Perfect location for exploring Tuscany

Montaione is approx. 2 km  from Ghizzolo and can easily be reached by car, bike or on foot. The village and its vicinity boast a large variety of very good to excellent restaurants, offering everything from traditional Tuscan specialties to star-rated cuisine. Montaione is also the perfect starting point for daytrips to the region’s highlights, e.g. cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena or Lucca, historic gems like San Gimignano, Colle di Val D’Elsa, Monteriggioni and Volterra, or any number of quaint villages such as Pietrasanta (highly recommended!). Not to forget the beautiful and varied landscapes that you can explore along scenic roads and hiking paths. For detailed information, see also the information folder in the apartment. In case you need more information or have special interests, please ask. We will be happy to help!

Many different options for leisure activities are within easy distance from Ghizzolo. Maybe you would like to take some cooking lessons or learn the basics of the Italian language? Are you more into sports, for instance golf, hiking, biking (MTB or road), tennis, horseback riding? Or do you love to explore the region’s geographic features or the beauty of its cities and towns? Do you prefer to visit festivals, exhibitions and other events? Write us a message or simply call. We shall be pleased to provide you in advance with valuable information and special tips for an unforgettable Tuscan holiday.

In the region there is also an abundance of villages and small towns that merit a visit – maybe on the day of the weekly farmer’s market? Don’t miss out on the less known gems of a region that is especially rich in historic places and natural beauties. Or maybe you’d like to spend a day at the seaside?

Daytrips and excursions
For a daytrip to Florence we recommend taking the train. Traffic in Florence is always very busy, the city center is a ‘limited traffic zone’ (high fines) and the parking garages are often packed. Leaving the car on unsupervised parking lots at the periphery is not necessarily a good idea.
From Castelfiorentino there are fast and easy train connections to Florence, Siena and Pisa – and there is a practical parking lot close to Castelfiorentino station.

• To Florence: The direct train takes ca. 44 min, the connection with 1 change takes about 1 h. Trains leave about every 30 min. The cost is ca. 5.80 € per person (one direction)
• To Siena: Trains take ca. 46 min and leave approximately every 30 min, cost ca. 5.80 € per person (one direction)
• To Pisa: Trains take ca. 57 min and leave approximately every 30 min, cost is ca. 7.10 € per person (one direction)
For timetables and currently applicable prices, see www.trainline.de

A wealth of information on daytrips and destinations is available at the following links:
Tourist offices & hiking routes
• www.toscananelcuore.it
• www.visittuscany.com
• www.montaionenatura.it
• www.comune.montaione.fi.it
• www.toscanaovunquebella.it
Mountainbike rentals & tours
• www.ridemontaione.com
• www.landhill.it
Golf

• www.golfmontelupo.it, 9-hole golf course
• www.sanminiatogolf.it, 9-hole golf course
• www.golfbellosguardovinci.it, 9-hole golf course
• www.golfugolino.it, 9-hole golf course
• www.golfpoggiodeimedici.com, 9-hole golf course
Horseback riding
• www.gelsominoranch.com
• Il Baio Oscuro Ranch
Children’s amusement parks
• www.parcopreistoricopeccioli.it
• www.cavallinomatto.it
• www.pinocchio.it
• www.canyonpark.it
SPA experience
• www.termeviafrancigena.club
• www.castellareditonda.com/spa
Shopping (outlet stores)
• www.outlet-village.it/barberino/
• www.mantovaoutlet.it
• www.themall.it

Volterra

Pisa - world famous for the leaning tower

Pietrasanta - city of artist and creative people

Florence

Montaione

Siena

Weekly markets in Montaione and surroundings

The weekly markets that are so typical of Tuscany offer everything from locally grown vegetables, fruit, oil, wine and other regional culinary delights to household goods and clothing, sometimes also arts and crafts or gift items. Don’t miss out on this authentic experience! Almost every day of the week there are markets to visit, for instance:

Tuesday          Florence | San Miniato | Poggibonsi
Wednesday    Certaldo | Siena | Pisa
Thursday        Empoli | San Gimignano
Friday             Montaione (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Piazza Gramsci) | Pontedera
Saturday        Castelfiorentino

  • The valleys and hills around Montaione are spangled with countless villages that are truly worth a visit: San Vivaldo, Sughera, Castelfalfi, Barbialla, Collegalli, Mura, Alberi, Lano, Tonda and Santo Stefano, to name just a few. Stroll through the narrow streets, discover charming piazze and picturesque palazzi, enjoy stunning views across the landscape and immerse yourself in the long history and rich tradition of this fascinating region. For an unforgettable holiday in Tuscany that will make you want to come back time and again!
    The region has also a lot to offer in terms of landscape and natural beauty: High cypresses line the ridges, well-tended vineyards alternate with silvery olive groves and deep green forests, interspersed with meadows and corn fields that change with the seasons from green and golden to ochre and soft brown hues.

And why not round out your holiday by taking a little bit of Tuscany home with you? Excellent local products are available for instance at the following addresses:
• Azienda Agricola Morinelli, Via Santo Stefano, Montaione, Tel. 0039 0571 697764 (ca. 900 m from Ghizzolo)
• Villa Pillo, Via Volterrana 24, Gambassi Terme, www.villapillo.com/about-us/prodotti/
• Tenuta Moriniello, Via Santo Stefano, 40, 50050, Montaione, www. tenutamoriniello.com
• Azienda Agricola II Corniale, Via Santo Stefano 144, 5050 Montaione, www.agriturismobibbiani.it

Summer vipes

Autumn / winter - cosy time

autumn

The weekly markets that are so typical of Tuscany offer everything from locally grown vegetables, fruit, oil, wine and other regional culinary delights to household goods and clothing, sometimes also arts and crafts or gift items. Don’t miss out on this authentic experience! Almost every day of the week there are markets to visit, for instance:

Tuesday

Florence | San Miniato | Poggibonsi

Wednesday 

Certaldo | Siena | Pisa

Thursday 

Empoli | San Gimignano

Friday 

Montaione | Pontedera (8:00 – 13:00 Uhr) Piazza Gramsci

Saturday

Castelfiorentino

The valleys and hills around Montaione are spangled with countless villages that are truly worth a visit: San Vivaldo, Sughera, Castelfalfi, Barbialla, Collegalli, Mura, Alberi, Lano, Tonda and Santo Stefano, to name just a few. Stroll through the narrow streets, discover charming piazze and picturesque palazzi, enjoy stunning views across the landscape and immerse yourself in the long history and rich tradition of this fascinating region. For an unforgettable holiday in Tuscany that will make you want to come back time and again!
The region has also a lot to offer in terms of landscape and natural beauty: High cypresses line the ridges, well-tended vineyards alternate with silvery olive groves and deep green forests, interspersed with meadows and corn fields that change with the seasons from green and golden to ochre and soft brown hues.

And why not round out your holiday by taking a little bit of Tuscany home with you? Excellent local products are available for instance at the following addresses:
• Azienda Agricola Morinelli, Via Santo Stefano, Montaione, Tel. 0039 0571 697764 (ca. 900 m from Ghizzolo)
• Villa Pillo, Via Volterrana 24, Gambassi Terme, www.villapillo.com/about-us/prodotti/
• Tenuta Moriniello, Via Santo Stefano, 40, 50050, Montaione, www. tenutamoriniello.com
• Azienda Agricola II Corniale, Via Santo Stefano 144, 5050 Montaione, www.agriturismobibbiani.it

Distance from Ghizzolo to …

Nearest town:

Castelfiorentino – approx. 12 km/7.4 miles

Nearest city:

Florence – approx. 58 km/36 miles

Other cities:

Siena – approx. 66 km/41 miles
Pisa – approx. 63 km/39 miles

Nearest shops:

Montaione – approx. 2 km/1 mile
Castelfiorentino – approx. 12 km/7.5 miles

Seaside:

approx. 75 km/45 miles

Special destinations:

San Gimignano – approx. 22 km/13.5 miles
Volterra – approx. 31 km/19 miles
Greve – approx. 65 km/40 miles

Nearest restaurant in:

Montaione – approx. 2 km

Nearest airports and long distances to Germany and Austria:

Munich, approx. 680 km

Innsbruck, approx. 522 km

Frankfurt a. M., approx. 1095 km

Firenze, approx. 58 km/36 miles
Pisa, approx. 60 km/37 miles
Roma Fiumicino, approx. 320 km/200 miles
Bologna, approx. 145 km/90 miles

Nearest golf course:

Montelupo / approx. 28 km

 

Castelfalfi  / 12 km/7.5 miles