The land

Throughout the centuries, the Via Francigena gave way to the extraordinary development of the Val d'Elsa.Villages, with their castles, churches, abbeys and monasteries - an incredible architectural and archaeological heritage today you can visit and enjoy.
Travelling across or rediscovering this land inspires a sense of wonder.

Here we find the typical Tuscan characters, colours, tastes, landscapes, culture, lifestyle and welcoming attitude.

Machiavelli himself, having lived not far from here, underlined its unique character.

"E se stati non fosser acqua d'Elsa i pensier vani intorno alla tua mente..." are two verses taken from the last Canto of Dante's "Purgatorio".

The poet Boccaccio was born in Certaldo, the famous architect Arnolfo di Cambio, who anticipated the Reinassance style, was born in Colle Val d'Elsa.

San Gimignano, beyond the beauty of its incredible towers, offers the famous Vernaccia white wine and saffron-flavored dishes dating back to the Middle Ages.

A number of fascinating localities developed thanks to the Via Francigena. Among them, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Semifonte, Sant'Appiano, Poggibonsi (the ancient Poggio Bonizio, with the Poggio Imperiale Castle built by Lorenzo il Magnifico), the Marturi Abbey and Monteriggioni, the charming ancient walled town built by the powerful city of Siena.

The Val d'Elsa, which opens up in San Miniato, near the ancient San Genesio, is also connected to the great Etruscan and Roman Volterra, itself a fortress with one of the most important Etruscan Museums (Museo Guarnacci).