Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

Albarese

Acquapendente


anghiari

Archipelago Toscano


Arcidosso


Arezzo


Asciano


Badia di Coltibuono


Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Beaches

Bolsena Lake


Bomarzo

Brunello di Montalcino

Buenconvento

Campagnatico


Capalbio


Castel del Piano


Castelfiorentino

Castell'Azarra

Castellina in Chianti


Castelmuzio


Castelnuovo Bererdenga


Castiglioncello Bandini


Castiglione della Pescaia


Castiglione d'Orcia


Castiglion Fiorentino


Celleno


Certaldo


Chinaciano Terme


Chianti


Chiusi


Cinigiano


Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio


Colle Val d'Elsa


Cortona


Crete Senesi


Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba

Firenze


Follonica


Gaiole in Chianti


Gavorrano

Gerfalco


Greve in Chianti


Grosseto


Lago Trasimeno


La Foce


Manciano


Maremma


Massa Marittima


Montagnola Senese


Montalcino


Monte Amiata


Monte Argentario

montecalvello

Montefalco


Montemassi


Montemerano


Monte Oliveto Maggiore


Montepulciano


Monteriggioni


Monticchiello


Monticiano


Orbetello


Orvieto


Paganico


Parco Naturale della Maremma


Perugia


Piancastagnaio


Pienza


Pisa


Pitigliano

Prato

Radda in Chianti


Roccalbegna


Roccastrada


San Bruzio


San Casciano dei Bagni


San Galgano


San Gimignano


San Giovanni d'Asso


San Quirico d'Orcia


Sansepolcro


Santa Fiora


Sant'Antimo


Sarteano


Saturnia


Scansano


Scarlino


Seggiano


Siena


Sinalunga


Sorano


Sovana


Sovicille

Talamone

Tarquinia


Tavernelle Val di Pesa


Torrita di Siena


Trequanda


Tuscania


Umbria


Val d'Elsa


Val di Merse


Val d'Orcia


Valle d'Ombrone


Vetulonia


Viterbo

Volterra




 
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Gardens in Siena | Orto de' Pecci

 

   
   

L’Orto de’Pecci is in the former psychiatric hospital area in Siena and is a green oasis just underneath Piazza del Campo, with a fabulous view of the Torre del Mangia. A dirt path crosses the garden where a co-operative society has maintained it as it always was. To reach this cooperative garden, walk to Piazza del Mercato, then take the stairs leading down to the field of green below. Take the small street which bears to the right of Via Del Sole. A short walk down this road and past the gate, is pleasant and filled with the aroma of lavendar, rosemary and plants of the Tuscan countryside. The view of the Torre del Mangia and of Piazza del Mercato is fabulous from this peaceful spot.
The Pecci Garden was built between 1326 and 1420, and is one of the most well preserved green spaces of medieval Siena. Today, the walls enclose green areas between Porta Romana and Porta Pipsini.

L’Orto de’Pecci comprises an exellent restaurant and bar, All'Orto de'Pecci.

Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, view from Orto de'Pecci


   
   
Different sectors of activity are currently open and these comprise gardening, separate and outsize waste collection, security and caretaking of monumental complexes and tourist areas, secretarial activities and cleaning of public environments, as well as the care and management of the park of L’Orto de’ Pecci which comprises a restaurant and bar. Moreover, since 2001La Propostahas been certified with the AIAB mark for organic farming in the cultivation and production of vegetables.

 


History | The valley of Porta Giustizia, under Piazza del Mercato, is one of the best preserved green areas inside the old Walls of Siena. It has always been an ideal territory tor cultivation: it is watery and plan, beyond the uphill road called Via di Porta Giustizia. The name of the area, "Orto de' Pecci", refers to this function ('orto' means garden) and to the name of the family (the 'Pecci') which had owned the land tor a long time in the past. The story of the valley is antique and complex, though it has been mostly forgotten.

In the Middle Ages there was a village called Borgo di S. Maria, which had been built at the beginning of the fourteenth-century for new immigrants who wanted to become citizens of Siena. The vilIage was abandoned and taken apart during the fourteenth-century Black Death. Since then, that small part of the southern territory of Siena has always been used for cultivation, even after it had became part of the Psychiatric Hospital.
Since 1983, the social cooperative La Proposta has
been running the valley of Porta Giustizia, implementing gardening, agriculture and tourist facilities. La Proposta aims to promote the reconstruction of damaged identities. It is qualified as a biological farm and obtained the ethics certification SA 8000.

Inside the valley of Porta Giustizia it is possible to visit the 'medieval garden': a composite area where visitors can walk around biological fields and see vegetables used before the introduction of potato, tomato and corn. Uncommon herbs used for dyes in textiles; antique aromatic and officinal herbs.
Visitors can also walk through the green valley and see the old Walls and the ruins of the antique Porta Giustizia, or watch
the falconers' shows. It is also a way to look at Siena and at the Torre del Mangia from a different and unique point of view.

The Orto de’ Pecci is run by a community that helps people with psychological difficulties, former drug addicts and prisoners. Besides what is materially produced, tending a collective vegetable garden offers a concrete opportunity to work in a community, encouraging responsibility and demanding attention and respect for the rhythms of nature.
La Proposta runs a restaurant which employs recovering drug addicts, ex-convicts, and individuals with special needs. Students are able to assist in cooking food for restaurant employees, preparing the dining area for customers, and cleaning the kitchen. Students also have the opportunity to work in the gardens, both in restoration and in the cultivation of vegetables.




 

 

All'Orto de' Pecci, terrace

All'Orto de' Pecci, terrace

 

L’Orto de’ Pecci comprises an exellent restaurant and bar, All'Orto de'Pecci.
It is  our favorite restaurant in Siena.

Ristorante/pizzeria All'Orto de' Pecci

All'Orto de'Pecci
Via Porta Giustizia, 39, 53100 Siena SI
Telefono: 0577 222201
www.ortodepecci.it

 

 

Ristorante/pizzeria All'Orto de' Pecci
All'Orto de'Pecci

 

 

Cildo Meireles’ large-scale installation in the vegetable gardens of the Orto de’ Pecci in 2012 in Siena constituted a new sign on the skyline of such a well-known city. A 30-metre-high ladder extended upwards, a connecting element between the inner suburbs and the historic city centre. In relation to the characteristics of the site, the presence of the ladder impinged on the usual routes taken by visitors coming to Siena to see the historic monuments and who rarely enter into contact with any areas of the daily life of its inhabitants beyond those relating to tourism and consumption.
Meireles’ ladder dialogued with the site and suggested a reversed perspective, where what is low down is projected upwards.

Arte Continua - associazione culturale | Cildo Meireles in Siena
Informazione: Ristorante, eventi e attività: info@ortodepecci.it

www.ortodepecci.it

 

 
Palazzo Pubblico and Porta Giustizia, view from Orto de'Pecci

Palazzo Pubblico and Porta Giustizia, view from Orto de'Pecci

 

Other parks and gardens in Siena include the Orto Botanico, a minor tourist attraction in Siena, cascading peacefully down a hill, and La Lizza, a public garden  built on the old city wall in n front of the Forte di Santa Barbara, a fortress built by Cosimo  .

 
   


One of the best places to slow travel is Tuscany, with its exquisite art, museums and churches in small hillside villages, the cuisine and epic countryside. Podere Santa Pia is situated in a hilly and unspoilt land, about one hour drive from Siena.

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From Podere Santa Pia, you can enjoy a spectacular view over the plains of the Maremma.