Itinerary in the direction of the Upper Valdarno. Panoramic view of a particular landscape of nature. Stop at Figline to see the mighty medieval walls. Farm holidays for tastings of tasty food and wines.
The “balze” are like a large sculpture in the shape of pointed pinnacles, the result of a natural erosion for millennia along the edges of a large prehistoric lake. the classic ones formed by water along the sides of the high hills. This is the typical scenario of the neighborhoods: Reggello, Pian di Sco, Terranova Bracciolini, Loro Ciuffenna.
Leonardo da Vinci was well understood, that there were no supernatural explanations in their forms, but that was the moment of a phenomenon of nature. Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by these forms to draw the background of his famous painting: the Mona Lisa.
We visit Figline Valdarno – Small and welcoming city where you can still see the mighty medieval walls. Just like Florence, it shows the evidence of its historical and artistic past.
Founded in the twelfth century at the foot of the Castle of Figline, but was already inhabited at the time of the Etruscans.
In 1252 it was besieged by the Florentines who planned to make a new settlement by giving it a chessboard structure as models of Roman origin, typical of the Florentine “Walled Lands”.
Again fortified in 1357, it became the granary of Florence and function as a “market area”, enriched with palaces and works of art. it remained under the control of the city until the unification of Italy.
Palazzo Pretorio (exterior) and section of the walls. You will learn about the main square dedicated to the humanist philosopher Marsilio Ficino, the Serristori hospital and the Collegiata.
Stop in Castelfranco, a village that still preserves the Tower of Arnolfo di Cambio, the architect who designed the cathedral of Florence and the Pieve s Pietro a Soffena Romanesque whose frescoes, although opaque by time, are part of the Valdarno circuit of frescoes from the early Renaissance .
We visit to know a delicious farm that is also a farm: it is surrounded by breathtaking nature, ideal for those who want to discover a typical Tuscan farm in a beautiful location.
Gianni and Manuela Checchi manage this beautiful farm located in a very scenic place since 1987 and follow strict biological cultivation logics. They have been breeding the “Cinta senese breed pig” in the semi-wild state for several years. The animals spend their lives grazing freely among chestnut woods and pristine pastures within a biologically protected area and far from sources of atmospheric and water pollution.
All seasoned products and all the sausages of Agricola Praticino are also made in Siena-style, in addition to the classic processing of white pigs. The result is prized hams and sausages, with an authentic and very particular taste.
They also have a small production of cinta senese jars: pâté, ragu and mousses that are perfect for seasoning or spreading on bread.
The deliberately white road is to preserve the environment, the tranquility and all that enormous flora and fauna that they have. Ideal for a holiday in complete tranquility. Beyond good cooking, there are many opportunities for recreation both on a naturalistic-sporting and cultural level. It is located in an artistically and culturally fortunate area: Florence 40 km, Arezzo 40 km, Siena 60 km, Chianti 30 km, Casentino 25 km. Also guided trekking, mountain biking, paragliding and more.
This itinerary can be done in English, French and Spanish
Duration: 3.30 hours if from Florence
2.30 hours if from Figline Valdarno.
The snack at the farmhouse varies depending on the type of menu you choose.