Palaia - Panorama Palaia

Palaia is a farming town situated on one of the highest ridges that divide the valley of the Arno river Era.

Of Etruscan origin, as evidenced by some findings, Palaia has experienced a period of relative prosperity in the thirteenth century, when they built the church of San Martino, the original brick building which is holding an annual international festival of choral and church of Sant 'Andrea, which preserves valuable works of art.

The memory of its agricultural traditions can be found in the surroundings in the village of Montefoscoli today houses the Museum of Country Life, where you can visit wineries, crusher and coppaio. At the Museum of Work and the rural culture of San Gervasio are exposed equipment, tools and even vintage tractors.

Palaia is a starting point for excursions and landscapes of great beauty, as the road through the villages of Colleoli (old castle now a hotel), Villa Saletta (where movies were filmed The Night of San Lorenzo and the Taviani brothers and Fiorile Paolo Virzi Io e Napoleone) and Toiano, uninhabited village amid rolling hills and steep gullies of sand.

Among the events will signal the Medieval Festival (Palaia, third Sunday of September) and the People's Theatre Festival (Villa Saletta, the end of June). If you are looking with curiosity at Forcoli takes place in July, the original beauty contest "Miss Chubby," he sees on the catwalk women from all over Italy provided more than 100 kg.

Palaia is also collecting area of the white truffle. Not surprisingly, it has recently been established on the nose River Park, first in Italy, where they are protected vegetation and water courses which are intended to reproduce the precious tuber.