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When we say Tuscany, in the vast majority of cases, the imagination fly right away to the magical landscapes, charming and fascinating consisting of an isolated farmhouse which stands on a hill preceded by a long avenue lined with cypress trees and surrounded by a true and its "lunar landscape". The landscape is dominated by hills eroded by the passage of time, rugged and bare but unchallenged beauty. Gullies and biancane alternate in this scenic area. Cypress and pine trees, hills, sunflower fields. The territory is crowned with towers, castles and abbeys which make it even more enchanting and surreal this region. These picturesque scenery are typical in the Crete Senesi, a wide area on the border between the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, which extends almost to the foot of Mount Amiata. The Crete Senesi, with its magnificent landscapes, is rich of farms, medieval villages, castles and “granges” (buildings with features typical warehouse and granary around the town of Buonconvento), is ideal for a journey back through the ages. This area offers artistic routes of great cultural interest that deserves to be discovered. The most important towns are: Asciano, Montisi, Rapolano Terme, Serre Rapolano, San Giovanni d'Asso, which are surrounded by the Crete Senesi. Wonderful is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with its imposing size.

The southern part of the province of Siena is characterized by different types of landscapes. Val d'Orcia (Orcia Valley) is the hilly area bordered on the northwest by the Crete Senesi, to the east by the Val di Chiana and on the south by Mount Amiata (the most important ski area in southern Tuscany) and the province of Grosseto. Val d’Orcia greets visitors with its magnificent scenery of authentic rural life. Its landscape was redesigned in the Renaissance period and it reflects the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing image. In this area we will find also Montepulciano and Pienza, two towns famous throughout the world as a symbol of artistic beauty. The landscape is characterized by hills and cypress trees, medieval churches and abbeys. Val d'Orcia, however, has not lost its agricultural nature. The wine, olive oil and pecorino cheese are the main productions that have made this area famous. The absolute gem is the Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most appreciated wines in the world. Since 2004 UNESCO has declared this area a World Heritage Site. Of course, the enchanting nature in Val d’Orcia can be visited by foot or on horseback too.