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Tuscany to be discovered

Tuscany is characterized by its splendid cities of art and for its legendary medieval villages rich in history, culture and traditions.

Roccia di Cerbaia Country Resort is situated in an ideal position for day trips to the most fascinating Tuscan locations.

We also offer organized tours in an air-conditioned mini-van for 8 people with a multilingual guide.

We recommend visiting:

SIENA - only 13 km from Roccia di Cerbaia Country Resort
Siena is one of the most famous cities in the world, attracting tourists from every continent, and also loved by Italians. In national and international press surveys it has been confirmed in the top 7 places in the world for quality of life. Its heart is in the historic centre, which has maintained its fascination and medieval architecture, with historic palaces, towers, walls and antique fountains. Its reduced dimensions allow for visiting the most famous sites in a day. If you have it in mind to visit Siena, make sure you see some of its most beautiful monuments.

Piazza del Campo. Its shape and position render it unique in the world, it is completely transformed when it is invaded by people and horses during the Palio of Siena. Of interest is the Gaia Fountain.
La Torre del Mangia. Dominating the Piazza del Campo, it is the second highest medieval tower in Italy, with 102 stairs. It also has bells.
Il Museo dell' Opera del Duomo, conserves the works of the most important Sienese artists, like Duccio di Buoninsegna, as well as important exhibitions and periodic events.

Siena Cathedral is characterized by black and white marble in gothic style that dominates Siena with its stature. Inside are works by Michelangelo and Donatello.

Palazzo Piccolomini e delle Papesse, is a splendid example of a Renaissance palace, occupied many years ago by a noble Sienese family, bankers of the papal court, it is today the headquarters of the Centre for Contemporary Art.

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, is an example of medieval architecture: originated by a Ghibellini family in the mid-1300s, today it houses a prestigious musical academy that also organizes concerts open to the public.
Loggia della Mercanzia. At the top of the Piazza del Campo, there is a crossroads of the three main streets in the centre of Siena: Banchi di sotto, Banchi di Sopra e via di Città. There is a beautiful loggia with 3 arches, that demonstrates a style midway between the medieval and the renaissance.
Palazzo Salimbeni dominates the piazzetta, where in the centre you find a statue of Sallustio Bandini, and beside it another two historic palaces (Palazzo Spannocchi and palazzo Cantucci). It is famous as the headquarters of Monte dei Paschi of Siena, a bank that was established in 1400. It is sometimes possible to visit the palace, such as "invito a palazzo" or for the extraordinary opening of banking institutes which the ABI organizes at the beginning of October.
Basilica of San Domenico. Constructed in the mid-1200s it was developed in 1300 in the gothic style, and is noticeable from a distance by virtue of its height. It is connected with the history of Saint Catherine of Siena, patron of Europe, where the relic of her head is carefully conserved.
La Fortezza medicea. Whoever drives around near the centre can' t miss this monument Constructed by Cosimo de Medici in 1500, in place of the old Charles V fortress, today it is a green space that in summer and other periods of the year hosts concerts an live events and inside it is the celebrated Enoteca Italiana.

SAN GIMIGNANO - 35 km away 
San Gimignano is distinguished by the profile of its towers, on a hill(m.334) it dominates the Val d' Elsa. Site of a small Etruscan village in the Hellenic period (III-II cent. B.C.) it began its history around the 10th century by taking the name of the sainted Bishop of Modena, San Gimignano, who had saved the village from hordes of barbarians. It was developed heavily in the Medieval period thanks to the Via Francigena (pilgrims' road to Rome) that goes through it. San Gimignano had an extraordinary flowering of works of art which adorn the churches and monasteries. You are advised to visit the most significant sites:
Piazza del Duomo (the Cathedral Square), where you can find important gems of architecture of the 1300s, such as the cathedral, the twin towers, the old palace of the Podestà with the tower called "Rognosa" that, until the end of the 1300s, was used as a prison and inside of which today is found space for the Teatro dei Leggieri.
Il Palazzo Comunale (the Town Hall), also in the Piazza del Duomo, was built on the remains of a previous construction between 1289 and 1298 to accommodate the residence of the Podestà. There is an interesting picture gallery where one can find works from the second half of the 1200s up to the 1500s, of which the most important is a large altar piece by Pinturicchio painted in 1511. It is also possible to visit the Grand Tower, the highest tower in the town, from the top of which it is possible to see a panorama that covers from the Val d' Elsa up to the Apuane Alps and the mountains of Pistoia.
The Old Palace of the Podestà, opposite the Cathedral, was adopted as a school for boys and a hotel for illustrious guests after the construction of the Town Hall.
Il Palazzo della Propositura, situated between the cathedral and the Town Hall, conserves important works of art and architecture, such as the Loggia dell'Annunciazione, on the right side of the square, with coffered ceiling and bas-reliefs, the most important of which represents the baptism of Jesus, and the beautiful frescoes of the Annunciation of the Ghirlandaio on the wall at the end of the loggia.

The Piazza della Cisterna, built in 1276 and extended in 1346, was the former centre of shops and taverns and takes its name from the octagonal well in the travertine in the centre. Around the square towers and important buildings stand side by side in rare harmony.
The house of Santa Fina, the young patron saint who spent a lot of time during her short life immobilized on a wooden table in the cellar of this poor home for the love of Christ. The house, now transformed into a chapel, can be visited every 12 March on the feast day of Santa Fina.
The Rocca of Montestaffoli was built by the Florentines in 1353, when San Gimignano was under the rule of Florence, to repel any attacks which might come from Siena or rebellion within the walls of the town. During the Medieval Festival at the end of June they hold "La Giostra dei Bastoni". 

The cathedral, Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, is a monument to Roman architecture, which started out simply in c. 1000 and grew in the course of the centuries. The inside is completely covered in important frescoes.
Other churches include: San Lorenzo in Ponte (1240), San Bartolo and the ruins of San Francesco, Sant'Agostino, has a wealth of magnificent works of art. San Jacopo, legend has it, was built by the Knights who returned from the first crusade. San Pietro in Forliano (XII sec.), San Girolamo.

VOLTERRA - 35 km away
Volterra is a gem of Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance art perched atop a hill at 550 meters above sea level. There are many interesting museums and architectural sites, including the Roman amphitheater.

COLLE VAL D' ELSA - a 22 km away
Colle of Val d'Elsa is situated in the heart of Tuscany, in a strategic position between Siena, Volterra and Florence and along the pilgrims' way (Via Francigena). The oldest part is built on a hill, with walls and entrance gates which doubtless were required in the times when wars between Siena and Florence were common. There is also a small cathedral church in Colle Alto and original medieval flagstones pave the streets and squares.
Colle is famous in Italy, and the world, for its lead crystal glass, with 95% of Italian production and 15% of world production. In September every year it is possible to visit exhibitions of glasswork along the streets and squares of Colle Alto.
The lower part of Colle is more modern, with a recently-renovated square where there are many free evening entertainments in the open during the summer months.

MONTERIGGIONI - 25 km away
There are two castles in Monteriggioni and the town itself is still encased by the thick medieval walls that once protected it from attack. There are two famous restaurants inside and the surrounding countryside is a photographer' s dream, especially when the fields are covered in poppies in May-June.

FLORENCE - 70 km away
Cradle of the Renaissance and of Italian art, it is one of the most visited cities in the world for the beauties of its art and architecture. The central Piazza della Signoria, at the heart of the oldest part of the city, houses the Palazzo Vecchio, now the Town Hall.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most celebrated museums in the world with works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello, Caravaggio.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, erected from 1296 and concluded in the XV century with the famous cupola by Filippo Brunelleschi. The Baptistry of San Giovanni is near the cathedral and has a famous fresco of Judgment inside and the so-called Paradise Door with stories from the Bible.
The church of Santa Maria Novella, is also full of important art works.
The church of Santa Maria del Carmine, has the famous Cappella Brancacci inside.
The Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens are well worth a visit.
Il Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, is covered in goldsmiths and jewelers shops.
Le Cascine, is the largest public park in Florence (160 hectares) and runs along the right bank of the River Arno.

MONTALCINO - 50 km away
Montalcino is an important centre of the Etruscan and Roman ages. In medieval times it was contested between Florence and Siena. Among its agricultural produce are the grapes that make the famous Brunello wine.

MONTEPULCIANO - 60 km away
Montepulciano is situated between the Val d' Orca and the valley of Chiana. It is rich in artistic treasures and renaissance architecture. The Piazza Grande has several important palaces around its sides. There is also a well (Pozzo de' Grifi e dei Leoni 1520) in renaissance style.
The church of San Biagio is situated at the top of the hill in a meadow.
The Civic Museum and the Crociati Picture Gallery are also of interest, as is the Cantina Redi, the antique sanctuary of the del Vin Nobile of Montepulciano.

THE CRETE SENESI - 50 km
The Crete Senesi occupy a vast area to the south-east of Siena, including territory from the municipalities of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d' Arbia, Rapolano Terme, San Giovanni d' Asso and Trequanda.
This area presents a particular hilly countryside without plants, that alternate chalk and clay hills. Crete means "craters" and is some ways it resembles the surface of the moon.

Other activities

Roccia di Cerbaia Country Resort is surrounded by 44 hectares of woodland in the Sienese hills of the Montagnola, soft rolling hills and fields, with a labyrinth of paths recalling a bygone era of merchants who for business reasons crossed the famous Via Francigena, an important pilgrims way for the connection between Rome and the rest of Europe.
This un-spoilt countryside, which recharges both physical and mental energy, can be enjoyed on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback.

Roccia di Cerbaia has an arrangement with a stable at Montagnola.

Two mountain-bikes are available for guests' use and others can be hired from the nearby bike-shop. On request multilingual guides for excursions can be arranged for all levels of experience.

Sport opportunities on site include ping pong, badminton, billiard and darts.
Golf
The Bagnaia Golf Club is only 15 km away. 
Other golf courses in the area include Golf Club Ugolino in Florence and the Punta Ala Golf Club at the coast.

Seasonal Activities
End of summer: collecting blackberries, blueberries and mushrooms
In autumn: chestnuts and mushrooms 
In autumn and winter: participation in wild boar hunts

Fishing in the nearby River Brenna.

Lessons in languages and craftwork.

Tuscan Tastes

We are happy to recommend the best enotecas and restaurants for local specialties.
Lovers of good food and wine will have plenty of opportunities to taste Tuscan dishes and enjoy wines which are internationally famous.

Cookery classes and guided wine and/or olive oil tastings can be booked in advance of your stay.

Our catering service can organize pizza evenings or themed dinners on request.

Our wine cellar has a variety of Tuscan wines which you can taste and buy during your stay.

In the large gardens there are a variety of aromatic herbs, on advance request we will be glad to prepare a selection for guests.

Well Being Offers

On request and with advance booking, we can offer attractive wellbeing packages, consultations with alternative therapy professionals and Life Coaching.

Petriolo Thermal Bath (also public thermal pools by river) only 30 km away:
(link WELLNESS)

Shopping

Shopping Experience at the Designer Outlet near Florence
Immersed in idyllic Tuscan countryside, in an elegant and refined architectural development, The Mall offers with style a unique selection of the most exclusive international fashion brands.
There are many shops dedicated to fashion clothing and accessories for women, men and children, as well as perfumes, shoes and stylish articles for the home. The Mall is a luxury outlet centre which offers visitors excellent products at extremely advantageous prices.

 


 
     
 

Roccia di Cerbaia - Strada Di Cerbaia, 5 - Loc. Poggiarello di Tegoia, 53018 Sovicille - Siena
Tel. 0039 0577 314698
P.I. 01061950455 - E mail:  - www.rocciadicerbaia.it