The landscapes, the artistic heritage and the important cities, first of all Florence, make Tuscany a unique region in the world, a ground undisputed protagonist in the world touristic landscape.

In these places nature has many different faces: from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches with rocky cliffs and steep promontories, to the unspoilt views of the Apuan Alps, the many protected areas, such as the Orbetello lagoon. Landscapes harmoniously blend the beauty of nature with the millenary presence of man, the necropolis and vestiges of Etruscan civilization and the Roman age memories.

The protagonists of this scenario are the medieval villages, towns rich in history, castles and the fortification systems, the intimate recollection of churches and monumental abbeys whose profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, the Val d’Orcia, Garfagnana, Chianti and Maremma.

The heart of this scenario is Valdarno, a portion of land enclosed in only 40 km around Arno riverbed, halfway between Florence, Arezzo and Siena. It includes the area placed among Casentino, Val di Chiana, Valdambra, Mugello, Valdelsa and Valdera, and between the provinces of Florence and Arezzo.

These are the places where the Renaissance was born in the middle of the 15th century, places which are considered the cradle of Art and Architecture.

The Renaissance in Tuscany coincided with the apogee of Florentine power and with the rise of the House of Medici, whose patronage was one of the fundamental factors of the extraordinary flowering of culture and the visual arts. The beginning of Humanism, the revaluation of the central figure of the man, brought a revolution on creative, architectural, sculptural and pictorial plan, that affected also the countryside just outside the walls of the city.

The search for the right proportions and harmonies, the geometric synthesis facing classic aesthetic canons, with the Gothic style until then prevailing, they resulted all in a new dimension. Humanism placed the person at the center of a global and articulated art’s planning, determing a revolution on the entire italian and european scene.

This is the history of these valleys.

The POLO LIONELLO BONFANTI is surely one of the most important site that will bring light to Valdarno, also thanks to its inclination to put the man, his life and his concern at the centre of a new renaissance.

Valdarno is crossed by numerous roads of regional and communicational importance. It is crossed by the trainline “direttissima”, which goes from Rome to Florence, passing to the major towns of the valley, together with the Highway A1, that runs nearby the railway. In addition to “direttissima”, Valdarno is served also from the historical line running through Rignano sull’Arno Incisa Valdarno, Figline Valdarno, San Giovanni Valdarno (where there is an operative goods yard), Montevarchi, Bucine, Laterina Ponticino.

In half an hour you can reach Florence.

From exit Valdarno on the highway A1, you can go to:

  • Monteriggioni
  • Cortona
  • Pienza
  • San Gimignano
  • Lago Trasimeno

In one hour and half you can also reach:

  • Pisa
  • Lucca (solo un’ora dal casello Incisa-Reggello)
  • Montalcino
  • Viareggio e la Versilia
  • Perugia
  • Assisi
  • Orvieto