FLORENCE AND ART
The renaissance made Florence famous for its art and culture. Today the city itself is a living museum, with the exceptional architecture of its Cathedral and also of its museums, palaces and churches. Walking along the Ponte Vecchio and visiting the Uffizi are real unique experiences.
Firenze is within one hour driving from Laticastelli.
NEARBY SMALL VILLAGES & CASTLES
Nearby you can explore a plethora of small villages, churches, wineries and mediaeval castles. All accessible by wonderful small roads.
In a few minutes, you will find villages like Asciano, San Gusmè, Castello di Bolio, Montebenichi, Castello di Modanella, the fortified Borgo of Lucignano, and the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
To see all these medieval jewels you will need a stay of 4 to 6 days.
SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – VOLTERRA
SIENA is a magnificent city that has retained its Medieval atmosphere and boasts an impressive Duomo, alongside the breathtaking Piazza del Campo overlooked by the Torre del Mangia. The famous PALIO horse race is performed in this stunning Piazza twice a year on the 2nd of July and on the 16th of August.
When coming to Tuscany you must visit the towers of SAN GIMIGNANO, which are unique, as well as its historic center. Don’t miss to taste its famous white wine, the Vernaccia.
The movie “Tea with Mussolini” ends here.
You can also Drive to the close VOLTERRA that stands at the top of a hill. It was the Film Set for the famous Twilights Saga.
ASSISI AND CORTONA
Assisi is linked to the life of St Francis.
It has an outstanding Basilica covered by frescoes and many churches.
Cortona is an old Etruscan Village, at the top of a high hill and with incredible views to the Trasimeno Lake.
The book and film “Under the Tuscan Sun” happens here.
This well know region is a series of rolling hills embellished by vineyards, castles and well-preserved villages. Old traditional wineries can be visited for wine tasting the classical Chianti Classico or the even better Chianti Riserva.
Go to the village of San Gusmè, then to the CASTELLO DI BROLIO home of the Ricasoli family and owners of one of the largest wineries of Italy.
We suggest to have Lunch in Volpaia or in Radda in Chianti.
VAL D’ORCIA, MONTEPULCIANO, PIENZA AND MONTALCINO
MONTEPULCIANO is large walled village with old wineries; PIENZA is a beautiful renascence small city.
Both have wonderful views of the of the VAL d ORCIA countryside.
This is probably the nicest and famous road in Tuscany and also is the land of the superb wine Brunello di MONTALCINO. The final scene of the “The Gladiator” was shot there.
The outstanding ABAZZIA DI MONTE OLIVETO is the golden end to a day of joy.