As the name suggests, it is a spa town with lots of good spring water and it also produces good wine. In 1977 the town changed its name so it was obvious that it was a spa town and not just the usual agricultural town. Fortunately the town has not undergone the usual industrialization as have other Tuscan towns, and has thus not become overrun with hotels and tourists.
Castrum Novum or the historic centre was built by the Bishop of Volterra Ugo in 1170 at the request of the growing municipality. Many of the town's guidelines or the rights were established by the Tignosi family. Gambassi is one of the castle towns that kept their defences intact for some time - up until the early 1400's. The current historic centre of Gambassi still reveals many medieval relics.
The town is not far from the main road that connects Poggibonsi with Empoli and Fi-Pi-Li superhighway. It is just 10 km from Certaldo, 20 km from the popular town of San Gimignano, 23 km from Barberino Val d'Pesa and 35 km to Volterra. Siena is just 55 km away and 55 to the cultural treasure of Florence and a little bit further to the leaning tower of Pisa - 70 km). You can take the bus to the to the city via Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Empoli, Volterra and Florence. The nearest train station is in Castelfiorentino (approx. 10 km).
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