Activities

Cultural Tours

The most beautiful art cities of Tuscany are less than one hour drive from Bosco della Spina. So from here, with a holiday of 4-5 days, you can easily reach all the most interesting cities either from the historical point of view or cultural in the southern part of Tuscany. The roads are panoramic and traffic-free so very nice to drive.

 

 

 

Murlo
Charming and very small medieval town with an important museum of the Etruscan civilization. Municipality with orange flag. For more information visit:

http://www.bandierearancioni.it/comune/97/Murlo-SI

Buonconvento
Medieval village that remained untouched for centuries with a strong wall created in the  fourteenth century, then modified in the 800`s with the construction of buildings under the protection of these  walls.

Montalcino
Medieval village perched on a hill 567 meters above the sea level with a lovely view of the Val d’Orcia. Very well known for the famous Brunello wine.

Siena
Medieval town with strong characteristics. The houses, buildings and roads have a homogenous architecture that surrounds the visitor with the old flavor other times, where it is difficult to see signs of modernity. Perched on the Tuscan hills, the streets find their way up and down the slope, giving the traveler a landscape varied and similar at the same time.

Inside, the city is divided in 17 districts, enclosed by medieval walls, each one with a particular symbol. The groups called Contrade challenge twicea year during the Palio, a traditional summer event (2nd July , in honor to the Virgin of Provenzano, and the 16th August, in honor to  the Assumption Vergin). The Palio di Siena horse race takes place in the main square of the city (Piazza Il Campo). The race, watched by the inhabitants of the city, is preceded and followed by banquets, fashion shows and other medieval rites.

In 1995 the historic center of Siena has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Pienza
The history of Pienza is closely related to Enea Silvio Piccolomini, born in Pienza, and in 1458 became Pope as Pius II. He wanted to transform his native Pienza (Corsignano) from a small medieval village in a papal residence with Renaissance style. From the original project conceived in 1459 and designed by Bernardo Gambarelli called  Rossellino (student of Leon Battista Alberti) today still remain several fifteenth century buildings (the Cathedral and the main historical buildings of Pienza).

Interesting to visit is the museum Palazzo Piccolomini http://www.palazzopiccolominipienza.it/

Monteriggioni
Small fortified village, surrounded by a solid wall with an elliptical shape 2 meters  thick interspersed with 15 towers and two gates. Until today the central square is surrounded by gardens and orchards, very important in the past since they allowed the survival of the population also in case of siege. 

Chianti
Territory with an immense artistic value, natural, culinary and wine that offers the possibility to travel between the typical flavors, discover the ancient villages and castles buried in the past, exploring nature, lost in the suggestions of a landscape where it seems that time don’t runs.

Chianti is probably the place in the world where is  greater the identity between the earth and its products. Its name, in fact, instantly evokes the world’s most famous wine, Chianti.

Montepulciano
The city has a particular shape: built along a hill from the crest to the lower part, currently has a long central avenue where the most important buildings, stand creating  a theory of long facades, almost like a gallery  of clearly high-level design. The vocation for wine in the area and the high recognition that has this wine  ”Nobile di Montepulciano” are known since at least the eighth century AD.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a town of fables, characteristic for the “Vernaccia” and its towers, is located on a hill in the valley of “Val d’Elsa.” Home of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period began its history around the tenth century and took the name of the Holy Bishop of Modena, San Gimignano, who saved the village from the barbarian hordes. There was a great development during the middle Ages thanks to the route “Via Cassia” that crosses it. The center is a jewel of art that captures the charm of a past era.

Firenze
In the Middle Ages was an important cultural, commercial, economic and financial city, in the played  the role of capital of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under the rule of the Medici and Lorraine families. It was capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871, after the country’s unification in 1861. It is considered the cradle of the Renaissance and is universally known as a cradle of art and architecture, also known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its numerous monuments and museums – which include the Duomo, Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti.

Volterra
The city of Volterra and its surroundings, is probably in Tuscany, one of the most diverse and rich realities in attractions. History has left continuously its mark since the Etruscan period to 800, with testimonies and monuments of great artistic importance, which can be admired simply walking through the various streets and visiting the museums of the city. Besides these monuments you can also find immaculate, the famous hills “balze di Volterra”, and the unique artist craft in the world: alabaster

We also recommend the tour of the Abbeys of Siena: Monte Uliveto Maggiore, San Galgano and Sant’Antimo Abbey.
The Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey, Motherhouse of the Benedictine congregation of S. Maria di Monte Oliveto, were initiated by San Bernardo Tolomei (1272 – 1348) who chose as a rule of life “Regola di S. Benedetto.”
The Sant’Antimo Abbey is a monastery located near Castelnuovo dell’Abate (Siena), inside the town of Montalcino. This is one of the most important Romanesque architecture in Tuscany.
A tip: the acoustics of the Abbey is truly exceptional, do not leave without buying at least one of the discs of Gregorian chants recorded abbey in this.
The San Galgano Abbey is “Cistercian” located 30 kms from Siena, in the municipality of Chiusdino. The place consists of the chapel (called “Rotonda di Montesiepi”) and the great abbey, now without roof and very mystical. In the Rotonda Montesiepi is embedded in the rock San Galgano’s sword as a tangible symbol of perpetual renunciation to all forms of violence from the Saint, once a knight, frivolous and arrogant.

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