Away from us: 5 km
Perched on a hill, 545 meters above sea level, Volterra dominates and divides the Cecina Valley and the Era Valley. Its location, far from the sea and the main urban settlements, has favored over the centuries the growth of its strategic importance. Rich in history and culture, Volterra has preserved ancient buildings that show its history. Its buildings of gray stone, the walls, the palaces of the center, the magnificent Piazza dei Priori, are still evidence of the ancient splendor.
Away from us: 20 km
San Gimignano is located on the hills of Elsa Valley. Its ancient towers, symbols of power and prestige of the rich middle-class families in the past, make this ancient town one of the most charming of Tuscany. A place where time stands still, where the fortified village structure has been preserved and its architecture still holds to the present day an art, history and culture treasures declared World Heritage.
Away from us: 60 km
Florence contains an exceptional artistic patrimony, glorious testimony to its secular civilization. Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting, lived here, along with Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, reformists of architecture and sculpture; Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio, founders of the Renaissance; Ghiberti and the Della Robbia; Filippo Lippi and Angelico; Botticelli and Paolo Uccello; the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Their masterpieces, as well as those of generations of artists up to the masters of this century, are contained in the city's museums. In Florence, thanks to Dante, the Italian language was born; literary studies were affirmed with Petrarch and Boccaccio; they relived the ideals of humanism, values and philosophy of classical civilization; with Machiavelli modern political science was born; with Guicciardini - historical prose; and with Galileo - modern experimental science. Since the time of Charlemagne, Florence was a university town. Today Florence is an international cultural center with many specialized institutes, Academies, art schools, scientific institutes and cultural centers that contribute to activities of the city.
Away from us: 45 km
Siena and its province represent one of the richest area of Tuscany for its testimonies of the Medieval era, with a rich history marked by a stubborn fight with Florence for the independence. Many Celebrities and prominent figures were born in its villages, places filled with art and culture. Among the myriad of beautiful places to enjoy in the surrounding area, it deserves mention a great little gem, the charming village of Monteriggioni, where time seems to stand still to let the dream of a past time come in.