Palaia

Palaia is an agricultural zone situated on one of the highest ridges that divides the valley of Arno from the Valdera.


PalaiaPalaia is an agricultural zone situated on one of the highest ridges that divides the valley of Arno from the Valdera.
A number of discoveries have revealed Palaia to be of Etruscan origin. It enjoyed a period of prosperity in the 13th century with the construction of the Pieve di San Martino, an original building in clay where an international coral review is held each year, and the Church of Sant’Andrea that contains valuable works of art.

The surrounding areas reveal recollections of its agricultural traditions: the hamlet of Montefoscoli is home to the Peasant Civilisation Permanent Exhibition, featuring cellars, oil mill and 'coppaio' (oil storage cells). The San Gervasio Museum of Work and Rural Civilisations displays equipment, utensils and even tractors of the past.

PalaiaPalaia is a starting point for routes that lead through the beautiful countryside, such as the road that crosses the hamlets of Colleoli (an old castle that has today been converted into an accommodation structure), Villa Saletta (where the films La Notte di San Lorenzo and Fiorile by the Taviani brothers and Io e Napoleone by Paolo Virzì were shot) and Toiano, an uninhabited hamlet between rolling hills and harsh sandy badlands.
The Festa Medievale (Palaia, third Sunday in September) and the Festival del Teatro Popolare (Villa Saletta, end of June) are particular highlights. For anyone in search of something a little different, “Miss Cicciona”, the original beauty contest is held in Forcoli in July each year and sees ladies from all over Italy who weigh more than 100 kg take to the catwalk.
White truffles are also gathered in the area around Palaia. It is no coincidence that the first truffle reserve in Italy, Parco fluviale del tartufo, has recently been set up in this place where the vegetation and waterways encourage the reproduction of these valuable tubers.


Palaia: discover the surroundings

  • Valdera Valdera (8 km)
    The Park of the Valdera region consists of six municipalities: Capannoli, Chianni, Lajatico, Peccioli, Palaia, and Terriciola.
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  • Peccioli Peccioli (8 km)
    In the town of Peccioli, founded in the Middle age, you can visit the Beyond preserving its medieval structure, Peccioli includes a territory rich in rural landscapes and ancient small villages.
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  • San Miniato San Miniato (10 km)
    San Miniato is located along the Via Francigena that connected northern Europe to Rome during the Middle Ages and it was travelled by an uninterrupted flow of men, armies, trade, ideas and culture.
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  • Piaggio Museum Piaggio Museum (13 km)
    A real homage to the culture of mobility, the Piaggio Museum allows you to discover the history of the company together with the development of industry, economy and society.
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  • Montaione Montaione (13 km)
    The town of Montaione is in the province of Florence, but it is at an equal distance from all the most important cities in Tuscany.
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  • Monastery of San Vivaldo Monastery of San Vivaldo (13 km)
    The monastery of San Vivaldo is certainly bound up with a succession of the Franciscan's Office leaving here a notable trace.
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  • Fucecchio marshes Fucecchio marshes (14 km)
    The Fucecchio Marshes cover an area of about 1,800 hectares, divided between the Provinces of Pistoia and Florence.
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  • Fucecchio Fucecchio (14 km)
    The Salamartano hill in Fucecchio offers a beautiful view of the Valdarno Inferiore from the plain with many villages to the hills of Le Cerbaie, until Serra mountain and the Apuan Alps.
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  • Lari and Vicari Castle Lari and Vicari Castle (15 km)
    The small town of Lari is situated where three ridges of the highest Pisan hills meet and has been inhabited since Etruscan times.
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  • Casciana Terme Casciana Terme (15 km)
    Numerous building of architectural interest rise in Casciana Terme territory, such as the church of Santa Maria Assunta. Yet, the town is famous for its baths, above all.
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  • Castelfiorentino Castelfiorentino (16 km)
    Castelfiorentino is situated in an optimous position on the Chianti hills, in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Chianni Chianni (17 km)
    The town of Chianni, where the castle and the churches of Santa Maria del Carmelo and of San Donato can be admired, is in the province of Pisa.
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  • Vicopisano Vicopisano (19 km)
    One of the characteristics of the Municipality of Vicopisano is the high number of villages covered by its administration .
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  • Cerreto Guidi Cerreto Guidi (19 km)
    Cerreto Guidi, a hilly territory, situated between the Montalbano and Arno, owes its name to the Counts Guidi, an ancient feudal family who built a castle not far from the route Francigena.
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  • Montalbano Montalbano (19 km)
    The Montalbano landscape is dominated by hills with grapevine cultivation occurring in the plains or on terraced fields, olive trees spreadingover the higher areas.
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  • Buti Buti (20 km)
    Buti, is a small town on the eastern slopes of the Monti Pisani.
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Accommodations in the area


    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 18 km from Palaia

    Relais Hotel Vedute

    Relais Hotel Vedute Florence surrounded by green countryside is located in a strategic position near Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena
    Our Wellness Center & Ayurvedic Thai Aquamor invites you to know Ayurvedic and Thai experience in Fucecchio Florence

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 22 km from Palaia

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 26 km from Palaia

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 27 km from Palaia

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 28 km from Palaia

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 32 km from Palaia

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 35 km from Palaia

    Relais della Rovere

    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
    Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 38 km from Palaia

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 39 km from Palaia

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 45 km from Palaia

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 49 km from Palaia

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Palaia

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Palaia

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Palaia

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 51 km from Palaia

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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