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San Casciano

A little gem right in the heart of the Chianti region

San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a small town that is located 15km away from Florence, part of the Chianti Classico sub-area and famous for its wine and extra-virgin olive oil production.
Surrounded by hills, the old town centre also has a wealth of distinctive medieval buildings and museums that attest to the Roman settlements of the 12th century

Museum of Sacred Art

This museum is found at the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù and holds the paintings that used to be found in the churches within the municipal area.
Belonging to the artistic movement of Florence and Siena in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, these works of art show how San Casciano has been a crossroads for different cultures and philosophical schools of thought since ancient times.

New Museum

Opened in 2009, this museum is home to an important archaeological section that holds some of the oldest documents concerning the history of San Casciano: from the Etruscan stele of the archer, to everyday objects from the Roman world.
The section dedicated to primitive dwellings is also fascinating, with scale models, information panels and period photos, all with the aim of showing the great range in the types of buildings and traditional homes.

Torre del Chianti

By going to the top of the tower - and former aqueduct - and simply turning around, you can enjoy the stunning view of the Florentine and Vallombrosa valleys, the Pistoia peaks, the areas around Pisa, Siena villages, the Chianti hills and, when there are clear skies, even the sea.
Built in early 1900s and then restored after the Second World War, it still carries out its original function – water storage – but also hosts contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events.
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"Accomplished Tuscany without Compromise "
When indulging in a Tuscan holiday at a given price point one has certain expectations regarding service and amenities and this hotel delivers in bundles. We had an excellent stay in pristine surroundings with lovely views and the hotel staff were fantastic without exception. The amenities and service would rival any 5 star hotel worldwide. We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant on two occasions and were not disappointed. Breakfasts were to an excellent standard and pool service staff were excellent. An excellent feature was the intercom link ordering system by the pool where bar snacks and drinks could be ordered all day. Reception staff were very helpful with local area knowledge and organising wine tasting, restaurants, and trips. Bike and scooter rental are available. On the negative front we could not receive English speaking news channels on TV and the secluded location means that you would definitely need a car/transportation when staying there. These are very minor whinges and I would gladly offer my highest recommendation to this very classy Country House Hotel.  "
Travelmonkey

10/09/2017