a great many of the towns of Tuscany in Italy are the famous "Tuscan hill
towns", they are often defined in name and location by the valleys
they overlook since it was and is through the valleys that lines of
communication run. Near Florence,
aside from the valley of the Arno itself, one of the most famous of
these valleys is the Val d'Elsa (sometimes written Valdelsa), the
valley of the River Elsa.
The Elsa is 63 km long and rises in the Siennese Montagnola in the
municipality of Sovicille
from some springs in the neighbourhood of Pieve di Molli. The Elsa runs
by Colle di Val d'Elsa, Poggibonsi, Certaldo and Castelfiorentino, and
so flows into the Arno just west of Empoli. The valley is known as
the Alta Val d'Elsa in the Province of Sienna and the Val
d'Elsa in the Province of Florence, Italy.
Colle di Val d'Elsa
The basin of the Elsa includes the following municipalities, in part or in whole:
Fiume Elsa - River Elsa near Colle di Val d'Elsa
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