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Colle di Val d'Elsa, panorama del centro storico


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Colle di Val d'Elsa

Colle di Val d'Elsa or Colle Val d'Elsa is a town and comune in the province of Siena, Tuscany, central Italy.

It has a population of c. 21,600 As of June 2017. Its name means "Hill of Elsa Valley", where Elsa is the name of the river which crosses it and Valdelsa the name of the valley.

Today, Colle di Val d'Elsa is internationally renowned for the production of crystal glassware and art (15% of world production), largely produced in the industrial lower town.


The area was settled by man from at least the 4th millennium BC, but first mentions of the city are from the 9th century AD. In 1269 it was the seat of a famous battle during the wars of Guelphs and Ghibellines and in 1479 it was besieged by Neapolitan troops. From the 14th century it was a possession of Florence and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the unification of Italy in 1860.

In the 20th century it became an important industrial center. During World War II it was bombed by Allied aircraft.

The oldest part of the town is the "colle alta", the higher part, with a well-preserved medieval center. The town developed along the river from the 11th century onwards, building an artificial canal to power various industrial activities, such as wheat mills and paper factories.

The city is also famous as the birthplace of sculptor and architect Arnolfo di Cambio. A poet Isabella Cervoni was also born here.

Main sights

The village is entered through the ancient and monumental Porta Nova and winds its long and narrow way in a sequence of fine 16th- and 17th-century noble houses (notable are Palazzo Usimbardi, Palazzo Buoninsegni and the Town Hall) to the Palazzo Campana, which marks the entry to the Castle, the oldest part of Colle. Here, the village is characterized by narrow paved lanes, 15th- and 16th-century noble houses (such as Palazzo Luci, Palazzo Morozzi, Palazzo Giusti, Palazzo Dini) and tower-houses, including the one where Arnolfo di Cambio was born.


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Comune colle di val d'elsa

Comune di Colle di Val d'Elsa
Via Francesco Campana 18
53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa (SI)
Tel. 0577912111 Fax. 0577912270

Mercato settimanale Colle Val d’Elsa: Venerdi

Informazioni e servizi turistici
Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, 9
tel. e fax +39 0577 921334

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Pro Loco Via Francesco Campana, 43
tel. +39 0577 922791 – fax +39 0577 922621




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Colle Val d'Elsa, panorama del centro storico   Colle di Val d'Elsa, Duomo    

Colle di Val d'Elsa, panorama del centro storico


Colle di Val d'Elsa, Duomo


Colle Val d'Elsa, panorama del centro storico   Chiesa di Santa Maria in Canonica (Colle Val d'Elsa)  

Colle di Val d'Elsa, panorama del centro storico


Chiesa di Santa Maria in Canonica (Colle Val d'Elsa)



Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Madonna col Bambino e i santi Giovanni Battista, Lorenzo, Marco e Nicola, (XV secolo), Chiesa di Santa Maria in Canonica


Il Baluardo   Veduta del Baluardo con l'impianto di risalita    
Il Baluardo



Veduta del Baluardo con l'impianto di risalita    
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Colle Val d'Elsa, Le Caldane



Colle Val d'Elsa, Le Caldane


'Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta a Conèo   Abside abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta a Conèo    

'Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta a Conèo



Veduta dell'abside dell'Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta a Conèo, Colle Val d'Elsa



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Restaurants in Colle di Val d'Elsa

Ristorante Arnolfo
| Via XX Settembre, 50 | tel. 0577 920549

This exclusive 2 Michelin starred restaurant is located in the historic centre of the town in the indoors of a 16th century Palazzo. Because they only offer arround 6 tables (for four persons) it is very familiar. It has a beautiful panoramic terrace and is considered as one of the best restaurants in Tuscany having received numerous awards over the years. The wine cellar offers an excellent variety.

Il Ristorante il Cardinale | Loc. Abbadia - Via Piemonte, 10 | tel. 0577 923707
The Il Cardinale restaurant is located in the "Relais Della Rovere" hotel, a former abbey dating to the 11th century, which was later the residence of Card Giulio Della Rovere, later to become Pope Julius II.

Ristorante l'Antica Trattoria | Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, 23 | tel. 0577 923747
Situated in the main square in the lower part of town, beneath the historic portico of Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, this is a highly-regarded restaurant offering variations on Tuscan cuisine, while paying attention to the great classics, with an excellent cellar. The square was redesigned by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Il Ristorante Villa Belvedere | Loc. Belvedere - via Senese | tel. 0577 920966On the outskirts of the town, close to the southern exit of the Florence to Siena highway, the restaurant stands alongside Hotel Villa Belvedere, in a fine 18th-century palazzo, nestled among large Italianate gardens.

Il Ristorante Dietro le Quinte | Vicolo della Misericordia, 14 | tel. 0577 920458
Housed in a historic medieval building, right in the very heart of the historic centre of the Castello district of Colle di Val d'Elsa, it has a large terrace, offering panoramic views, perched right atop the old historic town walls.

La forchetta di Caterina
| Piazza S.Agostino, 9 | tel. 0577 920231
Situated in Piazza S. Agostino, opposite the church of the same name, in the lower part of town.

Ristorante Tre Archi | Loc. castel San Gimignano - Via di castel San Gimignano, 35/B | tel. 0577 953099
Situated outside Colle, in Castel San Gimignano, on the border between the municipal districts of Colle di Val d'Elsa, San Gimignano and Volterra.

Ristorante Molino il Moro | Via della Ruota, 2 | tel. 0577 920862
Just a stone’s throw from Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, this restaurant is located inside an ancient medieval water-mill (molino), known as the Molino del Moro, which is still in working order, albeit only for demonstration purposes, and is operated by water power supplied by the town’s "gore" (water channels).

Ristorante Fattoria Di Mugnano | Loc. Mugnano | tel. 0577 959023

Ristorante Il Frantoio | Via del Castello, 38 | tel. 0577 923652

Ristorante Da Simone
| Piazza Bartolomeo Scala, 11 | tel. 0577 926701 | http:
Situated in Piazza B. Scala, in the lower part of the town, a restaurant with a charming atmosphere, exclusively concentrated on specialities of fish and typical Tuscan meat recipes, with a selective wine cellar, in a place where past, present and future meet in a perfect harmony.

Ristorante La Cartiera | Via Oberdan, 57 | tel. 0577 924116

Ristorante La Speranza | Loc. La Speranza | tel. 0577 929696

Ristorante Da Jonatan | Via dello Spuntone, 2/A | tel. 0577 926753

Ristorante Il Feudo | Via del Castello, 46 | tel. 0577 924673

Ristorante La Ruota | Loc. Gracciano - Via Fratelli Bandiera, 70 | tel. 0577 929181

Ristorante Enoteca a Venezia | Via Usimbardi, 7/9 | tel. 0577 922241

Ristorante il Calandrino | Loc. Borgatello, 6 | tel. 0577 958925

Ristorante Aiazzi | Loc. Gracciano - Via Fratelli Bandiera, 86 | tel. 0577 929240

Ristorante Cinese Fontana Della Felicita | Via Gramsci, 16 | tel. 0577 921045

Ristorante Pizzeria Bar il Torrione | Via Porta Vecchia, 23 | tel. 0577 923700

Ristorante Boccon Bacco | Localita' Belvedere - zona industriale, ingresso 1 | tel:0577 930551

[1] Foto Pubblico dominio, Collegamento
[2] Fonte: La Val d’Elsa: Monteriggioni e Colle di Val d’Elsa (il Castello di Piticciano o Colle Nuovo) |

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