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.

The municipality of Peccioli is in the province of Pisa and it is located on a height in the Val d' Era at 144 m asl of altitude. With a population of about 4000 inhabitants, this city has many medieval buildings. The St. Verano's parish, the Peccioli's chapel and the Palazzo Pretorio are among them.
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, such as Cedri, Ghizzano, Fabbrica, Montecchio, Libbiano and Legoli.
The castle of Peccioli belonged to the Gherardesca Counts. These powerful feudatories handed the fortalice over to the Episcopate of Volterra in the XII century. During those years, Peccioli appeared as one of Volterra's ramparts against the expansion of Pisa until 1163, when the latter could seize it and dominate it.
The Volterra's curia had no intention to lose its ancient property and it went under the protection of Florence after the defeat suffered by Pisa in Meloria in 1284. in exchange, the bishop got the possibility to excise duties on the copper and the salt coming from the mines of the district.
With the peace of Fucecchio in 1293, the village was eventually given back to the Pisans without its defensive walls.
The year 1406 was crucial for almost all the Pisan centres because Florence established and consolidated its supremacy over them. Peccioli had the same destiny of the surrounding areas and participated to the numerous XV-century risings.
PeccioliIn 1431, for instance, it rebelled taking advantage from the arrival of the Visconti's Milanese troops led by Niccolò Piccinino. In the XVI century, when Florence was besieged by the Spanish militias, it harboured the Prince of Orange's troops.
Finally, it surrendered to the Medici's Tuscan Grand Duchy who were substituted by the Lorraine family until the Unity of Italy. Today, Peccioli preserves its peculiar characteristics as an agricultural centre, even though there has been a remarkable intensification of the manufacturing activity during the last century.

Galileo Galilei Astronomical Observatory
The Galileo Galilei Astronomical Observatory is run by the Galilei Amateur Astronomers Association. It only provides guided tours for groups by advance booking. Info: Commune of Peccioli.
The activity of the association includes a lecture on the celestial motions given in the planetarium, the projection of slides of the main celestial bodies, and a guided tour of the observatory. The Galilei Association has decided to expand its educational activity through a series of guided tours for primary and secondary school students. Educational paths can be chosen from a selection which is periodically updated. The list of the available subjects can be requested upon reservation. A few technical data: dome diameter 4.25 m; weight of mounting 830 kg.

Peccioli : Prehistoric ParkPrehistoric Park
Opening hours: September to March open daily from 9.00am to 12.00 and from 2.00pm to 6.30pm; April to August from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Admission: € 4.00; concessions for school groups € 3.00; guided tours available.
Just outside the village of Peccioli, not far from a Franciscan monastery, the Ghironi family created a Prehistoric Park after a large number of fossils was discovered in their property. The park has gained international renown with its eighteen dinosaur types reproduced life-size in fibreglass-reinforced plastic. These include the brachiosaurus, the tyrannosaurus and many others. Each specimen is accompanied by an explanatory panel describing the dinosaur''s origin, habits and the place where the fossils were discovered.

Peccioli: discover the surroundings

  • Valdera Valdera
    The Park of the Valdera region consists of six municipalities: Capannoli, Chianni, Lajatico, Peccioli, Palaia, and Terriciola.
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  • Palaia Palaia (8 km)
    Palaia is an agricultural zone situated on one of the highest ridges that divides the valley of Arno from the Valdera.
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  • Casciana Terme Casciana Terme (9 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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  • Chianni Chianni (9 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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  • Lari and Vicari Castle Lari and Vicari Castle (11 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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  • Piaggio Museum Piaggio Museum (14 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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  • Santa Luce lake Santa Luce lake (15 km)
    The oasis of Santa Luce lake, with the over 150 censussed kinds, it represents an important area of standstill for the migratory birds and every season it has his protagonists.
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  • Montaione Montaione (16 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 (16 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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  • Fauglia Fauglia (17 km)
    Fauglia has preserved the features of the typical rural town as evidence of a farming settlement that has all but disappeared.
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  • Montecatini Val di Cecina Montecatini Val di Cecina (17 km)
    The town of Montecatini Val di Cecina is in the province of Pisa in its homonym valley.
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  • San Miniato San Miniato (18 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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  • Volterra Volterra (20 km)
    Volterra is one of the finest and lesser known hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Vicopisano Vicopisano (21 km)
    One of the characteristics of the Municipality of Vicopisano is the high number of villages covered by its administration .
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  • Castelfiorentino Castelfiorentino (21 km)
    Castelfiorentino is situated in an optimous position on the Chianti hills, in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Fucecchio marshes Fucecchio marshes (21 km)
    The Fucecchio Marshes cover an area of about 1,800 hectares, divided between the Provinces of Pistoia and Florence.
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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 23 km from Peccioli

    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.
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    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 24 km from Peccioli

    Relais Hotel Vedute

    Relais Hotel Vedute Florence surrounded by green countryside is located in a strategic position near Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena
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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 27 km from Peccioli

    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)
    • 28 km from Peccioli

    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)
    • 29 km from Peccioli

    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 Peccioli

    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)
    • 36 km from Peccioli

    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)
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    Villa Degli Aranci Lucca

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    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Castagneto Carducci (Livorno)
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    Podere Vignanova

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    • Firenze (Florence)
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    Marignolle relais & charme

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