Your Way to Florence: San Casciano, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
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San Casciano is set on the Northen edge of the Chianti Classico area, on the top of the hills which divide Val di Pesa from Val di Greve. The town is set on an ideal position: 15 km far from Florence, Siena, S. Gimignano, Volterra (about 30 minutes by car).
Since roman age San Casciano was a postal station, built on the top of the descent of Florence, where was set the tenth milestone of the Florentine colony.
The town was under Florentine rule from 1272; later Arrigo VII used it for his headquarters and it was occupied and sacked more than once. Its fortifications date from 1343 while the city walls were built in 1355 and strengthened in the XVI century under Cosimo I.
Since the first half of the 15th century, once the Tuscany state was firmly under the Medici family, San Casciano ceased its bond with Florence and suddenly there started to pull down all doors, towers and bastions.
At that time all castles turned into roomy villas, where rich Florentine families came to rest in that artistic and natural place.
Parts of the XIV century walls still remain. The Collegiata, the Compagnia del Suffragio and the Church of the Misericordia or S. Maria del Prato contain several important works of art.


In the heart of the Chianti area the Renaissance "Villa Il Poggiale", classified as a historic home offers the hospitality and the atmosphere of a family home. Valid from the 2nd November a special offer includes the best conditions at a really nice price.


The fascinating XIV century castle, once the hunting lodge of Niccolò Machiavelli, dominates the Pesa river valley, and takes one back to a medieval atmosphere, rich in legends such as that of the subterranean canal that used to connect the castle to the countryside.

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