All the countryside around the villa can be used for relaxing strolls and excursions. The main Tuscan cities of art are easily and quickly reached.
The following activities can be organised nearby:
- Horse riding
- Flights in private aircraft or hot-air balloons
- Trips on Mountain bikes
- Guided wine tasting/gastronomic tours
- Wine tasting visits to local cellars
Of all the regions of Italy, Tuscany is probably the most renowned worldwide thanks to its rich historical and cultural patrimony, as well as its breathtaking landscapes and sceneries. Famous worldwide for the impressive number of monuments and works of art are its cities: Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and other small towns such as San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Volterra, Certaldo, Montalcino, not to mention the small medieval villages or hamlets, as they are often called, typical of the Chianti region, authentic and definitely well-preserved jewels.
The property enjoys an exceptional location right in the heart of the Chianti Classico, a geographical area of central Tuscany, mostly hilly and bordered by the provinces of Florence and Siena, famous for its red wine, known and appreciated all around the world. It is one of the most prestigious and esteemed territories of Italy and considered to be one of the most ancient wine production areas.
Points of interest in the surroundings:
- the cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa, renowned worldwide and only within 20-30 minutes driving distance
- San Gimignano (15 km far and within 10 minutes driving distance), patrimony of the UNESCO, a medieval hamlet with fourteen towers, rich in art (frescoes, monumental churches, works of art); definitely a town with a glorious past that testifies to the convergence of the traditions of Florence and Siena.
- Monteriggioni (15 km far), a medieval hamlet enclosed by particular and extraordinary boundary walls, well-preserved and even mentioned by Dante Alighieri.
- Volterra (35 km far), rich in Medieval and Renaissance monuments, features a Roman-Etruscan legacy that traces back to prehistoric times.
Worth including in your itinerary are also the small medieval hamlets of Barberino Val d’Elsa, San Donato in Poggio, Certaldo (Boccaccio’s birth place), Castellina in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, the Chianti Classico Wine Road and the Chianti Castles route., Moving southwards, you will find many other important places to visit apart from Siena such as Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza. The town of Montelupo Fiorentino, situated in the immediate vicinities of Certaldo, is famous worldwide for the production of pottery.
The Chianti region is a wonderful place to live in, both summer and winter. It has a benign and mild microclimate with pleasant temperatures all year round and therefore allows for pleasurable tours even during low season, when the hamlets and main towns of Tuscany are less crowded. During the autumn, you can admire the warm colors in nature or the vivid green during the awakening of spring, when the towns are bustling with life. Besides the high summer season, spring and autumn are optimum times to visit this area. The Chianti region represents a true lifestyle, the culture of beauty and pleasure. The countryside is particularly rich in tradition and charm and the landscape suggestive and unique. The fields alternate with vineyards and olive groves, woods and sown land, all crossed by white paths that lead to the typical farms and country houses, of this region , surrounded by cypresses that also line most of the paths. The Chianti region is also rich with castles of significant historical importance, like the castle of Brolio and the castle of Meleto. A very important and unique medieval relic can be found in the surroundings of the villa: the Paneretta Castle, which still retains its original design and structure. The remains of another antique castle (unfortunately in total ruins today) are situated in the heart of the Cipresseta di Sant’Agnese and are visible from the villa. The ruins can be reached by foot – definitely a challenging and enchanting stroll in the woods.
In order to truly appreciate the beauty of the region, we suggest a car trip across the area from Greve in Chianti to Gaiole in Chianti, along the castle route of the castles and the wine road. You certainly cannot miss the magnificent sights along the way from San Donato in Poggio to Castellina in Chianti. During the summer most of the hamlets of the Chianti region, as well as the main towns of Tuscany (i.e. San Gimignano), host theatrical and musical events as well as medieval feasts (Certaldo and Monteriggioni). We suggest you visit all the small hamlets of the Chianti region at any time of the day, in particular during the evening when the sun sets. It is very pleasant to dine in the typical restaurants of the region (even outdoors if the weather allows so), where you can admire the colors of twilight that truly make this land so magic and special. Adults and children alike will be fascinated. Another aspect of this region worth mentioning is the traditional Italian cuisine; the area is full of typical restaurants, more or less exclusive, where you can enjoy a real steak “alla fiorentina” as well as various types of roast meat
Many Tuscan villages hold festivals called “sagre” with different gastronomic themes that range from mushrooms, wine, wild boar etc., as well as country fairs where you can enjoy a good meal at very low prices. A visit to Florence and Siena is a must. Florence can be easily reached either by car or public transport (bus or train) from Poggibonsi, the nearest town which lies just 4 km from the villa. Siena is best reached by car since it is not a very big city and has many parking spaces, either free or with fee. Florence of course, is famous for its numerous museums of international importance: Uffizi, Museo dell’Accademia, Palazzo Pitti, Museo dell’ Opera di Firenze. A visit to Piazzale Michelangelo is a must as it offers the most beautiful panorama over the city. The Giardini di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) are also worth a visit. Take a walk through the historical center of the city to truly appreciate the well known Piazza della Signoria, the Dome with the famous “cupola di Brunelleschi” and the “campanile di Giotto” (Giotto’s bell tower). Siena is a jewel of worldwide fame that still retains its original structure and layout. It has many important museums and a historical center of unique charm and beauty with its outstanding Dome and the celebrated Piazza del Campo. The famous horse race of the Palio of Siena is held here every year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August. For those who wish to do some shopping, besides the numerous boutiques in Florence selling world famous designer fashion brands, several outlet centers can also be found either near Florence at Barberino del Mugello or in the area of Incisa Valdarno. Furthermore, every village holds its own weekly market where it is possible to buy foodstuff and other items, including typical Tuscan products. For lovers of nature and outdoor life, the Chianti area is full of hiking and mountain-bike trails. You can take horseback and hot -air balloon rides, play tennis or golf in the surrounding area. There is no doubt that your stay will leave you with pleasant memories, happy thoughts and sensations that these dream places inspire so deeply.