Val d’Elsa is a commune in Siena Province, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The main town, Colle Val d’Elsa is famed for its beautifully strategic position, medieval centre and production of luxury crystal glassware and art. With a history dating back to the 4th Century BC, the area is adorned with beautiful reminders of eras past. With its strategic position between Siena, Florence and Volterra, Val d’Elsa holiday rentals have become a firm favorite with holiday makers looking for stunning scenery, a relaxing atmosphere and a wealth of cultural and artistic treasures.
The Val d’Elsa, which takes its name from the River Elsa, is a gentle, rural territory with grove covered hills and wooded plains, dotted with medieval villages and towns, each adding to the numerous attractions and delightful atmosphere. Holidays to the Val d’Elsa invigorate the senses, offering stunning scenery, the soft aromas of olive groves and vineyards, and the delightful food, served beautifully by the age old family restaurants found across the Val d’Elsa. For this reason, taking self catering holiday accommodation and travelling slowly through the region of foot or by bicycle has become a very popular way to discover this beautiful area of Siena, Italy, and there are many routes to fill any cycling or walking holiday to the Val d’Elsa.
The old medieval part of Colle Val d’Elsa, the ‘colle alta’, which stands proudly at the highest part of the town, has a magnificently well preserved medieval structure, with many buildings and points of interest to soak in, as soon as you leave the front door of your holiday villa in Val d’Elsa, Siena. The centre of town is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral of Barberino Val d’Elsa, from which breath taking views of the Val d’Elsa spread in every direction. Around the ‘colle alta’ lie the immense walls and fortifications which served the city well during its long, violent history. Considered a turning point in fortified architecture, the Volterra Gates is an un-missable attraction when staying in holiday accommodation in Val d’Elsa.
The Abbadia Golf Club in Colle di Val d’Elsa provides the ideal place to enjoy a round whilst staying in Val d’Elsa accommodation. From a holiday letting, the golf course is available to all, as are the driving range, putting green, pitching green and 6 hole course to blow away the cob-webs before tackling the full course.
The town of Colle Val d’Elsa, as well as being an extremely attractive fortified hilltop town, also houses two important provincial museums, the Museum of Civic and Religious Art and the Archaeological Museum.
The small towns and villages of Val d’Elsa are diverse. Despite similar histories and locations, taking a Val d’Elsa holiday villa in one village will give you a very different holiday experience than a Val d’Elsa holiday villa in another. Sant Appiano, for example, has heavy Etruscan-Roman influences and a stunning Romanesque Church, whilst Tignano, a few miles further down the Val d’Elsa is a stunningly preserved walled town. The array of beautiful yet diverse villages are what makes taking an apartment or villa in Val d’Elsa such a huge treat, and give the region such an undeniably intriguing atmosphere, which keeps visitors returning to their holiday homes in Val d’Elsa over and over again.
Summers are warm, but not scorching, making walking holidays based out of Val d’Elsa holiday villas such a great option. During July and August, average temperatures are an extremely pleasant 22°C.
A holiday rental in Val d’Elsa is easy to get to from the UK. Located between Pisa (PSA) and Siena (SAY) Airports, Val d’Elsa villa rentals are well placed to take advantage of the number of direct, cheap flights from many of the airports in the UK.