Il Borghetto Tuscan Holidays

What to see in Tuscany

San Gimignano and Surroundings

Thanks to its central location in the heart of Tuscany, the Borghetto is an ideal starting point to discover the most beautiful and evocative places that this region has to offer, in addition to the most famous cities of art. For sure, the major Tuscan provinces and cities, with their squares, streets, museums such as Siena, Florence, Lucca, Arezzo, Cortona, Pisa and Pistoia, are all fundamental stops for art lovers and they are all reachable in an hour's drive.  During your stay at Borghetto we will always be at your complete disposal to offer you detailed information on cities and places, suggesting itineraries and showing you on the map the best roads to reach the various destinations that pique your interests. Those listed above are just some of the most famous tourist itineraries in Tuscany, but starting from Borghetto you can always visit areas more off the well-beaten path of mass tourism but which possess extraordinary beauty.

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Visiting Val d’Elsa

Val d'Elsa is a Tuscan territory offering visitors pearls of rare beauty: San Gimignano, the city of towers, Monteriggioni and the perfect city walls, Colle Val d'Elsa with the medieval village of Colle Alta, one of the most important Italian centers for crystal processing, and then even more with the towns of Abbadia a Isola, Casole d’Elsa, Mensano. At the edge of the Val d'Elsa proceeding towards the sea in an area between woods and valleys on the high lands of the Colline Metallifere there is the city of Volterra with its historical and artistic treasures, famous throughout the world for its alabaster extraction and processing.

Visiting the Chianti area

The Chianti area, famous all over for its wine production, extends between the cities of Florence and Siena. This is a must visit both for the undisputed beauty of the countryside as well as to learn about the towns, villages, villas, castles, parish churches, cathedrals, and even farms where it is possible to taste and choose wines of great class, following it up at the same time with the production and aging techniques (by reservation only).

Visiting Val d’Orcia

The landscape of Val d'Orcia provides a spectacle for your eyes with its gentle hills covered with olive groves and vineyards where wines celebrated all over the world are made such as Brunello and Nobile, and on whose summits ancient medieval villages dominate the views, some of which were formerly inhabited by the Etruscans: Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Castiglione and Rocca d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni. In the area surrounding Montalcino, the Abbey of Sant'Antimo rises above its surroundings, a splendid example of Cistercian Romanesque architecture built in travertine marble. At the edge of the Val d’Orcia there is the beautiful town of Montepulciano. The suggestive clayey territory of the Crete Senesi extends south of Siena. It is a harsh and wild environment, dominated by the splendid fourteenth-century Benedictine Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

There’s also the Abbey of San Galgano, one of the most important Circestensian abbeys of medieval Tuscany, whose imposing remains stand out in the countryside once again south of Siena.

Reaching the sea from San Gimignano

If you love beaches with golden sand and unspoiled nature then the Etruscan Coast is for you. The Etruscan Coast is a beautiful stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea that stretches from Livorno to Piombino. Inhabited in ancient times by the Etruscan people who made the most its mineral wealth, it is an area of archaeological and naturalistic interest with its golden beaches, harbors, and small villages perched on the headlands.

Itinerary for Visiting the Florentine Chianti in one day

From the Borghetto, leaving for a day trip and visiting the Florentine Chianti in one day is easily doable.

 From Castellina in Chianti and proceeding northwards or along the SI-FI expressway with an exit at San Donato, you enter the Florentine area of Chianti, reaching splendid places to visit on a day-trip like:

 

• the villages of Panzano in Chianti and Greve in Chianti,

• the villages of Montefioralle and Lamole,

• the Castle of Verrazzano,

• the Castle of Vicchiomaggio,

• the Castle of Querceto,

• the Castles of Mugnana and Cintoia,

• the Castle of Uzzano,

• Panzano in Chianti,

• the Parish Church of San Donato.

Itinerary for visiting the Sienese Chianti in one day

From the Borghetto, leaving for a day trip and visiting the Sienese Chianti in one day is easily doable.

 

Along the SS429 you can reach the village of Castellina in Chianti, then Radda in Chianti.

Walking along the Via Chiantigiana you will arrive in Gaiole in Chianti.

Continuing towards Siena, a series of expertly marked itineraries take us to the most beautiful places in the Tuscan countryside where you can visit:

 

• the Castle of Brolio,

• the Castle of Meleto,

• the Castle of San Giusto a Rentennano,

• the Parish Church of Spaltenna,

• the villages of Vertine, Monteluco di Lecchi and Barbischio,

• the medieval villages of Lucignano and San Sano,

• the Abbey of Badia a Coltibuono.

• Castellina in Chianti.

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