Around Santa Maria a Pigli

Located just 6 km far from Arezzo, 20 km from Cortona, 65 km from Siena and 70 km from Florence, Santa Maria a Pigli is in the middle of an area steeped in history, arts, culture, traditions and great food and wine, appreciated and known worldwide.


Crossed by the Arno river and surrounded by hills of olive groves and vineyards, Florence is undoubtedly the most famous and attractive town in Tuscany.
Founded by the Romans in the first century BC, in the fifteenth century it came under the rule of the Medici family, a time when Florence experienced its greatest splendor. Since then the most famous artists like Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, have left with their works unforgettable track that we can still see through their paintings, sculptures and impressive works of art such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and still others. The most famous museums in Florence are: the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, the Medici Chapel, the National Museum of the Bargello.

Florence in Wikipedia


Take the Time to Discover Arezzo, The unassuming city of Arezzo will amaze you with the number of famous artists, architects and cultures that have passed and left their mark. Yet, at the same time it is this very lack of flamboyance which makes it one of the more endearing cities in Tuscany.
Definitely a city that has much to boast of with its Medici Fortress, Roman Amphitheater, Etruscan origins and cultural contribution in the way of artists, poets and artisans – however, after touring much of Tuscany and seeing all the “Must See sites” it is truly a relaxing change of pace to stop in a city that doesn’t assault you with long lines, groups of tourists and fixed menus but rather gently invites you to stroll the streets and admire what many would call a true open air museum.
Without buying one ticket, you can roam the streets of this town and feel yourself slipping into another time….slowly and easily, just one step at a time.

from Take the Time to Discover Arezzo by Donna Scharnagl


Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana, or Chiana Valley, in the province of Arezzo in southern Tuscany. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. The heart of Cortona is Piazza della Repubblica, with the Palazzo Comunale or town hall building overlooking the square.
The city is small but offers many interesting places to visit, among these the Diocesan Museum (where you can admire a beautiful panel painting of the Annunciation by Beato Angelico) and the MAEC (The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona), where it is possible to see many artifacts found in the Etruscan archeological sites in the area. You can also request additional information about the Archeological Park at the museum.

from Cortona: under the Tuscan Sun


Siena is one of the most popular and visited places in Tuscany, a place extremely rich in history and art and with strong local traditions tied to its 17 districts (called “contrade”) and to the famous Palio di Siena, the biggest annual event that takes place twice each summer in the city.
A day in Siena is certainly not enough to experience the city in all of its many sides, nor to visit all of its treasures. In a day, however, with a bit of organization, you’ll certainly be able to see the main attractions of Siena and to appreciate the charm and atmosphere of this lovely medieval town, probably leaving with the desire to return as soon as possible. If you have the time in Tuscany, do return for a second day! What to see in Siena in less than 24 hours? If you visit Siena for the first time, I definitely recommend you to go straight into the heart of the city, to the beautiful Piazza del Campo, one of the landmarks of the city. You can decide to start your day in Siena right here or instead head towards the Duomo, returning to Piazza del Campo later. The main attractions of the city are located between Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral, so you’ll likely spend most of your time here anyway!

from One Day in Siena