Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates. The Senese Gate is at the base of a square tower while the Florence Gate is opened in the curtain and defended from one of the towers of the fortified perimeter.The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hilltop overlooking of the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed to control the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.
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Today your driver will pick you up directly at your accommodation for a visit to the splendid maritime city of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and more. The remote origins of Pisa and its name are lost in myth and legend but it is certain that this city had Eneolithic settlements and the presence of the Etruscans between the 6th and 3rd centuries B.C. Pisa was later Romanized and became a colony of Rome during the time of Octavianus Augustus in the 1st century B.C. Meanwhile the population was growing along with the development of shipbuilding and trade, thanks also to its harbor. The city expanded rapidly and soon Pisa was surrounded by a circle of walls. In 1062 the building of the Pisa cathedral was begun.The cathedral and baptistery, the tower of Pisa, and the Campo Santo or cemetery, together form one of the most beautiful and famous building groups in the world. The “Piazza dei Miracoli” makes a perfect showplace for these exquisite examples of Romanesque architecture.
The Medici villa of Poggio a Caiano was commissioned by Lorenzo dei Medici (”The Magnificent”) from the architect Giuliano Sangallo. Its construction began in 1485 and the building was finished in the 1520’s or so. It was a Medici favourite on account of the “good air” that is to be had there.Both the interior and exterior of the building can be visited. As you approach the villa from the road, you get a great view through the gate.
Promoted by Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane. This year on Sunday September 20, courtyards and gardens of important private villas and palazzi in Tuscany will be open to public, while on Sunday September 27 it will be possible to visit courtyards and gardens of Florence's palaces.
Today your driver will pick you up directly at your accommodation and bring you through the lovely “Crete Senesi” on your way to Montepulciano.Situated in one of the most breathtaking areas of Tuscany, this interesting wine town is built entirely on volcanic rock and stands about 600 meters above sea level. Like many towns in Tuscany, Montepulciano has Etruscan origins, but the first document mentioning its name comes from the year 715 and calls Montepulciano “Mons Politianus”, that is “Mount of the Nobles”. It seems probable that the town was therefore founded by a group of nobles perhaps from Chiusi who came here to escape invasions from Barbarians. Montepulciano is surrounded by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo in 1500 by orders of Cosimo I.
Today you will have the chance to shop ‘til you drop without ever having to worry about driving and finding a parking spot! Your driver will pick you up at your accommodations and bring you to visit the designer outlet factory stores near Florence.It is just a comfortable 50 minute ride along the highway that runs through the Tuscan countryside until you reach the small town of Montevarchi.This is where the Space Outlet of Prada (Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, and Church shoes) is located.
More than 600 species of animals await you in the marvellous Zoological Gardens of Pistoia.Opened in 1970, the zoo expands into a large quantity of vegetation that continually restores itself. Biodiversity Conservation is one of the primary objectives of the Zoological Garden.
After about an hour drive south through the Tuscan countryside you will arrive in Arezzo. Before Rome was even in existence, Arezzo was already one of the strongest and richest of the Etruscan towns and it had a place in of preeminence in the Confederation of the 12 Great City-States of the Etruscan League that also included Mantua, Felsina, Ravenna, Cortona, Chiusi, Veio, Cere, Tarquinia, Vetulonia, and Populonia.