Set amidst the gentle hills of central Tuscany, Sovicille is an elliptical shaped stone hamlet that is a charmer. The old protective walls and castle are intact. Wind up the narrow cobble lane and enjoy the atmosphere of the streets lined with "case torri" (tower houses) and the unique Medieval charm you'll find here.
The Palazzo Pretorio was built in the 1600s, and there are plenty of churches despite the town's compact size. There are nice views of the surrounding countryside. Sovicille is located near Siena and was closes tied to that Republic, though it was contested and passed around between Siena, Florence and Volterra during its long history. It was also a fief of the Medici family during the 1500s. Scattered throughout the surrounding area are a plethora of country castles and churches, lovely landscapes that are perfect for walking enthusiasts, and authentic country restaurants to seek out and enjoy. Don't miss the nearby Castello di Celsa, it is popular for weddings, but you can arrange to visit the regal structure and its beautiful garden.
Sociville's economy, until the twentieth century was based on agriculture, livestock, but also the mining of marble and ornate iron work so look for examples of these crafts as you wander around. Enjoy the interesting town that preserves its medieval footprint.
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