The ancient castle of Casole, the symbol of a village brimming with history and art, reveals itself at the end of a road that leads visitors through the beautiful hills of the Val d’Elsa, with olive groves and vineyards all around. In the center of the village, visitors are advised to visit the Palazzo della Propositura, which is now the home of a museum of archaeology and the collegiate church. The castle itself now houses the town hall and city museum, while the small tower gives you a breathtakingly panoramic view of the house and churches of the village and of course the hilly valleys further afield – it’s a little corner of paradise just waiting to be discovered. Before leaving the village, don’t forget to visit the neighborhood of Monteguidi, where the writer Carlo Cassola set his novel Bébo’s Girl. As you journey back through time, you’ll relive the words of the author.