5 Hotels in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa , Italy
The medieval village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa is dipped in the typical Tuscany countryside, between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti wine production area. Its strategic position has determined in the time, takeovers of castles on the hills and small villages by the river brdges along the roads. Very much important and strategic was Sambuca, a village set at the the road crossing to Siena with the one to the Val di Greve and Val d'Elsa, and San Donato in Poggio, that constitutes one of the main fortifications in the area, more set on the directed way alomg the via Francigena that connected Florence to Siena.
The first historical writing of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa dates back to the 790 when the village was called Tabernulae, meaning the ancient 'taverne' where travellers stopped ro rest, dine and change the horses, set along the road that connected to the Val d' Elsa, where it run the via Francigena that pilgrims used for it connected Rome to northern Europe. In the XII century the village passed under the dominion of the Florentine Republic and it represented an important point for the trade exchange. In the 1800's the village developed and declared independent common on the 1.st of May 1893, with the aggregation of the hamlets of Sambuca and San Donato. detaching from Barberino Val d' Elsa.
All this in the time has improved handicraft and agricultural products, in particular wine and oil of good qualities, and in more modern times it has facilitated industrial takeovers of remarkable level, in respect of the territory and the winery traditions of Chianti.
The geographic position of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, close to the wolrdwide renown cities of art, has allowed the promotion of this territory rich in medieval castles, Romanesque Parrish churches and abbeys in order to develop a qualified tourism activity while remaining a rural countryside, refurbishing and transforming the ancient farmer houses and villas maintaining the charming landscape, architecture, art and culture patrimony. You can find nowadays any type of suitable solutionsgranting a čpleasant stay: small and large hotels, farm holidays, bed & breakfast and apartment vacation houses.
To visit, in the territory of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, there are three important centers:
In Badia a Passignano there is the ancient medieval monastry of San Michele, more similar to a fortress with its defense walls and in the in the refectory there is an ineresting Last Supper painted by Davide and Domenico Ghirlandaio. In the church there are frescoes of Domenico Cresti, named Passignano because he was born in this place, two paintings of Ghirlandaio and in cripta is buried San Giovanni Gualberto, the founder of the Vallombrosa order. From the castle you can admire the beatiful landscape of Chianti and in the village of Passignano there are a beautiful house-tower and the church of San Biagio.
Sambuca is a charming village hat rises around the Romanesque bridge that allowed the Pesa river crossing.
San Donato in Poggio conserves part of its town-walls building. On the main square are set the beautiful Renaissance Malaspina palace and the church of Santa Maria della Neve. In the main street is set the Bell Tower, the Florentine Door and part of the town-walls with the "Torrino"a particular shaped tower. Outside of the village there is the Pieve di San Donato in Poggio where in the inside it can be admired the christening font of Giovanni della Robbia, a trittico attributed to Giovanni del Biondo and other paintigns, a painted Cross attributed to the school of Giotto. By the antrance door of San Donato is set the Oratory of Santa Maria delle Grazie a Pietracupa with in the inside the frescoes of Paolo Schiavo representing the Madonna with the Child and a painting of Domenico Cresti called il Passignano.
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Destinations near Tavarnelle Val di Pesa , ItalyBarberino di Val d'Elsa (3,17 km) San Casciano in Val di Pesa (9,89 km) Poggibonsi (10,70 km) Certaldo (11,32 km) Greve (11,84 km) Castellina in Chianti (13,80 km) San Gimignano (14,47 km) Impruneta (15,27 km) Colle Val D'Elsa (16,72 km) Radda in Chianti (17,89 km) Monteriggioni (20,13 km) Scandicci (20,99 km) Montelupo Fiorentino (22,88 km) Gaiole in Chianti (23,50 km) Lastra a Signa (23,57 km) Bagno a Ripoli (23,95 km) Figline Valdarno (24,46 km) Empoli (24,90 km) Florence (25,45 km) Signa (25,71 km) Rignano sull'Arno (28,21 km) Fiesole (28,44 km) Siena (28,49 km) Campi Bisenzio (28,57 km) San Giovanni Valdarno (29,01 km) San Miniato (29,32 km)
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Longitude:11° 67' 0'' E (11.172856)