This small town is situated in the upper Arno valley, 40 km north of Arezzo. In kilometers Chianti is not far away (only 29 km to Greve in Chianti) but as you have to go across hills, mountains and valleys it is a slow trip albeit extremely picturesque.
The city has approx. 3000 inhabitants and in 1996 celebrated its 600 birthday. Today it celebrates that it is on the recognized list of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy, called 'II Borghi Piú belli d'Italia'
The city's location was strategically determined with the intention of promoting trade between the valley and Florence, but also from military stand point as it was a perfect position for the purposes of stationing the troops from the Republic of Florence.
The city was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and consists of a number of parallel streets based around a central piazza. The city walls were constructed with gates and towers at the end of the main streets and with a number of other towers evenly distributed around the outer walls. Over the years, there have been many changes within the city walls, but much of the external work is still intact.
In spite of its size, the town has several bars and eating places as well as facilities for your day-to-day shopping needs.
Local products: As is the case with the rest of the Tuscan region, the most important products that are produced here are olive oil and wine. The olive oil in this area has a strong flavour with no acid, making it perfect on a piece of toast or with local and renowned beans: Zolfini. The wine is excellent, especially their Chianti DOC from Colli Aretini. In addition to beans grown here, the widely grown iris flower is used for the perfume and make-up industry. You can also find traditional cuts of meat and cheese from farms in the area. In addition, the edible 'boletus' mushroom called Porcini, and honey from the area highly prized local products.