Category: History, Art and Culture

Sant’Eufrosino Oratory

Sant’Eufrosino, originally from Cappadocia, it was one of the evangelist of the Chianti region, so that in the Chianti area were built two places in his name, one is the present and the other is...

Monteriggioni Castle

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence. During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in...

Staggia Fortress

The first news on the fortified village of Staggia date back to 994. The Lords of Staggia (the Soarzi) became one of the most powerful families of the Valdelsa; The village entered several times...

Certosa di Pontignano

In 1341 a noble From Siena, Bindo Falcone, owner of a vast terrain in places Pontignano at Siena, donated his property to a certain Amerigo monaco, with the intent to build a Charterhouse. In...

Spaltenna Parish Church

The town is mentioned for the first time in 1060 in some parchments of the Abbey of Coltibuono.        The Ricasoli family was from the beginning the owner of this rich church which was one of...

Montefioralle

    The central church is currently undergoing renovations. A house in the circular main street of Montefioralle is pointed out as the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci. The doorway is identified by the wasp...

Paneretta Castle

The Paneretta castle is situated on the western side of the Chianti area, looking towards San Gimignano. It was built around an ancient sighting tower. This place was an important suburb and fortress of...

Fonterutoli

Already known by the Etruscans and subsequently referred to in Roman times as “Fons Rutolae” and “Fons Rutilant“, it was considered a stopping-off point where travelers between Florence and Siena could have some rest....

Volpaia Castle

Probably the castle was built around the tenth century,  and was built in that place, because being placed on watershed of two small valleys formed by tributaries of the Pesa, is easily defensible. This...