From the fortified village of San Casciano we will travel along a stretch of the ancient Via Romea, immersing ourselves among ridges and vineyards with beautiful autumn colors, admiring historic residences including Villa Mangiacane, whose drafts are preserved in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
We will arrive at S. Andrea in Percussina and the famous "Albergaccio," where the historian and philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli wrote his most important work, "The Prince." In this house he took refuge after being exiled from Florence in 1512, when the Medici returned to the city.
We will continue our itinerary going through hills and farms and then descend into the woods of Borro della Suganella, where we will admire a beautiful Sequoia!
Following the path we will leave behind us the outline of the beautiful Cigliano farms and the Antinori Chapel to end the tour back in the historic center of San Casciano.
Villa Mangiacane, a former possession of the Machiavelli family, because of its unique style and perfect proportions, was built, so it seems, by Michelangelo Buonarroti with later additions by Giorgio Vasari. The original drawings of the villa are kept in the Uffizi Gallery. The farm, with the adjoining "Albergaccio" tavern, is described in one of his most beautiful letters, the one dated December 10th, 1513 addressed to his friend Francesco Vettori.
The highlights we will visit in this proposal:
- San Casciano Val di Pesa
- Villa Mangiacane
- Sant'Andrea in Percussina e l'Albergaccio di Machiavelli
- Il Borro della Suganella e la Sequoia
- La Cappella Antinori
The tour will take place on Saturday, November 26th, at 9:30 a.m.