Around Lastra a Signa
For those who love art, history and the landscape: there are some lovely itineraries through the hills in an area of great environmental value made up of oak and pine groves in a countryside filled with vineyards and olive trees that extends for as far as the eye can see. The entire area is under the Safeguard of the Superintendent of Fine Arts and Landscape for the Province of Florence and is brimming with Villas and Castles, Churches, Convents and Tabernacles which bear witness to the glory of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. – The Church of San Romolo a Settimo which dates back to before the year 1000 at the top of the highest hills in Lastra a Signa – about 250 metres from our holiday farm – The Church and Convent of Santa Maria di Lecceto, built in the 1400s – The Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Selve, built in the 1300s – The Church of San Martino a Gangalandi, designed by Leon Battista Alberti, with its majestic Museum of Sacred Art – The wall surrounding Malmantile with towers dominating the four corners and two gates of the village – The wall surrounding the old town centre of Lastra a Signa leading to the gates of Portone di Baccio, Porta Pisana and Porta Fiorentina attributed to Brunelleschi – The Hospital of S. Antonio located in the old town centre of Lastra a Signa – Villa Bellosguardo which once belonged to the renowned tenor Enrico Caruso with its extraordinary park modelled after the Boboli Gardens in Florence.
A small shopping centre is only a short drive from the holiday farm where you will find a: COOP (supermarket), Decathlon, Euronics, shoe store, clothing store and the Tani 59 rosso boutique.
A few kilometers from the farmhouse
Antica Trattoria Sanesi, Via Arione 33 Lastra a Signa (3,5 km in auto)
Ristorante Edy Piu, Via di Calcinaia 94 Lastra a Signa (3 km in auto)
Ristorante Artegaia, Via della Fabbrica 2 San Martino alla Palma, Scandicci (6 km in auto)
Fun and entertainment
Lastra a Signa Fluvial Park
Bike and walking routes to discover the right bank of the Arno River.
Renai Park in Signa
11 kilometres of bike routes leading to the centre of Florence with a playground for children and rest areas.
Montelupo Golf Club
Only 15 kilometres from the holiday farm, 9 holes along the Arno River surrounded by the marvellous Tuscan landscape of Chianti Montalbano. The Florence
Only 12 kilometres from the holiday farm, the Golf Club offers a 9 and an 18-hole course.
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Short range visits
Only 13 kilometres from the holiday farm. A 20-minute drive, a 20-minute train ride and a half-hour by trolley. Florence, world heritage city and the capital of the Tuscan region, is the home of many artistic and architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance. Some of the most famous monuments to see:
– The Duomo
– Cathedral with cupola and roof tiles designed by Brunelleschi
– The Giotto Bell Tower
– The Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous and prestigious museums in the world
– The Accademia Gallery
– The Boboli Gardens, an authentic outdoor museum and one of the best-known Italian gardens in the world
– The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which contains extraordinary masterpieces by Michelangelo
– Palazzo Pitti, the largest architectural treasure in Florence. It hosts eight museums
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm Siena is unique for its brick buildings and known the world over for its historical and artistic heritage as well as for its landscape and medieval furniture. Piazza del Campo, the main square with its peculiar fan shape, is the home to the Public Palace and the Mangia Tower. From here, seventeen districts extend throughout the city.
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm Lucca is located along the banks of the Serchio River and is famous for the Renaissance wall surrounding its old town centre.
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm Pisa is best-known for its Leaning Tower, the bell tower of the marble Romanesque cathedral standing next to it, in the Piazza dei Miracoli. The same square is home to the Monumental Cemetery and the Baptistery.
Only a 30-minute drive from the holiday farm Vinci is located on the slopes of Montalbano, a mountain chain filled with terraced hillsides supported by dry stone walls. Vinci is the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci and home to the Leonardiana Library and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum.
Only a 20-minute drive from the holiday farm Artimino is a lovely medieval village enhanced by the majestic “La Ferdinanda” Medici Villa also known as the Villa with 100 chimneys. A pleasant walk through the woods from the villa will lead you to a magical place of Etruscan origin, the Prato Rosello Etruscan Necropolis.
LA VIA FRANCIGENA E SAN MINIATO
Only a 20-minute drive from the holiday farm The Via Francigena was the road travelled by Christian pilgrims during the Middle Ages. It passes through San Miniato, the truffle capital and centre of leather processing.
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm San Gimignano was once an Etruscan village and renowned for the towers that stand out on its landscape.
It is strongly advised to tour the Chianti Valley where you will admire breathtaking landscapes and delightful villages such as: Greve in Chianti, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina, Volpaia, Panzano, Montefioralle and Badia a Passignano.
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm Monteriggioni is a tiny village with very few roads. It looks like a mirage standing in the middle of the Tuscan hills, embraced by its surrounding wall and 14 towers. They are all intact, exactly the way they stood in medieval times to defend and protect those living there.
A one-hour drive from the holiday farm Volterra is a city surrounded by its wall. The Palazzo dei Priori and a bell tower stand in the heart of the city and open onto indescribable landscapes.