Casali in Val di Chio is the ideal starting point for visiting the major art centers of central Tuscany like Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Montalcino are all within easy reach. We highly recommend visit ing small Etruscan and medieval villages like Castiglion Fiorentino, Lucignano, Monte San Savino, Pienza and Chiusi. We also recommend a trip to Lake Trasimeno (30 km) and its lovely islands. To relax the thermal areas of Rapolano, Bagno Vignoni and Chianciano are within 30 to 40 km.
The special geographical location also offers the opportunity for nature lovers to enjoy walks along the ancient routes of the Valle di Chio. The guests will find at their disposal maps, guides for hiking, and mountain bike trails as well as additional recommendations and information to fully enjoy the area.
Etruscan-Roman origins, the original city medieval wall remains almost fully intact dominated by the Cassero where you will find Etruscan ruins. In the Municipal Museum you can view preserved valuable works of the thirteenth century goldsmith and paintings by Margaritone, Taddeo Gaddi, Bartolomeo della Gatta and Giorgio Vasari. The sixteenth-century portico in front of the Town Hall is a beautifully design architectural balcony from which you can admire the Val di Chio. There are many cultural events, sports, music, food and wine festivals including the Palio dei Rioni and the month of May ‘Castiglionese’ where artistic installations are installed throughout the city.
Located on a hill, 600 meters above sea level Cortona is one of the most ancient Etruscan cities. The Basilica of Santa Margherita and the Franciscan sanctuary Le Celle invite visitors to discover Cortona through an itinerary of art and faith within walking distance from the historic center. Also worth seeing is the new Etruscan Academy Museum (which inaugurated the new collections in September 2005) and the Diocesan Museum, a small chest that contains works by great local artists such as Luca Signorelli and one of the most beautiful Annunciation by Fra Angelico.
Its origins are Etruscan and perhaps it was one of the 12 original Etruscan cities. Arezzo preserves a precious history, beginning with people which were born there and have became famous in the world: Cilnio Gaius Maecenas, Petrarch, Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Redi, Guido d’Arezzo and Pietro Aretino. Besides the monuments and churches, the old town is worth a careful visit, during which you will discover beautiful palaces, characteristic architectural aspects and an evocative atmosphere, especially during the famous Giostra del Saracino.
Perugia is in Umbria, is the economic capital, an important artistic and architectural gem. The heart of the city is Piazza IV Novembre with the beautiful Fontana Maggiore, the imposing Palazzo dei Priori and the magnificent Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Each year, Perugia hosts “Umbria Jazz”, a musical event of international level, during which the city comes alive with concerts till late night outdoors and in the most picturesque places. Do not miss the appointment with Eurochocolate festival in October.
Siena is one of the most fascinating cities of Tuscany, rich in monuments, museums, art and architecture that still tell its glorious historical past. Do not miss a visit to the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic style, Piazza del Campo with the wonderful Public Palace and the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala. The most important event is the Palio, that takes place on July 2 and August 16 of each year, important days in which the city is divided into districts and its inhabitants are competing in a horse race for the coveted trophy.
Florence, the city of the renaissance is definitely among the most beautiful cities of Italy, famous worldwide for its high concentration of artistic works that over the centuries have given it a very unique look. Famous abroad even more than Rome, has thousands of highlights to see and learn from the Uffizi Museum, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with the Baptistery, the Church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli gardens. Absolutely do not miss the panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Assisi is the town of San Francesco, a destination for religious tourists which flow in throughout the year, thanks to the life of the patron saint of Italy who was born there in 1226. The growing interest in St. Francis of Assisi has increased the popularity all over the world, becoming one of the most interesting places in Italy. Guests can visit the Basilica of San Francesco with precious frescoes by Giotto, the Basilica of Santa Chiara, Cathedral of San Rufino, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Piazza del Comune with the Temple of Minerva and Rocca Maggiore.
Gubbio is a charming medieval town, made up of neighborhoods with narrow streets, small squares and bridges. The city runs along three parallel streets, connected by narrow side streets. Beyond the Roman theater, Gubbio still preserves numerous monuments of breathtaking beauty such as the Church of St. John and the imposing Palazzo dei Consoli. Piazza della Signoria or the Piazza Grande is the meeting point of city life and during the Corsa dei Ceri, a regular event every year in September, the city is filled with thousands of curious tourists.
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