Il Torrino Country Resort
takes place a strategic location for all those who wish to discover the numerous sides of Tuscany, from the famous artistic towns to the smallest villages surrounded by the countryside, rolling hills planted with vineyards and olive groves, linked together from scenic roads in the countryside. Nearby Il Torrino, the main art cities such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa are within an hour’s drive, but it is absolutely worth mentioning other places of interest easily accessible from our resort.
Just 20 km from Montaione and Il Torrino, you get to San Gimignano, a pearl of medieval architecture in the world renowned for the beauty of its towers and its Vernaccia, white wine that is exclusively produced in this Tuscan area. The history of San Gimignano dates from the centuries before 1000, although its greatest development had taken place in the first three centuries after the first millennium. As a strategic location and onroute of the ancient Via Francigena (click here to read more >>>), San Gimignano has been disputed over the centuries from Siena and Florence and artistic talents such as Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippo Lippi, Jacopo Oak and many others, have contributed to its beauty. From wherever you arrive, San Gimignano rises on a hill, 334 meters high, with its numerous towers. Even today there are thirteen. It is said that in the fourteenth century there were seventy, at least one for every wealthy family, so they could show, through the construction of a tower, their economic power (many are still visible in the body of the palaces though “scamozzate”). The tower was, in medieval times, the ultimate symbol of power, especially for the fact that the construction process was not easy or cheap.
In less than 20 km is located in Certaldo, a village of Etruscan-Roman and home of the famous Giovanni Boccaccio, the backbone of the history of Italian literature. Interesting art city overlooking a stretch of the Via Francigena, for its beauty got the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club. Due to its historical tradition and for its artistic beauty, Certaldo is a city to visit, tourist destination of great interest. Check out the story by clicking here >>>
On the slopes of Monte Albano and 35 km from Il Torrino, stands Vinci, the birthplace of the genius of our Tuscan land, Leonardo da Vinci, who was born in fact in Anchiano April 15, 1452. The original construction of the castle, which is still dominant in Vinci, dates back to the Middle Ages and is known in popular lore as “the castle of the ship” to the elongated shape and the tower that refer to the shape of a sailboat. Around the year one thousand, the village became a possession of the Counts Guidi, who dominated the fortunes until 12 August 1254 when it was subjected Vinci in Florence and transformed into the City. Located on the western border of the state, Vinci was disputed by the enemies of Florence and lived directly the turbulent events that plagued the political life of the capital. Do not miss the Museum of Leonardo and his children’s section! For info >>>
Colle Val d’Elsa is located 35 km from Montaione and the country is divided into the old town, called Colle Alta, and the new part, Colle Bassa. Always been the theater of war between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, only in 1500 is its size as the new diocese and with the economic boom of the iron and glass. The upper part is the oldest, the first settlement Colle, the destination of tourists on holiday in Tuscany, which can be accessed from Porta Nuova and Via della Rimembranza where there are parking places. The lower part, with the central Piazza Arnolfo is the site of productive activities. The industry of the crystal, a direct descendant of that of glass and iron, decreed the economic explosion Colligiana in the sixteenth century. Already in the nineteenth century was called the Bohemia of Italy Colle Val d’Elsa and today is known throughout the world as the City of Crystal, boasting 15% of the entire world production of glass, and over 95% of the Italian. Discover Colle by clicking here >>>
Located 20 km away, is 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 enjoys a convenient location in the heart of the valley of the Arno River. San Miniato assumed a leading role under the Emperor Frederick II, known as Barbarossa, becoming the first base of the imperial delegate in Tuscany (in the Middle Ages the city was called San Miniato al German actually means “German San Miniato”), to later become a bishopric. San Miniato was also the site of Roman and Etruscan settlement, as shown by excavations of the 3rd century BC necropolis of Fontevivo and of a Roman villa Antonini, whose relics are on display in the Civil Mueseum. All this has left a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage that is offered to visitors from around the nucleus of Prato Cathedral, a place of charm situated in an elevated position relative to the rest of the city. The square is lined with some of the oldest and most prestigious of the city, including the Town Hall, the Palace of the Bishops, the 14th century Palazzo dei Vicari and the Cathedral. For info >>>
Fine sand, cliffs, beach establishments: from the Versilia coast to the Maremma, the Tuscan coast will surprise you with unique landscapes.