Siena "Piazza del Campo"
Pisa "Torre Pendente"
Siena, 25 km from Le Scopaie. Coming from Florence, if you drive on the four lane road to Siena, you will enjoy a very pleasant landscape, green olive trees, vineyards and cypresses. This is been made possible by the “Ruling of the Nine”, which, established in 1277 remained in office for nearly sixty years. To this government and strict regulations, we owe the monumental splendour of Siena, with it’s most precious jewel the Piazza del Campo. Its unique shape, the beautiful buildings surrounding it, and the events it hosts, make it one of the finest and interesting squares in the world. Here the Palio, the most renowned and exciting Festival in the city of Siena, is held twice a year since 1260 after the victorious battle of Montaperti.
S. Gimignano, has been declared World Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, is about 30 km. from us. The town is located on a picturesque hill and stands out on the horizon with it’s towers from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The People's Palace, built in the fourteenth century, hosts the Civic Museum, and the Collegiate, the largest church in San Gimignano, that contains some frescoes by il Ghirlandaio, one of the most important Renaissance painters.
From whatever direction you arrive, you will see San Gimignano standing on a hill 334 meters high, with its numerous towers. Even today there are thirteen standing towers. It is said that in the fourteenth century there were seventy-two, at least one for every wealthy family, so that they could show, through the construction of a tower, their economic power (many are still visible in the body of the buildings although "scamozzate", broken ). The territory of San Gimignano has been inhabited since prehistoric times. However, from the Etruscan period that remnants of permanent archaic settlements became more important., for example, the sacred area of Pugiano, located in the unspoilt valley of the river Riguardi, dates back to this period.
Firenze Ponte Vecchio
Pisa piazza dei Miracoli
Colle Val D'Elsa
Monteriggioni, 15 km. To this very day the image of the castle, for travelers who journey on the Florence – Siena road, is very impressive, since it suddenly appears at the top of the hill, bold and dominant, a sentry in defense of the ancient Republic of Siena. Even more imposing and majestic must have appeared to Dante Alighieri, who saw it during a battle while on one of his trips.
Monteriggioni for its beauty and location has a natural vocation for tourism, every year is visited by 70,000 tourists, and if we can say that the first tourist was the illustrious Dante Alighieri himself, among those who visited Monteriggioni recently we remember Tony Blair and Ted Kennedy.
Volterra, an hour's drive from Scopaie. Volterra, is a "magical and mysterious" city has its roots in three thousand years of history. In this town is possible to find traces and evidence of all periods that have helped to make it unique. From the Etruscan period are the walls, the imposing Porta all'Arco, the necropolis of Marmini and numerous archeological remains preserved in the Etruscan Museum. There you can admire Guarnacci's painting, from “the Shadow of the Evening”, with its unique profile, or the cinerary urns, and finely crafted jewelry. The Theatre of Vallebona, from the Augustan age, testifies the importance of Volterra under the Roman domination.
S. Galgano, about 15 kilometers towards Follonica, is a fascinating medieval Abbey, remained roofless, standing next to the Church dedicated to St. Galgano where is kept the "Sword in the Stone" that belonged to the Saint before his conversion.
Historically and architecturally is one of the most important religious buildings in the Siena area, making it one of the most prominent of the Gothic-Cistercian style in Italy.
Casole D' Elsa
Horse racing in Casole D' Elsa