Colle di Val d'Elsa
Colle di Val d'Elsa has a congested and uninteresting new town
in the valley which often causes visitors to miss its small but
attractive old town on the ridge above. Colle di Val d'Elsa is
the home of two important provincial museums, the Museum of Civic and Religious Art and the
Archaeological Museum, as well as quite a good Museum of Lead-Crystal
Glass. It has long been a major centre of Italian crystal
glass production. The massive Porta Nuova (Porta Volterrana)
is one of the main sights and there are a number of interesting
churches both within Colle di Val d'Elsa and nearby, among them
the Abbazia di Conéo, a Romanesque structure with many
pre-romanesque decorative features.
Worth a brief visit. More about the
Tuscan town of Colle di Val d'Elsa.