2800 YEARS OF TUSCANY CREATES A UNIQUE HISTORICAL AND ARTISTIC HERITAGE
Apart from the 'dolce far niente' they are plenty of other activities to try. You could be discovering more of the local life or experiencing Tuscany as a tourist.
A summers in Tuscany are quiet hot, we recommended to adjust the pace of the day accordingly : enjoy your mornings slowly, with ease and participate in the city life with locals in the evenings. During a day you can be traveling through the beautiful landscape, exploring the picturesque small villages (“borghi”), visiting museums, abbeys and churches, participating in music festivals or local festivities, attending famous folkloric festas or savoring the specialties of Tuscan cuisine.
The perfect location of Villa Francesca allows you to discover the most important cities of art. Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca can be reached with a car or by train, the railway station of Castiglion Fiorentino is just 4km away. You can discover the Tuscan countryside either along the Chianti mountains or exploring the peaceful ‘Crete Senesi’ (Sienese countryside) through the enchanting Orcia Valley.
Situated south of Arezzo, close to the borders of Tuscany and Umbria, this place is very convenient location for touring both regions (the town of Arezzo and Perugia are each worth a visit), or the picturesque Lake Trasimeno and the medieval villages of Umbria
Val di Chiana
A PRIVILEGED PANORAMIC POSITION OF VILLA FRANCESCA ON VAL DI CHIANA
Above all staying at Villa Francesca you are inviting to enjoy the wonders of Valdichiana (or Val di Chiana). It is a large valley between the two provinces of Siena and Arezzo. Via Francigena (Camino to Rome is an ancient pilgrimage path) passes through the Val di Chiana and can be traversed on foot or by bicycle (a flat path measuring of 62 km running along the Canale Maestro della Chiana).
Val di Chiana landscape is full of vineyards, pastures, medieval villages and countless food and wines delicacies. It is famous for the Chianina meat and for its wines: the Nobile di Montepulciano, Syrah di Cortona, Chianti di Colli Aretini. Many agricultural farms offer visits and tastings of local production of legumes, fruits and vegetables and cheese.
Borghi di Val di Chiana
It is a destination for an off-the-beaten-track itinerary in Tuscany. This valley once was a land of the Etruscans and since then it has never been deserted. It has actually experienced a great development since medieval times and saw several towns flourishing - one could say some of these towns are the most beautiful once in Tuscany.
Almost every hill has a village with a rich history and a special atmosphere.
The villages themselves seem like an open-air museum and each town takes great care of its works of art. Here, one walks the small streets with grand pleasure, shopping at the main square for a coffee or an aperitivo . In the evening the villages come to life and become an arena of many cultural events