino, Rocca di Montestaffoli


    59 km from Podere Casanuov

    A city that has retained its charm and the splendour of the past. This is how Florence, the capital of Tuscany, presents itself. An enchanting city that never ceases to amaze, with its masterpieces of art, the coloured marble of its churches and the architecture that recalls its splendour and the role it played in the development of Renaissance culture and art.

    The beating heart of Florence is Piazza del Duomo, with the monumental complex of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore - surmounted by Brunelleschi's majestic dome - the Baptistery of San Giovanni - a magnificent example of Florentine Romanesque architecture - and Giotto's Campanile - a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic architecture. Behind the Duomo stands the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, where a precious collection of works from the Cathedral, Baptistery and Bell Tower can be admired.


    43 km from Podere Casanuova

    City of art, cultured city, city of good food, city of the Palio. Many are its faces, unique the city.

    Lying among the Tuscan hills, it still maintains its appearance intact and time in Siena seems to have stopped in the 13th century, when the city began to enrich itself with an artistic and architectural heritage that has consecrated its glory forever.

    Unesco inscribed Siena on its world heritage list in 1995, for having skilfully preserved important features of its medieval structure, calling it "a masterpiece of dedication and inventiveness in which buildings were designed to fit into the overall design of the urban structure".


    27 km from Podere Casanuova

    In the heart of the Pisan countryside, but also close to the borders of the provinces of Siena and Livorno, lies the splendid Volterra. This town of 10,000 inhabitants was one of the main city-states of ancient Etruria, very powerful in the Middle Ages and with a historical centre of Etruscan origin. Today, Volterra is a renowned tourist destination, a must for those who choose to visit Tuscany, thanks mainly to the beauty of its historic centre, but also for its tradition.

    Centuries-old alabaster quarrying and working, with which the skilful hands of the city's craftsmen churn out truly beautiful objects.

    San Galgano

    53 km from Podere Casanuova

    The spectacular remains of the ancient Abbey of San Galgano, a fascinating and evocative place that was once home to one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany. The noble knight Galgano Guidotti, after renouncing his life of comfort and wealth, took the Cistercian habit and decided to have a chapel built on Mount Siepi, where he chose to die as a hermit in 1180.

    Later, the Cistercian monks built an oratory and a building in honour of the monk, who became a saint. Thus was born the Abbey of San Galgano, a splendid monastery, considered today one of the most evocative and prestigious examples of Cistercian-Gothic architecture in Italy. In 1300 the abbey was devastated by troops led by Giovanni Acuto and in 1400 the period of decadence began, which culminated in the decision to abolish the monastic orders.


    80 km from Podere Casanuova

    It is the famous Leaning Tower that makes Pisa known the world over, but the city also offers many other interesting things to see and is well worth spending at least a day there.

    Arriving in the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, the eye is undoubtedly caught by the Tower and, we cannot deny it, the experience of climbing to its top is incredible and absolutely not to be missed.

    Once you have appreciated the Leaning Tower of Pisa from every angle (including, if you wish, the classic photo of you pretending to hold it up...), continue your visit to the other monuments in the Piazza: the Cathedral and the Baptistery.


    27 km from Podere Casanuova

    In the heart of the Sienese countryside lies the splendid village of Monteriggioni, a truly enchanted and unique place. Situated on a hilltop and surrounded by a circle of perfectly preserved circular walls, Monteriggioni is one of the places not to be missed during a tour of Tuscany.

    Actually, the Monteriggioni we all know is only a very small part of the municipality of the same name, which has over 10,000 inhabitants and is composed of numerous hamlets, some of which are inhabited by only a few dozen people. The historical centre, also known as Castello, is very small but extremely suggestive.

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