Florence & Art
The Renaissance made Florence famous for its art and culture. Today the city itself is an open-air museum for the exceptional architecture of its Cathedral and for its Palaces, Museums and Churches. Walking on the Ponte Vecchio is something not to be missed and visiting the Uffizi is a unique experience Florence can be reached from Laticastelli in an hour by car.
Small Towns and Medieval Castles.
In the surroundings of Laticastelli there are a series of small villages, castles and medieval villages.
In a few minutes you can reach places such as Montebenichi, Modanella Castle, Lucignano and the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
To explore this series of enchanting places we recommend a 4/6 nights stay.
SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – VOLTERRA SIENA is the medieval city that most retains its original beauty. The Duomo is an example of art and architecture, with its sculptures and paintings, exceptional floors and Gothic vaults. A few steps from the Duomo is Piazza del Campo, where the very famous Palio Horse race is run twice a year. Fontegaia, Palazzo Pubblico and the wonderful Torre del Mangia are only few of the beauty examples of art in this Piazza.
If you happen to be in Tuscany you cannot miss a visit in San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its famous towers surprise the city visitors their beauty and unique style, as well as the small town center does and the wonderful views in the surrounding are. Volterra is another must destination. This medieval town has been selected for several movies, among them The Twilight Saga.
ASSISI & CORTONA Assisi is a town completely narrating the life of San Francesco and its important Basilica is covered with frescoes.
Cortona is an ancient medieval town located on the top of a hill which has a wonderful view of Lake Trasimeno.
Chianti is an area between Siena and Florence, a immense succession of beautiful hills with vineyards, cellars, castles and well-preserved villages.Do not miss the chance to visit San Gusmè, the Castle of Brolio, Radda in Chianti and Volpaia, (where we would recommend to have lunch).You can visit one of the many wineries along the famous Chianti road to taste a good local wine or perhaps pamper yourself with a Chianti Riserva.
VAL D’ORCIA; MONTEPULCIANO, PIENZA & MONTALCINO
Montepulciano è un bellissimo paesino situato nella parte più alta di una collina con una meravigliosa vista sulle vigne circostanti, così come Pienza, perfetta rappresentazione di una piccola e curatissima città medioevale.
Montepulciano is a beautiful village located in the highest part of a hill with a wonderful view of the surrounding vineyards, Montalcino is mainly known for the "superb" Brunello, but the lively town is certainly worth a visit, especially in summer nights.
Pienza, the native town of Pope Pius II, is considered the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism”. Still today is the perfect representation of a small and well-kept medieval city. A visit to the Monte Oliveto Abbey is just the right conclusion of a very rich journey through natural beauty and artistic details.