No matter which way you arrive to San Gimignano
, this town stands on top of a hill at over 300 metres above sea level, with all its towers.
Today there are 13 of them, but it is said that in the 14th century there were more than seventy, one for every wealthy family, who displayed their economic power in this way.
Not too far away you find Volterra
, the ancient city of Etruscan origin which has been conquered by the Romans, Barbarians and Florentine legions more than once over the centuries. Its picturesque old town centre is dotted with churches and museums and has been the film set for Italian and international products many times.
Another undoubtedly charming village is Monteriggioni
, famous for its walls that have completely surrounded it since the early thirteenth century, spanning 570 metres, interspersed with 14 towers and two gates, which are still intact today.
A section of the walkway on the walls has recently been opened to the public for visits: from here you can take in the Chianti
and Val d’Elsa
countryside for as far as the eye can see.
These are picturesque itineraries that are convenient for people staying at Villa I Barronci and are the perfect way to enhance your Tuscan holiday
in the Chianti
region even further.
Lovely peaceful place to stay
We picked this hotel for us to spend a few nights while we visited Florence as we wanted somewhere out in the countryside. The staff were very helpful and did what they could to tell us where things were and how to get to places as we didn't have a hire car. It is about a 20 minute walk into the town centre from the villa along a road which is not ideal, if you don't have a hire car it does make getting around quite difficult as it is quite far away from everything.
There was a bus than ran hourly into Florence which was good, and the Villa had bikes to borrow free of charge, which we did and cycled to the next village.
Overall, the food was fantastic, beautiful setting, great staff and nice rooms. I would recommend. "