We have the current structure of Sammezzano Castle thanks to Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragon (1813-1897) who renovated and expanded the pre-existing building in line with the new cultural wave of “Orientalism”. Although Ferdinando did not have any degree, he had the abilities of a geologist, an architect and an engenieer so he was able to plan and renovate the castello di Sammezzano on his own.
He did not just design and realize the castle, but he also planned a vast area surrounding the castle characterized by a great forest of evergreen oaks and sequoias. The castle is closed and not accessible at the moment but thanks to the property and to the FPXA committee, there are some guided visits organized. www.sammezzano.org
The masaccio Museum of Sacred Art in Cascia of reggello is housed in the buildings next too the Pieve di San Pietro, one of the most harmonious and evocative monuments of the Tuscan Romanesque. There are paintings exhibited, as well as silverware, monstrances, thuribles, reliquaries, astylar crosses and other important ecclesiastical objects from the Fifthteenth to the Nineteenth Century.
The Museum conserves the most valuable work of the Montagna Fiorentina: a Thriptych with Madonna and Child and Saints, the first known work of Masaccio.
An edgy and rocky scenery, where you can stop to admire nature in its unique forms. These are the Balze del Valdarno: sands, clay and gravel stratified, up to a hundred meters high, interspersed by deep gorges. The origin - the same as Bryce Canyon in Utah - is due to sediments deposited by a lake in the Pliocene and Pleistocene, about 20 km long. You can also see them up close, walking along carefully marked trails, the scenery is breathtaking.
A landscape so exceptional as to inspire even Leonardo da Vinci, He gave an accurate scientific explanation - a few centuries earlier than modern theories of erosion and sedimentation - and was so fascinated by it that he portrayed it behind the Mona Lisa.
The Mall is situated in the Tuscan countryside located in an exquisite architectural space, a collection of the world’s most exclusive brands are presented in an artistically unique style. Visitors can freely mingle among stores dedicated to clothing and accessories specific for women, men and children, as well as fragrance, footwear and home products. The Mall is a luxury outlet centre tailored to offer the visitors immaculate products at the very best possible prices.
A gallery of the world’s most exlusive designers: Gucci, Hogan, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Celine, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Loro Piana, Hugo Boss, Kiko, Nike, Swarovsky, Michael Kors and many others.
Chianti is one of the most beautiful hilly areas of Tuscany and perhaps of Italy. Famous all over the world for the production of Chianti wine, this region of Tuscany extends between the provinces of Florence and Siena. The landscape is designed by vineyards and olive groves; fortified villages, castles and characteristic villages that dominate each their own beautiful landscape.
Greve, the small village of Montefioralle, Radda, Panzano and Castellina in Chianti are not to be missed if you decide to take a trip in Chianti!