Famous for Vernaccia wine and her two towers, San Gimignano rises from the hills above the Val d’Elsa. The village centre is an authentic jewel of the area’s artistic heritage, where the charm of an past era is perfectly preserved. Of special interest is the beautiful collegiate church of Saint Maria Assunta built in the twelfth century. Within its walls you will find thirteenth century Senese frescos that retell the story of the Old Testament, and works by Barna da Siena, Bartolo di Fredi and Taddeo di Bartolo, together with fourteenth century Florentine frescos. The Church of Saint Augustine (La Chiesa di S. Agostino) contains frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli and the Coronation of the Virgin by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Also of note is the Palazzo del Podestà which contains a fresco by the Sienese painter Sodoma. The Piazza della Cisterna with its famous artesian well at the centre, is particularly attractive.
Volterra is situated in the heart of Tuscany, approximately 40 km from the coast. Castled on the summit of a range of hills 545 meters above sea-level, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the Cecina and Era valleys. Volterra overlooks, in complete isolation, a vast territory rich in artistic, historical and environmental resources.