Villa dell'Aiola
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The Villa Aiola

Ancient fortress still draws visitors

Castelnuovo Berardenga
The Villa Aiola was built in the XVII century over the ruins of a pre-existing castle of the same name. It boasts a strategic position located on the border separating territories belonging to Siena and Florence. At the beginning of the XVI century, it served as an important Sienese rampart that could accommodate from 300 to 400 foot-soldiers. The building renounced its defensive role at the end of the 1600s and the settlement became an agricultural estate. Visitors to the villa today, can still make use of its drawbridge, which has been re-built over its original moat.
 

 

Castelnuovo Berardenga
The vast territory is close to the evocative Crete Senesi
Castelnuovo Berardenga is at an altitude of 351m and has a population of approximately 7000 inhabitants. The town takes its name from Count Berardo, a descendant of the Count of Siena Guinigi who governed over the city during the second half of the IX century. His family moved to the country when they lost control of Siena. ...
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