The best way to discover all the wonderful places that hide the hills of Pisa is coming to see them with their eyes and fall in love all the unique features that make our area one of the most beautiful and rich in history, smells and tastes of Tuscany and our farm could not rise to that at the center of the Pisan hills ....

Here are some suggestions of places to visit in the surroundings of our farm ...

 


Montecatini Val di Cecina - Distance: 5 Km


Small village in the Val di Cecina with about 1,900 inhabitants, situated at an altitude of about 416 m. sea level with a story that began long ago .... so far away ... and here is some outlines of history to whet your curiosity:

"... Before the eleventh century the village was called Monte Leone (Leonis Castrum Montis), that name appears on a bubble of Peter, Bishop of Volterra in 1099 ..."

"... In 1943-44 during the Nazi occupation, for the particular geography of its territory, very rough and almost the entire forest, the town Montecatini Val di Cecina was the scene of significant episodes of partisan struggle ..."

"... During the nineteenth century, the extraction activities of copper, practiced since Etruscan times, experienced a strong expansion, that of Montecatini Val di Cecina became the largest copper mine in Europe. Mining activity ended however, in 1907. in 1911 began the exploitation of the deposits of rock salt ... "

Read more: www.comune.montecatini.pi.it

Places of interest:

- Museum of Mining www.museodelleminiere.it

Historical stage in the extraction of copper. The Etruscans were the first to exploit the abundant natural resources of this area, using the precious mineral to forge ornamental furnishings and utensils

Possibilities: visit the documentation center, guided visit to the mining, during the summer visit to the mine by candlelight, etc. ..

 


Saline di Volterra - Distance: 6 km


It lies at the foot of the hill where the ancient Volterra are some of the largest rock salt deposits of Italy, at the intersection of Regional Road 68, that connects Poggibonsi Cecina through Volterra, with the regional road 439 that connect with Follonica Pietrasanta.

The importance of the territory of Saline derives from the presence of sources of salt water, said Moie, for the production of salt. Probably sources were used since Etruscan times.

During the Second World War salt mines were destroyed, but production resumed after the war. However, over time, the production suffered a sharp decline: in 1970 the salt counted 524 employees with an annual production of over one million tons of salt; in the early nineties employees, they stood on 180 units, with a production of about 800,000 quintals.


Places of interest:

Establishments of State of Salina, with the Town Clock, form the heart of eighteenth-century factory. In particular, deserves attention is the Town Clock, which was built in 1790 to house the employees lived and underwent further expansion in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

The church of Saints Peter and Leopold, which was enlarged and equipped with a modern concrete tower around 1968.

 


Volterra - Distance: 15 Km


Volterra is a city of 11,042 inhabitants in the province of Pisa, situated on a hill about 540 meters. sea level, surrounded by walls from which it dominates the whole valley of Val di Cecina and on days of sunshine can also see the sea, and enclosed within its walls there are three thousand years of history, and few cities in the world are able to recount them all with its buildings, its streets, squares, etc.., in fact the ground is well characterized by the overlapping of all geological ages that constitute the ancient history of the city.

The history of the city is divided into 4 main periods: the Etruscan-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, nineteenth and twentieth century.

For more information visit the City: www.comune.volterra.pi.it

Places of interest:

  • the thirteenth-century walls, gates and sources;
  • Church of Santa Maria (now the cathedral);
  • Piazza dei Priori;
  • the Medici fortress;
  • Roman theater;
  • the old railway station;


Tourist information: www.volterratur.it

 


Pomarance - Distance: 18 Km


The town lies on the metalliferous hills, on a hill at an altitude of about 370 mt. sea level, historically important for the development and exploitation of geothermal energy in the district of Larderello, named after the French engineer Jacques François de Larderel of the nineteenth century who promoted the exploitation. The name probably derives from Italian antique pomarancia, meaning "Melarancia".

Libbiano is one of the smallest fractions of Pomarance, with Micciano and Serrazzano and shares one of the most important nature reserves in the province of Pisa: The Monterufoli's forest. Also nearby are the fraction of Lustignano, medieval village situated on the slopes of the River Cornia that is the border area between the town of Pomarance and the municipalities of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Monteverdi and Maritime Maritime Monterotondo.

http://www.comunepomarance.it

Places of interest:

  • Rocca Sillana;
  • Theatre of the brave;
  • House and Museum Bicocchi Warriors and Artisans

 


Larderello - Distance: 29 Km


Larderello is a fraction of Pomarance, 390 meters above sea level. The village has 850 inhabitants and is partly owned by ENEL. Larderello produces 10% the geothermal energy of worldwide.

It is located at the heart of the so-called "Valley of the Devil", so named because of its landscape characterized by the presence of geysers with the characteristics of white vapor columns (already known at the time of Dante Alighieri and his inspiring landscapes of "the Hell "), of giant cooling towers (now no longer in use) and a network of external piping for geothermal steam from the various wells.

The town takes its name from Francois Jacques de Larderel industrial with French origin around 1827 perfected the boric acid extraction from sludge of so-called "lagoons", already begun with inefficient methods in 1818. At the location of Larderello, the weather station is located Pomarance Larderello.

Larderello is the first experience the world of exploitation of geothermal energy for electricity production. In 1905, thanks to Prince Piero Ginori-Conti, has begun to use the energy of the shower heads for the generation of electricity.

Places of interest:

- Museum of Geothermal http://geomuseo.enel.com/