For art lovers
The drive from Palazzo Malaspina to Piazzale Michelangelo and the beautiful Basilica of San Miniato al Monte perched on a hill commands breathtaking panoramic views over the city of Florence can be reached within 20 minutes. From here descend to the historic centre of Florence where every street and palazzo has a story to tell.
Our Bed and Breakfast is near Siena. Just over 30 minutes to the south of San Donato in Poggio lies the smaller city of Siena one of the shining jewels of Tuscany with its medieval splendours which includes the famed ‘campo’ square where twice a year the renowned horse race Il Palio takes place.
In both cities you can enjoy a day’s activities of cultural interest and shopping carrying into the evening where you savour the delights of the Tuscan cuisine in a variety of places from the hustle and bustle of the fast moving pizzerias to fine dining of some of the top restaurants.
Further afield lie the most beautiful and famous Tuscan cultural centres but within an easy drive of less than one hour are the towns of Arezzo home to the ceramicist family Della Robbia, Pisa with the learning tower, Lucca with her fine architecture, the towered city of San Gimignano, the Etruscan settlement of Volterra and its prized alabaster… Certaldo, Pienza and the Orcia Valley, Montepulciano, just to mention a few.
Villages of Chianti, such as Greve, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina, Panzano, Badia a Passignano, Linari and many more. For the more energetic explore the countryside by bike or foot, cycling in a popular past time in Italy as is walking and many paths and itineraries have been created to help you explore the real beauty of the Tuscany.
The ‘Ugolino’ Golf Club, the most exclusive in Tuscany, is only 30 minutes from Palazzo Malaspina. The original course was established in 1889 by the prominent Florentine ex-patriot community. Today’s course follows the design of English architects Blandford and Gannon and is considered one of the most suggestive golf courses in the world and named by the American writer Chris Santella as one of the ‘Fifty Places To Play Golf Before You Die’.
What to do:
Tennis ⇢ 3 km
Pool ⇢ 3 km
Horse riding ( email@example.com ) ⇢ 5 km
Hot air ballooning ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) ⇢ 8 km
Golf 18 hole course ⇢ 36 km
What to see:
San Gimignano ⇢ 17 km
Certaldo ⇢ 15 km
Florence ⇢ 26 km
Siena ⇢ 25 km
Volterra ⇢ 33 km
Arezzo ⇢ 52 km
Lucca ⇢ 68 km
Pisa ⇢ 70 km
Cortona ⇢ 67 km