TOUR IN VAL D'ORCIA

SOME VISITS TO DO



Following the ancient Via Francigena , we find castles, fortresses, ancient villages. The territory is a continuous range of colors: the evergreen Mediterranean scrub, red and yellow of flowering fields By hills covered with vineyards and olive groves to the slopes of green? Amiata with secular woods of chestnut and beech. Among the white calcium deposits and gullies in the valley of the Baths, where they grow wild gorse and orchids can see herons, roe-deer, fallow deer, the buzzards.
A Valley to be discovered along ancient paths in the midst of primitive landscapes and natural beauty.
The Crete Senesi
Are a very hilly area particularly in the southeast of Siena, whose composition is due to the clayey nature of their ancient sea basin, which is sedimented sand and mud. They are part of the common area of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d'Asso. Sure to visit the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is on the road that joins Asciano Buonconvento.
Bagno Vignoni:
The name of this ancient village derives from the castle of Vignoni which still dominates the hill above the village. Around a large rectangular pool, into which flow the hot springs are arranged houses, the church of San Giovanni Battista, and the portico of Santa Caterina. From the pool, the waters reach the ancient thermal baths and from there down to feed a number of mills located on the side sloping to the river Orcia

Bagni San Filippo
Spa place at 524 m.di high on the slopes of Monte Amiata Its sulphurous thermal waters rich in calcium carbonate down the valley to create "White Ditch" with waterfalls and "gore" of limestone in the middle of a shady forest trunked The discovery of two Roman necropolis testify as the place was already busy in I and II century AD The baths were then restored by the Medici. so that Macchiavelli in "Mandragola" urged "to take baths at San Filippo."
But the whole area for its rich volcanic origin is more or less famous spas, and within a few kilometers you can reach the thermal baths of Saturnia, San Casciano, Rapolano etc.

Museums

Museum of San Giovanni (Castiglione d? Orcia) you are exposed famous Madonnas of Siena school Simone Martini, The Oldie, Lorenzetti?

Museum of Glass in Poggio alle Mura (Montalcino) The Museum houses a fine collection of glass art that traces the glassmaking: from Egyptians to the Phoenicians, the Assyrian-Babylonian to the Roman Empire, until the present day with the wonderful works of the Venetian masters

Museum and Diocesan Sacred Art (Montalcino) collect the works that were previously stored separately in the Civic Museum and the Diocesan Museum of Montalcino.

Archaeological Museum and diocesan of the City of Pienza

Museum Theatre poor (Monticchiello)

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