Magnificent roads set out from Asciano: the historic Lauretana towards Siena, Via di Rapolano and the splendid country road (unpaved) of Monte Sante Marie.  It is also the ideal base for a visit to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

The brief but richly center of Asciano begins in front of the basilica of Sant’Agata where you will find a Virgin with Child by Signorelli and Sodoma’s Pietà. The Museum of Sacred Art houses a collection of 14th and 15th century works.

Corso Matteotti passes through the heart of the little town and is overlooked by the Gothic church of San Bernardino (which houses the Etruscan Museum) and the late Gothic church of Sant’Agostino. The 13th century church of San Francesco is very beautiful for the essentialness of its architecture. The visit ends in Piazza del Grano with its fine travertine fountain (15th century) by Paolo Ghini and the façade of the Palazzo del Podestà.

 

Distance from Fonte Bertusi: 37 km – 41 minutes

Driving directions from Fonte Bertusi

Parking: Decimal coordinates 43.23435,11.561404

GPS: +43° 14′ 5.31″, +11° 33′ 34.33″

Altitude: 200 meters

Tourist Information Office: Via delle Fonti 18, Tel. 0577 718811,

Weekly Open air market:  Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Festival and events:

Mercatino delle Crete. In the old part of town: natural products like oil, honey, jam, truffles and herbs, local crafts, baskets, woven goods and many hand-made crafts made from ceramic, terracotta, copper and more. Every other Sunday of the month.

“Chiusure in Piazza” (The Artichoke Festival of Chiusure), the weekend closest to the 25th of April, the annual artichoke festival of the little village of Chiusure.

“Palio dei Ciuchi” (Palio of the Donkeys), the second weekend in September

“Mercato della Scialenga e Fierone di Settembre”, (Market), the third weekend of September, crafts, antiques, and local products.

 

Not to be missed: 

The panoramic road between San Giovani d’Asso and Asciano.

The village of Chiusure and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

In Leonina (a tiny village near Asciano) the artistic park of sculptor Jean-Paul Philippe.

Palazzo Corboli Civic Archeological Museum

Cassioli Museum XIXth Century Sienese Painting