Daily Excursion from Villa Cafaggiola
Villa Cafaggiola being in the centre of Tuscany is a great place to spend a quiet holiday without sacrificing the various excursions
CERTALDO 15 km
the old part situated on the hill can be reached by funicular from the modern city. From the warm color, red brick from the date of its medieval buildings, the old city is enclosed within its walls. Its origins date back to the Etruscan-Roman period. It was the birthplace of the famous poet Boccaccio, who died in 1375. The Praetorian Palace or the Vicar is the most significant building of the town: rebuilt in the fifteenth century and is decorated with a portico decorated with coats of arms. Along the picturesque road that leads to the door of the Rivellino, you can admire the medieval buildings and a small charming Romanesque cloister setting.
VOLTERRA 40 km
of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance, dominated by a hill 550 meters above the valley of Cecina, to the sea. It is surrounded by a landscape with bright colors because of the presence of so-called Balze: chasms created by landslides on the slopes of the hills north-west. A Volterra history has left its mark continuously since Etruscan times until the nineteenth century, with artistic and monumental of great importance, which can be seen just by walking through the streets of the historic center, but also visiting the three museums: the Etruscan Museum, the Art Gallery and the Museum of Sacred Art. In addition to these a pristine landscape, a quality of life still on a human scale and crafts unique: alabaster.
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COLLE VAL D’ELSA 20 km
situated at the edge of the floor of Grace, near the left bank of the river Elsa, the town is surrounded by typical Tuscan rolling hills, with olive trees, vineyards and cypresses. The river, for the people of Colle Val d’Elsa, has always been an important source of energy for local productive activities. Channeled into an ingenious system of gore, has helped make the city one of the oldest industrial centers of Tuscany for processing of wool, paper and glass. Today Colle Val d’Elsa is famous worldwide for the production of fine crystals, among the most beautiful in Italy. The town is divided into three levels: the floor at the bottom, where it is the most modern, the village, which extends to the road to Volterra, and the Castle, nucleus of the old town. The latter, the medieval heart of the city is characterized by narrow cobbled streets, tower-houses, edges, squares and stairways. Piazza del Duomo is the place most prestigious monuments of the city, while Via delle Volte is the path most striking.
MONTERIGGIONI 25 km
unmistakable and striking, appears at the top of the hill, bold and dominant as sentry defending the ancient Republic of Siena. For its beauty and its location has a natural vocation for tourism. Ancient and noble town, founded by the Republic of Siena in the early thirteenth century as a bulwark against Florence, it was disputed in the centuries-old struggle for dominance between the two cities, completely conquered by the Florentines in the sixteenth century. Its thirteenth-century walls are of fundamental importance in the history of medieval fortifications. Form a perimeter of 560 m, in which two doors are open, crowned with 14 square towers. Inside the walls is the main square of the village that still retains its medieval appearance. The medieval festival Monteriggioni is crowned with towers takes place every year in mid-July, between the three parties most important medieval Italy, tells the history and traditions of Monteriggioni. For the occasion, all the inhabitants wear the clothes of the time. Storytellers, jugglers, musicians and acrobats enliven the party, while artisans demonstrate old crafts: a blacksmith, the blacksmith, the engraver, the rope maker, luthier. In the castle you can admire the real factories or laboratories, such as mint coins, the water mill or the shop where they produced the paper.