Tuscany, Italy

Cerreto Guidi

Cerreto Guidi is a small picturesque village located in the Valdarno area on a hill in Chianti. It is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and features small artisan workshops and intact ancient streets. This charming village offers magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and is just a short drive from Florence.

Villa Medicea

The center of Cerreto Guidi is dominated by the lovely Villa Medicea from the 16th century. This villa is famous because of the legends that involve the death of Isabella dei Medici. The legend says that she passed away in her husband’s hands, Paolo Giordano I Orsini, who decided to strangle Isabella after he found out that she has betrayed him. It is said that the ghost of Isabella is still present in the village and this legend attracts many tourists. Most of them wish to see the bedroom where the murder of Isabella took place.

Nearby Places to Visit

If you are in the neighborhood, make sure to check out one of the Italy’s largest remaining swamps, Padule di Fucecchio. There is also the famous small village Vinci, where Leonardo de Vinci was born. Those who like hikes and panoramic views of the surrounding area will fall in love with Montalbano.