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Tuscan Territories - valdichiana
The Valdichiana, or Val di Chiana, is a large alluvial valley between the two provinces of Siena and Arezzo which reserves unforgettable surprises.
VAL DI CHIANA:
Val di Chiana landscapes full of vineyards, pastures, medieval villages and countless food and wine delicacies.
for a little relaxation you can choose free spas or exceptional spas where you can experience the best of Tuscan well-being and hospitality.
The Val di Chiana, as well as being rich in thermal springs, is famous for the Chianina meat and for the Nobile di Montepulciano wine that grows in this hilly land divided between two regions. The Val di Chiana Arezzo, in the province of Arezzo, includes the municipalities of Cortona, Arezzo, Castiglion Fiorentino, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Foiano della Chiana, Lucignano, Marciano della Chiana, Monte San Savino.
In the Sienese Valdichiana, squeezed between Val d’Orcia, Umbria and Crete Senesi, there are the beautiful Cetona, Chianciano Terme, Chiusi, Pienza, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano, Sinalunga, Torrita di Siena and Trequanda.
WHAT TO SEE IN VAL DI CHIANA:
In this useful guide on the Val di Chiana we have selected the places you absolutely must see and do in the Val di Chiana, among villages, towns, spas and vineyards.
A large part of the Val di Chiana is embraced from the historic center of Cortona. Among the villages and towns in the area, Cortona is one of the most impressive from a historical and cultural point of view. The most important Etruscan remains of the area are in fact found here.
After a tour in the squares and streets of Cortona, visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie del Calcinato, outside the medieval walls, a beautiful example of a Renaissance church surrounded by greenery.
In Montepulciano, about 40 minutes by car from Cortona, incredible Renaissance and medieval beauties are condensed. From the tower of the municipal tower the 360 ° panorama of the surrounding hills is wonderful.
The base of the tower also houses a shop where you can taste the best of local gastronomy and the noble DOCG wine of Montepulciano and the other 4 exceptional wines of the area.
Monte San Savino:
Monte San Savino is a small village with a hanging garden to visit and, in addition to the Town Hall and the Loggia dei Mercanti, there is the Cassero which houses a small ceramic museum inside. In the shops of the historic center you can discover the secrets of the iron craftsmanship and other ancient crafts.
The fortified village of Gargonza is a pearl inserted in a very green wooded context. Visit the Castle of Gargonza from which Dante Alighieri also passed and then dedicate yourself to discovering one of the many agritourisms in the area.
Lucignano has an elliptical urban plan formed by various concentric rings connected together by short alleys all to be photographed.
Next to the church is the museum which, together with works by local painters, houses a splendid gold reliquary set with precious stones. Because of its tree shape it is called “Lucignano Tree or Tree of Love”. According to tradition, in addition to bringing luck to newly married couples, it would have aphrodisiac virtues that are good for love.
Castiglion Fiorentino is located on the eastern side of the Val di Chiana from Arezzo. The Vasari Lodges in Piazza del Municipio are its main attraction, but walking alone through its narrow streets and breathing its silence and peace alone is worth a visit.
Chiusi is located 21 km from Montepulciano, in the southern Valdichiana. Etruscan city and birthplace of the mythical Etruscan king Porsenna allows you to visit three Etruscan tombs still intact: the Lion’s Tomb, the Pilgrim’s Tomb and the famous Monkey Tomb.
From the basement of the Cathedral Museum, in Piazza Duomo, you can access the so-called Labyrinth of Porsenna, a mysterious network of tunnels that crosses the historic center.
Chianciano Terme is synonymous with spas and relaxation. In addition to the Acqua Santa Thermal Park of Terme di Chianciano, it is also a medieval village to explore centimeter by centimeter and a perfect starting point to visit the beauties of Tuscany.
Sarteano is a small village that is not part of the most popular itineraries in the Val di Chiana and Tuscany. You will see ancient loggias, Renaissance noble palaces, small squares and medieval streets and a castle which is also a beautiful panoramic point from which to appreciate the view over the Val di Chiana.
San Casciano dei Bagni:
San Casciano dei Bagni, in the shadow of Mount Cetona in the Val di Chiana of Siena, is located in an area extraordinarily rich in thermal springs. There are 42 thermal springs, used by the Etruscans and then by the Romans. Bagno Grande and Bagno Bossolo are the only two free spas in the village. Not far away, however, in Val d’Orcia, there are the Bagni di San Filippo with their free spas.
ITINERARIES AND CYCLING IN VAL DI CHIANA:
Via Francigena passes through the Val di Chiana which can be covered on foot or by bicycle. The reclamation path is a flat path measuring 62 km and which runs along the embankment of the Canale Maestro della Chiana passing through the lakes of Montepulciano, for Chiusi, Cortona and Arezzo, to be discovered by bicycle.
FOOD AND WINE TOURS IN THE VAL DI CHINA:
in the val di chiana it is recommended to participate in food and wine tours.
in fact there are numerous cellars of montepulciano where you can visit and taste.
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