San Casciano Val di Pesa
Medievil City of San Casciano
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a typical Tuscan village which has prospered over the years from its strategic position on the way from Florence to Rome. 17km from Florence, it is easy to get to by car taking the first exit for Impruneta/ Greve in Chianti from the Firenze/ Siena highway or by the bus service provided.
In Autumn, other than the marvelous colours that nature offers, the city comes alive with festivals like; wine festivals, olive oil festival, beer festival and fett’unta (toasted bread with garlic, salt and olive oil). In the summer it has a wonderful climate and offers splendid countryside to see on treks or by bike with the chance to visit local wineries like the famous Marchesi Antinori Winery.
San Casciano is secured by its surrounding walls, full of stories and art, with its churches and is easy to visit by foot. The small church, Misericordia Di Santa Maria Del Prato, with its gothic style is always worth a visit and displays works from Ugo Lino from Siena and Simone Martini.
Close by the town you can find the Albergaccio which is a historic residence belonging to Machiavelli and dating back to 1450.
Also close by you can find both the Bibbione Castle and Gabbiano Castle famous for the Etruscan tombs and wine and olive oil respectively.
San Casciano also has a walking and cycling path which has a beautiful green space following the Pesa river and is perfect for walks, B.B.Q and days out.
It is also possible to do day tours, cultural and gastronomical and not forgetting the typical bars, restaurants and wine tastings on offer.