Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo




Archipelago Toscano




Badia di Coltibuono

Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa


Bolsena Lake


Brunello di Montalcino




Castel del Piano



Castellina in Chianti


Castelnuovo Bererdenga

Castiglioncello Bandini

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglion Fiorentino



Chinaciano Terme




Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio

Colle Val d'Elsa


Crete Senesi

Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba



Gaiole in Chianti



Greve in Chianti


Lago Trasimeno

La Foce



Massa Marittima

Montagnola Senese


Monte Amiata

Monte Argentario





Monte Oliveto Maggiore








Parco Naturale della Maremma







Radda in Chianti



San Bruzio

San Casciano dei Bagni

San Galgano

San Gimignano

San Giovanni d'Asso

San Quirico d'Orcia


Santa Fiora














Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Torrita di Siena




Val d'Elsa

Val di Merse

Val d'Orcia

Valle d'Ombrone




              Siena, Torre del Mangia  


Traveling in 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.

There is no commercial interest. Only passion.



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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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    Palazzo del Tau, Pistoia

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Museo Marino Marini al Palazzo del Tau

Museo Marino Marini al Palazzo del Tau

La Fondazione Marini ha deciso di dare rilievo al lato pittorico dell’artista pistoiese nella sede del Museo Marino Marini al Palazzo del Tau con una mostra dal titolo “Mirò e Marino. I colori del Mediterraneo” che avrà luogo dal 16 settembre 2017 al 7 gennaio 2018..


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.


Pistoia, Ospedale del Ceppo

Pistoia, 2017 Italian Capital of Culture

Pistoia has been elected as 2017 Italian Capital of Culture.
The Tuscan city of Pistoia was chosen out of nine finalists to be the Italian culture capital in 2017. The other finalists were Aquileia, Como, Ercolano (Herculaneum), Parma, Pisa, Spoleto, Taranto and Terni.
Pistoia will thus succeed the previous Italian culture capital, the Lombard city of Mantua.
One of the projects is to turn the city's 13th-century Ospedale del Ceppo - founded as a hospital in Medieval times and renovated in the Renaissance by the Medici family - into a multi-use cultural enter.



In Siena, from October 22, 2017 to January 21, 2018, the exhibition entitled Ambrogio Lorenzetti takes place at Santa Maria della Scala.

22 ottobre 2017 - 21 gennaio 2018

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  la nascita dell'italiano   Ambrogio Lorenzetti    
Podere Santa Pia
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)

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Sulle orme di Sigerico | Eco Run on the Via Francigena

"Sulle orme di Sigerico". Eco Run on the Via Francigena"

March, 25th 2018 "Sulle orme di Sigerico | Eco Run on the Via Francigena will take place. Departure and arrival at Monteriggioni castle. Competitive races of 19 and 10 kmts.
Walks and Nordic walking itineraires of 20, 8 and 5 kmts.

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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

Il Palio di Siena 16 Agosto 2017 Vince l'Onda, Palio dell'Assunta


    Palio of Siena, August 16, 2017, with the winning contrada l'Onda
Rosanna Bonelli, la donna fantina, the only women jockey of the Palio, known by everyone in Siena as Rompicollo
    Palio of Siena July 2, 2017, with the winning contrada Giraffa  



Il Palio di Siena 16 Agosto 2016 Vince la LUPA Palio dell'Assunta






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.

map val d'orcia

trekking in tusccany

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

crete senesi

val d'orcia

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