10 Things to Do in Palaia That You Shouldn't Miss

August 29, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Palaia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pisa in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) southwest of Florence and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Pisa.
Restaurants in Palaia

1. Agrisole SSA

Via Serra 64, 56024, San Miniato, Italy +39 349 591 3252
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5 based on 108 reviews

Agrisole SSA

Small cellar, family conduction. Is possible make a beautiful tour in our vineyard and tasting of our products. We organize also "San Miniato town tour "and "Truffle experience" For more information visit our website under the voice experience. For us the guest is like our friend. Reservation is required

Reviewed By jmsgso - North Carolina

This is how to spend a couple of hours. Our host, Fabio, was very gracious and informative and made us feel very unhurried and welcome. Following a nice tour of their modest facility comes an exceptional tasting experience. No less than ten nice sized wine samplings were preceded by their own olive oil and Tuscan bread. Accompanying the wines were generous servings of local meats and cheeses, all outstanding. Fabio spent a good deal of time explaining each wine, all quite good and some excellent. Adding it all up, this was a reasonably priced experience that was so much more pleasant than the standard large label, tour bus winery stop kind of place. Say hello to their friendly German Shepherd, Zara, while you're there. Highly recommended.

2. Arianna & Friends Day Tours

Via Salaiola 50/11 La Rosa, 56037, Terricciola, Italy
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5 based on 321 reviews

Arianna & Friends Day Tours

Small regional tour operator specializing in very original and experiencial tours to the rural Tuscany. Our aim is to bring visitors of Tuscany to the best food producers of wine, cheese, olive oil, honey, chocolate, pasta, grains and any local specialty. We only arrange customized tours for individuals and small groups. For very enthusistic "foodies" we also arrange informal and very educational cooking classes at our cooking school called My Tuscan Kitchen: typical Tuscan menus, pizza classes, chocolate making experiences, pastry making experiences. We arrange fantastic truffle hunting tours in the woods near San Miniato and very exclusive foodie tours on Vespa scooters, as we are located near Pontedera, hometown of Vespa! EXPERIENCE WINE & FOOD IN TUSCANY WITH US!

Reviewed By jonnewcomb - Overland Park, Kansas

Arianna and Friends gave us the best two tours we had during our three weeks in Italy. We did the olive oil farm and Lari. We saw olive oil being processed from olives to oil and pasta being made. Very knowledgeable team and a passion for what they do. Gave us recommendations on things to do on our own. I highly recommend this group when you visit this region. You will not be disappointed.

3. Pieve di San Martino

Via della Pieve, 56036, Palaia, Italy +39 0587 62141
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Pieve di San Martino

Reviewed By aidan794 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

We passed this church most days. It only appears to be open on Sundays - it is an absolute GEM and the exterior is stunning when illuminated at night

4. Parco Preistorico

Via dei, 56037, Peccioli, Italy +39 0587 636030
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3.5 based on 204 reviews

Parco Preistorico

Reviewed By Karsten P - Vallensbaek Strand, Denmark

if you have kids that are interested in dinosaurs this small park is worth a visit. The owner has personally made all the dinosaurs and is good at telling about the work plus showing pictures.
As for content it is mediocre and could be more interactive. My son was regardless of the very static animals very thrilled about the visit.
Prices are just right compared to content. We spent a couple of hours and this is the right way to spend half a day.

5. Golf Club Castelfalfi

Localita Castefalfi, 50050, Montaione, Italy +39 0571 890200
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Golf Club Castelfalfi

Tuscany is the ideal destination for golf lovers. Its temperate climate allows you to enjoy this sport for most of the year. Castelfalfi is the largest golf course in Tuscany and attracts fans from around the world. The courses of the Golf Club Castelfalfi, built according to the principles of sustainability and without adding anything artificial, are among the most fascinating from the point of view of its landscape and are stimulating from a sports point of view. The Golf Club, with its 27 holes, challenges the most experienced players and ensures fun even for beginners. There is also a driving range with grass teeing grounds, covered areas for conducting clinics and a clubhouse.

Reviewed By Lisa G - South Burlington, Vermont

Our experience at this hotel was absolutely amazing. The house we stayed in was beautifully restored, the pool was lovely and the grounds were meticulously maintained. We enjoyed travelling around the countryside as well. Our only complaint was that the beds were as hard as sleeping on the floor. However, the kitchen was nicely appointed with everything you would need and the interior was comfortably decorated. 4 stars for the inadequate beds.

6. La Spinetta

Via Annunziata 17, 56030 Castagnole Lanze, Italy +39 0141 877396
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5 based on 47 reviews

La Spinetta

On the strenght of the experience in piedmont gained over 25 year of winemaking, the first winery on the tuscan hills, opened in 2007, of the Rivetti family.

Reviewed By M1DXB - Edinburgh, Scotland

We had a tasting for five people, and were joined by a nice couple from Miami who did their best to understand our Scottish accents. We were shown around the winery by Tobia, who is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of grape cultivation and wine...Morethank you so much for your very kind words. we hope to see you again soon!

7. Piaggio Museum

Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7, 56025, Pontedera, Italy +39 0587 27171
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4.5 based on 595 reviews

Piaggio Museum

The Piaggio Museum is open also the second and the fourth sunday of the month from 10:00 to 18:00.

Reviewed By Veysel K

This is really very nice museum, many things ( related to the motorcycle culture) to see and observe. Quite opposite The first impression the city gives when you get off the train. You can come here from Pisa in 15 min. by train and visit the museum, and after that go to the main street of the city to sit in some pizza place. Pleasant.

8. Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella

Piazza Indipendenza 1, 56020 Marti, Montopoli in Val d'Arno, Italy
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5 based on 1 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella

Reviewed By computer82 - Calci, Italy

Chiesa in quel di Marti, un paesino nel comune di Montopoli in Val d'Arno.
Questo paese è un Chicco delle colline Toscane, e questa Chiesa è il chicco del chicco.
Costruita nel XIV Secolo completamente rivestita di mattoni risulta la padrona di questo paese.

9. Villa Baciocchi

Piazza del Castello 1/4, 56033 Capannoli, Italy +39 0587 607035
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Villa Baciocchi

Reviewed By Stefania B - Livorno, Italy

Si trova in cima a un colle, antica sede di un castello appartenuto ai della Gherardesca; ospita due musei; è circondata da un vasto parco. Il Museo civico zoologico al piano terra e il Museo archeologico al piano nobile. Il primo, fondato nel 1997, in cinque sale espone animali imbalsamati (invertebrati, mammiferi, uccelli, rettili e pesci), provenienti da tutto il mondo. Della collezione fanno parte anche una raccolta di uccelli, una di farfalle, un leopardo nebuloso e un gatto marmorizzato. Il secondo è un percorso didattico con ceramiche, monete ed elementi lapidei; di rilievo il corredo della tomba etrusca di Monte Vaso e materiali neolitici rinvenuti nel territorio di Pontedera.Il parco è ricco di 160 specie di varia provenienza e, su una superficie non enorme, custodisce ben 12 alberi monumentali. Interessante e lodevole l'iniziativa, visto che non siamo in una ricca metropoli. Per questo do 4 punti

10. Tempio di Minerva Medica a Montefoscoli

Via Vacca, 56036, Palaia, Italy +39 333 227 4036
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5 based on 12 reviews

Tempio di Minerva Medica a Montefoscoli

The Temple of Minerva Medica is a neo-classical building situated on a hill within a small grove of holm oaks, near the town of Montefoscoli, in the province of Pisa, Italy. It was erected around 1822 by the wish of , Andrea Vacca Berlinghieri, physician and luminary of the university of Pisa. His intention was to devote a monument to his father Francesco, also a physician, celebrating their profession with a dedication to the goddess of medicine, Minerva Medica.

Reviewed By orsobiancoditoscana - Pescia, Italy

Bel posto, sicuramente ha conosciuto tempi migliori , carico di simbologie massoniche ma non tali da giustificare la nomea di tempio massonico ; casomai si è voluto ricreare qualcosa di vicino al sentire proprio del mecenate Andrea Vaccà Berlinghieri per tramandarne il ricordo con qualcosa di unico.
Molto affascinante la forma dell'interno che somiglia molto ad un teatro anatomico dove gli ospiti stanno assisi ad una tribunetta accessibile solo da una strettissima scala a chiocciola che riporta molto al concetto iniziatico dell'adepto . Io ho trovato attinente vedervi una Mary Shelley che guardando le abili mani di Andrea immagina risorgere il suo Frankenstein in una notte di fulmini che entrano dal foro centrale di questo piccolo Pantheon. E come nel Pantheon qui ci si sente prendere da tutti gli dei ed i demoni che lo abitano e che vengono fatti svanire solo al mattino quando vengono aperte le enormi finestre esposte a sud.

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