The wonders of the region

Take off on a discovery of Tuscany

From Fonteverde, you can set off and explore the immaculate beauty of the Tuscan landscape and immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the land.

One of the most popular destinations is San Casciano dei Bagni, a small town that was awarded the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag Recognition of Quality) and Borghi più Belli d’Italia (Most Beautiful Medieval Villages in Italy). Known since ancient times for its hot springs, San Casciano fascinates tourists for its untouched environment, woods and stunning landscape, as well as the historical centre that reflects its medieval structure. Wander through the maze of streets, alleys and squares that lead up to the Collegiate Church and Town Hall, as well as the Saint Mary of Pillars Church, the Turrito Castle, the Church of the Most Holy Conception or Visitation, the small Church of the Cappuccini (Capuchins Friars) and the 5th Century Pagan Temple.

Chiusi, with the splendour of the Etruscan and Roman ruins, represents an important archaeological site that is famous across Italy and around the world. The city’s National Archaeological Museum, one of the most significant in the sector, will intrigue you with its historical artefacts and tombs, including the very famous tomb of the Monkey, dating back to the 15th Century BC, which still safeguards important frescoes up to this day.

If you look back till the Roman era, you can find the Santa Mustiola and Santa Caterina catacombs, as well as the large reservoir on top of which a 13th century defence tower was built, which was modified into a bell tower at the end of the 1500s. The Chiusi underground is also particularly fascinating, famous for the vast network of Etruscan tunnels, some of which are still in use today.

The Cathedral of San Secondiano and its museum are also popular attractions. The lake of Chiusi, located a few kilometres from the city, sits nestled between cultivated fields and reed beds, and is renowned the favourite place for sport fishing and bird-watching enthusiasts.

Montepulciano, known as the Pearl of the Renaissance, is a also a significant destination with its Piazza Grande that is surrounded by authentic masterpieces of Renaissance architecture. Other building of historical and artistic interest include the Town Hall, the Cantucci Palace, the Capitano Palace, the Noblemen’s Palace, the Cathedral and the artistic treasures kept in its temple, as well as the Cervini Palace, the Grugni Palace, the Fortress, the Budelli Palace, the Temple of San Biagio, the Church of Sant’Agostino and Santa Lucia, the church of Jesus and the church Santa Maria dei Servi.

The medieval villages and the squares that unexpectedly appear in the middle of the breath-taking scenery make this a unique city, and along with the beautiful architecture, every visit offers a chance to discover history and tradition. One can also explore the famous wineries, some of which have been used continuously over the centuries and occupy much of the city’s underground.

Pienza, originally called Corsignano, is a beautiful city that was renovated in the second half of the 15th century, thanks to Pope Pio II, by Bernardo da Settignano, one of the most famous architects of that time. Today, it still demonstrates the urban planning and aesthetics of the ideal Renaissance city. The main street might been extraordinarily long to those walking it thanks to a skilful play on perspective, because in reality the city is a tiny gem that measures under four hundred meters from one end to the another. In addition to the main street, Piazza Pio II is an important attraction to see since it represents the monumental centre of Pienza, with its main historical buildings such as the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace, the Ammannati Palace and the Town Hall.

Enter though the large front doors of the Piccolomini Palace and you’ll walk out into a beautiful elevated garden overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a truly stunning view. And this is where one of the most outstanding natural settings exists.

Val d’Orcia, the vast area extending south of the province of Siena, has been recognised for its beauty as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a natural park crossed by the Orcia River with dreamlike views, including the hillside landscape that reflects the majesty of Mount Amiata. Out here, one can experience an atmosphere of magical harmony, a fusion of the green of the vineyards and olive trees with the colours of the streams and clay features. Admiring this spectacle of nature evokes intense feelings that match the sensation of admiring the most famous works of the great Sienese painters from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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