Colle Val d'Elsa

Colle val d'Elsa,was very well known in the past because of its milllraces and handicraft (paper and crystals).

It is also famous because the important architect and sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio was born here (about 1245).

He anticipated Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari and the Sangallo School.

He combined architectural tecnique and sculptural art and worked in Siena, Rome, Perugia and Florence.

His masterpieces precurred 14 and 15cent. Art works.

In the Medieval centre of Colle val d'Elsa, on hill top, there's the tower housewhere he was born and lived in his youth.