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THE SURROUNDINGS OF VILLA AL PIANO
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At Villa al Piano you can spend peaceful days after fascinating (but perhaps!) tourist trips, such as a tour of Chianti, a visit to Volterra and the Etruscan coast, museums, Reinaissance buildings and churches in Florence.

Alternatively, you can enjoy yourself on the premises of the Villa, with activities such as short courses in Italian cuisine.

The original name of the village was Lastra a Gangalandi, a phonetic modification occurred through the centuries of the name Gian Gualandi, a man who owned a castle here and was lord of these lands in the 13th century. The name Lastra presumably derived from the slabs ('lastre') of sandstone that since the ancient times had been extracted from the numerous quarries in the surrounding hills.

This theory is confirmed by the town's coat-of-arms bearing two squares, typical tools used by stonecutters. Today Lastra a Signa is a large borough in the Mid Valdarno area, left of the Arno River 12 km downstream from Florence.
Lastra a Signa was a seat of local government until 1923.

The area was an important agricultural, handicraft and industrial center in pre-war times, known above all for products made of straw (the typical Florence straw hats). After World War II its industries have developed very quickly and it has become famous both in Italy and abroad for the manufacture of hosiery, leather goods, footwear, hats and bags (both of the latter being assembled using the traditional local straw). There has also been a considerable increase in the equally traditional art of pottery.

The building sector has also grown but tradition has been preserved and the wonderful local landscape, protected by law, has been thoroughly respected.
Strolling through Lastra a Signa, tourists find typical taverns with traditional Tuscan cuisine, some of which are mentioned in the most renowned national food guides.

 
 
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Bed and Breakfast Villa al Piano
50055 Lastra a Signa - Via del Piano, 23 - Florence
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