to do - Slow
Unusual itineraries throughout the most fascinating corners
of Tuscany: follow the traces of the ancient and modern Etruscans,
image over popular tales from the Maremma countryside and discover
Breton swords embedded in the golden stones of the Sienese hills.
Stop on the scaffoldings of certain Florentine churches, next
to acrobat-painters, to observe and nearly smell the scent of
fresh colors just laid down on the wall. Hope for the destiny
of poor witches and long-nosed puppets...This is also another
face of the farm-holiday: the pleasure of stopping and leaving
again, but with no hurry, towards a multi-faced reality.
to do - The surroundings - also
The Agriturismo Bramasole e Ginestra is situated half way between
Pisa and Florence (and it is also in central position amongst
the other famous Tuscan cities, like Siena, Volterra, Lucca,
San Gimignano) and within the medieval frame of the village
called Montopoli Val dArno.
Montopoli the ancient Parish Church of Santo Stefano,
the Pian della Rocca, as well as the Renaissance Oratory of
S. Maria del Soccorso and the walking path down the town walls,
are well worth to be visited.Here in Montopoli the ancient tradition of the Artistic Ceramics (decorated earthenware) of Montopoli is still alive.
to the speedway (superstrada FI-PI-LI) down in the valley, 5
kilometers far from our hills, you will be able to easily reach
almost all Tuscan cities within one hour drive (except Grosseto
and Arezzo, where it takes about 2 hours to get). By the same way, or through countryside itineraries, less than twenty minutes time are enough to reach “minor” but equally interesting places from the point of view of landscape suggestions and cultural and artistic resources:
San Miniato al Tedesco, with its Diocesan Museum, the
white truffle, the Tower of Frederic and the Bacino di Roffia,
which often houses national boat-racing; the Padùle of
Fucecchio, one of the most beautiful protected inland swamp
areas; Vinci, with its Museo Leonardiano; Montelupo Fiorentino
, which houses an important museum of Renaissance ceramics works;
Empoli; Artimino, with its Medici villas.
towards Pisa: the wonderful Certosa of Calci; the Lari Castle;
the ancient village Palaia and the now almost ghosty
village Toiano alle Brota, a surreal environment suspended over
clayey chasms (called calanchi), into the perhaps quietest hilly
countryside of Tuscany, from which one can see and easily reach
the city of Volterra. Other possible itineraries: along the
Via Francigena (on its way to San Gimignano), at about twenty
kilometers from our Agriturismo, we meet the extraordinary Jerusalem
in San Vivaldo: immersed in a hilly wood, in the early
sixteenth century the Franciscan Friars built about twenty large
chapels all around their convent, together with a series of
large terracottas showing the most important sacred events,
with the intention of reproducing the main places of the Holy
City: a true jewel, from an urbanistic point of view as well
as from the Renaissance artistic one.
has been continuously inhabited since the Etruscan time: almost
all villages of the surrounding hills, which we consider medieval
ones, practically already existed in more ancient times and
it is not a rare event, therefore, to come to find Etruscan
tombs, small necropolis and archeological excavations accessible
Further opportunities (15 minutes by car): biking, riding, fishing,
golf, and tennis. We have a large park with Bowshot facilities,
ping-pong and bikes for rent.
Further information: supermarkets, the railway station and other
useful main shops and services can be easily reached at about
6 Kms. from our Agriturismo.