San Casciano in Val di Pesa
S. Casciano is an important centre of medieval origin, situated between the Greve and Pesa valleys. It belonged to the bishops from Florence and afterwards to the Florentine Republic. Because of its strategic importance, S Casciano was fortified first in 1343 and then was commissioned by Cosimo dei Medici in the XVI century. In the historical centre of this village you will find the ruins of its old walls, the Church of S. Maria al Prato, built in 1335 and then transformed in the Collegiata Church in the XIV century together with the Church of S Maria del Gesù.
Wonderful wines are produced in the countryside around S Casciano, from which the most prized one is naturally our famous Chianti. You should also have a look at the numerous and splendid Churches of Santa Cecilia a Decimo(XI cent.), S. Giovanni in Sugana (XII cent.) and the simple but evocative S. Andrea a Luiano (XI cent.)