Group of cypress trees (Cupressus) in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany

Group of cypress trees (Cupressus) in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany



Traveling in Tuscany




Travel guide for Tuscany


Southern Tuscany is a worthwhile discovery for Italophiles and Tuscany-explorers who are in search of unspoiled nature, still down-to-earth and hospitable people, and genuine traditional cuisine. The golden beaches of the Maremma coastline are bathed by a transparent sea and it is regarded to be the cleanest coastline in Italy. The hill towns and valleys of southern Tuscany are a wonderful cross-section of Italy's charms, constantly offering striking views of the rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards of classic Tuscany. Explore the medieval hillside villages of Sovicille, Monticchiello and Castelmuzio on your way to Siena, watch the Ponte della Pia near the Eremo di Rosia and marvel at Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano, settlements that date back to Etruscan times. Try some Vino Nobile wines in Montepulciano, or Brunello wines in Montalcino, cities where the refined beauty of the squares and churches blends perfectly with the ancient traditions of its wines.

Italy is one of the largest producers of wines. Its climate, soil and very old traditions make Italy a natural wine growing nation. Wines are predominantly made of Sangiovese, the prince of Tuscany, symbol of the Montepulciano and Montalcino terroir. The most exciting and promising appellations in Southern Tuscany are Montecucco and Morellino di Scansano in the province of Grosseto. They are among the best value-priced wines in Italy today. These pages focus on southern Tuscany, the tuscan Maremma as it is often called.

But we also give attention to other regions and places in Tuscany. We explore hiking trails on Monte Amiata and in the picturesque regions of the Val d'Orcia and the Crete Senesi. We focus on art and architecture in the village of Pienza, called the Ideal City, and in Florence, at the heart of the Italian Rennaisance. Apart from hidden treasures and whispered histories, we highlight the main sights in Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano.

Immerse yourself into the rhythms of la dolce vita on an unforgettable journey through the Val d’Orcia, explore the winding cipress roads and architectural wonders around San Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza and Montalcino with our Hiking Suggestions.

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Upcoming events and Festivals

Brunello Crossing

Montalcino 10-11 febbraio 2018

Striving to maintain the link with the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, the event will take place on the weekend prior to Benvenuto Brunello (the presentation of the latest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino released on the market that year): the second Sunday in February. There are three races (44 km, 23 km and 13 km). More information and subscription can be found here.



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    David Lazzaretti, il Messia dell’Amiata - Cimeli e documenti

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Museo Marino Marini al Palazzo del Tau

Castello aldobrandesco di Arcidosso

La mostra "David Lazzaretti, il Messia dell'Amiata - Cimeli e documenti" è organizzata dal Comune di Arcidosso in collaborazione con il Centro Studi David Lazzaretti e fa parte di un progetto condiviso con il Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari – Museo delle Civiltà di Roma.
La mostra rimarrà allestita fino all’agosto 2018, data del 140° anniversario della morte di Lazzeretti, ucciso il 18 agosto 1878 da un soldato durante una manifestazione proprio ad Arcidosso.


Cinigiano, Festa dell'Uva 2017

La festa dell'uva a Cinigiano (GR) quest'anno si svolge dal 5 al 7 ottobre 2018.



Podere Santa Pia
Piero della Francesca, La seduzione della pospettiva

Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca, La seduzione della pospettiva
Museo Civico, Sansepolcro
25 marzo 2018-6 gennaio 2019

Il 25 marzo 2018 apre a Sansepolcro la grande mostra “Piero della Francesca. La seduzione della prospettiva” curata da Filippo Camerata e Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro. Un evento che segue il restauro della Resurrezione, presso il Museo Civico della città, che sarà ufficialmente presentato due giorni prima dell’inaugurazione della rassegna



summer Events

Music festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi

Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi
July 29th till Friday August 3th

Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi is an annual music festival under the artistic direction of Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful region of the Crete Senesi in Tuscany.
2017 was a special year: the year in which artistic director Philippe Herreweghe celebrated his 70 years and in which the world wass celebrating the Monteverdi-year (Claudio Monteverdi was born 450 years ago).
Program 2018 | From Sunday July 29 th till Friday August 3th.
Special event will be the concert with Tiburtina in the famous Abbazia Sant'Antimo.




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  la nascita dell'italiano   Ambrogio Lorenzetti    
Podere Santa Pia, a formal cloister in the Tuscan Maremma is situated on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini.

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La guaita di Travale

Travale, iscrizioni  (GR)[1] "Guaita, guaita male, non mangiai ma' mezo pane" così recita la targa che si trova nel centro storico di Travale e che celebra la nascita dell'italiano.


The frescoes of the Hermitage of Montesiepi, near the Abbey of San Galgano are being restored and are temporarily on view in Siena.
For the occasion of the event-exhibition dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, planned for 2017, a working site of open restoration has been set up in the spaces of Santa Maria della Scala old hospital in Siena. The frescos of San Galgano chapel in Montesiepi are under observation there.

Complesso museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (Italy)
More informatio and bography here

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Jazz& Wine in Montalcino 2018

Very traditional festival on the Courtyard of Castello Banfand in Montalcino fortress

montalcino jazz 2018

Reservation and Program

As usual, the festival opens up at Castello Banfi, the initiator and main sponsor of the event, this year with Dayna Stephens  Group. On July 19th, Billy Hart Quartet with special guest Joshua Redman conquers Montalcono's fortress.






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(Cosima Spender, 2015)

Cosima Spender's Palio was released in November 2015.

Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)

Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Cosima Spender's wonderfully vivid film follows a season of the famous bareback horse race around the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Information and trailer here.

Il Pailo, Siena, August 16


Galeria continua, San Gimignano

Via del Castello 11
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Tel. +39 0577 943134
Open from Monday to Sunday, 10am-1pm / 2pm-7pm, or by appointment.



    Massa Marittima and the Metalliferous Hills
ature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast
Nature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast
    Palio di Siena del 2 luglio 2018



La Contrada del Drago con Andrea Mari detto Brio vince il Palio del 2 luglio 2018


    Il Palio di Siena 16 Agosto 2018, Vince Lupa, Palio dell'Assunta


Rosanna Bonelli, la donna fantina, the only women jockey of the Palio, known by everyone in Siena as Rompicollo
    Palio of Siena, August 16, 2018  







Terre di Siena, August
Asciano, terre di Siena

The Val d'Orcia is one of the most suggestive and unique valleys of Tuscany, especially in spring, during the months of April and May.

There are great hiking trails in the Val d’Orcia, and in the nearby Crete Senesi area and Monte Amiata.

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Slow travel fest

The desire to experience all things slowly is part of the very important and growing Slow Movement worldwide. The First edition of Slow Travel Fest, a three-days event in Siena, was held in Monteriggioni, on the way of Via Francigena, from the 9th to 11th of October 2015.

The Val d'Orciaq was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2004. This international badge of recognition was awarded for Val d’Orcia’s “exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures” and for the way “The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Scuola Senese, which flourished during the Renaissance”.


The Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tuscany

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La Bandiera arancione l The Orange Flag


The Orange Flag is an eco-environmental quality mark awarded by the Italian Touring Club to small Italian municipalities for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment. Approximately 160 towns have so far received this award. In Tuscany these are Anghiari, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Barga, Casale Marittimo, Casole d'Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castiglion Fiorentino, Certaldo, Cetona, Collodi, Cutigliano, Lari, Lucignano, Massa Marittima, Montalcino, Montecarlo, Montefollonico, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Murlo, Peccioli, Pienza, Pitigliano, Radda in Chianti, Radicofani, San Casciano dei Bagni, San Gimignano, Sorano, Suvereto, Trequanda, Vinci and Volterra.


The Orange Flag towns get together on Saturday, 14 and Sunday May 15, in the beautiful scenery of Piazza d'Armi of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan for the second edition of Exploring Orange flags - "Journey into towns to live."


useful links

Traveling in Tuscany | Complete list of the Orange Flag towns in Italy

Official website of the Italian Touring Club |



Bunches of Cypress trees between San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino, one of the bird trapping techniques to capture wild birds.

Travel Guide for Tuscany | Birdlime and Cypress trees



Piero della Francesca in central Italy

Piero della Francesca, an itinerary in Tuscany and central Italy | Starting from Sansepolcro, his hometown, follow this itinerary, and see the greatest works of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca in Sansepolcro, Perugia, Urbino, Arezzo, Rimini and eventually Florence.


    Piero della Francesca, Madonna della Misericordia, 1445-1462, olio su tavola. Museo Civico, Sansepolcro


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Piero della Francesca, Madonna della Misericordia, (detail), 1445-1462, olio su tavola. Museo Civico, Sansepolcro