Radicondoli and the Crystal of Colle Val d’Elsa
For artisans and MADE IN ITALY lovers, a visit to the historic village of Colle Val d’Elsa, famous all over the world for its crystal production, is a must, just a few kilometers from Siena.
We will immediately visit the Crystal Museum in the lower part of the village, in an intricate weave of steel lattice beams showing a collection of handmade crystal from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, as well as the various manufacturing techniques. Colle di Val d’Elsa represents 95% of Italian crystal production and 14% of world production. The visit continues to the ancient historic center at the top of the hill, for a walk in the streets with a typical medieval atmosphere up to a terrace with a wonderful view of the lower part of the city, the Tuscan hills and the surrounding countryside.
Our tour will continue with the visit of the small fortified village of Radicondoli with less than 1000 inhabitants, a 30-minute drive from Colle through the metal-covered hills typical of this part of the province. Looking at the hills you can see in some points of the smoke coming out of the ground. This is not a fire but it is the fumaroles that indicate the presence of sources of geothermal energy in the area. Returning to Siena, we will arrive at a winery that produces wine, for a tasting of products and the possibility of buying and shipping.
We will take care of getting you from your accommodation and bring you back at the end with our comfortable minivan. Our drivers are very professional, they are not guides – a licensed person and a special extra price would be required by law – but they will certainly be able to recommend the best restaurants and souvenir shops.
Price per person: 2/3 participants xx € – 4/8 participants xx €
Day and time of execution: from 14.00 to 19.00 (about 5 hours)
The cost includes:
• free visit of Colle Val d’Elsa
• admission to the Crystal Museum in Colle Val d’Elsa
• free visit of Radicondoli
• visit and tasting at a winery
• transport by car or minivan from and to your accommodation
• driver in Italian