From the house, you walk into the village streets of Chianni, a pretty well-kept and perfectly Tuscan town, covered in pots of red geraniums and full of cobbled narrow lanes which open onto intimate little piazzas and with stunning churches around every corner. The ancient little town rises above the rolling Tuscan hills, so there are open views in all directions. There are good services including shops, banks, restaurants, post offices, friendly cafes, and interesting events throughout the year. The most important of these are the olive oil festival and the wild boar festival in the summer. Chianni is in the heart of Tuscany so within easy reach are all the best sights of Tuscany: the hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, the cities of art of Florence, Lucca and Pisa are all on the doorstep. Pontedera, nearby, is an interesting town and has the main train station on the Pisa- Florence line so this is ideally located and transport links are good. The international airport of Pisa is only 40 minutes away.
Chianni sits within the area of Valdera in central Tuscany between Pisa and Florence. This colorful landscape of rolling hills is dotted with medieval villages, castles, and cobbled lanes which are flanked by tall dark green cypress trees. The area is scattered with historical towns and medieval villages and the landscape is made up of golden meadows of wheat, vineyards, olive groves, and fields of sunflowers. Meandering through the countryside of Valdera you feel the vestiges of the mysterious Etruscan civilisation. Here in Lajatico, Andrea Bocelli, the world-renowned tenor, created the famous Teatro di Silenzio (the Theatre of Silence) where a natural amphitheatre creates a breathtaking setting perfect for musical events. In the summer months, Bocelli performs a special concert each year alongside internationally famous musicians, which attracts a global audience. Nearby is also Casciana Terme, which has thermal waters and spa facilities and is a pretty town with piazzas and cafés serving the local wine. The città d’arte (cities of art) include Volterra, San Gimignano, Palaia and Florence all full of art and architecture to explore, and are all within easy reach.
Distances: Chianni on the doorstep, Casciana Terme 10 km, Lajatico (Teatro del Silenzio) 15 km, Pontedera (trains) 20 km, Castelfalfi (golf) 27 km, Volterra 30 km, Beaches 35 km, San Gimignano 45 km, Pisa (airport) 40 km, Lucca 70 km, Florence 85 km.