CITIES OF ART
The barycentric position of Montaione will allow you to quickly reach the most important and evocative Tuscan cities of art like Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, places where you can breathe the scent of history, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance era.
In Florence the magic atmosphere of the past centuries comes alive in monuments, churches, marbles, frescoes and beautiful palaces. You can visit Piazza del Duomo with the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and its majestic Dome of Brunelleschi, the Battistero of San Giovanni and Giotto’s Bell Tower.
Palazzo della Signoria next to Galleria degli Uffizi, is one of the most important museums of the world and includes artworks of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many other great artists.
It is really interesting to walk on the suggestive Ponte Vecchio towards Palazzo Pitti with Giardino of Boboli, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the monumental complex of San Lorenzo , until you arrive to Piazzale Michelangelo, overlooking all the city of Florence with a wonderful panoramic view.
Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city built around the Piazza del Campo, It is is also a theatre for one of the most time-honoured, sporting events, not just in Italy, but in the world: Il Palio. The Palio is a competition that looks like an equestrian merry-go-round and its origins are medieval. The race is held twice a year, on July the second and on August the sixteenth (the Palio dell’Assunta) in honour of the Madonna Assunta.
Do not miss the characteristic tour of the city walls of Lucca, known precisely for having preserved the ancient walls intact. Inside, countless churches, including the Cathedral of San Martino, the Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano which together with many others have made it famous with the name of city of a hundred churches.