Tuscany - Colle di Val d'Elsa

Castles, resort and hotels list in Colle di Val d'Elsa
Countrysides Houses, Relais and Villas
frRelais della Rovere - Colle di Val d'Elsa
Relais della Rovere, the first mention of the structure is in documents dating back to the early XI century, when the territory upon which it is built belonged to the Bishop of Volterra, feudatory of the Holy Roman Empire...
 
Spread over three gradients, Borgo, Castello and Piano (the Borough, Castle and Plain), Colle di Val d'Elsa is famous today for its production of fine handcrafted crystal, but it is also an important tourist destination. The Borough is entered through the monumental Porta Nova and winds its long and narrow way in a sequence of fine 16th and 17th-century noble houses to the magnificent, though unfinished, Palazzo Campana, which marks the entry to the Castle, the oldest part of Colle. Here, the atmosphere suddenly changes: narrow paved lanes, fascinating tower-houses (amongst these stands the one where Amolfo di Cambio was born), steeply sloping streets and flights of steps. Piazza del Duomo is overlooked by the Praetorial Court, the seat of the Archaeological Museum, the Cathedra, the Bishops's Palle, housing the Museum of Sacred Art, and the picturesque Via delle Volte, the most characteristic corner of the town. Passing little churches and 13th-century buildings, one reaches the Rampart with its fine view over the Plain on which the most modern part of Colle is built. This area, too, is not lacking in points of interest, such as the Churches of Saint Augustine (13th century in origin, but rebuilt in the '500 by Antonio da Sangallo) and the daring modern seat of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank (1983) designed by Giovanni Michelucci.

 

Barberino Val d'Elsa... Castelvecchio..

Palio di Siena...

Garda Lake..

Apuane Alps...

Sights to see and main destinations

frLocalità Bagnaia (Siena)
frBarberino Val D'Elsa
frTorrita di Siena
frPortoferraio Isola d' Elba island
frSansepolcro
frBibbiena
frCastiglion Fiorentino
frColle di Val d'Elsa
frCastelnuovo Berardenga
frVagliagli
frCasole d'Elsa
frLucignano
frLoro ciuffenna
frMontepulciano
frAsciano
frBucine
frMonteriggioni
frSan Casciano in Val di Pesa Florence
frGreve in Chianti
frLoc. Spedaletto Pienza
frFigline Valdarno Firenze - Florence
 

 

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