About 30 minutes away from the hotel you can visit the medieval towns, with a lot of history and art, like Florence and Collodi, place of inspiration for the Pinocchio’s writer. Pisa and Arezzo are 40 minutes away. Siena, Luca, San Gimignano, Volterra are 1 hour away of the magnificent Francigena way, the same place that pilgrims used to walk during the middle age times offering also their sacrifice their way between Paris and Rome.
In the ancient town of Artimino, 5km away, you can visit “La Ferdinanda”, which is the beautiful Medici family’s home, known as “the mansion with 100 chimneys”, built in 1500 by Ferdinando I, projected by Buontalenti and used as family’s hunting place in the winter. You will also find here a museum with Etruscan works, as the Etruscan people lived and dominated that land before the romans. Nearby, between Poggio and Caiano you will also find another Medici mansion, built by Lorenzo II Magnifico in 1475.
Montelupo Fiorentino is another charming town situated 7km from the hotel, where there are various artists that make handcrafts and potteries. Since the Renaissance, their locals hand painted porcelain vases and other ornaments which were popular among the noble and rich local families.
The Carmignano region is known for producing the famous Chianti’s wine, with its wonderful vineyards always opened for visiting and tasting. Our local wines are: Carmignano DOCG, Barco Reale DOC and Ruspo di Carmignano. Our B&B Barco Mediceo is situated on the same road where the Carmignano’s Chianti wine is produced. There are a large and privileged gastronomic variety to offer to the tourists. At the Barco Mediceo you will find our own extra-virgin olive oil. The locals produce their homemade salame, ham, cheese, dried figs and delicious almonds biscuits. All good appetisers to be drank with the “Saint Wine”. Live the experience of appreciating the views of the Tuscan peaks and tasting the good Tuscan food. All you have to do is to come and visit us, check by yourself every little detail that makes it impossible to resist.
Our region offers a variety of activities such as: trekking, horse-riding (you can hire horses with a guide only 1km away from the hotel), mountain biking and motor crossing. You will also be able to see the old villages with very Ancient houses, medieval churches and a subterranean Etruscan town, which still being excavated by the Archaeological Institute of Florence. This location is called “Pietra Marina”, which is formed by an enormous stone where, in the past times, rituals and religious sacrifices were carried on. From this point it is possible to see the sea by looking towards Pisa and Livorno. The region offers various alternatives of sport and leisure for the whole family. Only 2 km away you will find a refreshing swimming pool.