Sovicille in the province of Siena, Tuscany
Sovicille is located in the eastern part of the Sienese Montagnola in the Val
di Merse, an area of lush forest and mediaeval villages 12 km from the centre of Sienna, and has
played a remarkable role in the history of Republic of Sienna.
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Ponte della Pia
It would be difficult to name all the castles, palaces, small churches, the tower-houses, the historical settlements spread in Sovicille area, from the tangle of forests of the Montagnola up to the valleys
(Montarrenti, Palazzo al Piano, Brenna, Tonni and then San Gimignano, San Giusto a Balli, Pernina and
many others). Each one is worth visiting not only for the countryside but also
because of the history of the land and the people living here. There are several
occupied and also ruined Augustinian monasteries in the area, most notably the
Hermitage and Monastery of Lecceto. Last but not least is the River
Merse, one of the most beautiful of this region, and the Farma
stream, flowing through a very interesting natural area. They are visited all year round by fishermen and, in summer, by tourists looking for a pleasant place to bathe.
The territory of the municipality of Sovicille is also the location of springs
near Pieve di Molli, the source of the River Elsa that flows northwards into the
Arno and forms the famous Val d'Elsa.
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