Located in the tuscan hills of the province of Pisa and next to the Santa Luce village, Agriturismo dei Setteventi is the ideal starting point to discover the main art cities of Tuscany.
In few kilometers, our guests can easily reach historic and famous cities such as Pisa, Firenze, Siena, Lucca and discover their secrets, their beauties and learn more about the history of Tuscany.
Pisa was an ancient Roman harbour and a great Maritime Republic. Nowadays the territory of Pisa does not extend any more up to the sea, but you may still live its past in its monuments, rich in art and history.
Its narrow lanes flow into charming squares with colourful markets, noble lungarni with wonderful and aristocrat palaces, the glamorous Piazza dei Cavalieri and Piazza dei Miracoli – a complex that is one of the most famous in the world with the Duomo, the Camposanto (the monumental cemetery) and the legendary Leaning Tower, the symbol of the town.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the belfry of the Duomo. Its construction started in August 1173 and has been going on for about 200 years, keeping the primary project whose author is not known for sure.
During the past, it was believed that the leaning of the tower was made with intention but nowadays we know that it is not so.
The Tower was projected "standing up", then during its construction, it started leaning. And since 1173, the Tower has always been cared with a special attention for its beauty and its leaning. During its construction, special building schemes tried to contrast the leaning. Afterwards, many columns and other damaged parts were replaced; finally, nowadays the leaning has been faced acting through the soil to grant the Tower a long life.
In this long history of the Tower, there is a motif: the "genetic code" of the Tower: that is its continuous interaction with the soil where it is based.
Pisa, has not only a great amount of art treasures, but it is also a town with ancient cultural traditions. It is the home of Galileo, there is one of the most ancient and famous University in the world and moreover, in Pisa there are numerous exhibitions and events of outstanding value such as the Season of Music, the Luminara of San Ranieri and the great Historical Regatta.
Florence stands in a pleasant valley surrounded by hills and crossed by the river Arno. This city is rich in monuments, historical buildings, galleries and museums, expressing all its magnificence of its ancient civilization.
Its world famous promenade along its monuments up to the wonderful Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is lined with characteristic goldsmith's shops.
Many are the monuments and the masterpieces to visit, such as Giotto's Tower begun by Giotto in 1334, the Pitti Palace begun from an original design by Brunelleschi in the second half of 1400, the courtyard of Ammannati, Buonarroti house which has some paintings of Michelangelo, Forte di Belvedere that dates from the end of 1500. The Uffizi Palace begun by Vasari in 1560, Loggia della Signoria begun in1376 from an original design by Arcagno and Palazzo Vecchio built between 1293 and 1314.
Siena always attracts many tourists for its wonderful monuments and its numerous masterpieces to visit in its museums. Some great artists were born in Siena and among them it is to remind Duccio di Boninsegna and Nicola Pisano, who worked on the greatest masterpiece in Siena: the Duomo.
In narrow and winding lanes, in museums and in the quarter oratorios you may hear Palio propitiatory chants that recall the ancient customs and modern allegories. In the evening, on the other side, the patter of soles on the desert paving contrasts to the peace of the green valleys surrounded by the walls by its ancient administrators, for centuries till today.
In the town you may admire many masterpieces such as the Duomo, set in the Campo, Siena's red-bricked main square and the wonderful landscape of Facciatone, the hall of Pellegrinaio in Santa Maria della Scala, the Piccolomini library, the prestigious Accademy Chigiana and the wide rooms in Fortezza Medicea, that hides the rarest wines in Siena, in Tuscany and in the peninsula.