San Casciano, Italy

When visiting Italy, many look for a destination that offers both authenticity and small town charm without being too far from more populated regions. San Casciano Val di Pesa fits that bill perfectly. With a population of less than 17,000, San Casciano, Italy allows travelers to experience the life of a true Italian instead of spending their time in tourist resorts. It also offers visitors the unique opportunity to stay in a city surrounded by many other popular destinations. The city is located less than 20 kilometers away from Florence in the region on Tuscany. Travelers can take a quick drive to Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Montespertoli, Greve in Chianti, Impruneta, and Scandicci as well.

San Casciano, Tuscany,  ItalyBecause it was situated at the tenth milestone on the road the Romans created from Florence, the city was once known as “San Casciano a Decimo.” The earliest historic document that mentions San Casciano was written in 1043 C.E., but it is thought that the city was established sometime around the seventh century B.C.E. Today, San Casciano Val di Pesa is famous for both its wine and olive oil. In fact, within the city limits are the cellars of the renowned Antinori Wine Company. The residents who do not make their living by working with grapes or olives usually fill their time with handicraft and tourism. Agritourism, a subcategory with the realm of tourism that consists of inviting travelers to visit and stay at local farms, is one of its quickest growing industries.

What draws people to San Casciano? Besides the friendly locals, the city also boasts many great sights to explore. The Pieve of San Pancrazio is one such attraction. This church is located on the hill that separates the valley of Pesa from the valley of Virginio. A great example of Lombard architecture, the Pieve of San Pancrazio is estimated to have been built in the 10th century or earlier. Tourists can explore the nave and aisles as well as enjoy beautiful works of art, such as a “Madonna with Child” created by a student of Agnolo Gaddi. The scenery is also breathtaking. With great views of the Tuscan countryside, San Casciano practically begs visitors to explore the hills and valleys by foot or bike.

When is the best time to experience the city yourself? The weather is mild throughout the years, with the four seasons clearly distinct from one another. The hottest months are July and August while the coldest part of the year spans from December to January. Most of the tourism occurs from April to September. This is also when the prices are the highest. You can save a lot of money by visiting in early spring or late fall. When you arrive at the bustling city, you may find it hard to believe that the town was completed obliterated in 1944 by an Allied assault. The surviving residents did not abandon their beloved home. Slowly, but surely San Casciano Val di Pesa was rebuilt and is now flourishing municipality.


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