Alta Valdera is a beautiful hilly area near Pisa, rich in traditions and remarkable works of art. Its small borough, each with its own cultural particularities, offer many opportunities to the visitor. Especially around summertime it’s possible to take part in the exhibitions tied to the local gastronomical traditions and year-round we can taste the great local Chianti wine, right in the winery. Florence and Siena and the beautiful Etruscan city Volterra are easily reachable from here, as are the thermal towns and the coast.
Alta Valdera, a noteworthy landscape, of human, historical and artistic heritage, besides offering a pleasant stay in its vas territory, saw the birth, in the last years, of many museums and recreational facilities which aided in increasing its potential. With great commitment the people of this land recovered and promoted that life and work culture which was present in our communities until a few decades ago; a culture which can be rediscovered in the Museum of work and rural civilization in San Gervasio and in the Museum of Peasant Culture in Montefoscoli, both dislocated in the land around Palaia. These points of interest, born by the recovery of owners’ and peasants’ spaces in the Tuscan countryside, are complemented by new scientific facilities, like the Astronomical Observatory in Libbiano and the Zoologic Museum in Capannoli. The two museums, respectively built in Peccioli and in Capannoli have a particularly important artistic value; the first is a museum of Russian icons, born thanks to a donation and the second is an archaeological museum, set up with the relics found in this area. In Peccioli, the Pre-historic Park combines historical-scientific information with leisure opportunities. In addition to this particular and varied attraction, there is a remarkable geothermic phenomenon, recently discovered in the Orciatico countryside and studied by important universities: a carbon dioxide emitting mofette.