If you arrive from the Via Francigena, it’s definitely worth your time visiting the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Chianni. The church is a fascinating and significant example of Romanesque architecture.
Inhabited at least since the Neolithic Era, the Gambassi area reached its peak between the Etruscan-Archaic period (7th century BCE) and the Late Roman era (3rd century CE). Important ruins (tombs and traces of settlements) were found in the archeological area of Poggio all’Aglione and in many other sites throughout the territory.
Some centuries later, from the Middle Ages to the modern era, the area around Gambassi became known for its glass production, with masters who would practice their craft here. There’s a permanent Glass Exhibition, which displays around 3000 archeological artifacts, both locally and nationally sourced, dating back to the period between the 13th and 14th centuries. The collection is home to historical and archeological studies as well as research on Valdelsa’s glass production.
Gambassi takes its name (since 1977) from the thermal baths that have been found in this area since antiquity. Still very much a highlight of the area, the spa resorts are immersed in the greenery of the Benestare Park. When deciding where to establish the resorts, it was thought that it would be a good idea to ensure an easily accessible experience and one that is both medically and scientifically specialized, in an ideal context for environmental and historical-artistic conditions.