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COLLE VAL D'ELSA: Country : Italy |  Region: Tuscany |  Province: Siena
Population: 18000 | Altitude 233 mt a.s.l  | Zip code 53034 | Area code 0577
Distance from Siena: Siena  25 km, San Giimignano 15 km, Florence 50 km, Volterra 25 km, Rome 255 km

 

 
     
 

 Town information

 
 

Colle Val d'Elsa lies about 24 km north of Siena. The town is made up of 2 parts: the modern town, called "Colle Bassa" and the suggestive hilltop medieval town called "Colle Alta".

 
     
 

 Sights to see and things to do

 
  Colle Bassa has its center in the animated Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio characterized by the beautiful portico. Not far from the piazza is the Church of St Augustine (12th C) with the interior built by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder (16th C).

Colle Alta, has well preserved the typical medieval structure with narrow paved lanes, steeply sloping streets and flights of steps. An arch opening in the facade of the beautiful Palazzo Campana leads to the town. Along the streets of the Castle overlooks old medieval houses and the exclusive renaissance palazzos. Halfway is Piazza del Duomo with the 3rd C Palazzo Pretorio housing the Archeological Museum (Etruscan and medieval finds). Beyond the Piazza emerges the "Palazzo dei Priori" seat of the Civic Museum (works belonging to the Duomo, gold-works, sacred vestments, wooden inlaid works and a"Maestą", a nice picture by Maestro di Badia a Isola.)
The Duomo, in baroque style, preserves on the high altar a Crucifix attributed to Giambologna.
Above all there is the tower-house of Arnolfo di Cambio, birthplace of the same artist (1240).
Do not miss walking along the picturesque "Via delle Volte", the most suggestive street of the medieval borgo.
 
Nearby localities: Chiusi Scalo, Dolciano, Montallese, Montevenere, Macciano, Querce al Pino e Paccianese
 

 Events and festivals in COLLE VAL D'ELSA

 
  Theatrical events.

Museum of Crystal (Colle di Val d'Elsa is famous for its production of fine handcrafted crystal )

Weekly market: Friday morning

 
 

 Getting there

 
 
By Train :
  COLLE VAL D'ELSA has own train station: Train schedules

By Air : International flights to Rome, Pisa or Florence.


 

 

 

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