Casole d'Elsa is an charming small town in Tuscany located 30 kilometres from San Gimignano, and can be reached by bus or car. The economy of the town is mainly based on agriculture and marble mining.
In 1554, after decades of war between Siena and Florence, Casole d'Elsa was added to the domain of Florence. However, it was only in 1861 that the town was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy. Casole d'Elsa is well known as an artisan town, adorned with many contemporary sculptures. Galleries also display the work of many prominent Italian artists.
The best way to explore the town is on foot since the quiet streets here are pedestrian friendly, with the climate in summer quite mild. There are many restaurants, pizzerias and bars. Hotels are located in the town centre.