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Surroundings

Situated in a panoramic position,

Pornanino can be located at ten minutes drive from the famous Chianti medieval town of Radda. Radda is a splendid hill-top town with cobbled streets and a good choice of restaurants and bars. In the summer months there is often street evening entertainment such as dancing and craft fairs. Nearby, one can visit Castellina, Gaiole and many other places of interest like:

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Radda in Chianti

Radda traces it origins to settlements to 2000 BC where archeological digs testify to a history of transitory inhabitants. In the mid 1200’s Radda was established as the headquarters of the Lega di Chianti, long before they commercialized in wine...The actual name Radda in Chianti is from 1911 in an effort to give an elevated value to the wine in production in the area.
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Siena

In this city, everything has remained unchanged for centuries. There, one breathes an ‘atmosphere’ that cannot be found elsewhere, because its people truly maintain the traditions of their ancestors. The tradition of the 'Palio' is celebrated and renewed each year with the same renowned power and enthusiasm.

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Firenze

From its physical beauty to its unique spirit, Florence offers something magical to each and every visitor. Whether exploring the city's narrow alleyways and backstreets, visiting famed museums such as the Uffizi or Accademia, every minute of your Florentine experience is sure to be wondrous.
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San Giminiano

San Gimignano, with its distinctive skyline, stands like a medieval mirage on its hilltop. Famous all over the world for its walls built in the 13th century and 12 surviving towers, rich in history, ancient traditions, delightful wine and food. Being once a stop for pilgrims en route to Rome is now a popular tourist destination.

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Pisa

Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is home to many of the city's most beautiful attractions. The baptistery shares the piazza with the imposing Camposanto (sacred burial ground), the marble-covered cathedral, a masterpiece of Pisan Romanesque architecture built in the early 1600s and the famous Leaning Tower.
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Lucca

The Roman origins are still visible today, such as the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Romano, where building construction in the Middle Ages closely followed the oval shape of the former Roman Ampitheater. The town also holds special rank in the history of opera, as the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, and because of popular opera events throughout the season.

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Arezzo

Arezzo has a vocation as a leading tourist attraction. The last walls, built in the 16th century, effectively curbed urban expansion until modern times. This is indeed the key to historical Arezzo identity: a sum total of very different parts – medieval Arezzo, the town of the grand-dukes, the town under Medici and Lorraine rule.
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Pienza

It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace. This new vision of urban space was realized in the superb Piazza Pio II and the buildings around it: the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the cathedral of the Renaissance.

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Cortona

Cortona is one of the oldest Cities in Italy, it was founded by the Umbrians almost 3000 years ago. It sits implacably on a green mountainside above terraced olive groves, stony yet inviting. It's a steep medieval city where cut-stone staircases take the place of many streets, and views over the wide Chiana Valley stretch south to Umbria's Lake Trasimeno.
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Volterra

Volterra is one of the most ancient of all Etruscan communities, and still abounds in Etruscan artefacts. Thanks both to its impregnable position, and its alabaster mines, the Etruscan settlement of Velathri survived through the Roman era and beyond. its walls and houses slipping away to the west over the Balze cliffs, which form a dramatic prospect.

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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni stands on top of a low hill whose slopes are dotted with olive trees and vines. The castle was founded in the second decade of the 13th century. For centuries the site carried out this function for which it was created, resisting countless sieges and attacks, one after the other.
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Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland south of Siena. The landscape's distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes.

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Terme di Saturnia

The famous thermal springs make this a must-see. Saturnia's thermal baths are the bubbling waters seeping through the Earth's crust in an area stretching from Mount Amiata to the hills of Albenga and Fiora and reaching Roselle and Talamone. The waters are rich in mineral deposits, especially sulphur which gives it a slightly "eggy" smell.
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San Galgano

The building made up of the Hermitage (also called Montesiepi’s Round) and of the ruins of the big St. Galgano’s Cistercian Abbey, is one of the most enchanting views in Tuscany. In Montesiepi’s Round you can find St. Galgano’s Sword in the stone.