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The property is situated in the area of the Pisan Hills, a hilly region rich in chestnut woods and land cultivated with vines and olive trees in the centre of Tuscany, in the southeast area of Pontedera and bordering with Volterra and the park of the Upper Valdera. This area, of great natural importance, is dotted with numerous borghi rich in significant historical and architectural relics. The borgo of Palaia itself, of ancient Etruscan origin, is about 7 km from the house and contains buildings and churches of great artistic interest and an important 13th century church on a promontory with a beautiful panorama ranging from the area around Florence to Volterra, continuing across the upper Valdera to Pisa and the coastal area. The area offers plenty of opportunity for recreation: nature and sports lovers can take advantage of the long hiking and mountain biking trails, can go horseback riding along the country lanes (about 4 km away, in Treggiaia, is the riding club Lo Scoiattolo), or play golf at the 9-hole course of San Miniato, about 26 km away, or at the 18-hole course of Castelfalfi, about 20 km away, which also has a green and a practice bunker. Health conscious guests can take advantage of the prestigious spa facilities in the area, those of Casciana and Uliveto are just a few kilometres from the property. About 10 km away in Pontedera you can find all necessary services and shops (while just 1½ kilometres away is the little town of Forcoli where you can also do your shopping) as well as the Piaggio Museum, famous throughout the world, with the entire series of historic Vespas. The villa is easily reached from both north and south thanks to the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole) and the highway between Florence and Pisa and Livorno (S.G.C. FI-PI-LI), with exit at Pontedera, about 10 km from the property. The airports in the region are fairly near, with that of Pisa (35 km) just thirty minutes away, while that of Florence is about 64 km away. In addition, for those wishing to travel by train, the railway station of Pontedera, on the Florence-Pisa line, is about 13 km away.