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  • Giostra di Simone

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Interesting places: Agriturismo Vicino Pienza | Agriturismo Montalcino Toscana

 

MONTALCINO. Ancient small town situated on a height at almost 600 m above sea - level, in a position dominating the Asso, Orcia and Ombrone Valleys. The surrounding countryside, rich in woods and wonderful vineyards, ofTers wide landscapes: from the sea to the mountain. Montalcino is a monumental city where prevails the Roman - Gothic architecture.
In fact the monuments of artistic interest are a lot; among them worthy of note are: the Commune Palace, which is similar in the style to the Sienese Commune Palace, where transferred the seat of the Republic of Siena occupied by the Imperial Family; the Diocesan Museum with paintings and polychrome wooden statues of the 16th century; the Municipal Museum, that houses ceramics by Della Robbia and several frescos from the and Sienese School.
It has also an archeological, prehistoric and Etruscan museum; the Rocca, a pentagonal plan fortress with bastions and towers built by inhabitants of Siena in 1300. In autumn the Thrush Festival and the opening of the hunting season are held. The medieval quarters parade in their rich costumes and compete in the archery competition.

 

SAN GIOVANNI D’ASSO. Located at the top of a hill, by whose slopes run the torrent of the Asso River and impended over by an ancient castle, the populated centre of San Giovanni d'Asso is the chief town of a municipal territory which includes the hamlets of Montisi, Lucignano d'Asso, Monterongriffoli, Vergelle and Pieve a Salti. It was the seat, at the beginning of its history, of rural Etruscan settlements, a place contested by the Bishop of Arezzo and by the Bishop of Siena and sacked by Ghibellines in 1315. San Giovanni d'Asso assumed a more precise definition of its municipal boundaries with the General Regulation of the Grand Duke of Tuscany on 2nd June 1777. The Castle is located in the higher part of town, called "Borghetto", whose origins date back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries from designs by Agostino and Agnolo di Ventura, Sienese architects. In the month of November, the Castle hosts the famous White Truffle Market Exhibit. The church of San Giovanni Battista is also remarkable and, in the lower part of the town, adorned by cypresses, San Pietro in Villore is without a doubt the most important church of the area. Within the municipal territory rises the picturesque village of Montisi, with its Chiesa dell'Annunziata and its historical grain tower. Here, every year, on the Sunday nearest the 5th of August (the festival of the Madonna delle Nevi, the patron saint of Montisi) the joust "Giostra di Simone" is held. Montelifre Castle is also important, while at Pava the historical parish church is significant. Among the agricultural products, the white truffle is precious and famous throughout Italy, but this land also offers good wines, excellent oil and savoury cheeses.

 

 SIENA. Siena is . . . the city of the blessed Virgins and the "Balzana"; black and white; decisive, just as its heraldic symbol; passionate and contemplative; always climbing and descending; clear and at the same time obscure; steep and narrow streets; the red of the Piazza del Campo appearing blinding and suddenly. In the alleys, in the museums and oratories of the Contrada, the spiritual songs of the Palio evoke very ancient rituals and modern allegories, while during the evening the shuffling of soles on the deserted pavement is in contrast with the peacefulness of the green valleys providentially enclosed within the wall, which ancient administrators had erected hundreds of years before it became common practice. Siena is also the Cathedral and the extraordinary panorama from the Facciatone; the Sala del Pellegrinaio in Santa Maria della Scala, the Libreria Piccolomini and the prestigious Accademia Chigiana; the enormous Medicean fortress that on the inside, at the Enoteca Italiana, harbors the most precious wines of Siena, Tuscany and the peninsula; sweet-smelling Trattorias, sweet spices, the sounds of the artisans and spouting fountains; Fontebrande and the mystery of the Diana, a famous river underneath Siena; the alchemy geometry of the Piazza, suggestively neo-Gothic and cathartic. And these are the reasons why "Siena opens up its heart more than any other place," as the famous inscription reads on the Porta di Camollia.

 

PIENZA. Pienza bears the name of the pope who entrusted its reconstruction to Rossellino: pope Pius II Piccolomini. The town stands on what was originally the site of Corsignano castle. In 1459 work began on the town square where the attempt was made to create the ideal town based on the utopian vision of humanistic-renaissance culture.
Today, traces of Pienza's past remain almost completely intact and Rossellino's creations still covey the idea of that perfection and exceptionality for which they were conceived.
The works of Rossellino include the 14th-century cathedral with carved wooden choir, paintings by Vecchietta, Matteo di Giovanni and Sano di Pietro, and Palazzo Piccolomini, inspired by the forms of Palazzo Rucellai in Florence with its ashlar façades. On its three floors the mullioned windows are between pilaster strips, whereas the courtyard emphasizes the Florentine matrix with arched portico on Corinthian columns. Other Palazzi can be seen on the square: the Casa dei Canonici (the vicarage), home of the cathedral museum which contains works from the school of Sodoma, Flemish tapestries of the 15th and16th centuries, 14th-century wooden sculptures and pope Pius II's cope. Then there are the episcopal residence and the town hall. The pensile garden at Palazzo Piccolomini is of interestand fromhere itis possible to view the Val d'Orcia.
An excellent example of romanesque art is Corsignano church, just outside the walls, and then within only a few kilometres of the town one can visit Spedaletto castle in the centre of the valley on the river Orcia and S. Anna in Camprena, an Olivetan monastery built on the site of a former Lombard fort

 

SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA. It is an historical village, probably of etruscan origins, situated at about 40 km south from Siena, on the hills that divide the two river valleys of Asso and Orcia. Becouse of its position, in the middle of the main Francigen Route, it has been for long time a point of passage for wayfarers, pilgrims and merchants on the way to Rome. One of them was Frederick II of Swabia who met here the Pope Adrian IV ambassadors. This historical moment is celebrated every year the third Sunday of June with "Il Barbarossa" day. People wearing historical costumes show in a flag-waving and bow-shooting race.

Furthermore, even a short visit of the village of S.Quirico becomes very interesting: go for instance, to its Public Library and look for the Archieves of Garden Art (collection of books and pictures about the gardens) or just wander through the narrow streets full of history, evidence of how the village developped along the Francigen Route. Coming from the South, you will find the Santa Maria Assunta Church (of XI c.), the Rose Garden, the remains of the old Ospedale della Scale, the Horti Leonini (garden of the XVI c.), Palazzo Chigi (XVII c.), Palazzo Pretorio (housing now the administration offices of Natural Artistic Park of Val d'Orcia), the Collegiata Church (XII c.), Cappuccini Town Gate (North-Eastern passage into the town on the way from Pienza), and many other artistical actractions within the ancient city walls.

Last but not least, don't forget to visit Bagno Vignoni (4 km south, on the Cassia Route), a sort of magic, known as a therapeutical spa resort already in ancient times (now open from June to October) with hot steam coming out from its waters. From there you will have a beautiful view on the Val d'Orcia: the river Orcia, the hard feature of Castle Ripa d'Orcia, the austerity of Rocca d'Orcia and backwards, the charming upper part of the old village Vignoni Alto. Far away you can even see the high and fascinating Peak of Mount Amiata, dominating the Valley, summer and winter mount resort for skying and trekking.