The city of Gambassi Terme is wonderfully picturesque, stretching out across the plains of the Val d’Elsa as far as the boundary with Siena, Italy. History lovers will be absolutely thrilled by the prospect of taking a holiday rental villa or apartment in Gambassi Terme, a wonderfully traditional, laidback town built of local stone and topped by iconic terracotta slates.
There are some wonderful spots in Gambassi Terme to sit, relax and watch the world drifting by in the sun. The beautiful gardens of the Palazzo Civico are home to a handful of the most important archaeological treasures unearthed in the region, most of which date back to the Roman or Etruscan eras. The spa centre, whose waters emanate from the Sorgente dell’Acqua Salsa springs, is a sublime place to get pampered or soak in the therapeutic thermal waters that have been attracting visitors for many centuries.
The countryside that surrounds Gambassi Terme is indescribably beautiful. Northern Italy is known throughout for its stunning landscapes, but the region that surrounds Gambassi Terme truly is unforgettable. As a result, the lush, undulating hills are an absolute favourite with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Rides and walks through the olive groves and vineyards are especially peaceful, and there are so many hidden treasures to discover as soon as you leave the beaten track. Wildlife is rife in the region, with plentiful creatures to see, especially the bird life.
The classical chamber music festival in June, the ‘Classica’, is a huge attraction to Gambassi Terme holiday homes, attracting some of the finest classical musicians in Europe. The huge Mostra Mercato antique fair in the last week of August is also hugely popular, and throughout the summer months, the shaded squares and ancient halls of Gambassi Terme are filled with theatrical and musical performances for your enjoyment.
The famous Italian art cities of Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa are all within 70km of a self catering Gambassi Terme property. There are an incredible amount of history and culture to be discovered in these cities, including many of the world’s most important, impressive and inspiring artistic masterpieces. Although crowds can descend on the larger cities during the summer months, there is so much to see and do that you can never run out of activities of sites to enjoy from a Gambassi Terme villa.
The climate of Gambassi Terme is stunningly mild. Even during the height of summer, conditions remain cool enough to walk, ride and cycle through the unspoilt countryside without getting too hot, and in the winter, the mild conditions means that you can spend wonderful sightseeing trips to all the major cities in the area without having to compete with any crowds, or even any other tourists at all.
A holiday rental villa in Gambassi Terme is wonderfully accessible from the UK. Although a hire car is a great option to have, allowing you to explore the Val d’Elsa and further afield with ease, it is not completely necessary as communication networks linking Gambassi Terme to Florence Airport (FLR) are very good. Flights arrive into Florence from London Gatwick (LGW), provided by Meridiana Airlines.