Villas in the Valdelsa

Villas in the Valdelsa

The Elsa valley is one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany. Once a crucial part of the "Via Francigena" (The Frankish Route) that linked Rome to Northern Europe by pilgrimage and trade, the valley's fortunes rose in the 8th century, when the Lombards (think Charlemagne) realised that the Elsa valley is protected by a range of hills from the mediterranean coast, which at that time was still controlled by the Byzantine navy operating from Constantinople. Because of this protection the valley became a thoroughfare of trade and pilgrimage that made the fortunes of cities like Siena, and many of the other smaller towns on this route.

Read our guide to the Val d'Elsa

Guide to the Val d'Elsa

The Valley
Historical Notes
Local Events
Things to Do
Towns and Sites
Food and Wine
Market Days

The Valley

If the geography of this valley was shaped by a tributary of the Arno, the Elsa River, which flows through the provinces of Siena, Poggibonsi, Florence and Empoli, its generous character was also influenced by the ancient Via Francigena, the pilgrims’ route from France to Rome. The wide gently-rolling landscape became a crossroads of human and commer...

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