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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE Abbadia San Salvatore Bagno Vignoni Roccalbegna

BETTOLLE

BETTOLLE  Apri
Loc. BETTOLLE, SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
37 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Montefollonico, Montepulciano, Pienza
The town's origins are ancient , evidenced by the numerous Etruscan finds in history. The origin of the name is uncertain , due , according to some , in the presence of a forest of birches (Betula ) , according to others from the Etruscan name of person Petui ( later transformed into Bettonula , then Bettona and finally Bettola ) . In the medieval period , the Emperor Henry II granted to the abbot of the village of Farneta Bettole , calling him by the nickname of Villa Bettolle in 1014 . Church of St. Christopher Bettolle later became a fief of the Cacciaconti , gentlemen of Sinalugna , and later, around 1266, the Government of the Republic of Siena sent a mayor in charge of the castle, even if the family Cacciaconti continued to maintain a strong influence in the place . After 1515 it was under the control of the influential Cardinal Silvio Passerini , very close to the Florentine Medici family , who built a villa . Like other countries in the area, in 1554 , the troops of the Florentine Medici family, allied with the army of Charles V, finally conquered Bettole . The feud was abolished in 1749, since 1778 the country was annexed to the City of Sinalugna , while the Emperor Leopold II, who was Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany by the name of Peter Leopold I , completed the reclamation of Val di Chiana .

ORVIETO

ORVIETO  Apri
Loc. ORVIETO - UMBRIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagnoregio, Casemasce, Stazione di Alviano
Orvieto origins date back to the Etruscan civilization : the first settlements , are the ninth century BC and found inside the tufaceous caves in the bedrock upon which today rises the city. After being annexed in the third century B.C. to the territories of Rome, it remained under his rule until the decline of the Roman Empire . He then became a free city , and during the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, was a valiant opponent of Barbarossa, remaining faithful to the Pope in the Papal State , it was allowed to flourish throughout the Middle Ages , reaching its peak of development in the thirteenth century with the establishment of the General Council of 400 and the election of the Captain of the People. And ' during this period that saw the fervent work of construction of palaces and sacred buildings among which the famous Cathedral , which dates back to 1263, undoubtedly the most important architectural landmark in the city, with its splendid Gothic facing and the richness of the decorations and internal chapels . In the ancient town we also find the St. Patrick's Well , built in 1527 and designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, the Palazzo dei Sette 1300, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (XII century) in which meetings were held, the People's Council , the churches of St. Andrew (XII century) , St. Dominic (XIII century) , St. Juvenal (XI century ), Palazzo Soliano ( 1262 ) in which there are two museums: the Museo dell'Opera del Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art. Also remember the Teatro Mancinelli (1866) , the evocative Underground City and the Crucifix of Tufo necropolis dating back to the Etruscan period.

CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO

CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO  Apri
Loc. CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO PERUGIA, ITALY - UMBRIA  Navigatore
44 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
Altitude: 25 mt. a.s.l.  Area Isola Maggiore, Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Chiusi
Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago is one of the most beautiful villages in the area of Lake Trasimeno. Learn what to see in Castiglione del Lago on a day to not miss the best with our mini-guide! The village of Castiglione del Lago, one of the most important tourist centers of the Trasimeno which also includes Polvese Island, owes its footprint medieval lords Corgna become masters of the lake in the sixteenth century. What to see in Castiglione del Lago in one day? We recommend that you set me your itinerary from the Ducal Palace, also dettoPalazzo Corgna since its construction took place in 1563 at the behest diAscanio Corgna. The building, which was originally conceived as a small palace and hosted famous people such as Niccolo 'Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci, is now the seat of the Municipality. Very beautiful Salt interior decorated and frescoed by Pomarancio, among them stands the Hall of the Feats of Ascanio della Corgna, whose home and studio are located on the first floor. The Fortress and the Castle of the Lion are connected to the Palazzo della Corgna through a long and fascinating passage, forming a complex with it from the typically feudal. Built in 1247 by Frederick II of Swabia Castello del Leone, owes its name to its pentagonal shape, inspired by the constellation of Leo, which overlooks Lake Trasimeno, in one of his most beautiful views. In our guide of what to see in Castiglione del Lago on a day we're announcing Lachiesa of St. Dominic de Guzman in 1640, which houses the graves of family members Corgna; remarkable coffered wooden ceiling, the century. XVIII.

PARCO NATURALE DELLE FORESTE CASENTINESI

PARCO NATURALE DELLE FORESTE CASENTINESI  Apri
Loc. PARCO NAZIONALE DELLE FORESTE CASENTINESI, VIA GUIDO BROCCHI, 7, PRATOVECCHIO AREZZO, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
25 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
Altitude: 501 mt. a.s.l.  Area Montefollonico, Pienza, Bettolle
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Millenary forests between Romagna and Tuscany A large protected area in the Tuscan-Romagna, including forests among the largest and best preserved in Italy, the guardian of a high floristic and fauna of great interest to note the wolf and the eagle among the large predators and other ungulate species. The forests and the numerous natural habitats are the setting of the signs of the presence of man: villages, mule tracks and above all two charming sanctuaries of Camaldoli and La Verna. The waterfall dell'Acquacheta The waters of the Fosso Acquacheta perform a jump of about 70 m slipping fast on the rock and, at times, falling from overhanging sandstone ledges. In the plateau upstream of the waterfall, which originated silting of an ancient lake, lies the village of Romiti, built in the fifteenth century on the ruins of the hermitage of the monastery of St. Benedetto in Alpe, where he had found refuge during Dante's exile from Florence (in the sixteenth canto of the Inferno is a famous deion of the waterfall). In the stretch from St. Benedict to the waterfall dell'Aquacheta was made a nature trail called Acquacheta - The valley and the waterfall of Dante. Ridracoli The town preserves a fine example of a humpbacked bridge that served a former palace, now a hotel. A Ridracoli is the Eco-Museum of Hydro Water Ridracoli, run by Atlantis. Going up the valley you can see, on a hill, the ruins of a medieval castle, you will reach the impressive dam, completed in 1982 to provide power and water to the towns of the Romagna plain. Today, the tem is run by Waters Romagna. Upstream of the dam basin, whose waters have flooded the three branches valley is framed by steep slopes incised by numerous valleys where sandstone outcrops are interspersed with wooded edges.

PIENZA

PIENZA  Apri
Loc. PIENZA SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
22 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Montefollonico, Montepulciano
The village that was the birthplace of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who had to go and would not abbena sort Pienza, called Corsignano and was a stronghold of Siena. Some documents around the Mille us bear witness to its history of war events in major cities nearby . In 1251 the country was involved in the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines in 1269 and are some serious issues with a rich landowner named Berthold who had cut off food supplies to the inhabitants of the village. A document of 1393 gives us as the excise to be paid in Siena was changed from wax in order to make money a Palio . Corsignano few traces remain on the walls and in the street Gozzante and a Romanesque church with three kilometers from Pienza . Pienza is the only town in the vicinity of which can be clearly contemplate birth : it has been built on the plan, by Pope Pius II - Enea Silvio Piccolomini - not just ascended the papal throne in 1558 . Haute on the Orcia Valley , look to the east is the mountain which rises Cortona and the three lakes ( Trasimeno , Chiusi and Montepulciano) , and south of Mount Amiata and the Orcia valley surrounded dominates Torrita , Asciano , San Giovanni d'Asso and the hills Chianti . Pienza was built in just over three years, and was named by Pope Pius II. The Pope wished to give rise to the elegant town because it was a resting place for himself and his court : he was pleased with the work of the architect and she did not regret that he had presented a first estimate untrue and indeed, pleased writing to Rossellino , said: you have to lie to your Bernardo , if these noble palaces .... this church that the whole world admires ... - continued the Pope - could have fulfillment . Pius II also wanted to convey the waters of the Vivo, and download nell'Orcia to form a large artificial lake - as Campano biographer tells us the writer of this pontiff and his Court to create a fish hatchery and a defense against enemies. Just below Bagno Vignoni , where the Pope wanted to divert the waters , it seems that the Etruscans had already made some very wise and drainage works oppurtune . The lake that Pius II wanted to create , never saw the light. Pienza therefore welcomed the Court of prelates humanists and lovers of beauty and preserves the reflection of the Renaissance life that is lived in Rome . Because of its location , the town had a very important role in the wars that saw cross in Tuscany and Siena weapons Medici and the imperial with the French joined to the Republic of Siena in Montalcino ( 1550-60 ) and was sacked fifteen times. Passed under the Medici and followed the fate of the other cities in Tuscany . Also remember looting the treasures of Pienza suffered under the rule of Napoleon. Enea Silvio Piccolomini , who came to the papal dignity under the name of Pius II commissioned Bernardo Rossellini , architect and sculptor of Florence , a pupil of Leon Battista Alberti, to renew the urban poor and the ancient village of Corsignano in the Renaissance town of Pienza ; which , created between 1459 and 1562 , centered around the main square , the Serbian signs of the rapid and hasty bloom.

ROMITORI DI ISCHIA DI CASTRO

ROMITORI DI ISCHIA DI CASTRO  Apri
Loc. ISCHIA DI CASTRO VITERBO, ITALY - LAZIO  Navigatore
38 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Pitigliano, Sorano, Saturnia
  Brochure PDF
One of the hermitages (or monasteries ), the most interesting is that of Poggio Conte , housed in a tuff ridge according to types of architectural inspiration Cistercian , overlooking a picturesque valley , a natural amphitheater from the top of a small waterfall . Home environments are almost completely collapsed , while he retains the small church, with columns and capitals carved into the tuff , consisting of two quadrangular rooms , with a domed roof that entrance to cruise to the bottom , with an apse remains of a fresco depicting two saints with the miter ( headdress worn by bishops as a sign of authority) , perhaps S. Columbanus and S. Savino . The room door was decorated with a large cycle of frescoes of the thirteenth century , including the figures of the twelve apostles of the Redeemer. Some slabs of tufa of these precious frescoes were stolen in the sixties of the twentieth century , and fortunately recovered, are now preserved at the Museum of Ischia di Castro . More complex is the floor plan of the hermitage of Ripatonna Cicognina dug on three different levels and attended the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, at the time of the first plant seem to relate the frescoes of the Sienese school that decorate the church , representing St. Anthony Abbot and a holy bishop .

WWF: OASI LAGO DI CHIUSI

WWF: OASI LAGO DI CHIUSI  Apri
Loc. CHIUSI SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
31 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Castiglione del Lago, Montepulciano, Isola Maggiore
  Brochure PDF
WWF This oasis is located in the southern part of the lake of Chiusi. Includes part naturalistic most interesting part of this body of water, with an area of shallow waters , rich aquatic plants, and a hydric wood to willows and poplars. The Oasis is located within the municipality of Chiusi ( Si) . The area of 8 hectares, is a wetland that is home to one of the most important heronries central Italy. environment The Oasis , located in the southern part of the lake of Chiusi, includes the most interesting part of this naturalistic body of water , comprising an area of shallow waters , rich aquatic plants, and a hydric wood to willows and poplars that hosts heronries one of the most important central Italy. The area is estsa 8 hectares. The flora and fauna A good part of the Oasis is occupied by forest riparian willows and poplars, which is also very popular willow ash from bushy . Here is the heronry that makes Lake Chiusi an extremely important area for breeding Ardeidae : night herons nesting in fact , egrets , herons, egrets and red tuft , which build their nests on the willows, defended dall'intrico of vegetation and from perennially flooded soil . 1998 saw guests of the heronry also two pairs of Glossy Ibis and in 1999 there has also herons nested guardabuoi.Sul edge of the lake , to surround the heronry , is quite extensive in the reeds and reed marsh , near the shores and waters free, home to many rare aquatic plants , such as nannufaro , water chestnut , the utricolaria , Vallisneria spiralis and the beautiful white water lily . Refuge nest in the reeds of different pairs of Beardedand the marsh harrier . The lake of Chiusi is a strategic stopover point for migrating birds along the Apennines : in spring and autumn transiting the osprey , bittern , the bittern , the knight of Italy, black-tailed godwit , redshank and the fighter . In winter the lake is even more populated since arriving large numbers of wintering birds , such as egrets and herons , common gulls , lapwings , snipe, teal, dun , grebes maggiori.Oltre the birds , the lake of Chiusi also has an interesting population of invertebrates, with uncommon species such as aquatic gastropod Viviparus contectus and Planorbarius corneus , the butterfly zerinzia and the beautiful beetle beetles Carabus clathratus antonellii , who lives in the reeds . Still in the canebrake was recently reported the harvest mouse , a small rodent known before in Tuscany just for the Padule , in the province of Pistoia.

MORELLINO DI SCANSANO

MORELLINO DI SCANSANO  Apri
Loc. SCANSANO GR, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
37 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Saturnia, Roccalbegna, Magliano in Toscana
Numerous archeological finds dating back to the Etruscan period that were brought to light in the areas of the Scansano and Albegna valleys, demonstrate that vine growing was an important element in the local Etruscan community. Earthenware jars containing Vitis vinifera seeds dating back to the fifth century BC and bronze statuettes of offerers holding sickle, the standard tools of vintners until almost the present day, are just some of the artifacts found in the rural area of the Usi, which includes the towns of Scansano and Semproniano, and the site of Ghiaccioforte, an area between Scansano and Saturnia. With the decline of the Roman Empire, Scansano, as well as the rest of the Maremma region, inevitably experienced a period of crisis and deterioration due to the loss of the population, which led to hydrogeological instability and the swamping of the coastal areas. Although wine production survived around the inhabited centers of earlier Etruscan settlements, the extensive production of the Roman settlements failed. The establishment of the so-called 'estatura' or summer migration at the time of Peter Leopold I of Lorraine (circa 1737), to escape the malaria infestation present along the coastal areas due to their enlarged swampland, and the arrival in Scansano of several wealthy families, summoned by the Grand Duke to invest in and enhance the area, brought new possibilities for the development of the Maremma region and especially for Scansano. The Morellino di Scansano wine originates in one of the most natural and uncontaminated areas of Tuscany: the southern coastal area of the region known as the Tuscan Maremma, located between the valleys of the Ombrone and Albegna Rivers, which includes the territory of the municipality of Scansano, as well as parts of the municipalities of Grosseto and Magliano in Toscana towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the municipalities of Campagnatico, Roccalbegna, Semproniano e Manciano in the direction of Monte Amiata and the interior of the region. The wine, locally known as 'Morellino', almost completely made from the Sangiovese grape variety, owes its particular properties to the soil and climate of the area: the vineyards benefit from the sea breezes that mitigate the high daytime temperatures of the summer. The newest plantings, those done in the last 10 years in the Morellino di Scansano production zone, were created with a goal in mind, to improve the quality of the grapes that go into making the wine by keeping yields per plant rather low. Producers created rows that were closer together, changing them from 2.5 x 0.80 meters to 2.00 x 0.80 meters, or sometimes 2.30x.60 meters, with the number of vines planted rising to between 5.000 - 7.000 plants per hectare. In the past, the lion's share of the vines were planted with ample space between rows around 3.00x1.50 meters or 3.00x1.00 meters and a density of only 2.000 - 3.000 plants per hectare. Morellino di Scansano became a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) recognized wine starting with the 2007 harvest. The addition of the 'garantita' to the title which was bestowed on the Consortium in 1978, DOC, is the fruit of the labor of producers and growers over the last 30 years in order to reach an exceptional level of quality at every stage of wine production. In order to conform to traceability standards, the Consortium is now using the State seal instead of the one that was previously used by the Consortium starting in 2004. The use of the seal is a sign of protection for the consumer, be it the State Seal or the Consortium seal.

BUONCONVENTO

BUONCONVENTO  Apri
Loc. BUONCONVENTO SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
33 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza
No coincidence that the name derives from the Latin bonus conventus , that happy place , community lucky. And if you add that recently has been included in the Club of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy, the temptation is almost irresistible : the urge to go to Tuscany to stay in the province of Siena, in the heart of the Valley dell'Ombrone to discover buonconvento . Located at the confluence of the Arbia river Ombrone population of about 3000 inhabitants and ed into the Environment of the Crete Senesi along with four other municipalities Buonconvento is a charming medieval center that is based mainly on agriculture , notably the cultivation of lives, but also in an increasingly strong trade and tourism. To attract tourists, as well as the idyllic green landscape and embracing the village , there are many sights of great historical , architectural and artistic , from the massive fourteenth-century walls that testifies to the taste of the ancient buildings of Siena, and once enclosed inside all the houses of the village. There were no openings in the fort , with the exception of two doors with wooden frames and sturdy iron fittings: Porta Senese was the entrance on the north side , towards Siena, while Porta Romana looked to the south, but was destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1944 . The village has maintained for many centuries its original appearance , but during the nineteenth century has seen a remarkable evolution through the construction of new buildings behind the walls , including the beautiful theater of the Resurrected . Within the walls of the heart Buonconvento is cut into two parts by way Soncini , main street named after an ancient family of the place, which is overlooked by the palaces of power . As the Palace Podestarile , with the fourteenth-century tower with a rectangular plan and Gothic arches that agghindano the facade , enhanced by as many as 25 coats of stone corresponding to the same mayor. Not far away is the Town Hall, with its elegant brick facade , and even the Palazzo Taja , also made of brick in the second half of the eighteenth century by a noble family in town . Completing the exhibition Palazzo Borghesi , of the fourteenth century , all dolled up in arms , and the Palace of Glorione , once belonged to the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, now the Museum of the Brotherhood of Mercy.

ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE

ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE  Apri
Loc. ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
2 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
Centre for summer and winter holidays, the most important and best equipped of the area of Mount Amiata. Dell'Abbazia S. Savior, who for about a millennium had to radiate its power throughout the eastern Amiata area, only the church and the crypt. From history and legend, we learn that this monastery, Benedictine and Cistercian first, was born around 750 at the behest of the Lombard king Rachis, who used it initially to control the Via Francigena, which ran along the valley immediately below. Subsequently, the temporal power of this abbey, although very often clashing with Aldobrandeschis, the powerful nobles whose territories included the entire western side of Amiata, is great evidence in the history of Tuscany and in the relations between the Papacy and the Emperors. In this context, the historic environment, has a significant interest in the medieval town, which is preserved almost intact with narrow picturesque streets. Abbey S. Salvatore has experienced in the last two centuries the positive aspects (which were derived for the induced loss) and with negative (for the working conditions of the miners) an important mining development linked to the production of mercury, whose mines are all closed today . What's Near Abbey Chapel dell'Ermeta, cicondata by dense bush. Not far from the town city, the old area of the mine, one of the most productive of cinnabar, to witness an economic activity that is no longer current, so that it became the subject of a redevelopment of urban settlements with craft and with an interesting museum mining, which opened in January 2001, housed in the building of the Clock Tower. Mine Abbey, whose story is now the subject of this mining museum, went over about a century after the pioneering phase of the research phases of large productive use (30s-40), to that of the gradual downsizing , due to the abandonment of mercury in various industrial applications in which that metal was used. Completely closed the mine Abbey about twenty years ago, and with it also the other fields of the Amiata, remains today the testimony of a museum exhibition.

MONTEPULCIANO

MONTEPULCIANO  Apri
Loc. MONTEPULCIANO SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
28 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Montefollonico, Bettolle, Pienza
  Brochure PDF
Of ancient and long history, Montepulciano has origins from the Etruscans from the fourth century BC He notoriety also for the wealth of excellent vineyards from where we get the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. The most frequent image is that of a landscape graced by a meticulous man who is in harmony with the natural environment. The rural urbanization coexists with urban centers overflowing with historical memories and wonderful works of art, all set in an agricultural landscape, often highly specialized. Our thoughts turn naturally to the rolling hills covered with olive groves and vineyards, in the Val di Chiana, recovered again by the great works of restoration of the Grand Duke. In this area of Tuscany south-east, are mixed forests of pines, oaks and chestnut trees, with sandy-storey sandstone cultivated, undulating clay plains of former marshland. A holiday suspended well-being and culture of innovation and tradition Montepulciano town of Etruscan origin , is an area rich in history and culture , surrounded by a landscape rich in color shades . In this context, there is the spa complex avant-garde for its modern specialized care centers . The thermal baths of Montepulciano born in 1966 to exploit the therapeutic properties of water in the subsurface of the plant. The proposed programs are integrated with the global obiettibo to restore health to the patient's life , along with a range of services that exploiting the natural treatment addresses the needs of users of all ages , giovando to health, but also to the beauty . E ' can choose between different paths , including specific treatments or let themselves be led by the pleasure of massages, mud baths, steam , whirlpools or gym sessions . The proximity to places of historical interest, gives you the opportunity to combine a relaxing excursions to art and culture. Of note Montalcino , a town not only famous for its Brunello DOC but also for the beauty of the medieval old town where time seems to stand still , Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Renaissance architecture , and Siena, the city of the Palio is known throughout the world.

SOVANA

SOVANA  Apri
Loc. SOVANA GROSSETO, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
22 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Pitigliano, Saturnia, Roccalbegna
  Brochure PDF
Sovana, charming village atmosphere frozen in time , is a rare jewel of medieval town planning . From the 7th to the 3rd century BC Etruscan was a thriving center , this period is the important Etruscan necropolis with the tomb queen called Hildebrand Tomb shaped greek temple . It was then an important city in Roman times, so much so that in the first centuries of Christianity became a bishopric . It was conquered by the Lombards (594) , and it became a dominion of the Aldobrandeschis whose Duchy came to understand the whole province of Grosseto. It then passed to the Orsini Family by inheritance was looted and destroyed by the Sienese in 1410. Remained in a state of great neglect for centuries , has had the good fortune to arrive intact to this day in his capacity as the Middle Ages. For a long time historians and travelers has been identified with the city of Jeremiah the dying city .. From the Fortress; along a cobbled floors, you get to the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and thus enclosed between the symbols of the powers that have governed , Sovana still retains its original charm and splendor. In the square you can admire the Praetorian Praetorian Palace , the Loggia del Capitano , the Palace of the Archives, as well as the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the seventeenth-century Bourbon del Monte , partly leaning against the ancient church of San Mamiliano and , continuing because of the Duomo , on the left , there is the alleged birthplace of the most famous character of Sovana, Hildebrand who later became Pope with the name of Gregory VII .

CHIESA DI SAN BIAGIO

CHIESA DI SAN BIAGIO  Apri
Loc. CHIESA DI SAN BIAGIO, SAN BIAGIO SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
25 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
Altitude: 494 mt. a.s.l.  Area Montefollonico, Pienza, Bettolle
Leaving Montepulciano via Port Grassi, following the road to Chianciano then right along the Avenue of Remembrance, is reached, the Temple of San Biagio in Montepulciano descent, the Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna di San Biagio is located at the foot of the hill of Montepulciano. Exemplary construction of the sixteenth century Tuscan was built by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder on the ruins of the ancient church of San Biagio in 1518 - 1545 It has a central plant type, surmounted by a dome set on a terrace and a classic drum and semicircular apse. With this type of plant Antonio da Sangallo the Elder realizes one of the most interesting religious building, translating the lesson Renaissance Bramante in a compact masses of monumental architecture, for example to find rapid spread in environments of Tuscany. The plastic decorative solutions and reveal a tension and a freedom that are already mannered. The exterior is characterized entirely in travertine, to first order, by a tem of Doric pilasters at the corners and a pseudo-higher-order framing walls divided by mirrors. Above a triangular pediment with a central eye is repeated on all four sides. In the lower large portals are surmounted by triangular pediments strongly projecting. In the upper extensive use of moldings. The north-facing front is flanked by two towers isolated but close to the front, so as to find a place in the square of the arms of the cross: the bell tower on the right, unfinished, rises to the height of the capitals, the bell tower of the left presents very original and Renaissance forms in overlapping orders Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite, applied to the first three shelves square, the fourth of octagon surmounted by an octagonal drum forever, on which you set the pyramidal spire.

CASTAGNA DEL MONTE AMIATA I.G.P.

CASTAGNA DEL MONTE AMIATA I.G.P.  Apri
Loc. ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE - TOSCANA  Navigatore
4 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
  Brochure PDF
The presence of the chestnut trees on Mount Amiata is historically documented and dates back to many centuries ago. It follows an ancient tradition of processing of chestnut carried out by the local populations of the villages. The method of collecting and processing of this valuable product is recalled even today in the popular festivals.

MONTEFOLLONICO

MONTEFOLLONICO  Apri
Loc. MONTEFOLLONICO SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
29 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Montepulciano, Pienza, Bettolle
  Brochure PDF
Montefollonico is a village in the municipality of Torrita of Siena , in the province of Siena. The village sits on top of a hill ( 568 m asl) between the Valdichiana and the Val d'Orcia. A small country of traditions , colors and flavors A few kilometers from Torrita of Siena, perched on top of a hill between Val di Chiana and Val d' Orcia is Montefollonico, characteristic medieval village isolated and surrounded by century walls in brick and stone turned off. With its narrow streets and crooked , low houses and rustic , offering a glimpse of authentic and genuine Tuscany. The seasons transform a landscape that changes its appearance every day : silvery as the sky 's winter, bright and vibrant spring, warm and enveloping with the colors of ' autumn , dazzling summer 's when the grain is already high . L ' hiking, trekking know fortunes for increasing the desire to explore , to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of a place without slip down , just on the surface. Going on foot or on horseback is not there , not only captures the ' appearance, but you can savor its magic and its charms . The variety of points of interest , from the cultural to the ecological , natural, archaeological, architectural , does not bring about the unity of the ' attractiveness of a route. The charm of the area of Siena , the reasons of interest are such as to satisfy the most demanding travelers and a wide variety of curiosity . Places of great historical attraction , artistic , cultural and tourist that are often overlooked or because they barely touched by the great routes or why such well-known to ' ear to believe to know without ever having crossed the boundary wall . Conociuto as the village of Vin Santo , the world's most famous fortified wine from the exceptional flavor that goes well with the nooks , another specialty of Tuscany. An atmosphere where genuine paranormal powers , traditions and flavors come together. Wandering does not lack the opportunity to find the smoky tavern , rustic , or the old farmhouse , the farm , the crusher or a wine cellar, which has now become sought after temples of this authentic and unique tradition in telling the story of the places. A country kitchen in which the basic element is without a doubt the bread this in a thousand forms and flavors: from the strand to the wheel , from the focaccia croutons , from focaccia with rosemary oil to the pan , a tasty loaf flavored with raisins and rosemary.

BAGNO VIGNONI

BAGNO VIGNONI  Apri
Loc. BAGNO VIGNONI SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Pienza, Montalcino, Abbadia San Salvatore
It seems that the sky is upside down at the bottom, soft in the countryside of Tuscany, and the rustic houses of a village are gathered around it, curious to see this strip of blue down to earth . They are the homes of Bagno Vignoni , gathered around a pool of water that acts as a mirror to the sky , with its changing lights , let the clouds and constellations . We are one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany could be in a picture , but it's in the heart of Val d'Orcia , including in the town of San Quirico d' Orcia , in the province of Siena. For enhancing the beauty of the surrounding landscape is , that as a garland weaves lush rows of vines , rows of silvery olive groves , sunflower fields and pastures green fragrant. But the most precious treasure guarded by Bagno Vignoni are the baths , which give the town a very special aspect : the hot springs , known since Roman times , flowing from the volcanic soil and emerge in a large tub in the open. Around it, a mirror vain , gathered houses, inns and shops in the country. As a square, but made of water , the spa tub is the centerpiece of the town, and around the place the most important moments of village life. Because the thermal activity of the place became famous it was not until the Middle Ages , though the first evidence in this regard are the oldest . Gradually , over time , many historical figures have spent time in Bagno Vignoni , such as Catherine of Siena, Pope Pius II Piccolomini and Lorenzo the Maginifico . The authorities and institutions from time to time have dominated the territory they occupied the spa with care and love, and we can still benefit from cozy and comfortable facilities . Compared to the original spa , today it is not possible to swim directly into the Square of sources , but the modern facilities are just outside the center : Here you find the swimming pools fed by the same water, and you have the chance to make mud , inhalations and irrigations . The hyperthermal waters , with a temperature of 52 C, are sulfate - bicarbonate- alkaline-earthy . Although the baths of today constitute the main tourist attraction of the country, the most characteristic of Bagno Vignoni is the old town, with an old bathtub , the stone-built houses , and a fascinating maze of little streets cobbled streets. Next to the water , bright pearl in the center , stands the church of San Giovanni Battista , a beautiful sacred to nave, with a facade simple and straightforward. Inside you can admire some works of art , including a painting of the Sienese school of St. Catherine of Siena, Bagno Vignoni with the background , built in the eighteenth century. Outside, however, on the front porch , there is a small chapel dedicated to the same saint , built in 1660 and containing in origin, a fresco of the risen Christ , now moved to the church of San Giovanni Battista.

MONTEGABBIONE

MONTEGABBIONE  Apri
Loc. MONTEGABBIONE - UMBRIA  Navigatore
36 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Chiusi, Papiano, Marsciano
Montegabbione , small Umbrian village is situated on top of a hill , about 600 m above sea level , which belongs to the area surrounded by the Apennine valleys of Valdichiana and Nestor and the Tiber . They are part of Montegabbione the villages of Castel de ' Fiori, and Montegiove Faiolo . The village was probably originally a fortress , a hypothesis justified by its road configuration , the imposing medieval walls that surround it and its structure , with a square in the center of the town, its streets straight and parallel , the towers and above all the presence of the castle. As for its location , Montegabbione can boast a strategic position, very important for tourist access : it lies about 150 km from Rome and Florence , about 40 km from Orvieto and Perugia and 60 km from Lake Bolsena and the Trasimeno. Element symbol of the town is the famous Tower of Montegabbione , which dates from approximately the fifteenth century. It is a tower with a clear military setting : it is characterized by its base of a d pyramid and the narrow slits that surround it. Another important thing is to Casteldifiori tower , which is part of the castle complex and dates back to the early 1200s. This was originally used as a watchtower and was heavily damaged nearly two centuries after its construction . It was later restored , so decisive a few years ago. The castle of Montegabbione is the nucleus of the country and , as the tower has recently been restored , bringing to light (albeit partially ) a special inner courtyard. As for the architectural and cultural sights is the Church of Maria SS Assumption , now the parish church of the village , the church of Maria SS. delle Grazie , which lies at the foot of the hill of Montegabbione and the chapel of St. Anne , recently restored. Finally, it is worth visiting the Church of the Scarsuola that , according to tradition , was born during the prolonged stay of St. Francis of Assisi to Montegiove Castle , for his will.

PALAZZO DEL CAPITANO DEL POPOLO

PALAZZO DEL CAPITANO DEL POPOLO  Apri
Loc. ORVIETO - UMBRIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagnoregio, Casemasce, Stazione di Alviano
This building stands in the square and dates from the early eighties of the thirteenth century. Its origin is controversial, however, you think that it was built on the Greek conception of the family Blacks on an old papal palace of 1157. People's Palace. The building saw the changes and expansions already in the next decade. The bell tower is 1315, then the captain of the people, which takes its name from the palace, he placed the bell engraved with the symbols of the arts who is now on the Torre del Moro. 1472 is the top cover. In addition to the captain lived there the mayor and the Seven Lords; since 1651, was home to the pawnshop. Among the main rooms there are: the room of 400, that in 1596 the hall was sold to the Studium of the Faculty of Law, Theology and Logic, whose lessons were held twice a day, by calling the bell of the people, until 1651 when classes were forced to be moved elsewhere. Since then, of that university if it sank into oblivion. Essay In Historical Statistics of the Pontifical State, compiled by the engineer Gabrielle Calindri Perugia in Perugia in 1829, shows the foundation of the University in 1013, granted by the Emperor Henry II of Saxony, the Holy and Pope Benedict VIII, already in the Historie Cipriano Manente published in 1561; Studium Generalis was confirmed by Cardinal Albornoz in 1377. were used as the top local theater since 1578. The town of Orvieto appropriated sums of money for the citizens who wish to participate in the shows as long as these cultural events were staged . At these events participated in some of the Young Academy. It was restored in the late eighties and currently is home to a conference center. Other studies have made it possible archaeological discoveries in the basement, including a temple of the fifth century an aqueduct and a medieval cistern.

SATURNIA

SATURNIA  Apri
Loc. SATURNIA, GROSSETO, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
28 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Sorano, Roccalbegna, Pitigliano
The Terme di Saturnia are a group of springs located in the town of Manchester , just a few kilometers from the village of Saturnia , in respect of which are located in the valley below the south-east . The thermal springs that feed the baths affecting a vast area that stretches from Mount Amiata to the Fiora and dell'Albegna Hills , reaching the Maremma Grosseto at Roselle ( Roselle Terme ) and Talamone ( Terme OAS ) . The welfare of innovation and tradition The strength of the spa resort is due to the combination between technology and tradition, a stay at Terme di Saturnia , means taking a journey into a timeless place where you can be pampered by an enveloping atmosphere and unforgettable moments. Here the person is at the center of all attention and well-being coincides with a psycho-physical balance to build, maintain and awaken through a comprehensive, made of five connected and complementary areas : hydrotherapy , beauty, stress management, diet and fitness. Among all the practical advice we can give to prevent or treat stress is the most important ' pull the plug ' , going on a happy island where someone will take care of you , pamper you and take you by the hand towards a physical rebirth and mental . The Terme di Saturnia may be that island. Now clear your mind , reset each activity and dive into the archetype of your life : water.

PITIGLIANO

PITIGLIANO  Apri
Loc. PITIGLIANO - TOSCANA  Navigatore
27 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Sorano, Ischia di Castro, Saturnia
Of tufa towns in central Italy there if they are different. The nearby Sorano and Sovana, for example, or remaining within fifty miles, Orvieto and, a little further south, Orte. But Pitigliano is different ... and, despite not having the Momumento breathtaking that remains engraved in my mind, it's all the context that is almost magical enchanted. The origin of Pitigliano affected by this spell and is lost in the mists of time. Legend has it that it was founded by two young Petilio and Celiano. Petilio was the gens Petilia, an important Etruscan Roman family, while Celiano appartiena the Etruscan family of Celes Vibenna. Petilio Celiano and found nothing better than to steal the golden crown from the temple of Jupiter Stator in Rome and bring it right on the cliff of Pitigliano where, fascinated by the beauty of the place, we stayed and founded the city. We do not believe much in this legend Etruscan - Roman ... just because the origin of Pitigliano is certainly the oldest and perhaps before the Etruscan civilization itself. Today in Pitigliano is to stroll through the narrow streets, with many small craft shops, immersed in the colors of the tufa and the smell of wood-burning fireplaces ... and assure you that it is an endless pleasure, even if confined to only the historical center ... one above the tuff cliff. Beyond the walls, in the east, it is naturally extended Pitigliano new very modern, but without the charm of centuries. But what is the best time to visit Pitigliano. Surely from spring to fall, even though many of the pictures that we publish are done in the middle of winter. In particular we indicate the Torciata of St. Joseph, which takes place March 19

MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO CLAUDIO FAINA

MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO CLAUDIO FAINA  Apri
Loc. ORVIETO - UMBRIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagnoregio, Casemasce, Stazione di Alviano
The collection Faina was formed in 1864 by two important members of the family: the accounts Mauro and Eugenio. According to tradition, the original core of the collection consists of 34 vessels would be donated to Count Mauro Princess Marie Bonaparte in Valentini, daughter of Lucien Bonaparte - the discoverer of the necropolis of Vulci - and nephew of Napoleon. Mauro Faina managed the collection until 1868; his death was inherited by his brother Claudius and entrusted to the care of his nephew Eugene. The collection, housed initially in the family palace in Perugia, was transferred to Orvieto in environments where still here. Eugenio must be a change in the addresses collections: he stopped buying antiquities on the art market and the interest directed towards the finds that, during the seventies and eighties of the nineteenth century, were unearthed in the necropolis of Orvieto. Inherited by Claudio junior, the collection now complete, he was kept and made public in 1954. The palace Faina, in piazza del Duomo, right in front of the Cathedral, was bought in the mid-nineteenth century by Count Claudio Faina senior. In 1954, his grandson, Claudio junior, left by will to the Municipality of Orvieto all his property to finance the Foundation for the Museo Claudio Faina; since then the building has become a museum. On the main floor of the building, the exhibition presents the stages of formation of the collection related to the activity of collectors Mauro and Eugenio. The exhibition opens with the presentation of the rich coin cabinet, continues with a display of characteristic findings of Chiusi and Attic vases with black figures and red figures; among the first accented with three jars of exceptional value attributed to Exekias, the largest pottery painter in the attic black-figure technique. On the second floor, the antiquities are arranged in a chronological and typological criteria: the prehistoric and proto preceding the bucchero, ceramics Attic black-figure and red-figure and Etruscan bronzes; Three rooms are dedicated to Etruscan pottery. A marble torso closes the path. Characteristic of the second floor is a gallery that allows a very particular vision of the Cathedral of Orvieto. The ground floor houses the Museo Civico, which, divided into three large rooms, houses antiquities collected during the nineteenth century by the city of Orvieto. Among these deserve to be remembered at least the Venus Cannicella, the head of Cippo Warrior and the decoration of the pediment of the Temple of Belvedere.

MONTE AMIATA

MONTE AMIATA  Apri
Loc. MOUNT AMIATA, ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE, SIENA, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
4 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Roccalbegna, Pienza
Mount Amiata, an unusual and precious corner of Tuscany. Included in the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, dominating from its 1738 meters the surrounding valleys (Val d'Orcia, Val di Paglia), the superb level of Maremma, the sweet and charming Sienese hills, the green depression of Lake Bolsena ll Monte Amiata, Tuscany massif, showing its profile sweet austere but also at a great distance. On a clear day you can see the hills of Chianti, Maremma and those traveling in the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the mountains of Lazio, the calm waters of Lake Trasimeno and Bolsena. A crisp, strong, emerging, like a gigantic cathedral, the vast surface of the rolling Tuscan hills. Surrounded and placed in the classic Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio Tuscia two steps, Amiata has been for millennia a territory with its own autonomous prerogatives geological, historic and scenic. The lush beech forests, rocks with unusual shapes, rich and fresh springs, mines (now relegated to the museum) and a stunted mountain agriculture have given to those who live on the slopes of the mountain the proud consciousness of diversity. The cycles of history and art have variously concerned and lapped over the centuries, the Amiata. But neither the Etruscans nor Romans, nor the Lombards nor the emperors of the West, nor the historical republics of Siena and Florence, nor the bustling modernity of nearby Grosseto, have never been able to alter the spirit, the character, the magic Amiata mountain, which made the symbiotic relationship between nature, landscape and man-made. Over the centuries, the Amiata he met and forged an economy on a human scale and nature, using the resources present in varying degrees, from the pastures of the hills and valleys to the gifts of the great mountain and forest products of a precious crafts Local, in a process of wide-ranging social, artistic and environmental. It 'the same route that we propose in these pages, without leaving the comfort represented (for the tourist of today) from the territory of the Amiata, and very near the center of gravity in relation to major historical and artistic centers and landscape of Tuscany and Umbria.

HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY

HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY  Apri
Loc. SATURNIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
28 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Sorano, Roccalbegna, Scansano

Saturnia is an ancient town located in the southern part of Tuscany, an area known as the Maremma. A large village, It may be a small out of the way place but it has two excellent restaurants and there is a gelateria where one can lick a delicious ice cream while watching the evening passeggiata. Or you can take it with you and visit the ancient Etruscan gateway to the town. Saturnia was in ancient times a large town of considerable importance. The porta is easily identifiable as Etruscan owing to its jigsaw pattern of irregular and vast stones so finely cut they have held together without mortar for well over two thousand years. Through this arch passed the 'new' Roman road, the Via Clodia which went from here to Rome: The basalt paving stones bear the grooves of the iron tyres of Roman and mediaeval vehicles. Devastated by malaria, Saturnia was almost abandoned until recently when the nearby spa began to revive its fortunes. Saturnia itself is a charming medieval village and the surrounding, unspoiled hills are filled with olive groves and woodlands and rich with Etruscan remains. It is about an hour and a half from Rome, an hour from Siena, and a half-hour to the sea. The area has at present gained a reputation for the high standard of its restaurants and trattorie. At the foot of the hill lies a hot (37C) water spa famous for its therapeutic qualities. Just outside from the medieval town walls the countryside spreads out: here you can take easy wonderfool walks through the perfumed Mediterranean bushes along the Albegna river. Longer walks might take you to Sovana, Sorano, Pitigliano. You may see the sea the distance, framed by the natural park of Mounts of the Uccellina and Monte Argentario. From Porto S.Stefano a daily ferry connects to Giglio and Giannutri islands; not far away are the seaside resorts of Ansedonia and Porto Ercole. The thermal spas - Hot Springs in Tuscany Southern Tuscany, in the area around Monte Amiata, has many natural hot springs. In most towns where there are natural hot springs, there is a modern spa where they bring the hot springs water into a swimming pool and you pay to use the pool. Some of these spas are outdoors and only open in summer; others are more medical type spas that are indoors and open all year. This is a waterfall with a difference - the water is hot, the temperature of a nice hot bath. It smells good and sulphurous but then you can see why the Romans believed the waters came from Hades.

POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO

POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO  Apri
Loc. ORVIETO - UMBRIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagnoregio, Casemasce, Stazione di Alviano
You may wonder: What does St. Patrick's Day with Orvieto? Little or nothing, so much so that this formidable hydraulic work was, originally, called Pozzo della Rocca, as close to the Albornoz fortress. Then he took the name of St. Patrick's why probably used in the second half of the eighteenth century, such as St. Patrick's Purgatory, by analogy to the underground cavity in which the well-known Irish saint withdrew to pray, and where the unbelievers that they ventured up to reach the bottom would have obtained the remission of sins and access to Paradise. The work, commissioned Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in 1527, was commissioned by Pope Clement VII, more or less simultaneously to reset the Pozzo della Cava place on the other side of the cliff, to ensure water to the city in case of siege. Completed in 1537 under Paul III Farnese denotes, for the size and accurate tem design, all the ambition to be remembered as a great and arduous undertaking. It is a work of engineering wise, preceded by hydrogeological studies, which led both to the identification of the most suitable site to get to the clayey stratum of sources, both to play brick, for a better seal, a part of the walls . Huge measures of the cylindrical drilling - 54 meters deep, with a diameter of 13 - and really found the singular architecture of the double spiral ramp that allowed the beasts of burden used to transport water to not obstruct the two-way traffic along the 248 steps; particularly striking, then, the 72 windows that allow to filter and play with the light tones of the stone. The outer part of the shaft occurs against the back of the hills surrounding the cliff, like a wide, low cylindrical building decorated by Paul III Farnese lilies, with two openings diametrically opposed to who goes and who goes. Immerse yourself in its depths greenish, take photos in low abundance to capture all effects of perspective and light, do not give up on the walls to bounce the echo of your voice. And then throw in the water, reached the bottom of the well, the little superstitious money that will bring you back, and happily, in Orvieto.

SORANO

SORANO  Apri
Loc. SORANO GR, ITALIA - UMBRIA  Navigatore
22 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
Altitude: 382 mt. a.s.l.  Area Pitigliano, Ischia di Castro, Saturnia
Sorano is an Italian town of 3502 inhabitants in the province of Grosseto. Sorano is defined Matera of Tuscany, for its particular characteristic of many urban buildings carved into the tufa rock, reminiscent of the famous Sassi. The municipality of Sorano stretches in the eastern part of the Tufa. Bordered to the north by the municipality of Castell'Azzara, east with the municipalities of Acquapendente Lazio, Proceno, Onano and Latera, on the south by the town of Pitigliano, on the west by the towns of Manchester and Semproniano. The capital city is located 379 meters s.l.m. on a tuff that, from the east, overlooking a stretch of the river Lens; is at the center of an area that develops primarily on a straight hill, albeit interspersed with hollows and reliefs. The lower altitude is recorded in Pianetto Sovana, at the town of the same name, with shares of around 270 meters, while the higher elevations, mountain type, are recorded on the peak overlooking the village of Montevitozzo (926 meters above sea level) and Monte Elmo (829 meters above sea level), two findings that break cleanly the hilly landscape. The main rivers are the Fiora, which borders the west municipal flowing from north to south, and the river Lens, its left tributary, which sources in the town of Sorano. The smaller rivers, including the Stridolone, have more torrential character. A series of hot springs, known as the Baths of Sorano, flow along a creek that runs about 3-4 km south of the center. Sorano began as an ancient possession of the family Aldobrandeschi, but the municipal area was already inhabited since the Etruscan period, as the remarkable discoveries of ancient settlements and cemeteries. After the marriage of Anastasia, the last heir of the Aldobrandeschi, and Romano Orsini in 1293, control of Sorano passed to the family Orsini. The center followed the historical and political vicissitudes of nearby Pitigliano, where was located the residence of the counts, and the Orsini pledged to strengthen it by providing it with effective fortifications, which made Sorano a safe haven from enemy attack more often in fact, during the fifteenth century, the Sienese laid the Sorano fortress under siege, but never able to occupy it. At the end of the sixteenth century, with the fall of the county of the Orsini, Sorano passed to the Medici, who inglobarono in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany at the beginning of the next century, together with nearby Pitigliano.

MONTALCINO

MONTALCINO  Apri
Loc. MONTALCINO SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
25 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Buonconvento, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza
  Brochure PDF
Montalcino is located in the heart of southern Tuscany . In the Middle Ages the territory of Montalcino was divided among four ecclesiastical districts : Arezzo, Chiusi , Grosseto and Siena. This subdivision was consistent with that of antiquity , in fact here we met the territories of the major important Etruscan cities of Arezzo , Chiusi , Roselle (Grosseto), and perhaps also of Volterra. Many of the findings of this era are still preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Montalcino. The medieval history of the area has many obscure points , as all documentation relating destroyed was preserved in the archives of the Abbey of St. Antimo , which depended on the castle itself . Also the fact that the Via Francigena passed to the east of the village, at today's weigh Torrenieri not helped us find historical antecedents to the second half of 1100. The news depart from the end of the twelfth century, with Montalcino already autonomous municipality of Siena ally during the war, lost against Florence in 1176. Montalcino soon found himself having to fight the expansionist ambitions of Siena and the alliance was broken, even in 1200 the castle was destroyed by the Sienese , momentarily truce with the Florentine , also pledged to eliminate the obstacle of similar Semifonte. The resumption of the war with Florence to Siena prevented him from completing the conquest of Montalcino. The castle , however, remained under the protection of the Church and the City of Siena . After a failed attempt to win back their independence, in 1232 , the castle was reoccupied and forced into a new alliance with Siena. After yet another revolt , the castle was again conquered by the Sienese in 1252 but lost soon after thanks to the intervention of Florence and Grosseto. A Montaperti the Montalcino had sided with Florence against Siena and the victory of the latter did nothing but take them to a new loss of autonomy. In 1269 he was again defeated Siena , Colle , Montalcino and free again. Only after the mid-fourteenth century Montalcino came under the control of Siena. From this period the construction of the fortress with a view to control the city center . Siena and Montalcino was now in the fifteenth century it became one of the most important centers of the territory of the Republic. In the following century the city and the castle withstood the siege Imperial Army and the Medici in 1553 during the war that led to the final capitulation of Siena in 1555. After the surrender reached Montalcino where many citizens of Siena , led by Piero Strozzi , revived in exile of the Republic. The city became the capital of the territories conquered by the Florentines and not yet resisted until 1559 when, now isolated from the fall of Telamon and Castiglione , was offered the yield and sworn allegiance to Cosimo de ' Medici. The castle is still virtually intact. As said its construction began in 1361 on the southern summit of preesitenti city walls in 1200, incorporating the tower of St. Martin , St. John the tower .

DUOMO DI ORVIETO

DUOMO DI ORVIETO  Apri
Loc. VIA DEL DUOMO, 26, ORVIETO TR, ITALIA - UMBRIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagnoregio, Casemasce, Stazione di Alviano
The Orvieto Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta), one of the greatest artistic achievements of the late Middle Ages Italian, is a unique example that defies simplistic classification of style, in which the animator feeling of the great cathedrals of two to three hundred, the architectural solutions mendicant orders and figurative motifs of French Gothic find a perfect harmony of lines in the original volumes and overcoming traditional Roman basilica. Blocking compact and elongated which rises to characterize the enveloping space of the square, the cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, was built over several centuries, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth. There are several reasons for its construction: political, urban, social, artistic, and not only religious, as would the tradition which links the Duomo to the miracle of the Eucharist took place in Bolsena in 1263.

WWF: OASI BOSCO ROCCONI

WWF: OASI BOSCO ROCCONI  Apri
Loc. ROCCALBEGNA GROSSETO, ITALY - TOSCANA  Navigatore
17 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
Altitude: 605 mt. a.s.l.  Area Saturnia, Abbadia San Salvatore, Sorano
  Brochure PDF
Regional Nature Reserve High pinnacles of rock overlooking two rivers , whose pure waters with their work thousands of years have created the spectacular canyons of the WWF Forest Rocconi . The Oasis is located within the municipalities of Semproniano and Roccalbegna (Gr) . It ' Oasis rough and wild and at the same time sweet and hospitable place where you can find spectacular canyons and explore a Mediterranean forest with some trees of enormous size . And ' the realm of rare Lanner falcon . environment The Oasis Rocconi Bosco is located at the confluence of the river with its tributary Albenga Rigo and is characterized by impressive limestone cliffs eroded by these two rivers. A mixed forest of deciduous trees , coppice cultivated in the past , covering the slopes less harsh . At the foot of the steep rocky ridges the soil is covered by a holm oak forest with some trees of enormous size . The rugged topography has limited the centuries human activities giving us this piece of land wild and mysterious. Extension of 139 hectares. Flora and fauna The oaks dominate a large part of the forest, with many wild fruit trees such as apple, pear , ciavardelli , dogwoods that provide us with beautiful blooms in the spring . A dense understory of hawthorn , broom and heather opens here and there showing 28 species of wild orchids . Interesting rocky flora . The inaccessible cliffs are the undisputed realm of birds of prey , first of all the Lanner falcon here that lives and reproduces . Also present were the peregrine falcon, the buzzard and the majestic toed , as well as tawny owl, scops owl , little owl, barn owl . Badger, porcupine, weasel , weasels, martens, polecats and wild cat inhabit the quiet nights in the woods. Interesting and varied the insect fauna .

PECORINO DI PIENZA

PECORINO DI PIENZA  Apri
Loc. PIENZA SI, ITALIA - TOSCANA  Navigatore
22 Km from ALBERGO RISTORANTE OLIMPIA
  Area Bagno Vignoni, Montefollonico, Montepulciano
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This particular sheep's cheese takes its name from the ancient cities of Pienza, just a few kilometers from Montepulciano and is the most precious among the sheep of the Crete Senesi. This particular sheep's cheese takes its name from the ancient cities of Pienza, just a few kilometers from Montepulciano and is the most precious among the sheep of the Crete Senesi. The sheep farm in Tuscany, documented since Roman times Pliny the Elder, dates back even before the time in the Etruscan period. Pecorino di Pienza, a particular favorite of Lorenzo the Magnificent, is a cooked cheese made from raw whole milk of ewes of Sardinia (with some specimens of the breed and the Apennine Sopravvissana) reared in semi-wild forage exclusively with the territory. And it is the rare flora in the area of grassland clay of the Crete Senesi (wormwood, salsify, juniper, birdsfoot trefoil, burnet, ...) to give it a special flavor. The milk is processed immediately after milking. Coagulation occurs with the addition of rennet or oppression Of stamens of wild artichoke, marinated in vinegar and salt and left to dry and then placed in an infusion of warm water. The maturation of form occurs in cool cellars and very humid and periodically their surface, flavored with walnut leaves, is anointed before with Tuscan olive oil, then oil and tomato, then with sludge and ash. The shapes are round, with a diameter varying between 14 and 22 cm and a weight of 800 grams to two pounds. After 40-60 days or so is ready to be eaten fresh as a table cheese, with a sweet and mellow but slightly spicy. Left to mature for five to twelve or even eighteen months (great for grating), reaches 40% fat, with full flavor and lingering, not spicy, tannic taste and crumbly texture and mellow in the mouth. Perfect in conjunction with chestnut honey from Montalcino and wines of the region, Chianti and Montepulciano.

Excursions and attractions in TOSCANA close to ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE Abbadia San Salvatore Bagno Vignoni Roccalbegna: 'BETTOLLE'   'ORVIETO'   'CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO'   'PARCO NATURALE DELLE FORESTE CASENTINESI'   'PIENZA'   'ROMITORI DI ISCHIA DI CASTRO'   'WWF: OASI LAGO DI CHIUSI'   'MORELLINO DI SCANSANO'   'BUONCONVENTO'   'ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE'   'MONTEPULCIANO'   'SOVANA'   'CHIESA DI SAN BIAGIO'   'CASTAGNA DEL MONTE AMIATA I.G.P.'   'MONTEFOLLONICO'   'BAGNO VIGNONI'   'MONTEGABBIONE'   'PALAZZO DEL CAPITANO DEL POPOLO'   'SATURNIA'   'PITIGLIANO'   'MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO CLAUDIO FAINA'   'MONTE AMIATA'   'HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY'   'POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO'   'SORANO'   'MONTALCINO'   'DUOMO DI ORVIETO'   'WWF: OASI BOSCO ROCCONI'   'PECORINO DI PIENZA'  

TOSCANA


Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape, artistic heritage and important cities, first of all Florence, make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of world tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless. You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuane Alps and in several protected areas, like Orbetello lagoon, which houses many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets. However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropolis and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories of the Roman Age. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defence tems, rural churches (the so-called 'pievi') and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant'Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma. Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatment. The provinces of the region are: Florence (regional capital), Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.