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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy10,941 contributions
    Most visitors walk this trail during the warm months, when on the one hand it's more pleasant to sink your feet in the Elsa water or even bathe in it, on the other hand the river flow is less, so it makes fords (there are three on the 2 Kms path of the trail) very well walkable.
    The river originates in a basin formed mainly of limestone rocks, which typically ensure a significant water flow even during the periods of drought typical of the Mediterranean climate. The most abundant spring is, just upstream of the trail, the one called "Vene di Onci" (see the website sienanatura.net, chapter "Bacino dell'Elsa" - Italian only), which alone has an average flow of 800 liters per second.
    This is where the picturesque character of the trail comes from: there is never a real water shortage ..
    This sector of the Elsa riverbed is classified, according to the EU categories, as ANPIL, an Italian acronym meaning "Protected natural area of ​​local interest". It shows not only a characteristic hygrophilous (ie humidity lover) vegetation, but also interesting faunal presences. For example, in the first part of the trail (considering the north headtrail as the starting point, the one called “Ponte di Spugna”) the director of the ANPIL - casually met by us - showed us a rocky cliff where hawks occasionally nest.
    We started the trail in the middle of winter (January), when visitors are quite rare, and when the river flow is stronger, because the rainwater contribution is added to the abundant springs flow.
    This adds to the charm of the place, making up for the fact that the trees are leafless, therefore rather ugly.
    However, it should be known that the strong river flow represents an important obstacle this season. The three fords in fact, despite being built by placing a row of huge boulders across the stream, are not easy to pass: in all three cases the boulders are completely submerged by water, so it's impossible not to get your feet wet, if you aren't wearing boots. The first ford (always walking from “Ponte di Spugna” headtrail) can be overcome by getting your shoes wet but in any case without great difficulty; but in the following fords the water level exceeds the boulders by up to twenty cms, and the flow is also strong; so crossing the river, without possibly being really dangerous, is challenging. We have given up ...
    Written 19 January 2022
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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain9,529 contributions
    Porta Volterrana is one of the gates to enter in the old town of Colle di Val d'Elsa, a town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It is the main gate o enter and probably the most beautiful one. It was built at the end of 15th Century in a Renaissance style. Very nice.
    Written 20 May 2020
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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain9,529 contributions
    Il Baluardo is literally the bulwark located in the old town of Colle di Val d'Elsa, a Remaissance town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. You can see it while you walk around the old town, also from here you can see beautiful views of the town.
    (See also Centro Storico)
    Written 21 May 2020
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  • John M
    Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
    With signage on the main walking road, this museum is a good chance to learn about premium crystal history and production, with wording in several languages.
    Written 16 December 2018
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  • Easy Livin’
    124 contributions
    We hit 40 degrees on our second day here and we wanted to go to see this little jewel. We parked at the small church where it was just 500 meters down to the water. The place is a little slice of heaven, many small rapids and water so clear you can see small fishes darting left and right. Now, it’s cold to get in and because it’s a river, there are some steep drops and very sharp rocks, so be careful!

    Written 31 July 2019
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  • Lauretta Pianigiani
    Florence, Italy151 contributions
    It is a walking or cycling track linking Poggibonsi to Colle Val d'Elsa. I suggest you to go. It is easy ann full of families and people doing sports
    Written 17 May 2017
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  • Kroulak
    Brno, Czech Republic3,749 contributions
    We walk in because listen a music inside,very nice experience in this old churche and intersting information inside.
    Written 19 September 2019
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  • Kroulak
    Brno, Czech Republic3,749 contributions
    It was really suprise for us-very sleepy over afternoon,only few tourists,some local old people talking on the street,very quite and relax place!
    Written 19 September 2019
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  • Kroulak
    Brno, Czech Republic3,749 contributions
    Its in new part of the city,not to many interesting things to see,but nice coffee shops and bars. Children like running there:-)
    Written 19 September 2019
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  • John M
    Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
    The combination of steps, right angle entrance, and small courtyard in front, make for an unusual entrance to a church from 1183.
    Written 17 December 2018
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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain9,529 contributions
    Palazzo Campana is one of the some palaces located in Colle di Val d'Elsa, a Renaissance town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It is a big palace with a gate, which yo go through if you want to enter in the old town. Very curious, very nice.
    Written 21 May 2020
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  • Tim C
    Bellevue, WA988 contributions
    We were recommended this location by a lady in the tourist information center. She said that we can get a very good panoramic view of the city and she was right. The view is quite good and the stroll up to the church is most enjoyable since it takes you through the castle and the old town parts.
    Written 19 January 2017
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  • Robert K
    131 contributions
    If you love great wine and care about ecology, this is a spectacular place to visit and buy wine.

    Dane and Helene are charming and knowledgeable. We bought a few cases and their wine is always a hit with our family and friends.

    Not easy to get to but outstanding.
    Written 3 January 2016
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