Nestled amidst the Chianti borderland…and unfortunately hidden behind some ugly 60′s architecture, lies the beautiful medieval jewel, Colle Val’Elsa. Driving up to the city it is hard to imagine anything spectacular or grand, but a two minute elevator ride will change your mind quickly.
Once we parked the car we found sign for the upper part of the village. A few lefts here and a few left there, down into a spooky man made cave, and up an elevator…which I am sure was part of the set of Resident Evil…and we were standing on top of a spectacular piazza/balcony overlooking an entire valley. Behind us were narrow streets lined with crystal shops and rose lined tower homes. The historical upper village is around 2 km long and is also the home of Arnolfo di Cambio, the famous architect of Florence’s world famous cathedral. I honestly was not expecting anything grand, and was pleasantly surprised. If you have a day at your leisure in Chianti, make sure to check out Colle val d’Elsa.