Not much is known of the history of this town before the year 1000, but we do know that in the early 12th century, the town declared itself as an independent region. In the subsequent centuries, the rapidly expanding regions of Siena and Florence (which are equidistant from Colle to the south and north respectively) attempted to annex Colle and the surrounding area into their territory.
Here you have the chance to stay in an extremely historic and charismatic place surrounded by exceptionally beautiful Tuscan rolling hills and vineyards, and within reach of many other must-see Tuscany towns and cities. In just a few kilometres you can be on the highway which will take you to Siena and Florence for a start. Furthermore, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra are all under 25 km away, and Florence is only 40 km away.
The expansion of the town over the years has had an odd result. Colle now consists of two totally distinct parts: the high town and the low town. At the bottom of the hill lies the new town, where you can find all the shops and entertainment you need. Today, the town has 15,000 inhabitants who need a bit of everything! Of particular interest is the fact that one of Italy’s best (and most expensive) restaurants, Arnolfo is found in the town.
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The high town, which is also the old town, stands at one hundred metres above the new town on a steep hill. The old town still has fortresses and bastions and within the walls most of the buildings date from the 13th to 16th centuries. You won’t find any supermarkets or fancy boutiques here, just small cafés, intimate restaurants and charming streets with private accommodation.
The cathedral dates from the beginning of the 17th century and is next to the main square, Piazza del Duomo. Here you will also find the town hall which dates from 1335 and which is decorated by the many coats of arms of the town's lord mayors over the ages. At the end of the main street, you find the Casa-Torre di Arnolfo di Cambio, where it is said the great architect was born.
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