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About Empolese Val d'Elsa

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Empoli in the Val d'Elsa Valley features mild weather in both winter and summer. Visitors there enjoy exploring the foothills of the Chianti hills, and the region features historic Etruscan sites that date back to the Romans. The Elsa river valley is home to fortified villages and castles, notable churches and green tourism that emphasizes sustainable farming.

Things to do

Empoli is a popular destination for winter ski vacations, snowboarding and finding good ski package deals at hotels and self-catering chalets. The city's hills and mountains are considered Tuscany's finest for skiing, and your family will discover welcoming attractions like the Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, which includes a charming central fountain designed by Luigi Pampaloni in 1827, and the Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, which has existed as a church since the 5th Century.

Local specialties

The locals make a delicious Sangiovese wine, and the sleepy town is also known for leather goods and fashions, shoes and handbags, fresh vegetables grown locally and porchetta, a roast pig that will put you off your diet. Most shops stay open until midnight, so you'll have time to pick up a beautiful bowl, vase or memento made of Empoli glass as the town is one of two famous Italian centers for hand-blown glass.

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What activities are there to do in the area?

Val d'Elsa ed Empolese runs from the town of Empoli south to Colle di Val d'Elsa. Flowing through the western countryside of Tuscany, the Elsa Valley is surrounded by small hillside towns that make great out-of-the-way travel destinations.

The Lower Elsa Valley near Empoli is home to many medieval structures. Visitors interested in seeing this history first-hand can start at Piazza Farinata degli Uberti (Lion's Square) in Empoli. The square is home to Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, an ancient church, as well as Palazzo Pretorio, a town hall from the Middle Ages.

Colle di Val d'Elsa is a town known for its production of crystal glassware. Every month, the town holds a market day to showcase these crafts.

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What other things are there to do in the area?

Situated in Tuscany, this wider region is full of art, culture, spas, charming hilltop villages and so much more. Travelers commonly visit the stunning Castello di Brolio, which was constructed during the 11th century. While touring the castle, guests may visit a chapel that contains a fresco, a historic engraving and a facade that offers picturesque views of the area.

Really into nature? Then check out the Museo Ornitologico in San Gimingnano to view old photographs, extensive gardens and various species of animals native to the region.

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