The town of Colle val d'Elsa is famous for its production of fine handcrafted crystal. The beautiful glasses and vases can be purchased at favourable prices in the shops listed below:
Laica San Marziale, via del Castello, 12 tel. 0577- 922881 Opening times 9-1.00pm;
CALP – RCR la Badia, Senese provincial road tel. 0577- 910111 Opening times 9-1.00pm, Web site www.rcrcrystal.com
An exhibition entitled "Cristallo fra le Mura" will be held in September showing master glassmakers working at true to life realizations of entirely handmade crystal products.
Near the Agriturism Le Ville you can find the cheese factory Val d'Elsa, in Molino d'Elsa, on the State road towards Grosseto, at the junction to Radicondoli. The cheese factory produces the typical Senese pecorino, mozzarella cheese, fresh cheese, ricotta. Tel. 0577-961033. Opening times 9-7.30pm Open Saturdays and Sundays.
The art of producing ceramics and its pride is peculiar of the Mediterranean countries and Montelupo Fiorentino, near Empoli, represents undoubtedly the center of ceramics production in Tuscany. Nevertheless, if you don't have enough time to go there, in our area you can find a ceramics workshop, "TERRECOTTE Tesi", manufacturing splendid examples of terra-cotta pottery. Located on the state road that from the Agriturism goes towards Colle val d'Elsa, tel. 0577-928130, this ceramics workshop offers definitelt worth seeing typical country-style terra-cotta plates with white and blue decorations, pots, finely decorated vases, and much more.
In the olive picking season, going from November to December, it is possible to find newly pressed olive oil made from the olives picked in the area. The farmhouse selling us oil is located in San Gimignano. If you want to purchase a large quantity of olive oil, it is advisable to book it in advance directly at the Agriturism Le Ville.
A weekly market offering food and clothing is held every Friday morning in Colle val d'Elsa. In Siena you can find a clothing market every Sunday morning. For information about other interesting markets, such as antique and modern trade, etc., please ask the reception or write us at the Web site address email@example.com
Events and Manifestations
Palio di Siena
A traditional horse race seeing the city's contrade, or neighborhoods, hold a bareback horse race around the town square in honor of thr Virgin Mary. The Siena Palio horse races are held every year on July 2nd and on August 16th. The entrance is free of charge in the early afternoon. The horce race is usually held after 6pm. For information, visit the Web site
At your arrival, you will find at the reception the weekly events program.
Morevore, we would like to show you the events calendar reported below:
Museums - Telephone Booking
Other museums in Florence
(booking telephone number)
For the permanent museums and temporary exhibitions in Siena, visit the Web site
Theatres - Tickets booking
Opera - Concerts and ballets
For opera lovers, we recommend you the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", a music festival held every year from mid April until the end of June at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, directed by Zubin Mehta.
As far as the calendar of events and tickets booking are concerned (on-line booking with credit card), visit the Web site
Tel. 0039.199.109910 (Monday-Friday 9-9.30pm).
Every year, towards the end of June, the Teatro Comunale in Florence organizes cultural evenings, usually free of charge, in the midst of the magnificent scenario of the Boboli Gardens (Pitti Palace - Florence), besides a free concert for bows and violins held in Piazza Signoria.
Further events taking place on summer evenings will be regularly updated at our reception. We recommend the opera evenings in San Gimignano, the concerts in the ancient abbey of San Galgano, and the concerts held in Siena, both in the Church of San Domenico and in the square.
Hire of bicycles and mountainbikes
Useful maps of the area helping you to ride freely around woods and excavated roads can be obtained by the Agriturism. These maps provide you bike routes with different difficulties and lengths in order to let everybody, adults and children, to enjoy the nature of our region.
Bicycles (street bicycles and mountainbikes) ca hired at the "GIPPO" shop, along the state road that from Colle val d'Elsa leads to the Agriturism.
For bookings, call 0039.0577.904405 or E-mail to:
We strongly recommend to book the bicycles specifying sex and height. For any other information and assistance, E-mail us at the addres: or ask the reception as soon as you arrive at the Agriturism.
Itineraries by car
From the Agriturism to Siena:
1) From the state road turn right. After approx. 2 km, turn at the junction towards Piescola. Continue to Scorgiano. After approx. 5 km, turn towards Siena, strada della Montagnola. You will arrive at Pian del lago. Continue towards Siena. Panoramic road overlooking the Elsa valley.
2) From the state road turn right. At the stonebridge turn right towards Siena. Continue following the signs. The road passes through the town of Monteriggioni sorrounded by the city walls.
From the Agriturism to Florence
From the state road turn left towards Colle val d'Elsa. Turn left towards San Marziale before the bridge. Continue towards Siena. After approx. 1 km, turn towards Staggia senese. From there, follow the signs towards the "via Chiantigiana" leading to Castellina a Scalo, Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti. Then, continue towards Impruneta, then follow the signs towards Florence. The "via Chiantigiana" passes through the area of the typical Chianti classico Colli senesi. Here you have the opportunity of tasting and buying wine directly from open wine cellars.
Guided Tours in English, German, French:
Agency in San Gimignano specialised in the organization of guided tours, ceremonies, shopping-tours and enogastronomic tours, hire of bicycles with home delivery:
Other useful information for journey and stay:
Ryanair from London, Frankfurt, Brussel to Pisa: visit the Web site
Basiqair: from Amsterdam to Pisa: visit the Web site
Car and Moto Rent:
At Pisa airport and Florence airport:
At Colle val d’Elsa : Car rent company ABC tel. 0039.0577.924542
Sightseeing Colle val d'Elsa, Florence and Siena by coach
Visit the suggestive area between Florence and Siena in tranquillity with the coach service leaving from piazza Arnolfo in Colle val d'Elsa to Florence coach station. Office TRAIN tel.0039.0577. 204111 or visit the Web site
Timetables are available from the Reception.