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Amazing 13th century village. Easy to walk the town

Wonderful sights of well preserved 12th century village. Nice shops and plenty of food options... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
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We loved coming here to buy great souvenirs and the views at sunset amazing. We have vacationed in... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Colle di Val d'Elsa has a certain charm. It is often passed by as people speed between Florence and Sienna but we found it interesting. The Porta Volterrana is the impressive sturdy gate into the town. It is easy to imagine the 16th century battles that took place in this area and how the gate protected the citizens. There is a very atmospheric restaurant on the top of the wall.

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

great for picking up while entering the city, parkingspace nearby, there is also a nice restaurant inside as well as a little further down the street.

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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

They say first impressions last and I have to say than when you see this impressive fortified gate you can imagine what the whole village is like. And it is true, a gem of a village that you access through a gem of a gate

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

This gate is a major episode of military architecture, because in it for the first time the architectural models that were characteristic of the fortresses, that is, the circular towers linked by a curtain wall, were applied to a city gate.
The gate is the collective work of more military architects, among which the best known is Giuliano da Sangallo (author, among other things, of the Villa Medici at Poggio a Caiano near Florence, as well as of the dome of the Loreto's Basilica, Marche).
The gate is the result of a reconstruction and strengthening's work, which took place after the fierce siege of Colle di Val d'Elsa, which lasted since September until November 1478.
The town of Colle, as fortress of the Florentine Republic, was then besieged by the troops of the formidable alliance between the King of Naples and the Duke of Urbino, also supported by the Pope and by the neighboring Republic of Siena. This is called "Pazzi War", so named after the Florentine family, a bitter enemy of the Medici family, which gave rise to it.
The Colle citizens during the siege behaved heroically, but eventually they had to. capitulate.
However in 1481, following a reversal of alliances, the Republic of Florence re-established its rule over Colle, and the gate, featured as we see it today, could be built.
It therefore reminds us of a time when the wealth and power of this part of Europe was certainly not accompanied to a peaceful condition.

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