Following the ancient Via Francigena , we find castles, fortresses, ancient villages ... The territory is a continuous range of colors: from the evergreen Macchia Mediterranea, to red and yellow fields in bloom ... from the hills covered of olive groves and vineyards to the green slopes of the 'Amiata with century-old chestnut and beech trees.
Among the "white badlands" of the valley and limestone deposits of Spa, where they grow wild broom and the orchids you can admire herons, the Caprioli, the Daini, the buzzards ....
A valley to discover along ancient paths amid landscapes of primitive and natural beauty.
The Crete Senesi
are a hilly area very special, southeast of Siena, whose clay composition is due to the nature of their ancient sea basin, in which sedimentavano sand and mud. They are part of this area the municipalities of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d'Asso. Sure to visit the ' Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is located on the road that connects with Asciano Buonconvento.
The name of this ancient village derives from Vignoni castle that still dominates the hill above the village. Around a large rectangular pool, into which flow the hot springs, they are arranged the houses, the church of San Giovanni Battista, and the porch of Santa Caterina. From the tub, the water can reach the ancient baths and from there down to feed a series of mills arranged on the side sloping to the river Orcia
Terme di Bagni San Filippo
Spa place in 524 M.di high on the slopes of Monte Amiata Its thermal waters rich in sulfur and calcium carbonate falling to the valley shape the "Fosso Bianco" with waterfalls and "gore" of limestone in the middle of a shady forest tall trees The findings of two Roman necropolis testify as the place was already busy in the I and II century AD The baths were then renovated by the Medici. so that Machiavelli in "Mandragola" urged "... take baths in San Filippo ...".
But the whole area for its volcanic origin is rich in spas more or less famous and within a few kilometers you can reach the hot springs of Saturnia, San Casciano, Rapolano etc.
Museum St. John's (Castiglione d'Orcia) they are exposed famous Madonna of the Sienese school Simone Martini, Vecchietta, Lorenzetti ...
Glass Museum to Poggio alle Mura (Montalcino) The museum houses a valuable collection of glass that traces the path of glass art: from the Egyptians to the Phoenicians, the Assyrian-Babylonian to the Roman Empire, up to the present day with the wonderful works of Venetian masters
Museum and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (Montalcino) They collect the works that were previously stored separately in the Municipal Museum and the Diocesan Museum of Montalcino.
Archaeological Museum and the diocese of the City of Pienza
Theatre Museum poor (Monticchiello)