Vada, medieval villages and art cities of Tuscany
Antico Podere San Francesco is set in the wonderful Tuscany hills of the province of Livorno. Our farm relais is the right place to keep off the everyday stress and relax yourself.
It is placed in a strategic position, few kilometres far from the sea of the Etruscan Coast in the province of Livorno and near the main Tuscany tourist routes, easy to reach by car in a short distance.
Our farm holidays also offers its guest the chance to organize tourist routes of the main Tuscany cities and small-cruises.
Distance: 3 km
Vada was settled around 1700 and stretches Southwards of Rosignano Solvay. This little village is characterized by a little centre recently built and surrounded by the countryside and seaside resorts. In the past it was known as “Rada del Saraceno”, it has pine-woods, wide sandy shores and a shallow sea, abounding in fish and perfect to subaqueous immersions. During the summer Vada enjoys its major liveliness, offering many leisure for tourists.
Distance: 51 km
Pisa is set in a wide floodplain (4 m. above sea level) few kilometres far from the Tyrrhenian coast and it stretches in the two bank of the river Arno. Pisa is among the main cultural city of Italy. It keeps a rich artistic heritage with its original Medieval reworking of Islamic, Lombard and local influences. It is to note the wonderful Duomo and the leaning tower, a monument discussed and known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a chief town of a province of Tuscany and an archiepiscopal see. Nowadays it is above all a university and research town.
Distance: 98 km
Siena always attracts many tourists for its wonderful monuments and its numerous masterpieces to visit in its museums. Some great artists were born in Siena and among them it is to remind Duccio di Boninsegna and Nicola Pisano, who worked on the greatest masterpiece in Siena: the Duomo. In narrow and winding lanes, in museums and in the quarter oratorios you may hear Palio propitiatory chants that recall the ancient customs and modern allegories. In the evening, on the other side, the patter of soles on the desert paving contrasts to the peace of the green valleys surrounded by the walls by its ancient administrators, for centuries till today. In the town you may admire many masterpieces such as the Duomo, set in the Campo, Siena’s red-bricked main square and the wonderful landscape of Facciatone, the hall of Pellegrinaio in Santa Maria della Scala, the Piccolomini library, the prestigious Accademy Chigiana and the wide rooms in Fortezza Medicea, that hides the rarest wines in Siena, in Tuscany and in the peninsula.
Distance: 24 km
Bolgheri is located on a little height at the end of the famous Cypresses Boulevard that stretches from San Guido. The village is surrounded by woods, plenty of Mediterranean vegetation and a well-tilled plain. Bolgheri is linked to Castagneto, – its borough – through “Via Bolgherese”, a wonderful boulevard become famous as the “Wine Road” for its production of rare wines. Through a mighty arch of a castle you will get into the old village. Indoors, among its ancient lanes and squares, little “shops” spring up. There you may buy the typical products of the area and taste the natural local speciality. Between 1838 and 1848 Giosuè Carducci lived in Bolgheri, chanted it in its lines and this village became known all over the world.
Distance: 73 km
The 15 medieval towers (a reminder of the 72 towers that used to rise during the period of greatest splendor) announce from far away the town’s magnificence. The amazement continues after entering one of the town gates, that open in the double enclosed wall, and walking up the silent streets flanked with ancient buildings. The streets unexpectedly lead into three squares on the summit of the town, where the severe medieval buildings that surround them may be admired.
Distance: 106 km
Florence stands in a pleasant valley surrounded by hills and crossed by the river Arno. This city is rich in monuments, historical buildings, galleries and museums, expressing all its magnificence of its ancient civilization. Its world famous promenade along its monuments up to the wonderful Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is lined with characteristic goldsmith’s shops. Many are the monuments and the masterpieces to visit, such as: Giotto’s Tower begun by Giotto in 1334; the Pitti Palace begun from an original design by Brunelleschi in the second half of 1400; the courtyard of Ammannati; Buonarroti house which has some paintings of Michelangelo; Forte di Belvedere that dates from the end of 1500; The Uffizi Palace begun by Vasari in 1560; Loggia della Signoria begun in 1376 from an original design by Arcagno and Palazzo Vecchio built between 1293 and 1314.
Distance: 44 km
Lonely on a hill (that has its boundless view from the Appennini up to the Tyrrhenian sea), stern and peaceful at once, this town has a particular glamour that is different from the others. Once you reach its threshold, you will be impressed by the mighty wall, both of the Medieval times and Etruscan ones, where there are many gates. The most famous of them is Porta dell’Arco Etrusco (the gate of Etruscan Arch). Indoors you will find remembrances of the severe town of Volterra during the Medieval times. All this is helpful for us to understand the charming of its beauty.
Distance: 36 km
The old village of Cascina Terme is located in Tuscany among the Pisan hills. It is a place of wellbeing thanks to its thermal waters. It is a perfect starting point for excusions to Pisa, the Tyrrhenian Coast, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena. A holiday in Casciana Terme is an opportunity both to rest and also discover new places and do sport. It is a holiday far away from the crowd of other kinds of holidays. Few kilometres far you will find golf links in Tirrenia or in Castelfafi, or ride by bike along the lanes that surround the village. In the famous Casciana spa you may have both treatments and relax yourself in the swimming-pool and in the wellbeing centre where you could take care of yourself with the following treatments: trimming, relaxation, rejuvenation, slimming, solarium, purification.
Distance: 75 km
Lucca is a charming Tuscany city of arts with its numerous attractions. You will go to visit the witness of its prestigious past and enjoy its several amusements in a hearted and happy place. It is 20 Km. North-East away from Pisa, 60 Km West away from Florence, near the beach resort of Viareggio: indeed Lucca is worthy of a visit. Lucca is, above all, the main city of the art for the silk. To note also the basilica of St. Frediano of the XII c., with its mosaic face that just worth a visit of this city. There are also the churches of San Pietro Somaldi and St. Maria Foris Portam. During 1300 the town had several ups and downs but this period is important for the churches of St. Francis, Della Rosa, St. Giulia and its numerous palaces, houses and tower-houses in gothic style.