Stay at the Santa Maria farmhouse located nearby the village of Chiusdino a few steps from San Galgano, to discover all the cities of Tuscany such as Siena, Volterra, Certaldo, Firenze, Massa Marittima and more.
Siena is a magical city, with a fascinating and hermetic cultural structure. The city is famous for its old tradition of the Palio (July 2 and August 16) which still lives in the hearts of its citizens. Those living outside Siena should not and can not understand certain behaviors, but its beauty is really accessible to all and it is thanks to the deep roots of the traditions if we can still breathe the medieval atmosphere and enjoy a city of breathtaking elegance. Siena is beautiful and it is up to you to decide how to discover it. We propose here the historic structure that can be a starting point for the exploration: Siena, was divided into three parts, called TERZO or TERZIERI, namely: THIRD OF CITY,THIRD OF SAN MARTINO, THIRD CAMOLLIA.
Every Third had been organized according to each district of the Military Companies. These had an obligation to defend the City in case of war, guarding the walls and gates, patrolling the streets at night. In the fourteenth century Siena’s population was distributed in 42 contrade, that after the terrible “Black Plague” of 1348 were reduced to little more than twenty.
The “Contrade” performed a long evolution between the fifteenth and seventeenth century, with time the districts have lost the military and urban purpose, and developed today a social and recreational behavior. The contrade as we know them today, were defined in 1729 as “Call on the borders” by the Governor Violante Beatrice of Bavaria. Every Third is a treasure.
Massa Marittima is a pearl in the metalliferous hills overlooking the Maremma with elegance and mystery.
The city is located 380 meters above sea level, and is divided in two parts. The lower part or the old town whit its Romanesque style, and the upper part or so called new city, which dates back to the XII-XIV century.
The city tour can start from Mazzini square where you can find a convenient parking lot right behind the Cathedral of San Cerbone and the source of Abundance.
The Tower of Candlestick, the walls, palaces, museums and alleys intertwine in this beautiful and peaceful town that has no shortage of good restaurants with terraces and street views.
Florence is among the most beautiful and fascinating cities of the world.
It is here that the Italian language was born thanks to Dante Alighieri, and if you could go back to Tuscany between 1400 and 1500, you would meet on the streets, Brunelleschi and Masaccio, Donatello and Michelangelo, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Savonarola, each of them to play its fundamental part as architect, painter, sculptor, Prince, preacher, developing (unwittingly and unknowingly), this small town along the Arno into a masterpiece, the “Cradle of the Renaissance”.
Florence became a model for the “New Man” disclosed by the Middle Ages. According to the will of enlightened princes and talented artists, they started to build churches, palaces, museums, bridges. In the workshops were created masterpieces that now adorn museums around the world and that would forever change the history of art.
In Florence there are endless things to do, the art pieces made out of stone, marble and the canvas are still perfectly preserved and available for everybody to see. And that’s what makes this city a must-see.
Volterra lies in a quiet and scenic position. Whoever decides to visit the city can travel throughout its history just by walking along the alleys of the village, or by raising his eyes on its imposing walls and beautiful gothic buildings. Volterra has been preserved intact for over 3000 years, with its many faces, and now offers to tourists a unique destination in the world thanks to its charm and rich archaeological landscape.
Beautiful and interesting for its structure Certaldo complies to the model of medieval villages typical of Tuscany but because it was built on a steep hill, it was provided with a major square where to group the main buildings, contrary to what usually happens for the medieval villages. The heart of the old town starts in via Boccaccio culminating uphill on the beautiful facade of the town . The old village can be reached via a ski lift or walking along a scenic but steep road. During the summer the village becomes alive thanks to one of the most spectacular festivals of street artists “Mercantia”.