places to visit nearby
Tuscany, renowned for its beauty, history and traditions, has a lot to offer to its visitors. You will be delighted by the lovely vineyards and olive groves that shape this poetic landscape. Enchanting medieval hill towns, each one with its different history, personality and culinary traditions are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by you. Without any doubts you wll be surprised by the variety of fine wines and superb food you will taste in each and every different town.
Seggiano is an unspoiled hilltop town of etruscan origins, with lovely winding narrow streets and hidden squares that are waiting to be discovered. This is the nearest town to the farmhouse, being ony 1.5 miles away. Seggiano is renowned
The 1700 meters high Amiata mountain is an ideal place for cycling, hiking and picnics. There is also a tree top adventure park where the whole family can have fun.
The spectacular 10th-century Abbey of Sant'Antimo is world renowned for its incredible Romanesque architecture. This is a working monastic centre where you can still listen to the Gregorian chants of the Agostinian friars and visit their small shop for locally produced goods.
This enchanting medieval hill town is renowned for its fine wine - the Brunello di Montalcino. Do not leave without tasting this supreme nectar, considered one of the best wines in Tuscany.
Montepulciano, a medieval hilltop town rich in history and wine traditions, is one of our favourite places to visit. Its steep winding streets host the most interesting wine cellars wich have been used for centuries to mature the renowned Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The cellars are very interesting to explore - most of them go underground beneath the palazzi and streets, and some even include etruscan crypts in them.
The coast is one hour away, and the are beautiful seaside towns and beaches to visit. Nice places are the town of Castiglione della Pescaia and the beaches of Cala Violina (shown on the picture), Alberese and the Argentario peninsula
San Quirico d'Orcia
Charming town of Etruscan origins, that still preserves its medieval fortified walls together with 14 small towers. Well worth a visit are the Collegiata church with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic doorways,
Castiglion d'Orcia & Rocca d'Orcia
Castel del Piano
Daniel Spoerri's gardens
A sculpture garden of a prominent contemporary artist. It's near Castagnatello, def initely worth visiting.
Charming village sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Val d'Orcia, famous for its thermal baths since Roman times. The big pool in the centre of town is from the 15th century. There is an open air free pool as well as private spas.
Distant about an hour from Castagnatello,
Perfectly preserved ancient town of etruscan origins, Pitigliano is the ideal place to get lost and enjoy the winding medieval streets, the perched houses and its excellent gastronomy. Pitigliano is renowned for its white wine.
This picturesque town with stone paved streets offers excellent panoramic views of the Val d'Orcia
Charming town of ancient origins, Castel del Piano is set at the foot of the Amiata Mountain, and is easily reached from Castagnatello. The city centre is pretty and lively, and you will find this place very handy for your shopping. Particularly interesting is the horse race named "il palio", done yearly every 8th of September and dating back to 1402, where the "contrade" (representing different areas of town) race against each other.
Pienza is a romantic town with stunning views overlooking the val d'Orcia countryside. Previously known as Corsignano, Pienza was entirely rebuilt in th 1496 as an ideal Renaissance town by pope Pio II - who was born in Corsignano himself.