Val d'Orcia

The Val d'Orcia or Valdorcia is certainly the valley most known and appreciated in the south of Tuscany. Is a region characterised by gentle, carefully cultivated hills occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages. The valley from 2004 was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Already known in medieval age as it was crossed by the Via Francigena, the main road that connected Rome and the Christianity to Northern Europe. The Val d'Orcia Naturalistic, Artistic and Cultural Park comprises the townships of Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, Radicofani and Castiglion d'Orcia. It was created in order to protect not only plants, animals and art but also the traditions and style of life of the people here; a culture that still today produces natural and healthy food and one that offers a special kind of hospitality, as honest and courteous as the old Tuscan farmers themselves. We'll convey the timeless spirit of our traditions so that you may relax and savour the simple and earthly rhythm of life, ages away from the city's modern-day, over-worked existence.

Most interesting Towns to visit in Val d’Orcia. Distance and Driving time from Fonte Bertusi

The Crete Senesi Hills

The Crete Senesi are the most mysterious area in the south-east of the city of Siena. It consists of a range of hills and woods among villages and includes the towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d'Asso. Crete senesi are literally ‘Senese clays’, and the distinctive grey colouration of the soil gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar. This characteristic clay, represents the sediments of the sea which covered the area between 3 million years ago. Nearby is also the semi-arid area known as the Accona Desert. Perhaps the most notable edifice of this area is the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The region is known for its production of white truffles, and hosts a Festival and a Museum dedicated to the rare fungus (genus Tuber).

Townships of Crete Senesi. Distance and Driving time from Fonte Bertusi

  • Asciano: 37 km – 45 minutes
  • Buonconvento: 24 km – 30 minutes

  • Monteroni d’Arbia: 35 km – 40 minutes
  • Rapolano Terme: 45 km – 50 minutes

  • San Giovanni d’Asso: 23 km – 25 minutes

Val di Chiana

The Chiana Valley is a vast territory. has its boundaries in the city of Arezzo in the North and Orvieto in the South. In this valley lived important Etruscan populations: Arezzo, Cortona, Chiusi and Orvieto. Homeland of the famous wine “Nobile di Montepulciano”, a land of important Thermal Centres like Chianciano Terme and San Casciano dei Bagni, also offers a wide selection of the best local products such as Pecorino cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Centuries of history have left the intriguing signs of their passage and of progressive developments. Man’s handiwork is visible in the towns and artworks, but also in the landscape. The drainage of the once swampy Chiana valley has endowed us with peaceful lake retreats in Chiusi and Montepulciano, just a short distance from Monte Cetona, a natural vantage point over the Sienese countryside.

Most interesting Towns to visit. Distance and Driving time from Fonte Bertusi

  • Arezzo: 60 km – 75 minutes
  • Cortona: 52 km – 60 minutes
  • Montepulciano: 17 km – 20 minutes
  • Chianciano Terme: 25 km – 30 minutes

  • Cetona: 40 km – 50 minutes
  • Chiusi: 38 km – 45 minutes
  • San Casciano dei Bagni: 52 km – 60 minutes
  • Sarteano: 35 km – 50 minutes

  • Sinalunga: 25 km – 35 minutes
  • Torrita di Siena: 20 km – 25 minutes
  • Trequanda: 18 km – 30 minutes

Amiata

The Mount Amiata is an unusual and precious corner of Tuscany. Including in the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, dominating from its 1738 meters above the surrounding valleys. The Amiata remained a territory for thousands of years with unique geological, historic and scenic own characteristics. The beech forests, the rocks, the rich and fresh springs, mines, and a mountain agriculture have given to those who live on the mountain a proud consciousness of diversity. Over the centuries, the Amiata he met and forged an economy on a human scale and nature, using existing resources, from the pastures of the hills and valleys to the gifts of the great mountain and forest products of a valuable local crafts, in a process of wide-ranging social, artistic and environmental.

Most interesting Towns to visit. Distance and Driving time from Fonte Bertusi

  • Abbadia San Salvatore: 38 km – 45 minutes
  • Piancastagnaio: 43 km – 50 minutes
  • Castiglione d’Orcia: 16 km – 20 minutes

  • Radicofani: 34 km – 40 minutes
  • Santa Fiora: 46 km – 1 hour
  • Sorano: 65 km – 1 hour

  • Pitigliano: 75 km – 1h 20 minutes

Siena

Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer, the 2nd of July and the 16 of August.
The Campo is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. The Palazzo Pubblico osts the city's municipal offices, the entrance to the Torre del Mangia and the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings.
Walking around Siena is particularly pleasant. Each borough is a Contrada (district) of the Palio, and each symbol is proudly displayed on front doors and shop windows. The passion for the Palio can be breathed on the air all year round. If you have time, visit a Contrada and its district church to experience its essence.