Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
On the edge of the Chianti zone, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa has a history of hospitality. Its very name derives from the latin word for "tavern" which was a place to find lodgings, food and rest, and to change horses on a long journey. The town occupies some of Tuscany's most classic countryside of rolling hills marked by olive groves, grape vines and rural farmhouses and chapels that are sprinkled around.
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa was a strategic stop-over and trade town, especially when it came under the domain of the Republic of Firenze in the 12th century. It is located about half-way between Florence and Siena and skirted the confines of those two republics. Today, the economy depends on agriculture and winemaking along with tourism. The church of Santa Lucia al Borghetto was a Franciscan monastery from the 1200s built in Gothic style. The church of the Madonna della Neve has frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries. There are lots of hill towns and castles throughout the surrounding area, and Greve in Chianti, along with the other Chianti towns, are nearby. It is located in proximity of Certaldo and Castelfiorentino.
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