Tuscany is a fabulous show that is renewed every day and the Sienese countryside certainly deserves special attention. A lush countryside that seems painted, plenty of charming villages that smell of medieval times and traditions. A unique land to enjoy slowly, between the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi, including excellent wines such as Brunello and local specialties such as Pecorino di Pienza, White Truffle, Pici or Cinta Senese salami.
So here we want to recommend a tailor-made itinerary that will allow you to discover all the beauties of southern Tuscany. A 7-day itinerary to experience a slow week between the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi.
Among Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi
Our Podere Salicotto Charming Country Home, is located in the heart of this beautiful area, and is the ideal base for your unique experience, in a strategic position for your visits and in a magical atmosphere with a breathtaking view.
We begin this slow journey along the Via Francigena, within the walls of Buonconvento. A delightful medieval village from the 14th Century. The ancient city wall is well preserved and in the village you will find two important museums for lovers of history and traditions: the Siena Mezzadria Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art of Val d’Arbia.
Montalcino e Sant’Antimo Abbey
The second day we move into the village of Brunello. In Montalcino you must visit the Fortress with its well-stocked wine cellar. Montalcino is a fascinating village with its narrow streets and its views over the valley with vineyards as far as the eye can see. Do not miss a visit to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, founded by Carlo Magno according to legend.
Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
The abbey is located in a splendid position among the typical gullies of the area, immersed in a forest of cypresses and oaks. At Monte Oliveto you can breathe an atmosphere of peace and meditation, you can visit the interior of the abbey, the cloister, the refectory and the library.
In the afternoon come back to Podere Salicotto where you can enjoy one of our activities. Such as a cooking class and round off the day with a typical Tuscan dinner in our the garden.
Pienza e Monticchiello
On the fourth day we leave the Crete Senesi and move to the Val d’Orcia. We continue our slow journey in the beautiful Pienza. The famous ideal city of the Renaissance wanted by Pope Pius II. Pienza is also famous for its Pecorino cheese which you can taste and buy in the shops of the town. In the afternoon we continue to the nearby medieval village of Monticchiello. The village gate is the ideal place to enjoy a stunning sunset.
San Quirico d’Orcia e Bagno Vignoni
The fifth day is dedicated to the visit of San Quirico d’Orcia with its splendid Horti Leonini, one of the first examples of Italian garden, the Cassero and the Collegiata. In the afternoon we move to the charming village of Bagno Vignoni. Famous thermal village, already known in Roman times. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in one of the thermal pools.
The journey continues in Montepulciano, a real pearl. Montepulciano is famous for its Nobile Wine, but also for having been the film set for many movies. The visit starts from the bottom of the village and goes up to the beautiful Piazza Grande. To be mentioned: the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, a musical festival and the Bravio delle Botti, a competition in which the eight districts of the village challenge each other.
The last day of our Slow tour we move to Siena. One of the most beautiful cities in central Italy, with Piazza del Campo, Il Duomo, the Palio. A city on a human scale, rich in art, history and culture.