Surround yourself with picturesque olive groves, rolling hills of vineyards, and the world-famous landscapes of Tuscany at our charming vacation homes in Reggello, a small city on the eastern outskirts of Florence. Known throughout Italy as the home of the Vallombrosa Abbey and the Sammezzano Castle, Reggello is a place of open countryside, agricultural abundance, and wonderful local olive oil. You'll be within a few miles of Renaissance art, history, and culture - and firmly on the border of one of the most famous wine regions in all of Italy.
Nestled between the Pratomagno Mountains and the verdant wine region of Chianti, Reggello sits in the Upper Arno Valley just 24 miles east of the Tuscan capital of Florence. From this location in the heart of Central Italy, you'll be only 36 miles northwest of Arezzo, 61 miles north of Siena, 84 miles south of Bologna, and within a short (and incredibly scenic) drive of Tuscany's most famous hill towns.
Founded as a market town at a central Italian crossroads, Reggello has gained fame over the centuries as the site of the Vallombrosa Abbey. This Benedictine community, which has origins that date back to the 11th century, sits eight miles north of town in the woods of the Apennines. A rumored sojourn of Galileo Galilei, the abbey also offers respite for modern-day Tuscans in search of tranquil picnic grounds and refreshingly cool weather - even in the peak of summer.
Seven miles to the east of Reggello is the Sammezzano Castle, a truly unique display of Moorish revival architecture in the heart of Tuscany. With 365 rooms that include a color-splashed Peacock Room and a Hall of Mirrors, this 17th-century castle was built by Spanish nobles for Ximenes of Aragon and is open to the public from time to time with advance reservations.
Our Reggello vacation rentals also offer access to the Road of the Seven Bridges, a beautiful route to neighboring Arezzo that winds through Neolithic and Etruscan remains. Named for seven stone bridges that were built during the Middle Ages, this well-paved road is now beloved among motorists and cyclists who want to explore the mountainous countryside.
Whether you're a lover of Renaissance history and art, a wine enthusiast, or in search of Italy's most stunning scenery, you'll find it all on the roads to Reggello.
Take an easy trip by car or by train to Florence, an epicenter of art and culture during the peak of the southern Renaissance. Purchase tickets in advance to tour the priceless works in the Uffizi Gallery and stare in wonder at Michelangelo's towering sculpture of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, admire the iconic red dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, and take in a panoramic sunset view from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Sample the renowned dry red wines of the Chianti region, which sits directly west of Reggello, and take a morning excursion through the gorgeous vineyards. You'll also be within a short drive of Siena and San Gimignano, two of the most legendary hilltop towns in Tuscany.
Come and bask in the unrivaled beauty of the Italian countryside - reserve your stay at one of our Reggello vacation rentals today!
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