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Relais in Tuscany

VOLTERRA is a town of great architectural interest set almost 1800 feet above sea level, between the rivers Bra and Cecina. The main landmarks are the central Piazza Dei Priori, the Medicean Fortress and numerous Etruscan remains. The atmosphere of Volterra is enchanting, easily rivalling that of the more famous Tuscan destination of San Gimignano. For those interested in archaeology and history, the Etruscan Museum is a gem and the town is well known for its alabaster workshops. Distance from Borgo Pignano: 15 km.

SAN GIMIGNANO, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a gloriously picturesque Italian town, with fifteen medieval towers (built by competing grandees as expressions of power), and a cathedral. Its vertiginous streets are lined with small shops that sell locally made Tuscan cheeses, meats and sausages, table linens, ceramics, olive wood carvings and gelato. Distance from Borgo Pignano: XX km

MONTERIGGIONI conforms to the archetypal idea of a walled medieval village. The walls and towers are virtually intact. The visual effect from a distance is astonishing, and the architecture is equally impressive. There are few cars, making Monteriggioni a great place for children. It also has a park for picnics, several restaurants and ice-cream shops and is a great stop during a return journey from Siena.  Distance from Borgo Pignano: 30 km.

SIENA, perhaps the loveliest of all Tuscan towns, is about forty-five minutes from Borgo Pignano and in the summer is the setting for the Palio - a famous horse race that has been run, since medieval times, around the cobbled, Piazza del Campo.

Pisa and Florence are both about an hour away by car, and we often arrange guided and chauffered day trips to both places.

Nearby Casole d’Elsa and Colle Val d’Elsa are lesser known towns and have their their own quiet charms.  The adjoining nature parks of Berignone and Castelvecchio can be reached by foot or mountain bike from Borgo Pignano.

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