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The historic town of Casole d'Elsa has breathtaking views of the rolling hills the Siena countryside has to offer. Surrounded by the fortress walls which are rich in history, Casole d'Elsa is a place where you can immerse yourself in culture, art, landscapes and nature.

Casole d'Elsa was once fought over between nearby Volterra and Siena. Due to this tumultuous past the town built two towers and a castle which date back to the 15th century, the castle is now home to the town government. 

Due to its hilltop position on a clear day you can see as far as the Apennines on the borders of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, to the north east you can see the hills of Chianti and to the east you can see the hills of Montagnola behind which is Siena. When it comes to visiting the surrounding area, head off by car and visit San Gimignano and Volterra, only 30 minutes away. 


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Wine Tasting

Tuscany's iconic landscape of lush green hills dotted with expansive vineyards offers the perfect opportunity to sample its best-known wines. Perhaps the most famous export is the red Chianti Classico. Produced in the region of the same name, the area is generally considered to include the provinces of Florence, Arezzo, Pisa, Siena and all in-between. With an abundance of wineries open for tours and tasting, visitors can explore where the grapes are grown, learn the methods of production and see the impressive cellars that contain the finishing product. 

For those visiting the region on the second weekend in September, the annual Chianti Classico wine tasting festival takes place in Greve. Here, you buy a glass with a ticket that will allow you to try various wines at the stalls set up around the piazza, as well as tasty foods of the region.

Other popular varieties to try when exploring Tuscany include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the red Nobile di Montepulciano.

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The famous cathedral in Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria, was originally designed and completed between 1215 - 1263. Filled with works by Michelangelo, Pisano, Donatello and Pinturicchio this beautiful building is as impressive from the inside as from its exterior. Constructed from white and greenish- black marble (the colours of Siena), the Cathedral is set in the form of a Latin cross complete with dome and bell tower, and sits in its own piazza just above Piazza del Campo. 

The magnificent 56 marble mosaic tiles that cover the entire floor of the Duomo were completed by around 40 artists between the 14th - 16th century. Protected for most of the year under cover bar a small area, the floor is revealed in its entirety for 6-10 weeks a year usually during the month of September. Other highlights include Bernini's gilded ceiling, the Piccolomini Library and crypt.  


Opening hours: 1st March to 2nd November 10:30am - 7pm,  3rd November to 28th February 10:30am - 5:30pm.

Prices: €4.00 includes entrance to the Cathedral and Piccolomini's Library.

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