Have you heard the expression "Peggio Palaia" (Worst Palaia)? The expression, once used throughout Tuscany, means “worse than ever”.
Its origin is uncertain but it seems to date back to the year 1435 when the castle of Palaia, then under the dominion of Florence, was sieged by the mercenary Niccolò Piccinino, sent by the Duke of Milan. He had easily taken castles nearby, but here he found unexpectedly strong defence. He conquered Palaia by inflicting hunger and fatigue, plundering it and leaving few people alive. So, “Worst Palaia” because the village and the population suffered more than the others.
Well, after so many years it is time to revaluate and redeem the place with a hearty wish of “Meglio Palaia” (Better Palaia), as an invitation to a visit, take a break or a stay in one of the many accommodation facilities ready to welcome you in total tranquility.