Deep in the hills of the Chianti region of Tuscany is the hilltop town of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Inhabited since the 7th century BC, San Casciano Val di Pesa has an ancient feel, with buildings and monuments of many styles mixing perfectly throughout the village in amazing harmony. Holiday rental accommodation in San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a fantastic option for those who wish to sample true Tuscan life in the peace of the stunning Chianti landscape, yet with all the major attractions of Tuscany at your disposal.
There are some excellent historical attractions in the area worth visiting. Sections of the 14th century defensive walls which once protected San Casciano in Val di Pesa can still be seen, and there are some wonderful works of art adorning the interior of the Collegiata, the Church of the Miserocordia and the Compagnia del Suffragio which are certainly worth investigating if you have any interest in art. The huge 14th century castle, the Castello di Bibbione dominates the landscape, and can be seen from almost anywhere in the village. The Sacred Arts Museum is located in the Church of Santa Maria del Gesu, displaying many important works.
Walking the streets of San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a delight. The wide boulevards are filled with delightful little boutiques, sunny pavement cafes and restaurants pouring mouth watering smells into the air. Sitting in the sun outside a café and watching the world go by is a timeless delight in San Casciano Val di Pesa, with beautiful terracotta villas and ancient stone defences providing a backdrop that even seasoned travellers will be affected by.
The Pesa Valley is a great place to walk too. The blossoming groves and colourful meadows of the Pesa Valley make it a great place to walk, and if you get up onto any of the ridge ways which dissect the area, you can discover some magnificent viewpoints over the Tuscan countryside.
The highly popular Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena are both within easy reach of any self catering holiday property in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. The birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence is a magnificent place to visit, and one you should really see at least once during your lifetime. The famous city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the amazing concentration of important works, and although it really is an amazing place to visit, being able to escape the crowds in the evenings is a true delight.
Summers in San Casciano in Val di Pesa are blissfully warm, with temperatures averaging around 30°C. In the winter months, temperatures average 8°C during January and February, with daily conditions often perfect for sightseeing or walking through the vineyards of the Tuscan countryside.
A holiday rental villa in San Casciano Val di Pesa is just 16km from Florence International Airport (FLR). Luckily for those of us visiting from the UK, Meridiana Airlines run a service from London Gatwick (LGW) straight to Florence. There are many transfer options, with car hire companies, bus services and pre-paid taxis.