The Crete Senesi is a spectacle of nature, characterized by cultivated fields, small lakes and oak forests; it is unmistakable places, chosen as the location for many films.
The towns of the Crete Senesi include several villages; addition to Asciano and San Giovanni d'Asso (famous for its white truffles), near Trequanda and Chiusure you can admire the ancient Benedictine monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the province. The structure is surrounded by the Crete: the white gullies and fog give a magical atmosphere.
Travelers will find themselves immersed in a unique panorama in the world, with lunar landscapes, ravines and biancane. The distinctive features of the "terre di Siena" are cultivated fields (wheat, sunflowers), ancient farmhouses and cypress trees out of sight, a wonderful show that everyone can be in front of the eyes through the roads of the Val d'Orcia in the Monte Amiata.
To enjoy every little detail, the best way to visit this area is by car to be able to stop whenever you wish. An obligatory stage is a visit to San Quirico, with its beautiful Gothic cathedral and Renaissance gardens called Horti Leonini.
A detour is essential to reach Pienza, the renaissance jewel invented by Pope Pio II, with the perfection of its streets and the Duomo in travertine.
Another must-stop along the Val d'Orcia is Bagno Vignoni, with its thermal bath of medieval origin that occupies the entire square of the small village. Following is Montepulciano, an architectural jewel of southern Tuscany. Its charm is noble, such as the name of the local wine, the famous Nobile di Montepulciano.
Montepulciano is located south of the province, not far from the highway. It stands on a high hill that allows it to dominate the Val d'Orcia and the Val di Chiana. From the highest part of the village, you can admire the fields and vineyards as far as the eye can see; steep hills, streets and alleys lead to the beautiful main square with the Renaissance palace that houses the municipal offices and the imposing stone cathedral. In the upper part of the city stands the fortress that allowed the defense not only Montepulciano but in the entire area.
Nature and culture for an unforgettable holiday: book at the hotel Palazzo Pacini, ideal for holidays with pets near Monteriggioni (Siena).