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Tuscany between Florence and Siena

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Tuscany between Florence and Siena

Food Scene
Pretty untouched hill village, with a great view of the valley. The small grocery store with bar and the restaurant are a good stop. (Updated 30th May 2019, the restaurant, bar and grocery store usually open between May and October but this year didn't open yet and I don't know when it will re-open)
Montegonzi
Pretty untouched hill village, with a great view of the valley. The small grocery store with bar and the restaurant are a good stop. (Updated 30th May 2019, the restaurant, bar and grocery store usually open between May and October but this year didn't open yet and I don't know when it will re-open)
The two brothers (Daniele e Riccardo) run a small and very cosy place, the guests are mostly Italian. Closed on Wed and Thu for lunch. A special service is reserved to our guests
Via Poggio Bracciolini
The two brothers (Daniele e Riccardo) run a small and very cosy place, the guests are mostly Italian. Closed on Wed and Thu for lunch. A special service is reserved to our guests
The owners, Francesca and Donato, worked in Michelin star restaurants and now decide to bring their great culinary experience in Montevarchi. Closed from Sun (dinner) to Tue (lunch).
Via del Lungo Isidoro
The owners, Francesca and Donato, worked in Michelin star restaurants and now decide to bring their great culinary experience in Montevarchi. Closed from Sun (dinner) to Tue (lunch).
It is very small authentic villages on the top of hill, surrounded by cypresses and vineyards. Reserve a table in the terrace of the restaurant "La Bottega" or at the Wine Bar, “Bar-Ucci”
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Volpaia
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It is very small authentic villages on the top of hill, surrounded by cypresses and vineyards. Reserve a table in the terrace of the restaurant "La Bottega" or at the Wine Bar, “Bar-Ucci”
Comfortable and excellent restaurant.
Badia Coltibuono
Comfortable and excellent restaurant.
A nice and small family run osteria, ask for a table on the olive trees garden.
Il canto del maggio
30/d Frazione Penna
A nice and small family run osteria, ask for a table on the olive trees garden.
Best bistecca alla fiorentina in Montevarchi. Closed on Sunday
Via Nello Traquandi, 12
12 Via Nello Traquandi
Best bistecca alla fiorentina in Montevarchi. Closed on Sunday
One of the best pizzeria of the area, they serve the real napoli pizza and you can order pizza by meter.
Borro Cave
One of the best pizzeria of the area, they serve the real napoli pizza and you can order pizza by meter.
Stylish Contemporary with also a gluten free menu
Viale Giacomo Leopardi
Stylish Contemporary with also a gluten free menu
Cassia Vetus is in a traditional Tuscan home at the foot of Pratomagno along the traces of the old Roman road between Loro Ciuffenna and San Giustino. They also serve a great gelato
Strada Provinciale Valdarno Casentinese
Cassia Vetus is in a traditional Tuscan home at the foot of Pratomagno along the traces of the old Roman road between Loro Ciuffenna and San Giustino. They also serve a great gelato
A good restaurant where taste the real Tuscan food, and a good bistecca
Via di Val D'Arno
A good restaurant where taste the real Tuscan food, and a good bistecca
Only 2 km from our villa. The restaurant open in May 2019 and here is the review from one of the guests: Amazing find with fantastic food! We stayed in the local area for a few days as a base for exploring wider Tuscany after spending a few days in Florence. The food was perfect, we tried the Tomato Soup, Tagliatella, and the the Pork Belly. We will hopefully be back later this week to try more on the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.
l’altroieri
132 Via di Poggio S. Marco
Only 2 km from our villa. The restaurant open in May 2019 and here is the review from one of the guests: Amazing find with fantastic food! We stayed in the local area for a few days as a base for exploring wider Tuscany after spending a few days in Florence. The food was perfect, we tried the Tomato Soup, Tagliatella, and the the Pork Belly. We will hopefully be back later this week to try more on the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.
Entertainment & Activities
For children and adult who wish to spend a great time in close contact with nature. It is possible to book equestrian lessons with a F.I.S.E. certified instructor.
La Forra Di Benini Galeffi Ernesto & C. Sas
For children and adult who wish to spend a great time in close contact with nature. It is possible to book equestrian lessons with a F.I.S.E. certified instructor.
Excellent kids and adult adventure park mainly in the trees. The park has 7 acrobatic routes according to age and difficulties. Pic-nic area equipped with tables and barbecues.
Antica Strada Vicinale Senese
Excellent kids and adult adventure park mainly in the trees. The park has 7 acrobatic routes according to age and difficulties. Pic-nic area equipped with tables and barbecues.
In town kids playground
Piazza della Repubblica
In town kids playground
A small skating rink in town
Lungarno Risorgimento, 30
30 Lungarno Risorgimento
A small skating rink in town
Inaugurated in 1956, the Pinocchio Park is no ordinary theme park, but rather a precious masterpiece created by artists of great character working together.
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Collodi
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Inaugurated in 1956, the Pinocchio Park is no ordinary theme park, but rather a precious masterpiece created by artists of great character working together.
has replicas of many of Leonardo's machines and gadgets. Kids of all ages will be fascinated by his flying machine, bicycle, diving gear, parachute, paddle boat, and device to walk on water.
Museo Leonardiano
2 Via della Torre
has replicas of many of Leonardo's machines and gadgets. Kids of all ages will be fascinated by his flying machine, bicycle, diving gear, parachute, paddle boat, and device to walk on water.
Drinks & Nightlife
in via Roma 104 is a Montevarchi istitution from 1919. Is also listed on the guide book "I migliori bar d'Italia" edited by Gambero Rosso
BAR PASTICCERIA GELÉ
104 Via Roma
in via Roma 104 is a Montevarchi istitution from 1919. Is also listed on the guide book "I migliori bar d'Italia" edited by Gambero Rosso
Good artisan gelato
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
Good artisan gelato
Sightseeing
The beautiful church is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany. Build before 774; under the floor of the present church are the remains of two smaller churches.
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Gropina
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The beautiful church is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany. Build before 774; under the floor of the present church are the remains of two smaller churches.
Romanesque abbey that has been owned by Lorenza de' Medici's family. Wine has been produced here since the abbey was founded by Vallombrosan monks in the 11th century.
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Badia a Coltibuono
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Romanesque abbey that has been owned by Lorenza de' Medici's family. Wine has been produced here since the abbey was founded by Vallombrosan monks in the 11th century.
The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area; its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance; today is a wine producer.
Fattoria Castello Di Verrazzano Di Cappellini Luigi Giovanni
12 Località San Martino in Valle
The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area; its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance; today is a wine producer.
Main sights: Piazza Grande, The Vasari Loggia, Episcopal Palace, Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolari, church of Santa Maria della Pieve. Arezzo has a starring role in Roberto Benigni's film "Life Is Beautiful"
Arezzo
Main sights: Piazza Grande, The Vasari Loggia, Episcopal Palace, Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolari, church of Santa Maria della Pieve. Arezzo has a starring role in Roberto Benigni's film "Life Is Beautiful"
Main sights: Siena's cathedral (Duomo), Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Salimbeni, Basilica of San Domenico, Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, Palazzo Chigi
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Siena
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Main sights: Siena's cathedral (Duomo), Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Salimbeni, Basilica of San Domenico, Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, Palazzo Chigi
Main sights: Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, Medici Chapel, Piazza della Repubblica, Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery . .
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Florence
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Main sights: Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, Medici Chapel, Piazza della Repubblica, Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery . .
One of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany, featured in the book "Under the Tuscan Sun". Cortona's medieval streets are pleasant to wander and you'll be rewarded with fabulous views of the countryside.
Cortona
One of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany, featured in the book "Under the Tuscan Sun". Cortona's medieval streets are pleasant to wander and you'll be rewarded with fabulous views of the countryside.
represents a remarkably conserved medieval walled hill-top village, elliptical in shape; strategically located between Siena and Arezzo.
Lucignano
represents a remarkably conserved medieval walled hill-top village, elliptical in shape; strategically located between Siena and Arezzo.
A small walled medieval hill town, famous for its architecture, San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying height which have become its international symbol.
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San Gimignano
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A small walled medieval hill town, famous for its architecture, San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying height which have become its international symbol.
The town conceived in 1459 by Pope Pius II. Main sights: Palazzo Piccolomini, The Duomo, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Comunale, Borgia Palace.
Pienza
The town conceived in 1459 by Pope Pius II. Main sights: Palazzo Piccolomini, The Duomo, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Comunale, Borgia Palace.
Main sights: A walks on the walls around the old town, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, The Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral), The Church of San Michele in Foro, The Basilica of San Frediano, Ducal Palace
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Lucca
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Main sights: A walks on the walls around the old town, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, The Duomo di San Martino (the Cathedral), The Church of San Michele in Foro, The Basilica of San Frediano, Ducal Palace
Main sights: Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), San Sisto church, The small church of Santa Maria della Spina, The Orto botanico di Pisa.
Pisa
Main sights: Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), San Sisto church, The small church of Santa Maria della Spina, The Orto botanico di Pisa.
Main sights: The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, The Franciscan monastery, Santa Maria Maggiore, The Cathedral of San Rufino, The Basilica of Saint Clare, Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Assisi
Main sights: The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, The Franciscan monastery, Santa Maria Maggiore, The Cathedral of San Rufino, The Basilica of Saint Clare, Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli
One of the best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy
Monteriggioni
One of the best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy
A classic fairytale hilltop town, set within a full circle of fortified walls. Montalcino is renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine.
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Montalcino
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A classic fairytale hilltop town, set within a full circle of fortified walls. Montalcino is renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine.
is a former Benedictine monastery, now inhabited by Canons Regular. The origins date to a small oratory built here, one the location of a former Roman villa, in 352 at the death of Anthimus.
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Abbey of Sant'Antimo
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is a former Benedictine monastery, now inhabited by Canons Regular. The origins date to a small oratory built here, one the location of a former Roman villa, in 352 at the death of Anthimus.
main sights: Palazzo dei Priori, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Fontana Maggiore, San Pietro church, Basilica di San Domenico, Ipogeo dei Volumni, Etruscan Arch . .
Perugia
main sights: Palazzo dei Priori, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Fontana Maggiore, San Pietro church, Basilica di San Domenico, Ipogeo dei Volumni, Etruscan Arch . .
Bagno Vignoni is famous for its thermal baths. It was popular with the Romans and rose to prominence again during the middle ages because of the proximity of the Via Francigena
Librorcia Bagno Vignoni
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Bagno Vignoni is famous for its thermal baths. It was popular with the Romans and rose to prominence again during the middle ages because of the proximity of the Via Francigena
Vinci, a quiet, unimposing hill town, is unchanged from the time of Leonardo. He lived here from the time of his birth in 1452 until the mid-1460s, when he and his family moved to Florence.
Vinci
Vinci, a quiet, unimposing hill town, is unchanged from the time of Leonardo. He lived here from the time of his birth in 1452 until the mid-1460s, when he and his family moved to Florence.
Main sights: Castle (partially ruined), Parish church of St. John the Baptist, the beach, Monterosso Giant
Monterosso al Mare
Main sights: Castle (partially ruined), Parish church of St. John the Baptist, the beach, Monterosso Giant
Main sights: Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, Doria Castle, Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio, Chapel of Santa Marta, Vernazza's beach
Vernazza
Main sights: Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, Doria Castle, Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio, Chapel of Santa Marta, Vernazza's beach
Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a promontory, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply on the sea.
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Corniglia
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Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a promontory, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply on the sea.
The Via dell'Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre.
Riomaggiore
The Via dell'Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre.
Charming medieval town on the slope of Monte Pratomagno; great for hiking and stunning scenery. Is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy" (I Borghi più belli d'Italia),
Loro Ciuffenna
Charming medieval town on the slope of Monte Pratomagno; great for hiking and stunning scenery. Is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy" (I Borghi più belli d'Italia),
This Florentine “new land” founded on the 13th century with a defensive role and supplying source. Today is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy" (I Borghi più belli d'Italia).
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Castelfranco di Sopra
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This Florentine “new land” founded on the 13th century with a defensive role and supplying source. Today is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy" (I Borghi più belli d'Italia).
Originally named Monteficalle, probably is name derives from the fig trees that covered the slopes of the hill around the castle. Today is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy".
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Montefioralle
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Originally named Monteficalle, probably is name derives from the fig trees that covered the slopes of the hill around the castle. Today is listed on "the most beautiful villages in Italy".
It is a small town, its interestingly shaped main square is the perfect location from which to wander around and visit Falorni butcher's shop
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Greve in Chianti
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It is a small town, its interestingly shaped main square is the perfect location from which to wander around and visit Falorni butcher's shop
Along the ancient walls an impressive underground tunnel used by the guards, now called Via della Volte. Visit the "Archeological Museum of Chianti" and a gelato in "via Fiorentina 4"
Castellina in Chianti
Along the ancient walls an impressive underground tunnel used by the guards, now called Via della Volte. Visit the "Archeological Museum of Chianti" and a gelato in "via Fiorentina 4"
The Tuscan wine town makes a useful stop for refreshments while you're exploring this part of the Chianti Classico wine territory. An interesting town hall and a very photogenic fountain.
Radda in Chianti
The Tuscan wine town makes a useful stop for refreshments while you're exploring this part of the Chianti Classico wine territory. An interesting town hall and a very photogenic fountain.
Owned by Ferragamo family. The small village, the winery, the restaurant and the SPA are a nice place to spend a day.
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Il Borro
1 Località Borro
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Owned by Ferragamo family. The small village, the winery, the restaurant and the SPA are a nice place to spend a day.
The castle rises at the center of boundless vineyards, from which since 1141 the Ricasoli distilled their famous wines, place to grow old in the cellars inside the mighty walls of the fortress.
Brolio
The castle rises at the center of boundless vineyards, from which since 1141 the Ricasoli distilled their famous wines, place to grow old in the cellars inside the mighty walls of the fortress.
On of the largest lake in Italy. Mains sights: Castiglione del Lago, Passignano, Magione, Maggiore, and Polvese islands all have castles.
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Lago Trasimeno
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On of the largest lake in Italy. Mains sights: Castiglione del Lago, Passignano, Magione, Maggiore, and Polvese islands all have castles.
Surrounded by a magnificent forest is 1000 meters up and 1270 hectares large. Is a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century.
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Vallombrosa Abbey
115 Loc. Vallombrosa
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Surrounded by a magnificent forest is 1000 meters up and 1270 hectares large. Is a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century.
Shopping
Prada headquarter are located in Montevarchi and here you can shop for Prada, Miu Miu, Church's and Car Shoe a good prices. Store is open every day, a nice bar is available for light lunch.
Levanella
Prada headquarter are located in Montevarchi and here you can shop for Prada, Miu Miu, Church's and Car Shoe a good prices. Store is open every day, a nice bar is available for light lunch.
Bonci Pastries began in Montevarchi in 1953, today is a well-known company producing regularly excellent pastries as the famous worldwide Panbriacone (loosely translates as drunken bread)
Via A.Vespucci
Bonci Pastries began in Montevarchi in 1953, today is a well-known company producing regularly excellent pastries as the famous worldwide Panbriacone (loosely translates as drunken bread)
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ARMANI BALENCIAGA BOTTEGA VENETA BURBERRY DIOR ZEGNA FENDI GUCCI HOGAN LORO PIANA ROBERTO CAVALLI SALVATORE FERRAGAMO SERGIO ROSSI TOD'S VALENTINO YVES SAINT LAURENT
Via Europa, 8
8 Via Europa
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ARMANI BALENCIAGA BOTTEGA VENETA BURBERRY DIOR ZEGNA FENDI GUCCI HOGAN LORO PIANA ROBERTO CAVALLI SALVATORE FERRAGAMO SERGIO ROSSI TOD'S VALENTINO YVES SAINT LAURENT
Dolce & Gabbana production is based in the area and the outlet is located in: Pian dell'Isola Rignano Sull'Arno (FI)
Pian dell'Isola
Dolce & Gabbana production is based in the area and the outlet is located in: Pian dell'Isola Rignano Sull'Arno (FI)
140 shops included : Adidas Brums Calvin Klein Calzedonia - Intimissimi Conte Of Florence Gant Gap Guess Henry Cotton's Levi's - Dockers Nike Piquadro Puma Replay Samsonite Sisley
Valdichiana Outlet Village
140 shops included : Adidas Brums Calvin Klein Calzedonia - Intimissimi Conte Of Florence Gant Gap Guess Henry Cotton's Levi's - Dockers Nike Piquadro Puma Replay Samsonite Sisley
100 shops included: Adidas Belstaff Blumarine Bose Calvin Klein Calzedonia Roberto Cavalli D&G Diesel Kid Furla Geox Lacoste Polo Ralph Lauren Puma Timberland Trussardi Jeans Wrangler
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Tommy Hilfiger
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100 shops included: Adidas Belstaff Blumarine Bose Calvin Klein Calzedonia Roberto Cavalli D&G Diesel Kid Furla Geox Lacoste Polo Ralph Lauren Puma Timberland Trussardi Jeans Wrangler
Essentials
In San Giovanni Valdarno every Saturday is market day from 8am to 1pm. In Piazza Cavour, looking at the Municipio on the right you can see my stall (Cioncolini) with flowers.
Piazza Cavour
In San Giovanni Valdarno every Saturday is market day from 8am to 1pm. In Piazza Cavour, looking at the Municipio on the right you can see my stall (Cioncolini) with flowers.
Local farmers sell their fruits, veggies, cheeses, breads and more. The indoor market open Mon to Sat 9am to 1pm / 4pm to 8.30pm. (entrance is from Piazza 20 Settembre)
Viale Armando Diaz, 74
74 Viale Armando Diaz
Local farmers sell their fruits, veggies, cheeses, breads and more. The indoor market open Mon to Sat 9am to 1pm / 4pm to 8.30pm. (entrance is from Piazza 20 Settembre)
In Montevarchi every Thursday from 1375 (yes more than 600 years ago) is market day from 8am to 1pm. I suggest to visit the food area of the market in Via Giovanni Pascoli.
Via Giovanni Pascoli, 10
10 Via Giovanni Pascoli
In Montevarchi every Thursday from 1375 (yes more than 600 years ago) is market day from 8am to 1pm. I suggest to visit the food area of the market in Via Giovanni Pascoli.
Everything Else
in via Poggio Bracciolini a group of antique and furniture restorers have their laboratory. Every 4th Sunday of each month an antique market take place in the street.
Piazza Varchi
in via Poggio Bracciolini a group of antique and furniture restorers have their laboratory. Every 4th Sunday of each month an antique market take place in the street.
Montevarchi train station has a regular train service to Florence (52 trains/day), Arezzo (40 trains/day), Rome (14 trains/day) With connections to every major Italian city.
Piazza Donatori di Sangue
Montevarchi train station has a regular train service to Florence (52 trains/day), Arezzo (40 trains/day), Rome (14 trains/day) With connections to every major Italian city.
in front of the cemetery another free parking is available, from here only a 5 min walk bring you to the train station
Via Sugherella
in front of the cemetery another free parking is available, from here only a 5 min walk bring you to the train station
A modern, elegant and functional spa centre within large grounds, with bathing pools and an excellently equipped gym. These waters emerge from the ground at a temperature of roughly 39°C
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Terme San Giovanni
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A modern, elegant and functional spa centre within large grounds, with bathing pools and an excellently equipped gym. These waters emerge from the ground at a temperature of roughly 39°C
American James Sherwood bought Capannelle, a 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse to create a pioneering boutique winery, and set about blending some of Chianti’s most coveted wines.
Capannelle
American James Sherwood bought Capannelle, a 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse to create a pioneering boutique winery, and set about blending some of Chianti’s most coveted wines.
This garden is one of the worlds largest private collections of roses (6500 varieties) The garden is open from the first Sunday of May to the last Sunday of June.
Strada Provinciale
This garden is one of the worlds largest private collections of roses (6500 varieties) The garden is open from the first Sunday of May to the last Sunday of June.