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Tuscany Travel Guide
              Group of cypress trees (Cupressus) in San Quirico d'Orcia, 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. We highlight the main sights in Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Lucca and San Gimignano.

There is no commercial interest. Only passion.

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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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( C o s i m a   S p e n d e r , 2 0 1 5 )

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.


    Massa Marittima and the Metalliferous Hills
ature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast
Nature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast



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    Alla scoperta del nostro territorio: i cipressi della Val d'Orcia, una delle visioni da cartolina più classiche della Toscana.    

Val d'Orcia, tra Pienza e Bagno Vignoni

La Val d'Orcia è una delle valli più suggestive ed uniche della Toscana, soprattutto in primavera, durante i mesi di aprile e maggio.

Ci sono tantissimi sentieri nella Val d'Orcia, nella suggestiva area delle Crete Senesi e sulle pendici del Monte Amiata.

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