The Valdarno valley is divided between the provinces of Arezzo and Firenze. The whole area has important natural features.The hills are mostly covered with vineyards and olive groves,but also with woods made by oaks, chestnuts and beeches.The eroded clay hills named Balze are a peculiarity of the valley.
Montevarchi is located on the edge of Chianti area on the left bank of river Arno. It 's nice to walk through its streets and its little peculiar alleys.This street network makes the urban layout of the historical center very special.You can also visit some museums and churches like the Paleontological Museum, the Collegiata Church of San Lorenzo with the adjacent Sacred Art Museum and the Palazzo del Podestà.
SAN GIOVANNI VALDARNO
The history of San Giovanni Valdarno recall the middle age, it was founded in 1296 by a decision of Florence. The quaint old town offers many places of historical and cultural interest.The most important are the Palazzo Pretorio built on the XIII e XVI Centuries and designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the Basilica of St. Maria delle Grazie with some terracottas by Giovanni della Robbia. On the main street you can find the house of the famous painter Masaccio,borned in 1401 there.It has became an exihibition centre, where you can admire the Municipal Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.
This town is situated in the center of the Valdarno valley just outside the Chianti area. The old town is characterized by the picturesque Piazza with its covered walk and the Collegiata(Church of Santa Maria) that in the ancient time was an Hospital called Serristori. The caracteristic of this town are the old well preserved city walls and fortified towers, that is still possible to see thanks to a recently renovation.
LA TORRE DI GALATRONA
The Galatrona tower is placed in a strategic and dominant position.It is the remain of one of the most important middle ages castles of the Valdambra and the Valdarno. The castle stood on a focal point, along a branch of the Via Cassia which connected Rome to Florence. The place named Galatrona,formerly Canastruna from latin vocabulary, has an Etruscan origin but in that area also many differents ruins of a late Roman colony have been founded. TORRE DI GALATRONA - visit guide from 1 APRIL TO 31 OcTOBEr 2012 Saturday from 15,00 to 19,00, Sunday from 10,00 to 12,00 and from 15,00 to 19,00.
Valdambra is the valley crossed by the river Ambra,it is at the end of Chianti touching the superior part of the Arno Valley. Its countyside and life rithm reminds you the old times and offers many opportunities for peaceful walks and excursions.
The Chianti Classico area is extended approximately 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) between the cities of Florence (north ) and Siena ( south ). The four municipalities of Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti are located entirely within the boundaries of the Classico area.Also parts of Barberino Val d'Elsa, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (in the province of Florence) as well as Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi (in the province of Siena)are included within Chianti Classico. The soil and geography of this subregion can be quite varied, with altitudes ranging from 820 feet (250 meters) to 2000 feet (610 meters), and rolling hills producing differing microclimates. Thanks to these features it is one the most famous area in the world for the production of a lot of high quality red wines. http://www.chianti.com/it/informazioni-turistiche/
This valley extends from the hills south of Siena to the Monte Amiata. It is characterized by gentle and carefully cultivated hills occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza (rebuilt as an “ideal town” in the 15th century under the patronage of Pope Pius II)and Montalcino.Here it is produced the famous Brunello di Montalcino,one of the most prestigious Italian wine well known all over the world.The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures. http://www.valdorcia.it
It consists of a range of hills and woods among villages and includes the municipalities of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d'Asso, all within the province of Siena. Crete senesi means literally ‘Senese clays’, and the distinctive grey colouration of the soil gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar. This characteristic clay represents the sediments of the Pliocene sea which covered the area between 2.5 and 4.5 million years ago. Nearby is also the semi-arid area known as the Accona Desert. The most notable edifice of this area is the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The region is known for its production of white truffles, and a festival and museum dedicated to the rare fungus (genus Tuber). http://www.sienaonline.it/crete_senesi.html
The Casentino is a small peaceful valley on the border with Emilia Romagna. Among its forests there are two of the greatest centers of spirituality in the world: the Hermitage of Camaldoli, founded by St. Romuald in 1012 and the Sanctuary of Verna founded by St. Francis. Both this timeless places creates a religious and intense atmosphere.Landscape has an extraordinary charm made up of forests and ancient woodlands, valley and mountains, rivers and streams. A land preserved and protected that has allowed the setting up of the National Park of Casentino Forests. http://www.ilbelcasentino.it/index.php