A verdant vision of rippling hills and medieval majesty, the captivating Casole d'Elsa is an impossibly quaint hilltop town surrounded by the scenic countryside of Tuscany. Enclosed by ancient medieval walls, the town is decorated with architectural jewels and fine ecclesiastical structures; shady plazas are lined with quaint shops selling traditional treats and picturesque gardens are filled with stunning sculptures from prominent Italian artists. Casole d'Elsa is a traditional taste of Tuscany and is guaranteed to seduce and satisfy those seeking a serene sojourn.
The dominating feature of the town’s lively main square is the consecrated Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, a sacred structure that harbours interesting artefacts and divine decoration. The visionary façade features original Romanesque designs and a slender bell tower; within, cavernous cloisters and impressive altars preside beside the venerated tombs of two revered bishops.
For an interesting insight into the region’s medieval heritage, a visit to the nearby Pieve of San Giovanni Battista is an integral part of this Italian itinerary; the Romanesque elegance and colossal columns make this building typical of the stunning Tuscan region.
Located beside the fine ecclesiastical example of the aforementioned church is the Museum of Sacred Art, an visually stunning and thought provoking collection of religious art that is guaranteed to induce a cultural epiphany. Alessandro Casolani and Domenico di Michelino are amongst the pioneering painters that feature in this godly gallery.