Colle di val d'Elsa
Colle Val d’Elsa is rich in monuments of great artistic value. Located at the edge of the Piano delle Grazie, near the left bank of the river Elsa, the town is surrounded by the typical mild Tuscan hills with olive trees, vineyards, and cypresses. The inhabitants of Colle Val d’Elsa has always considered the river as an important source of energy for local producing activities. Canalised into a clever system, it has contributed to turn the town into one of the most ancient industrial poles in Tuscany for the processing of wool, paper, and glass.
Today Colle Val d’Elsa is famous all over the world for its production of precious crystals, among the finest in Italy. The town is divided into three levels: The Piano in the lower part, i.e. the modern town,the Borgo, which extends towards Volterra, and the Castello, the medieval historical centre. The medieval city centre consists of narrow paved alleys, tower-houses, small squares, with steps climbing uphill. Piazza del Duomo is the most beautiful attraction of the city, whilst Via delle Volte is the most suggestive street.