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In nature

A journey through this land can also become a very sensory journey.
Every sense, from seeing to tasting, is highly stimulated.
Travelling with children in the Land of Siena invites you to slow down so that you may appreciate and enjoy the many marvellous things this environment offers.
A voyage to search out the varieties of nature and its colours as well as the signs which mankind has left on it.

A natural rainbow

"Terra di Siena" is a colour, known to artists, that in nature dominates the Sienese area, changing its shade with the changing of the seasons and becoming enriched by different factors such as the composition of the terrain, the presence or absence of water and man's intervention. Thus Chianti appears more designed than painted, laid out among its hills where the changeable colours of the vineyards and the grey-green of the olives predominate, whilst some landscapes in the Crete with their wide-open spaces and horizons, often without a living being in sight, seem like seas of undulating hills: green in spring, yellow in summer, brown in autumn and with the greys of pure clay, like lunar seas, in winter.
Then there is pure green, the green of the woods in the valleys of the Farma and the Merse and the green of the volcanic cone of Monte Amiata ever-present in the background in our landscape - a dormant volcano and a good one because it brings snow in winter, coolness in summer and its rich precious water.

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Museum “Energies”…

Museum “Energies”

The museum arrangement is dedicated to the discovery of energy: history, renewable sources, geothermic technology and energy consumption are all explained in a way which makes it possible to learn the fundamental laws of nature and the hidden mechanisms of the energy phenomenon, easily and while having fun: from watermills and furnaces to the geothermic power station.

The Museum’s educational role is very important, its aim being the introduction of the young generations to a new concept of sustainable development and eco-friendly energies.

The Museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museum “The Energies of the Territory”
Via Tiberio Gazzei, 2 
53030 Radicondoli (Siena) 
Tel/Fax 0577.790800 - 0577.790910 (Ufficio Cultura) 

 Per approfondire: www.museisenesi.org

Treno Natura…

Treno Natura

Into nature by train!

The Nature Train represents an opportunity to travel through the countryside of Siena and observe scenery it would otherwise be impossible to see. This is because the Nature Train passes through areas which are ‘virgin', far from roads and where the eye sees only forests and rivers.

The train uses old track lines, originally laid for steam engines and passes through areas like the “Crete”, the “Val d'Orcia”, “Monte Amiata” and the valley of the “Ombrone”. This is a special outing, a chance to see old country train stations on board an unusual train, travelling through uncontaminated territory in a romantic setting. For kids it's wonderful.

 To learn more: www.trenonatura.terresiena.it 

Botanic Garden…

Botanic Garden

Originally the Botanic Garden of the University of Siena was a garden of the “Semplici” or medicinal plants and was part of the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala (the former hospital in front of the Duomo) from as early as the 15 th century. It became known as the Botanical Garden in 1784 and in 1856 was moved to its actual site next to the Museum of Natural History of the Academy of the Fisiocritici.

The valley in which the Botanical Garden is housed is of great beauty and suggestiveness as it's enclosed within the walls and the squares of Siena. There are many species of plants, from those which are native toTuscany, to fruit trees and exotic plants and flowers as well as a collection of cactus. Apart from the scientific and naturalistic interest of the Garden, a visit to here offers a delightful place to stop and rest while in Siena. Relaxing on a bench under the shade of a beautiful tree, reading or meditating... while the children frolic amongst the alleys of the Garden, discovering the colours, shapes and perfumes of the plants and flowers.

Open to visitors from Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Guided tours are available by booking only and last an hour and a half.
Groups must be accompanied and be comprised of a maximum of 20 visitors per guide.

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Botanical Garden of the University of Siena
Via Pier Andrea Mattioli, 4
0577/235407-09 il fax è 0577232860

To learn more: www.unisi.it

Museum of Natural History…

Museum of Natural History

Academy of the Fisiocritici Onlus
A visit of the museum's collection of stones and stuffed animals allows a fuller appreciation of the natural history of the territory of Siena. The skeleton of a whale in the courtyard will have a visual impact as well!

Among the many things that will create curiosity in children, the museum conserves some of the AMPOLLINE with clay origins from which the colour of the Land Siena derives. They come from a fossil lake on the mountain of Amiata. This collection is composed of 60 pieces of which 50 are chiselled glass jars from the 1800's, made in Colle Val d'Elsa.

Of real interest for kids is the Valenti Serini Collection, dedicated to mushrooms. Realized in coloured terracotta, this collection is extraordinary and because of its three dimensional form helps show and teach all of the varieties of mushrooms which can be found in the woods around Siena. Which, if incautious, can spring nasty surprises.

There are guided visits to the zoological collection, the paleological collection and the mineralogical collection. As well, there is a virtual demonstration of “Heliometro fisiocritico” or solar clock and some experiments with the MACCHINA DEL VUOTO which can be organized for groups (even small ones) upon appointment either by phone or on-line.

Children and the adults accompanying them enter for free from Monday to Friday from 9:00 Am to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

On Thursday afternoons, Saturdays and holidays the museum is closed.

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museum of Natural History of the Academy of the Fisiocritici Onlus
Piazzetta Silvio Gigli 2 -53100 Siena 
Tel e fax 0577 47002 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

To learn more:  www.accademiafisiocritici.it - www.museisenesi.org

Museum of Scenary…

Museum of Scenary

The museum wishes to show visitors that reflecting on what the term ‘scenery' means can transport the visitor's thoughts to the changing world and the way in which man understands the environment.

Museum of Scenary
Via del Chianti, 61 – 53019 
Castelnuovo Berardenga 
tel e fax 5505650565

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

The natural reserves

The conservation and enhancement of the environment, of the scenic, historic and cultural patrimony of the Province of Siena is guaranteed by a system of Reserves and protected areas.These areas of delicate natural balance offer occasions to enrich ones knowledge and appreciation of nature, to re-discover the joys of a walk, to fill your lungs with clean air and to become familiar with the flora and fauna of the Land of Siena.
To learn more: www.riservenaturali.provincia.siena.it

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Upper Merse Valley…

Upper Merse Valley

Municipalities: Chiusdino, Monticiano, Sovicille - Covers: 2.000 Ha

This natural reserve is only a few kilometres from Siena and is extremely suggestive for the continuity and extension of the woods, it's a refuge for many species of animals, amongst which the wild cat and the skunk.

Here, you may visit antique hamlets perfectly preserved: Brenna, Orgia,Torri, Stigliano, Spannocchia and Pentolina. There are also the medieval fortifications of Montarrenti, Frosini and Castglion Balzetti (today known as Dio Sol Sa).

Within this zone you may visit the Museum of Forests in Orgia which, through a system of trails in the woods, reconstructs the various work activities which occurred in the forests and which maintained the local economy until just a few decades ago.

The Reserve is crossed by the Merse river and its tributaries Ricuasa and Rosia, which were used for milling grain and other cereals from the 1500's.

Using an ingenious system of hydraulics the earlier inhabitants of this zone were able to move water courses sometimes several kilometres, permitting themselves sufficient water for the entire year. They were also able to construct mills far away from the river.

Even today it's possible to view these mills situated in Brenna and in Ricuasa, near Castglion Balzetti.

Lower Merse Valley…

Lower Merse Valley

Municipalities: Monticiano (Si), Murlo (Si), Civitella Paganico (Gr) - Covers: 1743 Ha

The Mediterranean woods and oak groves dominate the hills but the peculiarity of this Nature Reserve is the flora which grows on the outcropping serpentinite rock. Of a dark green colour, sometimes even black, this is the rock which was used to construct the Duomo (cathedral) in Siena and is present in many Romanic churches in the Land of Siena. 

The rich fluvial life of this Reserve is another of its peculiarities, as you may discover if you're fortunate enough to spot some of the rare animals which live there such as the river otter, the Emerald frog or the beautiful bird, Martin Pescatore (King fisher).

As well, the territory of Siena is enriched by the historic testament of the antique fiefdom of the Archbishop of Siena whose seat was the castle of Murlo with its fortress in the castle of Crevole. Another beautiful historical complex to visit is that of San Giusto which in the 1400's passed over to the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala of Siena.

The forest of Sant'Agnese…

The forest of Sant'Agnese

Municipality: Castellina in Chianti - Covers: 271 Ha

The cypress grove of the Forest of S. Agnese is situated halfway on the road between Castellina in Chianti and Poggibonsi.

The cypress tree, imported, probably by the Etruscans, forms a virtual forest in the Reserve. It spontaneously renewed itself and it has been determined to have origins that go back 10 centuries. 

Within the shady grove you may find the church of San'Agnese, fortified and still visibly well preserved.

During summer days a nice walk in the Reserve will allow you to find that harmony and peace which only a slower pace can offer, in order to restore a sense of inner well being.

Castelvecchio…

Castelvecchio

Municipality: San Gimignano - Covers: 734 Ha

The Natural Reserve of Castelvecchio takes its name from an antique fortification, by now reduced in ruins. 

It is however, of notable interest and from its position it is possible to enjoy a beautiful panorama of the surrounding countryside. Next to the forest of oak trees, with its different species of oak (durmast and turkey oak) there is a beautiful Mediterranean forest on the harsh hills that leads to another woods of mountainous trees such as beech and yew. 

Fox, wild boar, deer, porcupine and dormouse populate these natural, uncontaminated woods which afford a visit in an environment true and genuine.

Cornate and Fosini…

Cornate and Fosini

Municipalities: Radicondoli (Si) Montieri (Gr) - Covers: 879 Ha

This reserve, apart from its wonderful scenic value, conserves prairies and rocky terrain full of bushes rich in many different plant species, left behind from the many years of grazing which was common here in antique times.

With plenty of rocky walls and cliffs that rise to over 800 metres in elevation, this is ideal ground for the nesting birds of prey such as the Peregrine falcon and the Lanner falcon, rare in all of Italy.

This is an ideal destination for spring or summer walks to admire the many, bountiful species of flowering plants such as the “garofanina spaccasassi” or rock splitting carnation, tiny red flowers and above all, the beautiful cushions of yellow violets and Etruscan violets. Or, better still, to admire the rare orchids and on more rocky terrain, the ‘elicriso', unmistakeable thanks to its odorous silver leaves and small yellow flowers. All of which is rendered very romantic by the many species of butterflies, including some rare ones such as the Thecla betulae.

Farma…

Farma

Municipalities: Monticiano (Si) – Roccastrada (Gr) - Covers: 1561 Ha

The Nature Reserve of the Farma, situated between Monticiano and Roccastrada, includes the beautiful and wild valley in which the torrent Farma runs, principle tributary of the Merse river.

The steep hills of the reserve are covered with vegetation and are enriched by the presence of many animal species, some of which are rare and found only here. It has naturalistic qualities unique in the Province of Siena and amongst the most interesting in the entire peninsula of Italy.

Now, the Valley of the Farma is practically unpopulated if one excludes a few medieval hamlets. In the past however, it was full of roads or trails that connected small hamlets which were tied to the use of the river for mills and the iron works (antique buildings for working iron ore).

The Farma torrent has been attributed with a high quality of water pureness due to the presence of wild, acquatic animals that can't live in polluted waters.

When you enter the reserve you have the sensation of walking along a natural and primitive path. The Farma will welcome you with its fresh and clear waters and you can swim in the steaming water of the Petriolo thermal springs, a one of a kind thermal pool with its antique fortifications. Then, you can walk along trails hidden by the rich vegetation, embraced by natural beauty.

The Pigelleto…

The Pigelleto

Muncipality: Piancastagnaio - Covers: 862 Ha

The woods has always been a fascinating place to explore, with its many different faces and incredible treasures.

On a slow walk through these woods, on groomed trails, we can observe the many signs left by the animals who live here. As we stop to take in the spectacle of the trees towering of our heads, take a deep breath and enjoy all that surrounds you.

Here you may find protected species of many different types, such as the ‘eyeglass' salamander or the diurnal birds of prey, the harrier eagle, the ‘pecchaiolo' falcon, the sparrow hawk. There are of course also nocturnal birds of prey, the owl, the barn owl and the tawny owl. Easy to spot are animals like the deer or the wild boar, other animals found on the reserve are the porcupine and wild cat.

We can have a seat under a white pine, descended from the ice age, and enjoy the landscape of the intense colours like the red lily which pokes out from between the cyclamen, the windflower and the violets, discover that here you can find the belladonna plant, by now rare all over Italy.

The park offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

The Lake of Montepulciano…

The Lake of Montepulciano

Municipality: Montepulciano - Covers: 470 Ha

The rarefied and magical silence that reigns at this lake will allow you to observe numerous species of birds which come to the lake to pass the winter months and to nest. Birds such as the Red Herron and the Bittern, quite rare in Europe. Or, you can attempt to spot the different species by listening for their calls, birds which are present all year such as the Great Crested Grebe, the Reed Warbler or the Moorhen to name just a few. 

The acquatic vegetation will grab your eye for it's possible to to find many species which have disappeared from wet land environments in Italy due to draining and pollution, species such as the white water lily. The wet land praries which border on stands of cane are home to a rare orchid, the ‘palustre' and the ofioglosso, a rare fern.

A succession of emotions which bring back forgotten moments of intimate contact with nature, made up of images, of sounds and sensory perceptions.

To learn more: Lago di Montepulciano (Wikipedia)

The rocky spur…

The rocky spur

Municipalities: Chiusdino (Si) – Roccastrada (Gr) - Covers: 530 Ha

The name of the reserve refers to the rocky spur and its 442 metres of elevation which dominates the course of the Farma far below. It was established in order to conserve the particular value of the landscape, the vegetation and the geological formations.

The woods of the reserve are of rare beauty and the undergrowth in spring time is full of red lilies and cyclamen giving touches of colour that are in harmony with the primary colour of green and various other tonalities.

In this reserve lives the rare wild cat as well as a rare bird of prey, the 'pecchiaolo' falcon.

In the month of May it's common to see solitary male deer as well as femmine deer with their fawns nearby, usually hidden in the high grass.

Lucciola Bella…

Lucciola Bella

Municipalities: Castiglion D’Orcia – Pienza – Radicofani - Covers: 1148 Ha

This riserve is to be found south east of the town of Pienza, along the road that goes from the Val D'Orcia towards Chianciano Terme and surrounds a small angle of the famous scenery of the Crete Senesi.

Lucciola Bella is the name of the farm, by now abandoned, in which the reserve grew and from here it dominates the valley with a stupendous 360 degree view of Mount Cetona and Mount Amiata as well as the medieval towns of Radicofani and Pienza

The reserve is in part covered by the unique geological formations that have become the symbols of the Crete Senesi, the ‘calanchi' or ‘biancane'. It offers a kind of lunar landscape, fascinating and suggestive at the same time, that is also home to a rare plant that only grows on sparse, naked terrain, the Artemisia Cretacea.

Year ‘round it is possible to have frequent sightings of the 'poiana' or buzzard and in the springtime the Marine Jay with its beautiful blue piumage comes here to nest, so too does the Hen Harrier. Another bird who loves the great open sky with sparse plants and rocky river beds is the Stone Plover.

The trasparency of water

Clear and transparent, languid or precipitous, smooth or impetuous, hot or cold, water, in all its manifold natural sounds and colours, represents, as always, a precious gift to man, his culture and life.
Siena itself offers an interesting walk to look at its fountains, those splendid memorials of urban construction in a city where water was scarce and which hides a large underground network, almost a subterranean city in itself, that formed its aqueduct: the bottini, a system of canals designed and built with great skill and effectiveness to allow the provision of water from far away.
In the whole Province of Siena – ltaly’s spa province par excellence – an incredible number of natural springs bubble up from the depths, supplying hot, warm and sometimes boiling spa waters, all of which have been renowned since ancient times for their curative properties, capable of alleviating and treating a variety of pathologies and of restoring a sense of general wellbeing.
It’s definitely worth coming to be pampered at one of the Spa Centres that can be found throughout the province, such as Bagno Vignoni in San Quirico, Terme Antica Querciolaia and Terme di San Giovanni in Rapolano, Terme di Petriolo in Monticiano, Fonteverde Spa Centre in San Casciano dei Bagni, Terme San Filippo at the foot of Mount Amiata, almost on the Cassia; and then Chianciano Terme, with its Spa Parks, and Terme di Montepulciano.
To learn more:www.termebenessere.terresiena.it

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The thermal springs…

The thermal springs

Thanks to Monte Amiata, a generous volcano, one can find quite a few thermal springs in the vicinity of its slopes. There are thermal springs of all types and for all tastes. From the super facilities of a modern spa to the rustic spring, bubbling forth from the ground in the middle of a field with its steaming hot waters. And of course, there's the one and only Bagno Vignoni with its thermal pool that is also the main piazza, the only one like it, anywhere.

To learn more: www.termebenessere.terresiena.it

 

Refreshing rivers…

Refreshing rivers

Let's go into the natural reserves and discover together the waters of the Merse river and the Farma torrent.

Listening to the waterfalls in a protected silence, we can hear the laughter of the children as they play.

Their clean, limpid waters are still populated by otter and newt, fario trout and river shrimp.

In the more quiet areas of the Farma torrent, in the pure waters, you can spot the black bird dipper, a water bird with its snow white beak who will surprise you if you see it, walking and ‘swimming' with its wings on the rocky bottom of the torrent.

A chance to delve into a more intimate part of nature, where its pulsing heart lives.

Fountains and springs…

Fountains and springs

Siena has an interesting history regarding its fountains and it's well worth the time to follow the itinerary in order to find all 17 contrade fountains. There's quite a story behind how water was brought to Siena, a city who had very little of it. In fact, underneath the city there is hidden a vast network of canals, called 'Bottini', which comprise the acqueducts, almost the size of a town. This was a splendid urban building project, done with much mastery and efficiency that brought water to Siena from very far away. 

This is a particular itinerary, tied as it is to the 17 contrade fountains which represent the symbol of the contrada itself and which are all used in the baptism of newborns into the contrada each year.

 

Fortified fountains…

Fortified fountains

Fountains, once fortified in order to defend the precious treasure that water was (and is yet) and now admired for their grandeur, once represented life itself for the Senese neighbourhoods. 

Fontebranda, Fonti del Casato, Fonte Nuova, Fonte Giusta, Fonti d'Ovile, Fonte San Maurizio, Fonti delle Monache, Fonti di Pescaia.

 

Pools…

Pools

The pools in Siena and Province

  • SIENA
    Public Private Pools
    Via Bianchi
    0577 52667
  • ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE
    Olympic size covered and uncovered municiple pool
    Via Asmara 0577 779204
  • BUONCONVENTO
    Municiple pool
    Via 1° Maggio
    0577 806848
  • CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
    Km. 239 locality of Trasqua – Cassia Nord
    0577 743047
  • CHIANCIANO TERME
    Municiple pool
    Viale dlla Libertà 512
    9578 64372
  • MONTEPULCIANO
    Municiple, covered and uncovered
    0578 737028
    (Sant'Albino)- uncovered
  • PIANCASTAGNAIO
    Public Private climatized
    c/o Residence Miramonti
    Via Saragiolo 327
    Locality Saragiolo 0577 788505 - 0577 788700
  • SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
    Public Private c/o Hotel Palazzuolo
    Via S.Caterina, 43
    0577 897 080 
  • SARTEANO
    Public Private c/o Al Parco
    Via Del Bagno Santo 29
    0578 26971
  • TREQUANDA
    Municiple pool
    Via Lecetello 0577 662292

Bike Riding through Nature

“Dirt tracks and narrow secondary roads, crossed by paths that lose themselves along the hillsides, entice young and old seeking small "adventures" through the countryside and the woods”.
On the website www.bici.terresiena.it you will find all the information you will need to design your own itineraries or select one already set out for you.

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Itineraries…

Itineraries

VAL DI MERSE - The old railway line of the mine
Type of road: asphalt and dirt
Bike to use: MTB or hybrid
Who it's for: families and cycle tourists
Departure point and return point: Murlo
Length of ride: 12.85
Elevation gain: 170 metres
Level of difficulty: very easy

Note: This is an easy route which can be ridden by non experts and people without training.

Description: Leaving from Murlo, you descend on paved roads towards the small hamlet of the Miniere di Murlo, the old mine. The road turns to dirt as you continue on until coming to a curve on an uphill stretch. At the base of the curve the route of the “Old mining railway line” begins on a trail that doesn't go above 4% gradient.

Apart from the great landscape, the narrow gorge formed by the ‘calanchi', the uniqueness of the route is that it's complete with signs explaining the flora and fauna as well as having benches and security precautions for the visitors

At the end of the trail you'll come to the small hamlet of La Bèfa, on the rail line that goes to the coast in the Maremma.

To return you re-trace your route to Murlo.

OTHER ITINERARIES: www.terresienainbici.it where you can also find maps and geographic navigation.

Getting ready with tranquillity…

Getting ready with tranquillity

In so far as choosing the most convenient means of travelling by bicycle with young kids, there are three good choices: a bike seat which fits behind the saddle of the adult's bike, a trailer that is towed behind the adult's bike and what is called acamel back', an appendice that couples to the adult's bike at the seat post and is peddled by the child. 

Avoid going with home-made solutions, they may cost less but aren't safe enough to recommend using on public roads. A child's bike seat that fits behind the adult (sometimes in front of the adult) has various models, the more interesting have a shock absorbtion system, reclining back rests and must always have seat belts.

Obviously a helmet MUST be part of the equipment. A bike seat is a good idea for short rides, day trips when the child is used to it and can sit comfortably and can be used for kids aged from 1 to 2.5 years or so depending on the size of the child. For longer rides the trailer is an extraordinary solution, it's connected to the rear of the adult's bike frame and doesn't impair ones riding at all, apart from a slight weight disadvantage.

For the child it is quite comfortable and is a sort of travelling play room, usually comes equipped with anti-rain/wind flaps and is big enough to accommodate the child's luggage as well. They work best with children in an age range from 8 months to 4 years. There is one handicap, the best made models cost a fair amount, between 300 & 650 euros. (It's possible at times to rent them if you research well in advance).

Finely, the third possibility, the camel back that hooks to the adult's bike seat post, sort of a half bike with one rear wheel, a saddle and handle bars and of course, pedals. A natural move up from the trailer to almost riding ones own bike while still riding with mom and dad.

Riding safely…

Riding safely

If you're riding on safe roads with not much traffic you can leave the younger rider at the head of the group, staying just behind them, giving them a greater sense of liberty.

On busier roads however, where it's possible to find frequent motor vehicles, it's best to maintain discipline, be sure to stay in a single line and have adults at the head of the group and at the tail end of the group.

Children a little older, from 8 or 9 years and up, can become really good cycle tourists, able to move autonomously with their own bicycle. The best solution would be go have them on a MTB with gears so that they can affront short climbs too.

Walking in nature

It's virtually impossible to visit the Land of Siena and not venture into the countryside, into the natural surroundings of its woods and thousand year old hamlets. Walking slowly in a setting that is out of the past but very much in the present and made of suggestive emotions………the view of an antique farm house immersed in a red sunset, the sound of a natural waterfall, the contours of a perfect valley……the crunching of steps on a path in the thick woods……the flight of a rare bird...

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An extinct volcano…

An extinct volcano

An extinct, incredibly green and very generous, volcano - The seasons of the Chestnut

(Excursion that will last half the day)

The itinerary leaves from the town of Vivo d'Orcia and after passing through a forest of chestnut trees, comes to the Romanic church of the Ermicciolo. After visiting the antique drying rooms, where they dried chestnuts until the 1960's, the trail leaves the chestnut trees behind and enters a woods of beech trees.
After coming to the spring in the area of Canaletto the itinerary closes the ring, returning to town.

Departure:Vivo d’Orcia
Arrival: Vivo d’Orcia
Level of difficulty: easy

10 km long, something you can take kids on. It's diverse, stimulating and motivating: in order to pick chestnuts in autumn, for the freshness of the woods in the summer time, to know and understand better a land profoundly tied to its fruit. To taste this fruit and discover that it's at the base of an excellent cuisine.

The ring of San Galgano…

The ring of San Galgano

Feeling yourself at the center of the universe and living its history.

(An excursion which will take a full day)

The itinerary takes you from the Abbey of San Galgano up wide and easily travelled dirt roads to the town of Chiusdino which conserves its medieval center intact. After visiting the town where Galgano Guidotti was born you will descend for another road, to the Cistercian Abbacy and the chapel of Montesiepi where you can see the famous sword in the stone and what is left of the frescos of Pietro Lorenzetti. 

 

Departure: Monticiano
Arrival: Monticiano
Level of difficulty: easy

The excursion is 4.5 km. long but it's easily done and for kids it's fascinating. An ideal route for the immaginitive minds of kids thanks to the traces of history and legend which abound. The fascinating aura of the Abbacy with its immense spaces will make us feel small but at the same time, participants in the universe. The mysticism of this place is contagious, one can almost hear the horse hooves on stone roads, the echos of battles, magic swords...

Horseback riding in the wild

In the Terre di Siena, a horse riding holiday offers the opportunity to visit the most remarkable places, seeing them from a unique viewpoint. Only those who travel on horseback can appreciate the essence and intimate "wilderness" of a territory that seems to have been invented for riding.
To learn more about itineraries, selected accommodation facilities and events: www.cavalli.terresiena.it

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Vacations on horse-back…

Vacations on horse-back

 

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