At close hand from Colle di val d’ elsa You can easily reach:
Richly colored hearth of Tuscany home to the Palio, rolling burnt ochre landscape and Chianti vineyards: this is Siena. Stroll around the city and you will discover Siena’s proud medieval character almost untouched. Narrow streets wind between tall gothic palaces and stone houses of the red brown color that artists now call sienna. Witness the fan-shaped herringbone-paved Piazza Del Campo, the tall towers of the Palazzo Pubblico or the striking black and white striped marble cathedral. Twice a year on 2nd July and 16 th August the Piazza del Campo is the setting of Siena’s renowned Palio – a festival of medieval pageantry, processions and celebrations culminating in the famous horse racing around the square.
San Gimignano (12 Km)
A few miles from Colle Val d’Elsa lies one of the most memorable sites in all Tuscany: San Gimignano. Only the panoramic view of the 14th century cluster of tall fortress towers worth the visit. Within its walls you’ll discover charming flower decked alleyways, bustling squares and swifts soaring and wheeling around the tower. Climb Torre Grossa the town’s tallest tower and enjoy a unforgettable ice cream at Dondoli in the Piazza Della Cisterna.
Volterra (27 Km)
The ancient fortified town of Volterra perches high on an outcrop of volcanic rock, amidst gently undulating Tuscan countryside. The town’s old stone walls, round towers and red-roofed houses lend Volterra a typically medieval air, although it actually dates back to Etruscan times. For an ideal memento of your stay look for the alabaster statuettes ornaments and other souvenirs made by, local craftsmen from the translucent stone which has been mined beneath at the city since Etruscan times.
Florence (38 Km)
Birthplace and treasure house of the Renaissance Florence is incomparable and unique. You must visit the Piazza Del Duomo with its Baptistry and cathedral, explore the Uffizi and the Bargello museums then treat yourself to a stroll around the Ponte Vecchio and wander through the old alleyways at the city centre. Accademia, Medici Chapels, San Lorenzo, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Piazzale michalngelo are only a small part of the city treasures. Seek out a backstreet trattoria and quietly reflect over a glass of the local Chianti, browse the wonderful shops and enjoy an ice cream at Vivoli take a drive up to the Forte Belvedere of an unforgettable view right over Firenze to the distant misty blue Chianty hills.