Our B&B Agritourism is in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. We are close to many of the most characteristic towns of the area and they can easily be visited during a day trip or some even during half a day. Here below you will find a list of some the towns.
You can easily get to Florence by train. In this way you don’t have to worry about driving and finding parking in town. The train station of Figline Valdarno is only 10 minutes away by car from our Agritourism and every hour there are trains to Florence. The direct trains take only 25 minutes and you will arrive directly in the centre of this historic city where on foot you can comfortably reach the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi art gallery, the Accademia and many other sites which makes this city so unique.
We suggest that you “lose yourselves” (even if not literally!) whilst driving in the Tuscan hills of Chianti. You can go through the towns of Greve, Castellina, Gaiole, Radda in Chianti and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. In every little town you will find a lot of small places where you can taste many of the wines and cheeses typical of the area.
We are about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Siena. You can visit the city with ease in half a day as the centre of town is small and compact. As soon as you arrive and have parked the car you will realize that everything is close by and easy to visit. You can admire the Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral of Siena and taste some of the sweets typical of the Senese Cuisine
Pisa is one and a half hours’ drive away. Here you can admire the famous “Piazza dei Miracoli” with the leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. The Camposanto Monumentale (the Monumental Cemetery) of Pisa is also worth a visit. This is where the crusaders took holy soil to, that they had brought from Mount Golgota at Jerusalem.
Lucca is a small medieval town surrounded by walls. As it is very close to Pisa we suggest that you visit them both in the same day. You can walk along the narrow alleys, not wider than a carriage passage, or you can rent a bike and go along the 4 km long passageway on top of the surrounding city walls. If you have time, very characteristic is a guided tour of the undergrounds of the city which date back to 1500.
At San Gimignano you can admire the small squares surrounded by medieval houses. The famous towers stand high in the sky, and among others is the famous Torre Grossa in stone. It is very pleasant to walk through this small village, stopping at the typical craft shops, going along the many narrow lanes heading for “Piazza della Cisterna”, the highest point of the town.
Volterra is another typical Tuscan medieval town surrounded by walls. You can reach and admire the Cathedral, by passing through the narrow winding lanes that penetrate the city centre. From the Etruscan walls there is a stunning view over the Tuscan hills. It is also possible to visit the ruins of the Roman theatre.
Once you have arrived in Piazza Grande, built upon a steep hill, you can admire the Parish church of “Santa Maria”, the “Palazzo delle Logge” and the “Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici”. The town proudly houses the works of art by Giorgio Vasari and Piero della Francesca, which can be admired in various places. If you visit the town during the first Saturday and Sunday of the month, you can pay a visit to the famous Antiques Market, a tradition that has been carried forward for over 50 years.
This is the most popular tourist destination in Val d’Orcia. Pienza is a small town that surely will stay in your heart. The town got its name from Pope Pius II, who decided to renew this little township, creating a harmonious work of art. From the Piccolomini Palace, you can enjoy the view of the entire Val d’Orcia Valley. The palace was designed to serve as the Pope’s summer resident, but it now houses a permanent exhibition of the town’s history. Outside you can stroll under the loggia and in the delightful hanging garden. Pienza is famous for the “cacio”, a pecorino cheese produced in various distinctive flavours. We warmly recommend you to try it together with the local cold cuts and wines!
Cortona is the ultimate Etruscan town. From this hilltop town you have a spectacular view onto the wide valley below. Not to be missed is the MAEC, displaying the finds of the museums of the Etruscan Accademy and the Etruscan and Roman City of Cortona.
Montepulciano is best know for its Vino Nobile. This hillside village is encircled by vineyards, which are visible everywhere you look. Walk up Montepulciano’s main street, “il Corso”, first visiting the Church of S. Agostino. Then continue to Piazza Michelozzo, where you can admire the Pulcinella Tower, topped with the town clock with the Pulcinella figure which strikes the hour.
The Mall is a luxury outlet in the Valdarno, with shops of the most famous designers. You can find designer clothes by Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Ferragamo and many others at very advantageous prices. The Outlet is only 15 minutes from our Agritourism. Shopping lovers can also visit the outlets of Barberino, Valdichiana and Space (Prada), which are all close-by.