Art, history and culture - Castello Banfi
 
Art, history and culture - Castello Banfi
 

Val d’Orcia – Landscape that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Crete Senesi

Descending from Montalcino’s hilltop into the valley of the Orcia River, head towards San Quirico d’Orcia to discover its Italian renaissance gardens and the Horti Leonini park; then on to Pienza, the renaissance city of the Piccolomini Pope Pius II; to Bagno Vignoni with its thermal baths dating back to ancient Roman times, or follow the road in the direction of Siena, exiting at Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the majestic Benedictine-Olivetian abbey, with its frescos by Signorelli and Sodoma, immersed in the magical countryside of the Crete Senesi.

In each season, the natural beauty here inspires one to continue the journey and arrive at the elegant city of Siena which, over the centuries, has enjoyed the wealth of its countryside.  Continue further toward Florence to discover also “the Manhattan della Toscana,” San Gimignano, but not without a stopover in Monteriggioni, one of the most classic walled hilltop towns of the Sienese countryide.  

 

Places to visit

  • Perched high on a hill dominating the Elsa River Valley along the ancient Francigena pilgrimage route, the city of San Gimignano can be distinguished from afar for...
  • Siena is known throughout the world for its great artistic heritage and the harmonious style of its urban structure. The Duomo is on of Italy’s best examples...
  • To fulfill a completely spiritual experience, the nearby Abbey of Sant’Antimo welcomes those who desire simply to admire its Romanesque architecture as well...
  • Situated in the Sienese countryside, north-west of Monte Amiata and at the end of the Orcia River Valley, Montalcino stands out like an island in the heart of Tuscany....