The nature of Leonardo da Vinci, the villages described by Giovanni Boccaccio, the hot springs and the Tuscan cuisine’s flavours: the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano region, between Florence, Pisa and Siena, offers everything you could wish for an unforgettable holiday in Tuscany.
The landscapes, characterized by rolling hills covered with olive trees and vines that once inspired Leonardo da Vinci, are dotted with medieval villages, among them Certaldo, the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio. Visiting and discovering a less known Tuscany it is possible not only by foot, bike, car or motorbike, in fact, if you want to spend your holiday travelling by motorhome, there are equipped areas where you can stop and refuel.
VOPEN AIR HOLIDAYS IN TUSCANY BY FOOT OR BIKE: THE ROUTES TROUGH THE NATURE
Those who love walking or trekking will be spoilt for choice. The most famous route is the Via Francigena: 3 stages between Fucecchio and Gambassi Terme for a spiritual journey in the charming Tuscan countryside. Other routes less famous but very suggestive are: the Romea Strata (from Fucecchio to Gambassi Terme), the Strada Verde (the route leading to Leonardo’s birthplace), the Via Medicea (from Fucecchio to Vinci), the Via di Castiglioni in Montespertoli and many others.
Nature lovers can enjoy suggestive excursions in the Upper Valley of Carfalo, in Montaione, among hot springs and secular trees (link) or just admiring the Padule di Fucecchio’s fauna (link), the largest inland wetland in Italy.
The heart of Tuscany has always been a land loved by cyclists: there are many roads and paths along which to cycle with family, with friends or alone. Expert cyclists or simple amateurs, everyone will find their own right path.
OPEN AIR HOLIDAYS IN TUSCANY: VISITING VILLAGES OR JUST RELAXING IN A SWIMMING POOL
There are many medieval villages in the area; it is easy to reach them not only by foot or bike but also by car or motorbike: among these Certaldo and Vinci are the most famous but if you want to discover the lesser known destinations, you can explore Castelfalfi, Iano, Sant’Amato, Tonda and many others. In the warmer months it will be beautiful take a break and relax with a dip in one of the many equipped swimming pools or with a regenerating bath in a hot spring in Gambassi Terme.
OPEN AIR HOLIDAYS IN TUSCANY: TYPICAL PRODUCTS, IGP OLIVE OIL AND CHIANTI DOCG
Exploring the heart of Tuscany also means tasting typical products of the area! For sure you cannot miss the chance to taste some of the most renowned delicatessen of the territory, such as: the pecorino marzolino cheese, the precious white truffle of Valdelsa, the bread without salt typical of Montaione and Montespertoli, the tripe of Castelfiorentino or the tasty panzanella with the red onion of Certaldo.
This area is also famous for the excellent IGP Montalbano extra virgin olive oil and the Chianti wine – produced in Montespertoli, Colli Fiorentini or Montalbano – along the Montespertoli Wine Route and the Montalbano Wine and Oil Route.
What are you waiting for? Come to the Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano region to feel and live the heart of Tuscany.
Start your holiday in the heart of Tuscany.