Continue on Via Salaiola, which brings you into the heart of Corniola, around 1.5km from the Cappuccini. Turn right at the first junction. You will come to the church of Saint Simone and Saint Giuda. Opposite the church, you will find Villa Salvagnoli-Marchetti villa, which dates back to 1742 and boasts a park of ancient trees. From the front of the church, take the Via di Corniola which heads west along a boulevard lined with residences dating back to various eras. Among these properties is the Villa Del Vivo.
Turn back to the fork in the road, following the Via Salaiola which heads towards Monterappoli. Just 100m after the bridge which crosses the Rio dei Cappuccini, you find the nineteenth century Villa Castellani and, a little further ahead, the church of Saint Giorgio in Petroio.
Following the Via Salaiola, you will catch sight of two of the oldest aristocratic villas in Empoli: on the right, Villa Ricci in Castagneto, defined by its late fifteenth century elegant architecture, and Villa del Terraio on the left. Opposite the Villa Ricci, you will find the small oratory of San Girolamo, with beautiful works of art dating back to 1600 and 1800.
Back on Via Salaiola, when you come to the turn off for the Via Maremmana which heads to Valdrome, you will see the old brick watchtower on the right: the ‘Torrino di Montepaldi’. The tower, which takes its name from the district of Montepaldi, was likely built under the orders of the Guidi counts, Tuscan aristocrats of the Middle Ages.