Surroundings

MONTEPULCIANO

Montepulciano is known as the "pearl of the 16th century"

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MONTALCINO

We advise a tour of the historic centre of Montalcino, made of stone houses along narrow and windy roads.

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SAN GIOVANNI D'ASSO

Heart of the white truffle territory of the Crete Senesi and where the Truffle museum is situated, here visitors learn about the noises, aromas, and secrets of this precious tuber. San Giovanni d'Asso is dominated by the castle built between the 12th and 15th century and decorated inside with geometrical frescoes of intense colours. Not distant from here the small Romanic church of S. Pietro Villore. Just out of San Giovanni d'Asso, at 6 km from Fattoria del Colle one can visit Ragnaia. This is a wood where a couple of American artists have created a route which helps to meditate on nature and on man's destiny 8open from 10 am to 12 midday and from 2 to 4 pm.

BUONCONVENTO

This was an important agricultural centre on the softer side of the Crete senesi, and it thrived way back in ancient times thanks to its particular and favourable geographical position

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THE CRETE SENESI ROUTE

Travelling along this road one reaches Siena which is 45 km from the estate.

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PIENZA

Pienza owes its name and its character to Pope Pius II who, half way through the 15th century made it his summer court.

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SAN QUIRICO AND BAGNO VIGNONI

San Quirico d'Orcia is 35 Km away. It is a well preserved medieval village.

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CASTELMUZIO

Small medieval village still perfectly preserved. Just out of the village, on the road which leads to Montisi, stands the Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano, (originally an Etruscan temple, then a Roman temple), built in sandstone half way through the 12th century. Petroio: region of terracotta production. The factories inside the village and on its outskirts sell oil jars, flower vases and other decorated objects. The terracotta museum is a must: oil jars, crockery, varnished basins, barbers ewers, tubs, eaves, hand-warmers, and stoves. A laboratory is being prepared which will enable visitors to work with clay and create terracotta objects, with a little help from the old artisans, (every day from 4 to 7 pm, weekends also from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. - shut on Mondays).

ABBAZIA DI MONTE OLIVETO MAGGIORE

The abbey is 12 Km from the estate and it is possible to visit it every day from 9,30 a.m. to 12 midday and from 3.30 to 6 p.m.

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TREQUANDA

This is the nearest village to the estate (2 Km), it was once inhabited by the Etruscans and, from the 3rd century, by the Romans.

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