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San Gimignano Resort – Il Torrino Country House luxury resort with swimming pool near San Gimignano

Villa San Gimignano with private pool -Il Torrino Country House Luxury villa in San Gimignano with private pool

The Torrino Luxury Resort is located in a strategic position for all those who have the desire to discover the thousand different faces of Tuscany, from the famous cities of art to the smallest villages immersed in the countryside, between gentle slopes cultivated with vineyards to olive groves, linked by suggestive green roads.

In the surroundings of the Torrino, the main Tuscan cities of art such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa can be reached in an hour by car, but other places of tourist interest, close to our resort, need to be mentioned.

Villa San Gimignano with private pool


San Gimignano

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Il Torrino is the main luxury Resort with a hydromassage pool in San Gimignano. Pearl of medieval architecture only 20 km away from the Resort, famous all over the world. San Gimignano is unique for the beauty of its towers and medieval buildings. While visiting the town, you will feel like going back through the centuries, between horses and riders, ladies and princesses, a small corner of history that has remained unchanged over time.

Equally important is the possibility of purchasing the Vernaccia, a white wine produced exclusively in this area of Tuscany, extremely good and refined. Our luxury Resort with exclusive swimming pool is the best opportunity to visit a unique pearl of the world historical panorama such as San Gimignano. The history of San Gimignano dates back to the centuries before the year 1000, although its greatest development occurred in the first three centuries after the first millennium. Strategically located and on the route of the Ancient Via Francigena (click here to read more >>>).

Over the centuries San Gimignano has been disputed by Siena and Florence and talents such as Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippo Lippi, Jacopo della Quercia and many others contributed to its artistic heritage. Wherever you come from, San Gimignano stands out on the hill, 334 meters high, with its numerous towers. Even today there are still thirteen.

It is said that in the fourteenth century there were seventy-two towers, at least one for each wealthy family, which, through the construction of the tower, could show their own economic power (many of them are still visible in the body of  buildings although, as we say they are”scamozzate”). The tower was, in medieval times, the maximum symbol of power; above all because the construction process was certainly not simple or cheap.

Volterra

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At 30 km, there is the ancient and unmissable village of Volterra, with ancient Etruscan roots and part of the ancient Etruscan confederation called dodecapoli. The town, famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, still retains its walls and a Roman theater with suggestive structures and columns.

Worth noting in the surrounding area is the Teatro del Silenzio, a natural amphitheater in the splendid setting of the hills of Lajatico (PI), a real landscape jewel of the Volterra hinterland.

Artistic and cultural, theatrical and opera concerts are held inside the park; all supervised by the honorary president of the Teatro del Silenzio, Andrea Bocelli.. All the info here >> Discover the calendar of events in Volterra by clicking here >>

Certaldo

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Less than 20 km away stands Certaldo, a village of Etruscan-Roman origin and home of the famous Giovanni Boccaccio, backbone of Italian literature. Interesting city of art overlooking a stretch of the Via Francigena; for its beauty it has been awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.

For its historical tradition and for its artistic beauty, Certaldo represents a tourist destination of sure interest. Discover the history by clicking here >>>

Vinci

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On the slopes of Monte Albano and 35 km from Torrino, stands Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, who indeed was born in Anchiano April 15,1452. The primitive construction of the castle, still dominant in Vinci, dates back to the early Middle Ages and is known in popular tradition as the “ship’s castle” for its elongated shape and the tower that refer to the shape of a sailing boat.

Around the year 1000 the village was owned by the Counts Guidi, who dominated its fortunes until August 12, 1254, when Vinci was subdued in Florence and transformed into a municipality. Located on the western border of the state, Vinci was subject of contention by enemies of Florence and it directly experienced the turbulent events of the tormented political life of the capital.

Do not miss the Leonardian Museum and its section for children. For info >>>

Colle Val d’Elsa

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Colle Val d’Elsa is located 35 km from Montaione. The town is divided into the old village: called Colle Alta, and the new part: Colle Bassa. Always theater of wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the town become new diocese only in 1500 and reached the economic independence thanks to the explosion of iron and glass industries.

The upper part is the oldest, it is the first residential area of the hills, a destination for tourists on holiday in Tuscany. It can be accessed from Porta Nuova and via della Rimembranza where there are parking spaces. The lower part, with the central Piazza Arnolfo is the site of production activities. The crystal industry, a direct descendant of the glass and iron industry, decreed the economic explosion of the area in the sixteenth century.

Already in the nineteenth century the area was defined as the Bohemia of Italy and today Colle Val d’Elsa is known worldwide as the City of the Crystal, boasting 15% of all the world crystal production and over 95% of the Italian one. Discover Colle by clicking here >>>

San Miniato

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20 km away stands San Miniato, with its dominant fortress. San Miniato is located along the Via Francigena, which in the Middle Ages connected northern Europe to Rome. The city is located in the heart of the Arno river valley. San Miniato played a leading role under Emperor Frederick II, known as Barbarossa. In this period the city became the first base of the imperial delegate in Tuscany (in the Middle Ages the city was actually called San Miniato al Tedesco meaning “German San Miniato”), later it became the episcopal see.

San Miniato was also the place of Roman and Etruscan settlement, as evidenced by the excavations of the 3rd century BC, the necropolis of Fontevivo and a Roman villa by Antonini, whose finds are partially exhibited in the Civic Museum. All this has left a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage that is offered to visitors, starting from the nucleus around Prato del Duomo, a charming square located in a raised position on the city.

The square is surrounded by some of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in the city, including the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo dei Vescovi, the 14th century Palazzo dei Vicari and the Cathedral. For info >>>

... and 50 km from here. … The sea

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Fine sand, cliffs, bathing establishments and uncontaminated areas: from Versilia to Maremma the Tuscan coast will surprise you with landscapes of rare beauty.

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