Vaiano

Vaiano it is the most important town in the valley. The most important building is the Badia di S.Salvatore located in the center of the town


VaianoAbbey of St. Salvatore in VaianoVAIANO
It is the most important town in the valley. Though the settlement was of Roman origin, the first important group of houses was built around the year 1000 near the "Badia". Thanks to the monks who already knew how to use the waters of the rivers to get hydraulic energy to power processes in the Middle Ages, the population of Vaiano have started to built millers, fullers, paper mills and founders since then.
In the 19th century Vaiano became an important textile town. In 1949 Vaiano is a separate municipality. The most important building is the "Badia di S.Salvatore" located in the center of the town. It is a vast complex which consists of a church (with very well-made fixtures, a 16th century painting by Butteri and a later one by Fidani), the former Monastery with its Renaissance cloister (that houses an interesting museum of archeology and religious art), and the beautiful, 40 meters tall bell tower built in the mid-13th century. The municipal buildings house the Center for Historical-Ethnographical Documentation of the Bisenzio Valley with a rich historical photographic archive.

Museo della Badia di VaianoVisit Vaiano
Abbey of St. Salvatore in Vaiano

The Abbey of St. Salvatore in Vaiano, whose original structure with three naves goes back in XII century, probably was founded by Benedettini monks from Cassino.
During centuries there were many modifications,some of them were removed in the '30s with the restoration.
In the middle of XIII century, the bell tower was erected in "alberese"and green marble (40 meters high).
In the following century battlements and wooden roofing were added.

Vaiano Museum of the AbbeyVaiano Museum of the Abbey
The Museum of the Vaiano Abbey was opened in 1993 as a continuation of the exhibition of mediaeval archaeology, organized the previous year within the Laurentian Itineraries. On 29 May 1999, the Museum was reopened and completely renovated after thorough restoration works. The Museum will soon be completed by an important archaeological section, housing the finds recovered during the excavations carried out on the occasion of the restoration works of the architectural structure that are still in progress.
The organization of the Museum is such that visitors learn about and clearly understand the course of the monks' life in the Abbey and the religious, social and economic function of the Abbey within the territory. In fact, the leading subjects coming out of the exhibition path are the following: the choir and the choral prayer of the monks, the refectory and the monastic eating habits, the chapter-house and the economic structure of the landed and manufacturing properties, the abbot's apartment, the hospital and the care for wayfarers. This exhibition deeply evaluates the important aspect concerning the feeling of popular religiousness in its various forms of expression related to the past. After the necessary restoration works, a sixth room is being planned in order to house ornaments from other churches of the valley whose works, preserved within the centuries, are being constantly stolen.

Villa il mulinaccioAmong villas and house-fortress
Villa Il Mulinaccio is a recently restored XV century building, which can accommodate events in a variety of formats: conferences, conventions, banquet... For further information, please contact the meeting manager.

Sofignano (400 mt) and Savignano (329 mt)
At the modest town of Tignamica, turn right and, after the bridge over the Bisenzio River, head for Sofignano. Situated along the slopes of the Calvana mountains, this zone of ancient settlement reached its peak in the Middle Ages as the seat of a parish church exerting control over a wide area. The Pieve dei Santi Vito e Modesto (the Parish Church of St. Vito and Modesto - about 1021) is one of the oldest parish churches of the area despite its major reconstruction works. Within a short distance from Sofignano is the medieval village of Savignano, birthplace of the famous sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini (1777-1850).

Schignano (460 mt).
From Figline di Prato a road leads to Schignano, a charming health resort amid pine and chestnut woods on the Javello mountain (931 mt).


Vaiano: discover the surroundings

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  • Montemurlo Montemurlo (8 km)
    The Fortress dominates the center of a beautiful park. It is a strong building made of "alberese"stone in quadrangular form.
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  • Mugello Mugello (10 km)
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  • A Tour of the villas and gardens of Pistoia A Tour of the villas and gardens of Pistoia (18 km)
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Accommodations in the area


    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 26 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 38 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 46 km from Vaiano

    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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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 52 km from Vaiano

    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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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 54 km from Vaiano

    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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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 57 km from Vaiano

    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)
    • 57 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 60 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 62 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Vaiano

    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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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Vaiano

    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.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Vaiano

    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.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Vaiano

    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.
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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 65 km from Vaiano

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 65 km from Vaiano

    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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