Siena its environs

Leaving from Siena and travelling southwards taking via Lauretana 438 which crosses the “crete senesi” you reach Casabianca and going on towards the Chiana Valley, Montepulciano and the Orcia Valley, you can discover faboulous landscapes and placet of art.

The “crete senesi”, quite a lunar landscape, so vivedly described by Repetti: “Oasi di verde in mezzo ad un deserto di piagge di creta color di cenere ed in mille guisa aperta, frastagliate e sparse di larghi crepacci….”.

Looking at that landscape – “a ponticelli, a costole, spacchi bianchi quasi di un sole rilucente” –Guido Piovene still dreamy after visiting the nearby abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, could define it: “modello ideale di paesaggio eremitico, già appartenente all’arte. Sembra lo scenario approntato dalla natura stessa per recitarvi il dramma sacro della lotta tra Dio e il demonio tentatore”.

This place was called the “desert of Accona”, such harsh and desolate, unproductive and solitary it was.

Monte Oliveto Maggiore is an oasis (but it’s not thne only one) in the very particolar desertic landscape of that part of Tuscany.

Also pope Pius II wrote something once he stopped in Monte Oliveto Maggiore in 1459: “…rovinose scoscese rupi e profondissimi baratri (la cui vista incute ribrezzo ed orrore) ne impediscono da ogni parte l’accesso, meno un’angusta lingua di terra, sull’ingresso della quale sta a difesa una solida torre munita di un antifosso ripieno d’acqua….”

The guest who arrives from the southern part of Siena finds the typical landscape of the “crete”, a poor and dry countryside, rounded hills of clayey knolls and coves.

Besides the main landscape it is possible to visit small museums and important places of art such as Sant’Anna in Camprena near Castelmuzio, the “collegiata” of San Quirico d’Orcia and the “Leonini” gardens, Trequanda, Rapolano Terme, Montepulciano with its town hall tower, the Chiana valley the Orcia valley, the Ombrane Valley and many other medieval villages.

In these lands there are the extraordinary wine-growing and wine areas of Montepulciano and Montalcino with the production of the fantastic Brunello and the famous Vino Nobile.On these hills where“Casabianca” is situated, the olive trees flourish and give the best olive oil of Tuscany.

The famous, incomparable and scented Siennese pecorino cheese is produced in the “crete”; it is a very old chesse as the remainings of an old villane have been found at the foot of Pienza, where the first inhabitants of Tuscany used to live and used to apply themselves to the sheep-farming and produced milk, “ricotta” cheese and pecorino cheese in the same way as nowadays.

Crossing the “crete” you reach marvellous places such as the beautiful and the Renaissance Pienza of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, the medieval Monticchiello, the proud fortress of Montalcino, symbol of the republican freedom, the Etruscan Asciano, the “mercatale” of Buonconvento where Enrico VII died, as well as the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore which was built in this wavy sea of the “Crete Senesi” of the “desert of Accona”.

It was in that severe and desolate world of the “crete senesi” that a bright silver staircase able to bring people up to heaven appeared to Bernardo Tolomei.

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