This tiny town is in the glorious hills of Tuscany, east of Florence. Set in the rolling landscape of vineyards, olive groves and golden sunlight, you'll find cypress-lined roads and idyllic tranquility. All around the surrounding countryside are story-book castles in the midst of grape vines. This area is noted for its production of Tuscany's most famous wine, Chianti, and some of its most famous wineries are in this area, including Frescobaldi and Ruffino.
The center of Sieci is highlighted by the church of San Giovanni Battista with its tall, distinctive tower. It was built over the site of a former Roman pagan temple on the via Cassia. The village is cute and compact.
Sieci is formally part of the town of Pontassieve, just a few miles away. Pontassieve means "bridge on the Sieve River" and it's most noted landmark is the stone arched bridge that connects the two banks of the river together. It's a typical Tuscan town that climbs up the hill and has pretty windy streets lined with interesting architecture, including a slim central clock tower. The area is mainly agricultural and produces Chianti wine, excellent olive oil, and legumes but is also an important center for leather and suede production. For excellent local fare, try Ristorante da Francesco.
Its location just east of Florence puts it in an ideal location for seeing the Renaissance city, along with the Chianti hills and the art city of Arezzo.
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