Leonardo from Agriturismo Toscana Villa Centopino suggests visiting Montecastelli Pisano, a tiny medieval borgo and real “slow Tuscany” find (near Siena). Arttrav thanks Leonardo for allowing us to take some of the information from his website about this little town.

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Montecastelli's church and tower
Montecastelli’s church and tower

The town is dominated by the fortified Pannocchieschi tower next to the church that looks over its tiny medieval streets that are perfect for photographing. The town’s Romanesque church dates to 1186.

Photo of Montecastelli: www.castellitoscani.com
Photo of Montecastelli: www.castellitoscani.com

On your way out of town, following signs for Castelnuovo Val Di Cecina you can visit the really stunning ‘Buca delle Fate’, a 6th BC century Etruscan tomb composed of massive stone slabs.

Montecastelli is pleasant for a half day trip perhaps with a stop for lunch or dinner on the panoramic terrace at La Pergola in Radicondoli, a great restaurant whose specialty is crostini al lardo di colonnata.

Photo of rocca sillana courtesy of villa centopino

If you’d like to stay in this area, Agriturismo¬†Villa Centopino is available for rent for a relaxing week surrounded by cypress trees and the stillness typical of the Tuscan hills. There’s a big green lawn with swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi for those moments at home; nearby it’s not far to major art cities and also picturesque small towns. The villa is approx 150 years old and has been successfully protected against the earthquakes that sometimes shake the area by an inscription “Christus Nobiscum State” that was put there in its year of construction.

From the lawn, you can see a fortress called the “Rocca Sillana” (photo), opened just this year after a long restoration paid for by the Regione Toscana. Near the villa can also be found animal fossils dating back millions of years ago when this whole area was under the sea.

If you liked this article, you might like to read about nearby Certaldo.

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