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Agriturismo Niccolai - Torre Palagetto - The area

Agriturismo Niccolai, with its ancient farmhouses Villa Palagetto and Villa Arnilý, is located not far from the historical centre of San Gimignano, in the heart of the Tuscan hilly countryside.

San Gimignano is a medieval centre of relevant historical interest. The town boasts Etruscan origins and developed in medieval times since it was on the ancient Via Francigena, an important road followed by hundreds of pilgrims and merchants. Fragments of the original walls along the via Francigena are still viewable nowadays. San Gimignano is registered in the list of Unescoís World Heritage, and it is famous all over the world for its towers, (of the original 72 towers, only 14 remains), and for its important architectural monuments, in particular the fine Romanic Duomo. Besides its artistic treasures, the town is also famous for Vernaccia and Chianti, among the most renewed wines in Italy, which are produced in the area since the thirteenth century.

From San Gimignano, a visit to the most prized jewels of Tuscany is a lovely day trip out. The medieval towns of Siena (35Km away), Colle di Val DíElsa (10Km), Monteriggioni (20Km), and Montalcino (90Km) are within easy driving distance, as is the Etruscan town of Volterra, 25Km away, Florence, the Cradle of Renaissance (45km), and Pisa (90Km) with its famous Piazza dei Miracoli. The region offers many attractions for those who want to enjoy the spectacular Tuscan landscape:

The region of Chianti Classico is just 30Km away, and the ancient hilltop towns of Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, and Greve in Chianti are a joy to explore;

The region of Crete Senesi, with its distintive moon-like landscape, is 40Km away. This area is also scattered with wonderful abbeys, such as Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

And if a day by the sea entices you, the lovely Tuscan coast is only 50 minutes drive away (80km).

For those who love walking, the area of San Gimignano offers unforgettable walks throughout the hills, across the vineyards, the olive groves, and the woodland, to breathe the atmosphere of this natural paradise along the well-marked footpaths of the CAI network.

Siena

Firenze

Volterra

Monteriggioni

Colle di Val d'Elsa

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