What to visit in the surrounding area
VINCI, land of Leonardo (only 3 km away)
In Vinci, we recommend visits to the Leonardian Museum which houses a section dedicated to optical studies and a large collection of wooden models of Leonardo's machines inside the Castello dei Conti Guidi , the Leonardian Library and the Leonardo da Vinci Ideal Museum .
We recommend taking the Strada Verde the walk that from Vinci leads to Leonardo's birthplace in Anchiano and from here, if you wish, you can continue further among beautiful views of olive trees to visit the secular holm oak of Faltognano.
Faltognano and the secular holm oak (only 3 km)
It is located on the road between Anchiano and Vitolini, reachable by car from the car park of Leonardo's birthplace, is a village on the slopes of Montalbano, famous for its Leccio, a monumental centuries-old plant, positioned on a panoramic garden, from which it is possible in clear and hazy sky conditions to see the Tyrrhenian Sea on the horizon.
Ideal for a picnic and a walk with the family.
CERRETO GUIDI (just 5 km)
To visit in Cerreto Guidi the Villa Medicea , commissioned by Cosimo I dei Medici in 1556 as country and hunting residence. For Villa opening times see the official website
The Villa has an imposing staircase to access it, designed by Buontalenti.
Today the Villa houses the Historical Museum of Hunting and Territory . Also interesting is the Museum of Local Memory , where you can find evidence of the traditional activities of the area and local history.
PADULE DI FUCECCHIO (10 km away)
The Padule di Fucecchio is the largest Italian inland marsh with an extension of about 200 hectares. Several itineraries are possible, which can be followed on foot or by mountain bike for naturalistic observation and migratory birds. The “Le Morette” itinerary (free access) and the “Righetti” itinerary (access only with a guided tour) are highly recommended.
E It is also possible, at certain times of the year, to visit the Marshes aboard the traditional flat keel boats. A fascinating navigation of about two hours in the heart of the Padule di Fucecchio to rediscover the ancient Padulan traditions that have allowed the survival of the communities of the neighboring countries and of the Padule itself. Crossing the clears it will be possible to closely observe the characteristic hunting huts and learn about the traditional forms of fishing, explained by the guides.
We recommend that you contact the Il Padule Association. www.associazioneilpadule.it
SAN MINIATO ALTO (15 km)
The medieval village is located in a strategic position on a hill along the Arno, between Florence and Pisa. Due to its panoramic position it was a strategic point for controlling the Valdelsa area. It is the seat of the Diocese of San Miniato , whose building overlooking the Seminary square shows a facade full of frescoes.
We recommend visiting it in the afternoon, on the hour of the sunset, when the shades of light and the inclination of the sun's rays create a suggestive "trompe-l'oeil" effect for which the frescoes seem to be in bas-relief.
Absolutely not to be missed is a greedy stop at the Camilla artisan ice cream shop, a few steps from the parking lot that you will find as soon as you enter San Miniato.
Following a short 10-minute journey you reach the highest hill, where you finds the Rocca Federiciana , a remake of the medieval one destroyed in the Second World War. From the lawn around the Rocca you can enjoy a wonderful view: the vast Arno plain, the Pisan, Pistoian and Florentine mountains, the hills that slope down from San Gimignano and Volterra towards the sea.