Once exiled from Florence, Niccolò Macchiavelli - famous Italian writer and politician lived during the Renaissance - decided to stay in this country house, that belonged to his family. Recently restored, this country resort is open to the public together with the vineyards - where an excellent DOC Chianti wine is produced - and the marvellous outdoor context, that still preserves a Renaissance atmosphere.
This gorgeous villa and its huge park - one of the most suggestive of all the valley - is a must to see if you drop by San Casciano Val di Pesa. Internally decorated with some works by Giovanni della Robbia just to mention one, it is one of the most important wine estate of Antinori family, a renowned and prestigious quality wine label.
The Archer Tomb
Another interesting attraction to visit is the Archer Tomb, recently discovered by chance: its a tomb dating back to Etruscan times partially preserved in the Sacred Art Museum of San Casciano.
How to get there
San Casciano is easily reachable from the A1 Florence - Rome motorway if you come from South, or from the highways Florence - Siena and FI-PI-LI (the last one if you come from the coastline). Once you exit from those highways, the route for reaching the town is a marvellous and panoramic road plenty of green rolling hills and vineyards.