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Relais della Rovere

Relais della Rovere : The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.

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  • Address: Via Piemonte, 10 Loc. La Badia , Colle Val D'Elsa (SI)
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Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

Description

Charming Hotel Relais della Rovere is created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period. It owes its name to its most illustrious owner: Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere, who later became Pope Julius II, remembered as the patron of artists of the calibre of Michelangelo and Raphael.
Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.
An ideally convenient starting point to visit the most interesting cultural tourism sites in Tuscany.

THE RELAIS
Relais Della Rovere is characterise by very harmonious and discreet ambiance and atmosphere with the beautiful rooms obtained from a careful and meticulous restoration create a feeling of warm hospitality.

The facility results from the conversion of a monastery of Benedictine monks built in the 1100's and the 15th century residence of Cardinal Della Rovere, handed down to history as Pope Julius II, the great patron of artists of the calibre of Michelangelo and Raphael.
The Relais Della Rovere offers 30 different types rooms (Classic, Farmhouse Superior, Convent Superior, De Luxe, Junior Suite, Suite), featuring furniture and refined colours, and outfitted with the most modern amenities: hydro-massage shower or whirlpool bath, LCD satellite TV, minibar, air conditioning, WI-FI, telephone, safe.
Relais della Rovere is surrounded by an extensive park where is located a large and intimate travertine marble pool where guests can relax after a day of recreational activities or work, enjoying the charming view of Colle Val d'Elsa, the Town of Crystal.

FACILITIES
The Relais Della Rovere welcomes its guests in a exclusive and refined ambiance that nevertheless offers the warmth of a family-run facility.
The Relais Hotel is divided in 3 buildings having different origins and thus representing a real journey through time, starting from the 1100's up to the mid-1800's:
Benedictine convent of the 1100's
Renaissance villa of the 1400's
farmhouse and outhouse of the 1800's
courtyard between the villa and the convent

The large halls of the hotel are both in the former convent and in the villa, and are connected by a bright corridor that looks onto the internal courtyard.

SERVICES
Services available within the facility:
24h reception service, free Wi-Fi,  free supervised parking, room service, bar, swimming pool, Internet point, laundry service, guided tours, small pets allowed, accessibility for the disabled.

On request, we organise activities and excursions (guided tours, museums, art galleries, wineries, tastings, etc.) and book additional services (car-motorbike rental, cycling tours, etc.).

PARK
A marvellous, secular park, rich in vegetation typical of the Tuscan maquis, stretches over approximately 2 hectares of land and surrounds the Relais Hotel, creating a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. Guests can enjoy pleasant walks through nature and history, read a good book in the ancient courtyard or admire the century-old panorama of Colle Val d'Elsa.

SWIMMING POOL
During your sojourn, indulge in relaxation and enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, entirely made from the renowned Sienese travertine marble. The pool area is outfitted with sunbeds and umbrellas. Bar service available in summer.

Restaurant
Restaurant “Il Cardinale”, located in the ancient cellars of the villa, offers local tuscan cuisine, bringing to life the traditional Tuscan dishes.
A wide variety of local wines, as well as other Italian and foreign ones.
The careful selection of ingredients used in each recipe, prepared according to the season, the traditional cooking techniques, offer a unique gastronomical experience for those seeking a original tastes in a quiet and relaxing ambient.
In the cloisters, during summer evenings, charming dinners are served by candlelight.

Wedding & Events Location
Ideal for wedding receptions, birthdays, banquets and feasts, company dinners, wine tasting and gastronomic meetings of all types, the restaurant is open also to the general public.

Breakfast
A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the halls of the Renaissance Villa.

Bar
The bar within the facility is at your full disposal. During the summer season, service at the pool is also available.

Meetings
The Relais Della Rovere is the ideal location for business meetings, conventions and all other types of events. Its halls can hold up to 180 persons.
Equipment available:
Video projector, Projection screen, Mobile blackboard, Fixed and mobile microphones, Amplifiers, ADSL line, Colour TV, DVD reader, VHS reader, Telephone with outside line
Additional equipment and services are provided on request - we’ll be happy to supply it .
Over and above convention centre activities, we offer packets combined with events involving gourmet and wine tasting, art tours, sports and outdoor activities.

The “ROVERE” salon
200 square metres
Maximum capacity:
180 people with stage type lay-out
60 people in a class room lay-out
50 people in horse shoe lay-out

ACTIVITIES
The territory is perfect for myriad activities focusing on nature, art, history and sports.
Wine, cheese and oil tastings – Tours of wine and farming estates
Historical – landscape trekking
Cultural itineraries: art galleries and the Chianti Sculpture Park, museums, music, works of art and historical-artistic monuments.
Local crafts itinerary: "Crystal", chocolate, leather, ceramic and terracotta items
MTB (mountain bike) cycling tours on the via Francigena and in the Chianti region
Horseback and scooter excursions in the Chianti region
Hot air ballooning
Painting and drawing courses
Cooking courses
Special rate agreements with Spas and Adventure Parks
Grape harvesting, olive picking and "truffle hunting"
Car rental and driver service

A sports facility is located at a stone's throw from the Relais Della Rovere, and is easily reachable on foot. It includes:
tennis courts (outdoor and covered)
roller skating rink
five-a-side football field
beach volley court
golf field (practice)
shooting range
pedestrian and cycling path connecting Colle Val d'Elsa to Poggibonsi

 


Rooms:
Relais della Rovere has 30 hotel rooms located in the three buildings; all have en-suite bathrooms with either a tub or hydro-massage shower and are equipped mini-bar, hair dryer, an outside phone line,
with satellite TV, WI FI, air-conditioning and heating which can be regulated by the client, electronic safe, heating, a personalised line of cosmetics and a modem connection.
The furnishings, materials and colours used reflect, as far as possible, those originally used in these buildings.

The furniture of the MONASTERY BUILDINGhas been custom-made, with a somewhat more modern flavour which, in the context of the open ceiling beams and parquet flooring, render the ambient warm and welcoming.

In the FARMHOUSE BUILDING the wrought iron beds decorated with the original drapes blend prefectly with the terracotta floors and beamed ceilings, whilst the furnishings are original ‘800 Tuscan antiques.

Luxury and riches of Tuscany are certainly most evident in the VILLA: bathrooms in pink marble, precious tapestries, antique prints and engravings, along with typical beamed ceilings.

The rooms are available in different types, and all have an en-suite bathroom with:
whirlpool bath or shower
LCD satellite TV
minibar
hairdryer
outside telephone line
individually adjustable air conditioning and heating
electronic safe
customised line of courtesy cosmetics
Internet connection (Wi-Fi)

Accommodations available:

  • Single: 4
  • Double: 22
  • Suite: 4

Services:

  • TV Color
  • TV Sat
  • Safe-deposit box
  • Phone in room
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included

 

  • Car park
  • Pool
  • Internet
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Panoramic view
  • Terrace or garden
  • Elevator

Activities:

  • Wellness
  • Team Building
  • Food tasting
  • Weddings
  • Meeting Room
  • Sport activities

Theme:

  • Country relax
  • Romantic
Credit cards accepted: tutte

Rates

RELAIS DELLA ROVERE


ALL THE RATES ARE BREAKFAST INCLUDED

 

Make a gift to a friend in Chianti
Give or treat yourself a holiday at Relais Della Rovere!

Often due to a lack of time and ideas you end up doing the usual gifts. We have an alternative solution: Offer a stay at Relais Della Rovere

Flexible
You will not need to choose a date, the voucher is valid for the entire opening period of the Hotel. It will be the celebrated to contact us for availability and agree on his favourite dates.
Original
After years of ties, hats and gloves, this year you will have something really unique.
Always appreciated
Whoever is the celebrated, whether a couple or a single, your parents or young people, they surely will enjoy a holiday at our hotel in the heart of Tuscany, to break the rhythm of daily routine.
Easy
You do not need to spend entire afternoons between shops and crowded streets, waiting for the queues and stressed shop assistants. You only need to make a phone call...

ROVERE VOUCHERS:
Rovere SILVER
1 night in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
1 dinner for two people
€ 189,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50

Rovere  GOLD
2 nights in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
1 dinner for two people
€ 309,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50 per day

Rovere PLATINUM
3 nights in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
2 dinners for two people
€ 459,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50 per day

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1 - Choose what to give
Choose which proposal is best suited for your gift. Once you have decided send us a mail to order your voucher.
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As confirmation of your request you will receive a mail with all details to make the payment (by bank transfer or credit card). Proceed with the payment and notify us with the all information to personalize your voucher: sender, recipient, message.
3 - Print the voucher
In a short time you will receive your voucher per mail ready to be printed and given away.

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SPECIAL OFFERS

From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Week end 3 days 2 nights

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 cooking class-half day - with processing of local products, including lunch or dinner of cooked food
from € 230,00 per person

€ 460,00 per room/€ 230,00 per person – april/may/october 2017
€ 540,00 per room/€ 270,00 per person - june/july/august/september 2017

On request we can arrange full day cooking class with shopping at the central market and ending the visit to a local farm


City tax not included
From the 1st March to 31st October 2017 euro € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years)


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Week-end 3 days 2 nights,   horsebak riding into the Chiantishire

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 Guided tour by horse into the countryside itinerary of about 1 hour - including equipment
1 Tasting of typical tuscany products

from € 165,00 per person

€ 165,00 per person/ € 330,00 per room - april/may/october 2017

€ 210,00 per person/ € 420,00 per room - june/july/august/september 2017

Special offer family with children - children rate 3-12 years old in 3rd bed € 105,00

The package's rates can be changed during special and logn holidays

City taxes not  included: From the 1st March to 31st  October 2017 City tax € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years) 


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Articrafts of Chianti senese

Wine tasting at Fonterutoli castle and articratfs in Castellina in Chianti.

Week end 3 days 2 nights

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 Visit tour in Fonterutoli farm to discover wine cellars and wine tasting of 3 wines on Fonterutoli
1 Lunch at Osteria Fonterutoli with a light menu: appetizer, pasta and dessert, drinks included
Individual visit of Castellina in Chianti where you can find ceramics and pottery artworks ( possibility to discover interesting ateliers of real masters as Urbano Fontana, an expert pottery craftsman and Lucia Volentieri, highly capable with scultures and landscape artworks with ceramic)

from 170,00 per person

€ 170,00 per person/€ 340,00 per room - april/may/october 2017

€ 220,00 per person/€ 440,00 per room - june/july/august/september 2017
Special offer family with children - children rate 3-12 years old in 3rd bed € 80,00

The package's rates can be changed during special and ong holidays

City taxes not  included: From the 1st March to 31st  October 2017 City tax € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years) 


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
3 days 2 nights discovering '' the Crystal' of Colle val d'Elsa

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 Dinner for 2 people at Restaurant Il Cardinale (closed on Tuesday ) beverage not included
1 Entrance at the Crystal Museum in Colle Val d'Elsa, town that produced the 98% of the Italian production + Visit in a Crystal factory, where the glazier's teachers blows and engraves the crystal and the glass.
1 A Crystal present of the local production + 1 bottle of Chianti Classico

from €155,00 per person

€ 155,00 per person / € 310,00 per room
low season from 28/3 to 21/4 - from 2/5 to 19/5 - from 10/10 to 31/10/2017

€ 180,00 per person / € 360,00 per room
middle season from 22/4 to 1/5 - from 20/5 to 30/6 - from 26/9 to 9/10/2017

€ 199,00 per person / € 398,00 per room
high season from 25/3 to 27/3 - from 1/7 to 25/9/2017

Special offer family with children - children rate from 3 to 12 years in 3rd bed € 65,00 per room (dinner not included, at the restaurant men a lacarte)

The package's rate can be changed during special and long holiday

City taxes not  included: From the 1st March to 31st  October 2017 City tax € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years) 


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Art, Wine and Cheese travelling from Colle to S.Gimignano up to Casole d'Elsa and Volterra (wonderful medieval village). Week end 3 days 2 nights

Stay with excursions
Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 Wine Tasting at wine cellar in Siena's area
1 Visit at the Art Modern Gallery in Colle di Val d'Elsa with a wine tasting
1 Lunch-tasting and visit at the ancient cheese factory 'Pinzani' sheep breeding and production of pecorino

from € 150,00 per person

€ 150,00 per person/ € 300,00 per room - april/may/october 2017

€ 195,00 per persone/€ 390,00 per room - june/september 2017

Special offer family with children - children rate 3-12 years old in 3rd bed € 80,00 ( wine tasting not included)

 

 The package's rate can be changed during special and long holidays

City taxes not  included: From the 1st March to 31st  October 2017 City tax € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years) 




 


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017

Make a gift to a friend
Give or treat yourself a holiday at Relais Della Rovere!

Often due to a lack of time and ideas you end up doing the usual gifts. We have an alternative solution: Offer a stay at Relais Della Rovere

Flexible
You will not need to choose a date, the VOUCHER is valid for the entire opening period of the Hotel. It will be the celebrated to contact us for availability and agree on his favourite dates.
Original
After years of ties, hats and gloves, this year you will have something really unique.
Always appreciated
Whoever is the celebrated, whether a couple or a single, your parents or young people, they surely will enjoy a holiday at our hotel in the heart of Tuscany, to break the rhythm of daily routine.
Easy
You do not need to spend entire afternoons between shops and crowded streets, waiting for the queues and stressed shop assistants. You only need to make a phone call...

SILVER
1 night in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
1 dinner for two people
€ 189,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50

GOLD
2 nights in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
1 dinner for two people
€ 309,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50 per day

PLATINUM
3 nights in double Superior
a bottle of Chianti Wine
Buffet Breakfast
2 dinners for two people
€ 459,00
*upgrade in deluxe € 50 per day


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Week-end 3 days 2 nights

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink
1 Tour by the HOT AIR BALLOON included the Chianti breakfast ( breakfast on board and flight certificate )
The flights are define by the weather and the wind conditions, therefore the tour is always different, total duration about 3-4 hours from the departure, estimated 1 hour max after the sunrise, until the return
1 A Crystal present of the local production

from € 400,00 per person

Price € 400,00 per person/€ 800,00 per room - april/may/october 2017
Price € 445,00 per person/ € 890,00 per room - june/september 2017

The package's rate can be changed during special and long holidays


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From 6 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
Week end 3 days 2 nights
Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink

1° ITINERARY - Colle di Val d'Elsa - Gracciano d'Elsa - Strove - Abbadia Isola - Monteriggioni
Walking along the Via Francigena from Colle Val d'Elsa to Monteriggioni
Transfer by taxi from Monteriggioni to Relais della Rovere

2°ITINERARY - San Gimignano - Badia a Coneo - Quartaia - Gracciano d'Elsa - Colle di Val d'Elsa
Walking along the Via Francigena from San Gimignano to Colle di Val d'Elsa
Transfer by taxi from Relais della Rovere to San Gimignano

from € 148,00 per person

€ 296,00 per room/€ 148,00 per person – april/may/october 2017
€ 376,00 per room/€ 188,00 per person - june/july/august/september 2017

City tax not included
From the 1st March to 31st October 2017 euro € 2,00 per person per night (starting from 12 years)
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From 13 February 2017 to 28 February 2018
1889/5000
TOURS OF FULL DAY in the Terre di Siena

TOUR Volterra and San Gimignano: the pearls of Tuscany
Volterra was one of the most important Tuscan cities in each of its historical periods: one of the 12 "lucumonies" Etruscan in the fourth century BC, the cutting edge in the Roman era, a bishopric in the Middle Ages, and one of the earliest examples of municipal cities in the early the '200.
A city full of history and of enormous charm, now famous worldwide for its unique alabaster production and a destination for artists and art lovers thanks to its theatrical season in the period estivo.Rimarrete enchanted by its corners, narrow streets and typical restaurants!
San Gimignano, only 20 km from Volterra, Heritage and as such preserved in its purely medieval characteristics; its famous towers in the world soar high on the hill, making it unique in the world and creating a magic of traditional flavors. The Piazza della Cisterna, Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral itself with its naive frescos, the Fortress, the church of St. Augustine, are all places full of history and culture and often the scene of musical events of great importance.
Do not miss the decorated pottery and homemade ice cream!
- Prices on request -

TOUR Pienza, Montalcino and the Abbey of S. Antimo
The wonders of Pienza, the city of Pope Pius II - the first pope "humanist" - the architectural innnovazioni of a city nestled in a breathtaking landscape, the grandeur of the Fortress of Montalcino, home of the famous Brunello, with its narrow streets enchanted and Italian Fiaschetteria 1888, one of the Bar History of Italy, and the absolute mysticism of S. Antimo, one of the most fascinating and beautiful abbeys in Europe where even today you can listen to Gregorian chants.
A day dedicated to the history but also the soul.
- Prices on request -


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Relais della Rovere Location:
Via Piemonte, 10, Loc. La Badia
Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)

Sat Coordinates: Lat. 43.423412 - Lon.11.131657

Hotel Relais della Rovere is in Tuscany, at Colle Val d’Elsa, in an area from which guests have a suggestive view over the town.
Thanks to its strategic location between Siena and Florence it is the ideal base from which to visit the best sites and locations Tuscany has to offer.

From Rome

MOtorway A1 direction Florence.Go on untill Val di Chiana exit. Follow the indication to Siena (SGC Siena - Bettolle)
Arrived at Siena Exit, go on to Florence direction.
After about 18 Km take the Colle val d'Elsa Sud Exit and continue to the center of the town.
 
From Florence Certosa (Motorway A1)
Take the higway FI-SI
Exit Colle Val d'Elsa Nord

Distance from:
* Florence 35km
* Florence airport 45km
* Siena 18km
* S.Gimignano 11km
* Monteriggioni 6km
* Volterra 30km
* Montalcino 45km
* Pisa 80km
* Chianti Classico 10Km

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Relais della Rovere Colle di Val d’Elsa - Wedding in Chianti - Special locations for your wedding in chiantiRELAIS DELLA ROVERE - CHIANTI
The Relais della Rovere welcomes its guests to a refined and exclusive ambient in the charming Tuscany countryside at Colle Val D’Elsa, offering charm, warmth, and great attention to our Guests needs and requests.
The hotel consists of three buildings of different origins representing a true journey through time, starting from the year 1100 up to the mid-eighteenth century: a Benedictine monastery, a renaissance villa and a farmhouse.
The hotel’s great salons are to be found in both the monastery and the villa, connected by a bright passageway which faces onto the inner cloister of the building.
The hotel is in the midst of a secular park, rich in vegetation typical of the Tuscan maquis.
Hotel Relais della Rovere features a great outdoor travertine marble swimming pool, with sunbeds and umbrellas, an invitation to relax and enjoy your tuscany holiday.

Relais della Rovere Colle di Val d’Elsa - Wedding in Chianti - Special locations for your wedding in chiantiWedding Package:

- Relais includes exclusive n. 31 double / twin rooms (including suites and junior suites) with first-serving rich breakfast buffet, use of common areas: Fireplace Room, Oak Room, Reading Room and Bar, Cloister central park and pool, parking.

 

- Employees at guests' disposal. –

 

- The Wedding Banquet, lunches and dinners to be quoted on request c / o wine restaurant inside the Relais Cardinal.

Daily fee
Daily fee (min. 2 night):
euro 3.700,00 for night - april and october
euro 4.300,00 for night – may
euro 4.900,00 for night – june/july/august/september

On request special offer for weddings in autumn / winter.

Relais della Rovere Colle di Val d’Elsa - Wedding in Chianti - Special locations for your wedding in chianti

Trekking along the Via Francigena Week end 3 days 2 nights

Accommodation in a double Superior Room
Buffet breakfast included
1 Welcome drink

1° ITINERARY - Colle di Val d'Elsa - Gracciano d'Elsa - Strove - Abbadia Isola - Monteriggioni

Walking along the Via Francigena from Colle Val d'Elsa to Monteriggioni

Transfer by taxi from Monteriggioni to Relais della Rovere

2° ITINERARY - San Gimignano - Badia a Coneo - Quartaia - Gracciano d'Elsa - Colle di Val d'Elsa

Walking along the Via Francigena from San Gimignano to Colle di Val d'Elsa

Transfer by taxi from Relais della Rovere to San Gimignano

from € 148,00 per person € 296,00 per room/€ 148,00 per person – april/may/october 2017- € 376,00 per room/€ 188,00 per person - june/july/august/september 2017

Trekking via Francigena


TREKKING ALONG VIA FRANCIGENA : FROM SAN GIMIGNANO TO MONTERIGGIONI
It is one of the most beautiful legs of the Via Francigena, and after the first section of the path, you begin to walk up and down in the valley of the Foci river, near Molino d'Aiano.
A path leads upward to the Romanesque church of Santa Maria a Coneo. Then you cross the bridge over the Elsa to reach the Romanesque church of San Martino di Strove. Lastly, you reach the , before catching a sight of Monteriggioni, with its unmistakable ring of walls and towers that dominate the surrounding hills.

SIGHTS
San Gimignano - The area of Aiano-Torraccia Chiusi has been known since the beginning of the twentieth century. There is a Roman building that has recently come to light: it is a Roman villa of the wealthy aristocracy that was in use between the fourth and sixth centuries AD, and until the second half of the seventh century. AD The importance of the structure is proof of a strong and prestigious presence of Romans from late antiquity. It is also important for its position along the Foci river, an area long ago identified as the possible area identified by Sigeric in his journey from Rome to Canterbury (Sce Martin Fosse). Get there with the road from San Gimignano to Poggibonsi, just before the intersection with Colle Val d'Elsa, in the direction of Monti-Torraccia Chiusi; follow the dirt road and continue to walk to the archaeological area (about 2000 m.).


Poggibonsi - Its origins are ancient, and ruins have been found that can be traced back to late Roman times, as well as Lombard and Carolingian times. In early Middle Ages, the presence of Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Poggio Marturi led to the growth of the village of Marturi. In Poggibonsi, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Park and the Fortress of Poggio Imperiale, created and designed by Giuliano da Sangallo on a commission of Lorenzo de' Medici.

Colle Val d’Elsa - Dometaia Archeological Park - Etruscan traces along the Via Francigena
The necropolis of Dometaia has been the object of research and study since the late 19th century, when the Marquis Bonaventura Chigi Zondadari began digging in the area and found an important sepulchre from northern, inland Etruria and was used from the mid-6th century BC to the 1st century AD. After the creation of the park, some 40 tombs of varying nature were dug up: hypogeum tombs made of more orthogonal rooms with respect to the vestibule and a range of simple tombs, including different kinds of "trench graves" for normal people. The most important hypogeum family tombs of the area were important and considered prosperous because they were placed on fertile soil and in a prime position along major roads, this necropolis is located along an important ancient road, which likely coincided with the Via Francigena. The “Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli” Archeological Museum, located in the medieval Palazzo Pretorio, in the historic centre of Colle di Val d’Elsa, gathers material of Etruscan and Roman origin from the Valdelsa area, which was very populated in ancient times. The vase that we show here was decorated with the technique of the red figures and is a product of the workshop of Pittore di Milano, who worked in Volterra in the late 4th century BC. He was often commissioned to work during symposia; a fact that can be confirmed by the Dionysus-like motifs on the vase, which show an entourage of Satyrs and maenads. The object, which was found in the room of a tomb in the Dometaia necropolis, is one of the most noteworthy pieces in the ancient burial ground due to its excellent condition and the richness of its decorations. Together with other elements of the tomb and the materials used in the tombs, it is important to note how the Valdese area, and more specifically this zone of the area, was scattered with important transit roads, already in the Etruscan age. The roads were then re-paved and re-used in subsequent eras, and today they represent the "Sigeric" section of the Via Francigena.

Monteriggioni - Located about 4 km from Monteriggioni is the Abbey of San Salvatore all'Isola, founded in 1001 by Countess Ava, from the family of the Lords of Staggia. The monastery was built in Borgonuovo, along the route of the Via Francigena, and it soon became a place of hospitality for pilgrims and travelers. Today, the beautiful Romanesque church (mostly from the twelfth century) still stands, whose double-portal of the facade is probably a symbolic reference to the same scheme used in the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The local monastery is today a modern guest house for pilgrims, a documentation center and a museum of the Via Francigena. Along the route of the Via Francigena also stands the hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago. The presence of significant local religious figures, including the Blessed Agostino Novello, helped turn it into a place of pilgrimage.

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