Areas of central Tuscany
The province of Siena, nominated as the most beautiful region of the world by Unesco, is a mix of many diverse terrains and landscapes craftily embelished by the local farmers. The area is scatterred with marvelous medieval architecture, testemony of Siena's rich heritage.
The Chianti area of the Black Rooster between Siena and Florence is not only a land of vines, olive groves, churches and castles. The Chianti is also nature, dense forests and a lush countryside, a unique pleasure to be absorbed. The traveller to this seemingly isolated landscape is accompanied always by flourishing nature, however, surprisingly often is greeted by historical sights such as medieval hamlets, old farms, renaissance villas and remnants of an ancient past long forgotten. Thge Chianti gives its best in Autumn, in September during harvest or during the colourful month of November.
The soft hills of the Val d’Orcia, crossed by the old Roman road of the Cassia and guarded by old villages and medieval fortresses, offer some of the most well-known and characteristic landscapes of Tuscany. With its Cypress trees crowning the hill tops and running along country roads with geometric precision and the neat rows of vineyards of Montalcino as well as the dense and wild forests of the monte Amiata all make up this unesco protected territory which offers many different experiences. The val d'orcia is a pleasure to behold all year round, and the many different attractions from natural hotsprings, famous hill towns and wine regions such as Montalcino and Montepulciano that produce some of the best wines in the world.
The towns of Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza and Volterra, are just a few of central Tuscany's many historical hill-towns. Visit the beautiful centres, testemony of a rich heritage. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sweeping views of the countryside from the bastions of ancient walls. Walk down pilgrim routes and medieval roads browsing the many characteristic stores selling the areas typical products. Soak up the atmospheres of the Piazzas and artistic monuments Monuments and savour the delicious Tuscan cuisine in the towns trattorias. These itineraries are available all year round.
The Montagnola, is an area of great naturalistic heritage, one of Tuscany’s treasures. The Montagnola is an important centre for the extraction of marble, above all the beautiful Giallo di Siena, present also in the city’s Duomo. Following the paths of this area you will remain enchanted not only by the attractive landscapes, the Romanic churches, the castles and the medieval villages, but also by its fascinating woodlands testifying the true vocation of this area. Here we find, Monteriggioni, and far from the hordes of tourists, Sovicille, as well as many other small centres worth visiting. The shaded woodlands and fields of sunflowers colouring the horizon as well as the many sleepy towns and historical sites give their best in the heat of summer.
Val di Merse and Val di Farma are very evocative regions for the continuity and extension of their forests, interrupted only by the ancient walled villages like Brenna, Orgia, Torri, Stigliano and by fortifications like the tower of Montarrenti or by isolated churches like the Hermitage of Santa Lucia and the roofless Abbey of San Galgano or the abandoned ‘lost Duomo’ of Montespecchio. The wealth of this area derived from its many waterways, in particular the Merse river which became the centre for the milling of cereals thanks to its many water mills. Along the banks of the river Farma you can also find the ancient hot springs of Petriolo, bathed in since the times of the romans for their healing properties. These itineraries are available all year. For the more adventurous it is possible to bathe in the river during the summer months.
The Crete Senesi are a basic and harmonious landscape. The Crete are clay soils, very friable and subject to erosion of wind and rain, Man and beast which have over the centuries shaped forms that communicate emotions, like a sea of earth with fortifications, farms and villages riding on its waves. Agriculture has always had a strong link to this area, but the crete also offer pastures for sheep farming and the small wooded areas uncovering the inebriating truffles found under the soils, and centuries old travertine quarries and hot springs around the town of Rapolano. These itineraries are at their best in Spring and Winter.
The Maremma, in southern Tuscany with its plains and its nature reserve with hills descending to the sea into a myriad of rocky and sandy beaches which extend for almost 25km of coast and accompanied by marshes, shaded pine forests, farm land and pastures, a haven for many animal and plant species. This fertile area offers a marvelous variety of history and culture, an open air museum sculpted by nature. This area has been populated since millennia starting from the Roman-Etruscan remains of Roselle. These itineraries are available all year round.
Enjoy a day out trekking in nature. Follow a licensed guide through the countryside paths of Tuscany’s varied landscapes. Get in touch with the land that Tuscans over the centuries have so proudly shaped into works of art. Discover hidden treasures and abandoned marvels of medieval architecture.All posts