The town of Palaia is a historic rural centre in the Pisa Area, where memories of traditions have stayed alive, reverberating in the surroundings such is in the villages of Montefoscoli and San Gervasio. Here you can visit two museums dedicated to Pisan farming life and civilisation. Inside are tools and utensils from the period on display, and old workplaces such as the cup workshop, the oil mill, the cellars and all rooms dedicated to historic crafts are all open to visit.
Villa Saleta also surrounds you with an air of times past, being a rare example of a hamlet-farm built between the 16th and 18th centuries. The villa has grown in fame because films such a La Notte di San Lorenzo, Good Morning Babilonia, Fiorile by the Taviani brothers, and Io e Napoleone by Paolo Virzì have been shot inside here.
The small, uninhabited village of Toiano is also worth a visit, nestled between rolling hills and rough, sandy ravines.
Palaia is, moreover, an ideal base for incredibly beautiful natural excursions. There are many trails in the area, some even ring-shaped; the most famous is the Great Nature Trail, which you can follow on horseback, by foot or by bike.
A few kilometres from Palaia is the village of San Miniato, passed by the Via Francigena and perched on a hill overlooking the entire valley.