San Casciano in Val di Pesa is a hidden treasure in the surroundings of Greve in Chianti
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is an ancient village rich in history, which we recommend for a Sunday visit.
The town gets its name because the Pesa, a 53 km long Tuscan stream, goes through it. The Pesa is a left tributary of the river Arno, which crosses the Provinces of Siena and Florence.
Why visit San Casciano?
Our beautiful Tuscany, and the Greve in Chianti area in particular, is full of wonders just waiting to be discovered, including small places where you can relax surrounded by nature, good food and good wine. If you are visiting us, you just cannot miss San Casciano in Val di Pesa, also called San Casciano Val di Pesa or even just San Casciano.
San Casciano in Val di Pesa is not just a small village surrounded by nature, but a place which is rich in history. After all, this is Tuscany: and great treasures are hidden here. Let’s discover it together.
Exploring San Casciano
Let’s explore the small village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa together. Dating back to 1241, it was a large landed estate of Florentine bishops at the time. San Casciano in Val di Pesa is an ancient village about 23 km from Florence. To date, its population is a little over 17 thousand and legend has it that the first steam train (called the “Chianti Trenino” – the small Chianti Train) left from here.
There are various small wonders to admire in the small village of San Casciano. It seems that one of the milestones of an important Ancient Roman street was laid here, most probably connecting Florence and Siena.
Machiavelli in San Casciano
One of the places to visit in the village of San Casciano is the House of Niccolò Machiavelli, better known as the Albergaccio (“The Bad Hotel”). This is where the writer took shelter after he was exiled from Florence in 1512, when the Medici returned.
The Albergaccio was an abode belonging to Machiavelli and it’s where he spent his days. Nowadays you can visit it, and even cross the secret passage which leads to the inn where the writer used to relax.
The parish churches of San Casciano
Parish churches were churches with baptisteries (“le Pievi”) and were considered religious, territorial and civil precincts on which other churches depended.
They were not simply places of worship. As a matter of fact, they often hosted markets on their parvises or in some cases they were hospital annexes.
Four “pievi” are present in the San Casciano territory: the San Pancrazio Pieve, the Santo Stefano a Campoli Pieve, Santa Cecilia a Decimo Pieve and the San Giovanni a Sugana Pieve.
Archaeological Sites in San Casciano
The Archer’s Tomb
Dating back to the VII century B.C.E., the Archer’s Tomb is an Etruscan chamber tomb which was discovered in 1978 during farming work. It is 5 metres squared and its name comes from the very lightly engraved slab placed on top. The only remaining part of the slab is the lower section, which is now kept at the Museum of Religious Art in S. Casciano.
Military Architecture and other sites to visit in San Casciano
San Casciano boasts several castles: the Bibbione castles, Gabbiano Castle, Pergolato Castle, Montefiridolfi Castle and the Palagio Castle.
As far as museums are concerned, we have Casa Machiavelli and the Museum of San Casciano.
There are also many important buildings, such as: Palazzo del Cassero, Palazzo del Greco and Torre del Chianti and villas, like Villa Le Corti, Villa Antinori del Cigliano, Villa Poggio Torselli, Villa Borromeo, Villa I Tattoli, Villa Mangiacane and Villa il Murlo..
How to get to San Casciano
From the Fattoria, you can be at San Casciano in about 25 minutes by car, taking the SP92 road, which starts in Greti and goes through Le Quattro Strade and Mercatale in Val di Pesa.
As you have no doubt noticed, even a small village can hide various treasures and after having admired the wonders of San Casciano, we’ll welcome you back to the Farm for some well-deserved refreshments. Please ask in reception for further details!